The Civil War Curriculum

The Civil War Trust is offering a full curriculum about the American Civil War, created by classroom teachers and their education department. The Civil War Curriculum is an easy-to-use, interdisciplinary, resource-rich guide for teaching the American Civil War, and is available in four versions: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Gifted & Talented – all of which can easily be adapted to a homeschool environment. Each version has about two dozen lesson plans plus powerpoint presentations and some supplemental materials, all of which are freely viewable online or downloadable as PDFs.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page!

Kids’ Astronomy Academy

Screen shot 2014-08-01 at 11.42.07 AMHere’s a super easy way to add a full year of science to your homeschooling! offers two astronomy courses for kids. Course #1 is meant for students age 7-11 and has 32 tutorial lessons & assignments, with a final project. Course #2, designed for students ages 12-18 has 48 assignments plus a final project. Students can earn a certificate of completion from the site by taking a final review test once the course is completed. Lessons progress from the bare basics through some very advanced material, with research and hands-on assignments that are well thought out and interesting.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Tip: Be sure to take the “tour” of the site for new users, to orient yourself before jumping into the courses!

Quick Reading Level Assessment Tests

reader2Ever wish you could easily pinpont just what level at which your child is reading?

A2ZHomeschooling has a neat page that provides two quick and accurate tests you can do to determine exactly where your child’s reading level is, in just a few minutes time. Also on this page are links to additional reading assessment tests.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

The Grammar Handbook


Today we’ve got this concise, well-written guide to proper grammar usage for you from Capella University. It’s a great tutorial and review guide for middle and high school use!

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.

Pioneer Adventure Activities Guide

ThumbnailImagine being able to travel through time and being plopped down right in the middle of some of the most important events in American history. Author Susan Kilbride’s new “Our America” series tells the story of twins Finn and Ginny as they search back in time for their lost parents, learning about American history and having some amazing adventures along the way. To celebrate the publication of the fifth book in the series, The Pioneer Adventure, Susan has put together a neat Pioneer Activities PDF that can be used either with her book or with any unit on the pioneers. It includes several kid-friendly activities such as drying & preparing food pioneer-style, making pioneer toys, and other things that will help younger students get an idea of what it was like to be a pioneer-era kid.

In addition to the Pioneer Activities PDF, Sue also has four more neat Activity Guides available as freebies, corresponding to the other books in her “Our America” series. There are neat “living history” ideas and activities in all of them… check it out!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page.

Tip: Sue has arranged to have the Kindle version of the first book in the series, The Pilgrim Adventure, for sale for just $2.99 on Amazon on August 4th – 6th. This is a great way to sample the series. Links on the download page!

Understood Betsy

UNDERSTOOD BETSY by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (PDF, kindle & nook ebook + mp3 audiobook)

A truly classic children’s book by Dorothy Canfield Fisher that is a real treat especially for homeschooling families. This engaging tale follows the adventures of thin, pale, 9 year old orphan Elizabeth Ann who is whisked away from her sheltered, overprotected city home and is taken to live on a Vermont farm where her cousins, the “dreaded Putneys,” live. However, it turns out that the Putneys are not at all what Elizabeth was told to expect, and under their care she blooms into a capable, independent and confident young lady.

UNDERSTOOD BETSY is a deeply satisfying story with wonderful insights into education and learning for its own sake, your family will love this delightful heroine and her heartwarming story will stay with you for years to come. Highly recommended! [Read more...]

Super Simple (and FUN!) Animation Projects for Kids – Unit Study

Ready for some super simple – and highly entertaining – animation lessons for your kids? Then join us today as we turn back the clock to the 19th century and find out how make our own “Living History” PHENAKISTOSCOPES!

The phenakistoscope is a simple but fascinating “science toy” that uses the persistence of motion principle to create an illusion of motion. Pronounced fen-a-kist-o-scope. Its name comes from the Greek words phenax, meaning ‘deceiver,’ and scopein, ‘to see’. It was developed in 1833 by Joseph Plateau as a toy that would make stationary images appear to be animated, These ideas eventually led to the development of cinema.

Today we have a pile of great links for you to learn more about animation history, and in the process make your own way cool phenakistoscopes!
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Cells Alive!

Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 11.42.51 AMCells Alive! is a neat site that makes the world of cells come alive for your students. Their interactive activities include animated models of animal, plant and bacteria cells, cell cycles, mitosis, meiosis, comparison of cell sizes and more.

They also have a microscopic cell cam, puzzles, several free downloadable worksheets and other activities. Perfect for biology class! Bookmark it accordingly.

Click here to go to the site

Fine Art Pages collection + 5 more freebies!

Classical Composer Monthly has a great freebie (available through this Friday) exclusively for our readers — FINE ART PAGES to introduce some classic masterpieces to your children in a novel, natural way. Here is Erica Johns’ rather humorous story of how she created this delightful 28 page collection: [Read more...]

Chronicles of Narnia – Complete Audiobook Series + more!

The COMPLETE Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – read by Chrissi Hart (Audiobooks)

By request, we’re bringing back this amazing treasure for you:

It’s the COMPLETE seven book Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, in audiobook format. These programs were originally recorded for broadcast on the Ancient Faith Internet Radio station (which we occasionally listen to and enjoy – especially their music station). The reader is Chrissi Hart, who has a lovely British accent just perfect for these readings.

Between the seven books in the series, there’s almost 50 hours of listening here! Wonderful for family or bedtime listening… bookmark this site and enjoy this incredible treasury of some of the best children’s books ever! [Read more...]