Video Treasure Chest I

Today we’ve got a fun treat for you… two dozen short, offbeat and even educational videos that are just great fun to watch. (You’ll even learn some cool things if you pay attention!)

First up, the amazing “Gallopin’ Gertie” bridge.

This is on-the-scene documentation of the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretched like a steel ribbon across Puget Sound in 1940. The third longest suspension span in the world opened on July 1st. Only four months later, the great span’s short life ended in disaster. “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed in a windstorm on November 7,1940.

The bridge became famous as “the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.” Now, it’s also “one of the world’s largest man-made reefs.” The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.

The story of the failure of the 1940 Narrows Bridge and the success of the Current Narrows Bridge is a great American saga. When Galloping Gertie splashed into Puget Sound, it created ripple effects across the nation and around the world. The event changed forever how engineers design suspension bridges. Gertie’s failure led to the safer suspension spans we use today.

How Doughnuts Are Made

How Drawbridges Work

How Dry Cleaners Work

How A Movie Projector Works

How Water Jets Cut Steel

How Air Conditioning Works

Huge Giant Spider Chases Teenager. Say what?

Here are two great video looks at a breed of goat that has a most interesting (and unexpectedly hilarious) trait. We need a few of these on our farm just for the novelty of it. Enjoy!

How Stuff Works: From Trees to Houses
Here’s a great series of four videos from the Discover Channel’s “How Stuff Works” program showing what it takes to get the wood used to build your house.

Getting the Trees
Trees can grow anywhere. This can sometimes cause a problem for harvesting. Watch how loggers airlift the timber from hard to reach areas.

Lumber Workers
Learn what wood hookers and widow makers do and also hear about the occupational dangers that exist for these lumber workers.

Log Cutting
In order to get the highest yield of the timber harvest, the lumber industry relies on circular saws and laser beams to turn the logs into square boards.

Wood and Nails
The relationship between wood and nail is a very unique one, and most houses are a product of this relationship. Learn more about this special bond in this episode.

Wakko’s 50 State Capitols

Here’s Wakko’s catchy and popular “50 State Capitols” song from the Animaniacs cartoon. Fun!

The Presidents Song
A song to remember the names of all the Presidents of the U.S, set to the tune of Yankee Doodle.


The Science of Summer
Why do we have summertime? Find out in this great National Geographic video!


Fast radishes

Slow water

Fast corn

How about some watermelon? Yum!…

Rotting Bananas…
(Hey, these look like the bananas on OUR kitchen shelf!)

And finally, here’s a delightful little cartoon about a Kiwi… who is quite intent on fulfilling a dream.

Garden Lore & Wisdom Copybook

Garden Lore & Wisdom Copybook

It’s Garden Week at Homeschool Freebie!

Here’s a classic collection of old time garden lore and quotations about gardening with an emphasis on young people. These are great for memorization, copy work, or just as good reading and advice.

These quotes are taken from sources from the 19th century and earlier, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Abraham Lincoln, Greek philosophers, and more!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Our Favorite Gardening Activities

Our Favorite Gardening Activities: Great Ideas and Projects for Homeschooling Families

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

We surveyed over 300 families (homeschoolers, homesteaders, city folk and gardeners) and asked them to share their suggestions for successfully integrating gardening into homeschooling and making “growing thing” a part of their family life.  This is a compilation of many of their best  answers.

This is real-life advice, and there are LOTS of great ideas and insights in these pages. Read, glean, and utilize what fits you best.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Greening Up Your Homeschool

Greening Up Your Homeschool: Tips and Ideas for Incorporating Gardening into your Homeschool!

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

How can you integrate your homeschool studies with gardening? Looking for ways to motivate your kids to get into the garden… and LIKE it?

Here is a collection of practical, “real life” advice offered to you by other homeschooling families who have done just that!  There are some wonderful ideas here… Read, glean, and use what works for you!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Children & Flowers II: 12 Favorite Flowers

Children & Flowers Part II: 12 Favorite Flowers for Children

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

In the second part of our “Children & Flowers” unit study, you’ll be introduced to twelve of the most popular domestic flowers (with beautiful, full color photos), learn about their unique characteristics, and find out how to grow them in YOUR home garden this year!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Children & Flowers I: How Flowers Work

Children & Flowers Part I:
How Flowers Work

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie! Let’s get digging!

