Everyday Science


A classic, massive science book (600 pages!) written in 1920 by William H. Snyder for junior high age students that covers a broad spectrum of natural science studies of the world around us, with over 200 “hands on” experiments and 60 major projects included in the back of the book. A great resource to have on hand to enhance your hands-on study of different science topics! Lots of illustrations – good reference.

To download this PDF ebook (Note: it’s big — 29 megs!) RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer

Brain Teasers from Squigly’s


Here’s a great page of brain teasing riddles, poems, puzzles and brain games for kids from the Squigly’s Playhouse website. These are great fun puzzlers to try at mealtime, or while traveling, or any time you want.

Click here to go to the site

Also, Here’s a link to a neat post at teachmama.com that shows how one homeschool mom on created printable cards based on these, and uses them in her homeschool.

Art ebooks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Guggenheim Museum

Screen shot 2015-10-31 at 10.00.49 AMMore and more truly amazing stuff is being posted online by big-name educational institutions and museums. Here is a story from Open Culture about the newly launched MetPublications site, where hundreds of art catalogs and other publications published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art are now available to view online or download as PDF ebooks. The Guggenheim Museum also has a similar portal with over 60 art books now available.  Read these articles to get yourself oriented, then click through to the site and go exploring. This is a terrific resource for art history and appreciation!

Click here to go to the article on the Metropolitan Museum’s site

Click here to go to the article on the Guggenheim Museum’s site

One Minute Games for Kids


Here’s a terrific assortment of “Minute to Win It” style games compiled by Sarah at FrugalFun4Boys.com, especially designed for kids at home. These would make a great family fun night, or party games, or just some energetic activities to give your kids a “brain break” and reward them for finishing their lessons for the day.

Here’s a batch of games to try…

And here’s a bunch more!



Yum, Yum! Candy Math!

These fun posts (here, here and here) from Nerdy Science on using M&Ms to teach math basics are just a delight… and are right on the money! Candy is a GREAT tool to teach math. We did that all the time when our kids were little.

These posts reminded me of our own little ebook on how to use candy as math manipulatives to teach basic math concepts. Since we haven’t featured that for over 5 years, I think it’s time we bring back that helpful little ebook for you too! Happy snacking er… math learning!

Candy Math (PDF ebook)

This little guide is SO much fun! It shows you how you can make basic, “hands on” math lessons a true delight for your little ones by using inexpensive candy (or even breakfast cereal) as math manipulatives to teach primary age children almost any basic math concept. There is a natural attraction and fascination for children in playing with (and learning from) candy. Just the novelty of candy being part of a lesson (not to mention eating it at the end of the lesson) is enough to hold the attention of most children.The examples in this short ebook will give you almost two dozen creative learning games, lesson plans and activities, with examples to get you started teaching: SKIP COUNTING * ODD AND EVEN * GROUPING * GREATER THAN, LESS THAN, EQUAL TO * MEASUREMENT * ADDITION * SUBTRACTION * MULTIPLICATION * DIVISION * FRACTIONS * GRAPHS * ESTIMATING * MAKING SETS … and more!

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

Willie’s First Drawing Lessons – Art & Nature Study

“Willie’s First Drawing Lessons” (PDF ebook)

Young Willie learns that there are only two kinds of lines in nature – curved and straight – and how they can be used in drawing just about anything. This is a lovely little (50+ pages) book with a sweet narrative and many line art illustrations – very much in the spirit of Charlotte Mason instruction. If your kids enjoy drawing and nature, they will love this book. Enjoy!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer

When Mother Lets Us Sew

When Mother Lets Us Sew, by Virginia Ralston (PDF ebook)

Here’s a delightfully written and eminently practical little guide to basic hand sewing written back in 1910. This is filled with sweet illustrations and very well done step by step instructions for teaching basic stitches and sewing skills to little learners. This is a keeper, and is super-handy for teaching hand sewing basics!

From the introduction:

Think how nice it would be, when mother is busy with her sewing and mending, to sit beside her on a little low chair and help her with that big sewing basket over-flowing with work! One could learn how to sew a button on brother Tom’s shirt, mend a tear neatly in little sister’s apron, thread mother’s needles… or even to cut out, sew and make all your own doll baby’s clothes! … Just to think of being able to dress and undress your little doll family as often as you like! One could even make little night gowns for them to sleep in and best of all, everything they wore would be made by your own busy little hands….

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.

What to Draw and How to Draw It

What to Draw & How to Draw it by E. G. Lutz (PDF ebook)

A wonderful “how to” drawing book originally published in 1913, which shows young artists, step-by-step, how to create all sorts of characters, animals, buildings & other fanciful cartoons & designs. It is a delight, and many of you will have to pry your kids away from this one. Check it out!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer