Pilgrim Stories I – From Old Homes to New

Pilgrim Stories, Book I: From Old Homes to New (PDF ebook)

After a couple of years absence, this week we are again featuring this absolutely delightful three part serialization of “Pilgrim Stories”, originally published in 1910. This is a wonderful “read aloud” resource that you can share with the kids over the next couple of weeks, to make Thanksgiving not only a family celebration, but a learning time as well.

We are loving this series! Thank you so much! We read almost the entire book the first day. My son is only 6 and I was amazed how much he enjoyed it! He didn’t want me to stop! I can’t wait to finish reading the rest of the series to him!- Diana

I can say enough how much we are enjoying this series of books. We keep reading and don’t want to stop. My children are very young but are really getting a lot out of these. They go very nicely with our study of Thanksgiving. These stories of real people help my children understand. – Connie

In Part One, we meet the Pilgrims and learn why they were forced to leave their homes in search of a place they could freely worship… a journey which had many false starts, and which eventually led to a hazardous journey across the ocean in hopes of reaching the “New World” and a place they could make their own.

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer! Mac users, hold the “control” key down and click the link, then save to your mac.


Paper Dolls from Melissa Jacie

PAPER DOLLS for All Seasons

Artist Melissa Thomsen (who has a wonderfully creative and encouraging blog which we recommend for any young artist) has created a delightful series of paper dolls, most with seasonal outfits (some in full color, others you color yourself). There are several to freely download on her site!

Click here to go to her main Paper Doll page, then be sure to explore all the sub-pages for more.

If you like Melissa’s art, be sure to sign up for her email list and you’ll receive her printable monthly calendar and news about new paper dolls and other projects.

Artists & their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

Artists and their Art – Huge Lesson Plan Library!

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a resource site hosted by the Concordia University of Chicago, focuses on art appreciation and history by providing a biographical sketch of the artist, an image of one of the artist’s specific works and details about that work. It also provides class discussion questions and ideas for hands-on exploration. With a very nice archive of ten downloadable lessons per grade level, this resource series is very well suited for homeschool use.

Click here to go to the download site!

Natural Oddities – Volume One

Natural Oddities by Gus Mager (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this  classic little collection of cartoons depicting odd and unusual aspects of the flora and the fauna in the world around us — “Natural Oddities”.  These engaging cartoons by Gus Mager are full of strange but true facts about everything from polar bears to platypuses… and are sure to fascinate young readers.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)


A Q&A Guide for the Study of Animals


This is an excellent question & answer lesson guide for studying small animals and insects, prepared for high school use in the 1920s. From maggots & beetles to fish & chickens, these are great, easy to use lesson plans suitable both for hands on dissection or simple nature observation sessions.

To download this scanned 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.

What’s that noise? Exploring your sense of HEARING

How do our ears detect sound? How do our brains interpret it?

Today we return to the Neuroscience for Kids website created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler to focus on the Sense of HEARING, and learn about the parts of the auditory system and how they work.

Click here to go to the introduction about the sense of hearing.

Click here for a collection of experiments all about your sense of hearing.

And the PDF Lesson Guides: The Teacher’s Guide is HERE. The Student’s Guide is HERE.

Great Stories from Brooks’ Reader

Brooks’ Reader, Year 4

This is a great collection of short stories, poems and readings compiled by Stratton Duluth Brooks for fourth grade level readers, or for reading aloud to younger age listeners. There’s a ton of wonderful stuff in here, including many famous authors, seasonal readings, biographical stories of famous people, Bible quotations, lovely poetry, and plenty of great illustrations. Highly recommended!

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

Paper Fold Construction & Your Lessons

Paper Fold Construction & Your Lessons (PDF ebook)

Here’s a classic book combining 20 basic paper folding projects (creating cubes, baskets, containers, etc. out of paper or card stock) with specific lesson plans for math, literature, history and nature studies! You’ll find several idea starters for creating your own lessons using some fun paper construction to keep the kids focused and interested!

