ProntoLessons

ProntoLessons.com is a unique homeschooling site that offers fully-scripted lessons for students ages 6 to 8. The two curriculums currently available (for free, and requiring no registration) are:

PEOPLE OF AMERICA: They come from everywhere around the world. This curriculum consists of 37 scripted lessons to discover who they are, why they came, and several important accomplishments they’’ve made as Americans!

SCIENCE FOR KIDS: This new addition to the site is a 23-week introductory science homeschool curriculum that covers biology, human anatomy, and physics.

Click here to go to the site!

History Timeline Resources!

I. GUEST HOLLOW’S PRINTABLE HISTORY TIMELINEs

Every homeschooler should have a timeline! A timeline lets you SEE the flow of history, lets you record and remember the people and events you’ve studied and also makes a nice “portfolio” of years worth of work. GuestHollow.com has created a whole bundle of free timeline printables to help you construct your own history timeline and they also have lots of ideas and teaching tips on how to use them best!

Click here to go to their download page!

II. PORTRAITS FOR HISTORY TIMELINES

The University of Texas at Austin has a public domain collection of hundreds of portraits of historical figures from world history – perfect for use with history timelines and reports — Click here!

III. 1000+ HISTORICAL GRAPHICS

Huge archive of history graphics suitable for timeline use… scroll down to the bottom of TheHomeschoolShop’s freebie resource page! Click here!

Animated US History Atlas

Screen shot 2014-09-01 at 9.46.00 AMTHE ANIMATED ATLAS OF US HISTORY

Animated Atlas portrays large chapters of American history quickly with a 10 minute animated map/movie showing the growth and development of the United States from 1789 right up to the 21st Century. There’s also an American History Timeline at the bottom of the page which shows 8 different tracks of major historical events and people from 1798 to 2010.

Click here to go to the site!

A Rhyme a Week Phonics

If “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”, then perhaps a-rhyme-a-week will help keep early reading problems at bay. That’s the theory behind this “A-Rhyme-a-Week” phonological awareness program featuring 30 different nursery rhymes, and covering 500 words that early primary grade students are supposed to learn. With printable rhyme cards, picture sets, riddles and lesson plans, this is a 30 week series of short, fun phonics lessons for pre-K through 2nd grade. (They also have an additional 70 rhymes for homeschool use!)

Click here to go to the download site

Handy Dandy Easy Peasy Household Fix-It Tips

Feel like you’re “all thumbs” when something needs fixing around your house? Maybe all you need is a little good advice from some folks in the know! Here’s a wonderful collection of often simple but majorly helpful household tips and ideas for you, courtesy of our daughter Jess Erskine and one of our favoritest fix-it families, The Fumbletons!

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.

 

The Tutor (100 page Sampler Edition)

The  Tutor -  Sampler Edition  (PDF ebook)

The Tutor is an NINE-volume “living” curriculum that  starts where the “Three R’s” leave off. If you want to give your children a well rounded Charlotte Mason Education… but not sure where to start, what to cover, or how to do it, then this is an essential resource for you.

Today’s resource is this terrific 100 page PDF Sampler Edition of meaty excerpts from the series, including nature studies & activities, stories from American history, art appreciation, elocution exercises, literature, copywork, a bit of Shakespeare & Plutarch, character building stories, and much more. 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.


WANT INFO ON THE COMPLETE TUTOR CURRICULUM?

We now have all nine volumes, plus many added bonus audios and Living Books, available on a newly compiled Limited Edition Computer CD. Everything you need in one place.

Click HERE for details!

Comic Book Treasures: Heidi

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.27.41 AMHere’s a great comic book adaptation of the book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. In this beloved story, a little orphaned girl is sent to live in the Swiss mountains with her embittered grandfather. Heidi’s innocent joy of life and genuine love warm the old man’s heart.  From the goatherd Peter and his family to the sickly girl Clara and her desperate father, Heidi’s special charm enriches everyone she meets.

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

 

 

The Fumbletons!

The Fumbletons!

By popular demand, here’s an encore presentation of THE FUMBLETONS by our daughter Jess Erskine. Each short video offers up a cool household tip wrapped up in the adventures of a slightly quirky family who have come into possession of a magic button that summons some “interesting” helpers to their aid when needed. (Jess says the dad is sort of based on me, but – ahem -  I’m just not seeing that.)

We know you (and your kids) will enjoy seeing them all together one more time! And if you’re new to The Fumbletons, get ready for the ride!

PS. If you like these, feel free to email a note to Jess and let her know! Maybe we’ll someday get a Series Two!

Watch ‘em now! (Note: Youtube sometimes puts an ad at the start of their videos, and we have no say over what ads they are… so feel free to skip the ad when that link pops up.)

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The Compass Dude explains…

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 4.05.32 PMHere’s a great series of tutorials on how to read and use a compass, how to read and follow a map, how to figure out where you are, and even how to make your own compass when you don’t have one, from Compass Dude.com. Lots of great information, with a bit of fun attitude to boot. A great guide to a valuable set of “life skills”:

“So, you want to learn how to use a compass today, huh?
There’s actually not a whole lot to it and its a good skill to have
if you’re ever going to step out of your house.
Even if you’re never going to leave the city,
being aware of general compass directions and having a feel
for where you are and which direction you’re heading is important…”

Click here to go to the site!

Leaves, Changing Colors & Experiments!

Here’s are some great articles and lessons on the science and mystery of leaves and how they change colors in Autumn.

(By the way, you’ll want to click on the wonderful comic strips in this post to read the full sized versions. They are from here.)

WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOR? Every kid is curious about that!

Good scientific explanations for kids can be found HERE and from the USDA Forest Service HERE!

EXPERIMENT TIME! One of the coolest “Fall” experiments you can do is to separate colors in leaves using Chromatography – it is great fun!

Click here to see how to do this awesome experiment that works for both green leaves and leaves that have already turned colors. (And here is pretty much the same experiment, but with step-by-step with photos!)