Michigan Technological University’s Mind Trekkers STEM Road Shows bring the WOW! of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the hands and minds of K-12 students. While they are mainly a “road show” doing special events at schools and fairs in Michigan, they have also compiled a wonderful page with hundreds of STEM activities, experiments and demonstrations, many of which are perfect for home use.
POEMS TO PLAY WITH (IN CLASS) is a 128 page study guide prepared for the New York City Department of Education as a guide to teaching poetry to elementary students in grades 3 thru 5. But a lot of it would work just as well for homeschool use. This is another of those cases where taking the time to “glean” from a resource originally purposed for other use can really pay off. So ignore all the “school standards” classroom stuff and instead glean all the great ideas in this helpful study guide that has lots of wonderful poems, lessons, resources and activities related to poetry for your kids.
From the introduction:
One of the great things about teaching poetry to students in the elementary grades is that they already come to you with openness for the genre. They will also have had some exposure to the genre due to its frequent use in primary grade classrooms. As teachers, we now want to extend and expand both their knowledge of and appreciation for poetry. We want them to experience the power of precise words and carefully chosen language. We want them to understand that good poems – powerful words and images – have the ability to inspire, motivate, awaken, amuse and help us see things in new ways.
…We also want to challenge our students to approach poems first with open eyes, ears, hearts and minds – to revel in the rhythm of language, to marvel at the pairing of two words, to laugh at an amusing metaphor or telling and to be able to say to themselves: Wow!
Check it out, and glean some great ideas from this guide. RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your PC. Mac users press the “control” key and click the link and save the PDF file on your mac.
Making your own homeschool planner is the perfect way to ensure YOU get the planner YOU want and will utilize! It is a fun process to build it, inexpensive to have bound, and rewarding to use a planner you built from the ground up.
Here’s a great how-to guide & collection of planner pages from Jessica at wonderandwildness.com that will inspire and encourage you to create your own personal planner. Some of the printable pages she offers here include:
Blank two page calendar spread
Lined, dotted and plain pages with Charlotte Mason quotes
Daily homeschool planner schedules
Charlotte Mason checklists
Habit pages… and more.
Today we’re sharing this wonderful volume in this classic children’s book series by beloved writer/artist William Donahey.
The Teenie Weenies are two inch high people living in a very LARGE and colorful world, and in this volume we meet many of their animal neighbors. This series was a favorite of many children in the early to mid 1900s. GORGEOUS black & white and color illustrations — check it out!
This is a scanned PDF of the original printed book, and as such is best viewed on a computer, and not a portable device.
Subtitled “A Reading Book of Science for American Boys and Girls” this 1903 book has 400+ pages of fully illustrated, well-written nature articles and activities divided into different “Books” covering many aspects of natural science: Physics, Meteorology, Geology, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Anatomy and more. Chock full of illustrations and things-to-do. Much of this material would be great for Charlotte Mason-style instruction.
Note: This is a scanned vintage book, so it is best viewed on a computer and not a portable device. It also includes some dated materials and is written from a secular viewpoint, so even though we do not necessarily agree with everything it contains, there is way too much good stuff here to dismiss this. Most of this is quite useful and fascinating for today’s students and readers. Glean… it is well worth it!
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HEREand “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
Here’s a neat site that features all 16 episodes of this excellent PBS natural science series for students in streaming video format, plus teacher’s guides and supplemental articles & PDFs. Each episode is just 15 minutes long, and when you add the supplemental materials, is great to use as a 15 week nature science curriculum!
Kids love tongue twisters, and our brand new cursive handwriting copybook is chock full of them. Today’s freebie is a 10 page sampler PDF of pages from the full book, ready for you to download and enjoy.
Each page of this copybook / workbook has two or three tongue twisters printed in light gray dotted cursive on ruled lines, with blank ruled lines just below.
Students first trace the dotted cursive letters, and then copy the same phrase on the blank lines just below, giving them two opportunities to copy each tongue twister.
Not only will students have something that’s actually intriguing and entertaining for practice their handwriting on, they’ll also enjoy the challenge of trying to enunciate these delightfully difficult tongue twisters – if they can!
If your kiddos enjoy this, they will love the complete 40 page book, which is now available either in paperback on Amazon, or as an inexpensive PDF download from us. If you need some cursive practice pages for your student, check it out!
To download this PDF sampler, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save the file to your mac.
Home Geography for Young Students (PDF ebook) back by popular demand is this great classic course in geography and how it relates to your child’s home, neighborhood and location. Originally published in 1907 for use in primary grades, this classic book uses a neat question & answer format with reviews for each lesson. Though you may find some of the illustrations dated, the teaching method and much of the information is still viable for today’s learners. Just pick and choose some of the later chapters as needed. This is a complete introductory geography course appropriate for grades 1-3, extremely well done. Check it out!
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
In the Days of the Guild by L. Lamprey (PDF ebook)
Today’s resource is this great historical storybook, set in 13th Century Europe, telling the stories of different boys and girls who came to learn and master different trades through apprenticeship to different craftsmen and merchant guilds. These stories run the gamut of many of the main crafts and industries of the Medieval period, including scribes, wool merchants, stained glass artisans, goldsmith, potter, goose girl, perfumer, musician, and many more. Lots of excellent illustrations with some color plates too. A wonderful “living history” book that really brings the times to life through the stories of these young people finding their “calling” in life, 13th Century style.
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
What are “simple machines” and how do they make work easier?
Simple machines are ones which have only one part to do the work. They are basically what you see in the illustration: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wheels & axles, wedges, screws, and gears. Just about every tool we use to do anything is based on one or more of these fundamental “simple tools”. When your students understand this, they can begin to get a grasp on how things really work.
Here are two very good downloadable PDF ebooks that introduce, explain and illustrate the basic concepts behind “simple machines”:
And if you want to do some hands-on lessons on simple machines, here’s a teaching guide with lots of activities, projects and experiments for you. This was originally written for 5th grade students, but can be adapted for any age:
If you’ve got an artist or animation fan in your household, they will love this one:
Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.
In this excellent series of 21 videos (about 12 minutes each) on the All-Star Orchestra section of Kahn Academy, learn about the different instruments of the orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – as they are presented and demonstrated by principal players from famous symphony orchestras.
Here’s a fun and informative video adventure into the workings of fireworks, exploring the history of fireworks, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, oxidizers and quantum leaps. Join James Dingley for this 10 minute streaming video presentation as we burn fire underwater, uncover the secrets of quantum physics and take the dog for a walk:
Here’s a link to NASA’s wonderful interactive map of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. You can zoom in anywhere you want and find out exactly how much of the eclipse you can see in any given location and how long it will last. Totally cool. We’ll be there with glasses on!