In Part One of this two-part unit study on “Children & Flowers”, you’ll discover the amazing anatomy of flowers, how and why they move and grow, how they reproduce, why they attract insects, and all sorts of other fascinating facts. Wonderful, well-written guide for young readers or for read-aloud  listeners!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.


Audio Adventure Theater: The Jungle book!

Today we’ve got a wonderful radio adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale “The Jungle Book” for you! This audio drama is in two parts, and each runs about 40 minutes. It is full of great family adventure & excitement!

Turn on the theater of your imagination and give these classics a listen. To save these mp3 audios to your computer, just RIGHT CLICK the links below, then “save” to your computer.

The Jungle Book – Part One: Mowgli

The Jungle Book – Part Two: Tiger, Tiger

The Spirit of ’76

The Children’s Book of Patriotic Stories: The Spirit of ’76 (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this great collection of stories of the events of the American Revolution, many of which involve young patriots. A great read-aloud story collection, with selections both for young and older students.

Right Click here and “save link” to download today’s resource.

Natural Oddities, Volume THREE!

Natural Oddities: Volume THREE (PDF ebook)

Woohoo! Today we feature this THIRD great collection of these classic cartoons by Gus Mager depicting odd, unusual and sometimes just plain weird aspects of the flora and the fauna in the world around us — “Natural Oddities”. Strange but true facts about nature that fascinate young and old readers alike! Kids love this series… don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Young Davy Crockett

Young Davy Crockett (MP3 audio & PDF study guide) – Today’s resource is this excellent, quite moving half hour audio dramatization of the early life of the legendary frontier hero and teller of tall tales, Davy Crockett, and his experiences growing up on the American frontier. This dramatization of Crockett’s own remembrances of his early life on the frontier was adapted for radio by Earl Hamner, who later went on to create the TV program “The Waltons”. Great stuff!

Included with this mp3 audio is a short PDF “listening guide” to use for further discussion and study after listening to the audio. You’re welcome!

To Download “The Story of Young Davy Crockett” (MP3 audio, 6 megs / 26 minutes), RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download the Listening Guide to “The Story of Young Davy Crockett” (PDF ebook, 2 pgs.)  RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.


The Children’s Object Book

THE CHILDREN’S OBJECT BOOK (PDF ebook) – Here’s a beautiful, full color picture book published in England in the late 1800s, depicting household and outdoor objects, scenes from city and farms, animals, tools, etc. Truly delightful to look at and see how many items your young ones can identify. Also great for printing and cutting out for use as dollhouse objects, scrapbook pages, & more.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Design & Technology, A to Z

Got a student that is interested in how things work?

If so, they will love V. Ryan’s TechnologyStudent website of industrial design and art resources. It is chock full of tutorials, lessons, downloads, and tests in all things technology related: the design process, gear systems, electronics, cams, printed circuit boards, PIC microcontrollers / computer control, key words/phrases, structures, vocational work, technology and cultures, basic CNC work and much more. This British site is a great curriculum resource for Jr. High & High School age students!

Click here to go to the page!

The American Frugal Housewife

The American Frugal Housewife (PDF ebook)

A wonderful, jam packed early American classic, the best of its kind. Author Lydia Maria Child offers – in a breathless, breakneck fashion – thousands of tips, remedies and thoughts on running a 19th century household, with emphasis on timeless principles & values along with the home remedies, recipes, household lectures and more. Fascinating to read, and a favorite of many who have re-discovered this volume over the years.  It is like going back to your great-grandmothers house and getting some timely and timeless words of wisdom. Do check this out and give it a read this week… you may find yourself unable to “put it down”.

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

5 minute lesson plans has a great section of their website called “5 Minute Lesson Plans” – and that’s exactly what they are. Dozens and dozens of short, creative lessons in math, english, spelling, critical thinking, puzzles, measurement skills, and much more. Many of these include hands-on activities. This is a great page to bookmark and refer back to whenever you want to do some short activities to introduce new concepts, or review and reinforce your current studies.

Click here to go to the site!

Math Puzzles, Competitions & Brainteasers!


The Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching over in the UK has put together this GREAT collection of brain-stretching mathematical problems and shape related teasers (including printable tangram puzzles, sliding blocks, pentominoes, and dissection puzzles). There are dozens of them on this page, all designed to get your students thinking mathematically and using their problem-solving skills!

Click here to go to their math challenges page!