The Annenberg Classroom, sponsored by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, offers a huge collection of civics education resources, including studies on the Constitution, the Congress, the Presidency, the courts, and state and local government. The well-done videos run from 10 – 30 minutes, and can be viewed online or downloaded. The accompanying PDF lesson plans go deep into the topic, and are great for middle school through high school students.
Click here to go to their home page.
A collection of all their PDF lesson plans is here.
FAIRY TALE PARADE Comics (Vol I & II)
Today we feature TWO large volumes of these wonderful comic book adaptations of classic fairy tale stories, by the great Walt Kelly (creator of Pogo). Young readers will LOVE these classic, full color picture stories! GREAT read-alouds and loads of rollicking fun.
Content Notes: These stories were definitely meant to be read to and shared with little children, yet they have the sensibilities of the time period when they were published, the early 1940s. For instance, in Volume One you’ll find the now politically incorrect story, “Little Black Sambo”. We left it intact, as it shows Sambo as the smart character he is, and doesn’t portray the stereotyped black characters in a negative light… but if you don’t like it, well just skip it. Occasionally some of these stories may be a bit intense as well (see Hansel & Gretel). Also, there are plenty of witches, giants, dragons and fairy tale magic in these stories as per the original stories, so again if that is not your cup of tea, just do not download these. We aren’t here to argue about the contents of these… we only wish to share these delightfully written and illustrated comic book stories if you want ’em.
To download the PDF of VOLUME ONE, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac. (Big file: 33 megs!)
To download PDF of VOLUME TWO, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac. (Big file: 33 megs!)
DAYS AND DEEDS A HUNDRED YEARS AGO (PDF ebook)
In this classic “living history” book written in 1908, we get a peek at everyday life in the early 1800s America, and the inventions and historical events that impacted the lives of “regular folks” and our history. That was “100 years ago” when it was originally published, but now it is 200 years ago!
Great read-aloud history in this short (130 pages) well-written book.
Note: This is a scanned PDF of the original book, and so may not work well on a portable device. It should be fine for any PC or mac.
To download this scanned PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE
and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click on the link and save to your mac.
MEMORABLE PLACES AMERICAN HISTORY CURRICULUM (PDF ebook)
Today we feature this well done day-by-day American history lesson plan curriculum from GuestHollow.com. Originally written for the target age of eight to nine (3rd grade), this can easily be used and adapted for other grades and ages (2nd-6th grades). It is also an excellent supplement to any other history curriculum (for a variety of ages) with plenty of extras like worksheets, printables, links, extra reading, crafts, activities and more. A great resource that is packed with loads of hands-on history lessons to keep you busy and learning all year long!
Click here to go to their introduction to the curriculum.
Click here to go to the PDF download page. (link is at the bottom of the page)Save
THE OFFICIAL COUNTERFEITER (PDF comic book)
Here’s the story of this neat little economics cartoon book from the Daily Paul Liberty Forum:
Vic Lockman is a former Disney cartoonist who actually created some of the Disney characters. He went on to use his illustrative talents to produce compelling educational comics. One of my favorites has always been “The Official Counterfeiter”, which is now out of print. Although it was written over 40 years ago, apart from the huge increase in the debt numbers today, it is still an amazingly clear and convincing presentation of the principles of sound economics and the official counterfeiter, the Federal Reserve.
Mr. Lockman graciously gave his permission to digitize “The Official Counterfeiter” since I felt it to be such a powerful tool to help practically anyone understand the destructive and immoral influence of the Federal Reserve System.
Mr. Lockman writes from a Biblical perspective, so this is particularly appropriate for evangelical Christians who do not fully understand Ron Paul’s preoccupation with the Fed. However, the Christian perspective does not detract from the economic education that anyone will receive from this little gem.
To Download this PDF comic book, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!
SPECIAL FOR OUR READERS: I checked with Mr. Lockman about featuring this PDF on our site, and he approved our featuring this. He also graciously offered a 50% discount + shipping on his (much larger and highly recommended) Biblical economics cartoon books, “Biblical Economics in Comics” and “Money Banking and Usury.” These are just terrific for homeschoolers. That means you can get both of these for just $7 + $4.95 shipping = $11.95, which is a great deal. If you’re interested, go to his site at VicLockman.com to check them out. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to order by mail, so here is the link to his printable order form. Just tell him we sent you and you are taking advantage of his 50% off offer.
KRAZYDAD PRINTABLE MAZES!
This is an amazing site with over 6000 printable PDF mazes for your kids — ranging from nice & easy to super tough, with lots of kid-friendly designs (think dinosaurs) thrown in. These are great for problem solving… hand/eye coordination… and busy work for all ages. Oh yes – they’re also great fun! Enjoy!
Click here to go to the download page!