To download this scanned 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.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow x 2

IchabodCraneThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving (Audios)

The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Today, we have two wonderful AUDIO versions of the story for you!

First, here’s a great old time radio dramatization of Washington Irving’s classic early American story of Ichabod Crane and the headless you know who. Oooo! Great fun! (28 minutes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Click the link to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!

Next, here’s a link to the unabridged audiobook version of Washington Irving’s story. (It’s only 1.5 hours in length, and the reader is great!) If you like the above dramatization, be sure to have your kids listen to this excellent reading of the original!

Sniff, sniff! Exploring Your Sense of SMELL

What does your NOSE tell you?  Like your other senses, it tells you such things as:

  1. What is out in the environment.
  2. How much is out there.
  3. Is there more or less of it than before.
  4. Where is it.
  5. Is it changing in time or place.

Today we focus on the Sense of Smell, with this great activity guide and lesson plan from the Neuroscience for Kids website, created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler.

CLICK HERE to go to the “Smell Experiments” page.

Then for the complete Lesson Plan/Unit Study…

CLICK HERE to go to the Teacher’s Guide

CLICK HERE to go to the Student’s Guide


Halloween Science Experiments with Science Bob

Would your kids like to make a glow-in-the-dark drink, a screaming cup, some halloween slime or a ghost bubble? Sure they would! ScienceBob.com has a neat little collection of Halloween-themed science  experiments that are great fun for hands-on science demonstrations.

They also have loads of interesting projects on their regular experiments collection, including a soap powered boat, geode crystal eggs, tabletop hovercraft, quick color changes, and many more fun science activites.

Click here to go to the Halloween experiments page!

Click here to go to the regular science experiments page!

Old Time Proverbs to Think About Today

proverbscoverOld Time Proverbs to Think About Today

illustrated by Honor B. Appleton

Do your children know what a proverb is? A “proverb” is a short, simple saying that expresses a truth or piece of advice based on common sense or practical experience.

Here’s a wonderful collection of old-fashioned proverbs, illustrated with some delightful full color cartoons of children that dramatize one application of the saying.

But that’s just a beginning. Go one step further, and this little book becomes a great discussion starter for parent and child. As you go through these proverbs, ask your little readers:
What is the meaning of this old proverb? How does this picture demonstrate this old proverb? What are some other ways that this proverb could be illustrated? Is there any lesson in this old proverb that we should remember?

Just try it with your young readers. You’ll love this colorful, fanciful little collection! Highly recommended!

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

Peter & Polly in Autumn

Here’s another lovely seasonal storybook, this one a wonderful book from 1919 following the adventures of Peter & Polly, their family and their pets on their farm from the first warm, golden days of the season to the first snowflakes of Fall. Beautiful golden tinted illustrations throughout in this delightful, old-fashioned school story book.

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

Mac users: Press the “control” key, then click the above link and “save” to your mac.

Autumn in Verse

To poets, the Autumn season often symbolizes change, maturity, wisdom, or the harvest. In this neat collection found on the University of Southern Florida’s Lit2Go site, you can read and listen to many interpretations of Autumn in this collection of poetry by Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Ellen Robena Field, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Richard Henry Wilde. Poems are downloadable as PDFs, and audio readings of the poems can be streamed online.

Click here to go to the site!

Something to Do, Boys (…& Girls too!)

Something To Do, Boys: A Book for Wide Awake Boys (PDF ebook) – This immensely appealing and well illustrated volume was edited by Edna Foster and originally published way back in 1916. It is a great old fashioned collection of hands-on projects and activities for boys (and girls too!) who love to make things, grow things, build things, and create their own fun. It is a diverse collection of fully illustrated plans for such things as:

Toy building
Furniture building
Construction projects
Games to play
Raising small animals
Foods to make and eat
Art projects
Nature projects
… and much more.

Since this is a scanned PDF of the original book, it would be best viewed on a computer, and not on small portable devices.

To download this PDF ebook (11 megs) RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.