Wow! Can We Do That Again? Again!

jesscoloringbookDaughter Jess has just published her new coloring book, and it is a delight. It depicts her three characters Rusty, Penny and Ben (from our “all-time favorite science experiments” collection Wow! Can We Do That Again?) enjoying all sorts of creative, old-fashioned kid fun adventures throughout the year. Your kids will love it.

Both books are now available on Amazon, and, as you might guess, we highly recommend them both.

Tell you what: If you purchase one or the other volumes from now until Christmas, email us a copy of your receipt and we’ll send you a set of our downloadable Sugar and Spice Unit Studies ($8.95 value) as a”thank you” for your purchase! Just email us a copy of your Amazon receipt/confirmation and we’ll send it right out!

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Wow! Can We Do That Again? Coloring Book

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Wow! Can We Do That Again? All-Time Favorite Quick and Easy Science Experiments You Can Do at Home

 

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Dec 7, 1941: Listen to how it was 75 years ago

pearl1PEARL HARBOR, DEC 7, 1941 – AS IT HAPPENED

This Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the US entry into World War II. We’re featuring this resource a couple days early so you can have time to work it into your homeschool history by the 7th.

For most Americans, news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor came as an interruption to their favorite radio programs on an otherwise tranquil Sunday afternoon in early December of 1941.  An Associated Press bulletin at 1:07 p.m. Eastern Standard Time first reported the attack to mainland news organizations and radio networks. After confirming the initial bulletin with the government, the major networks interrupted regular programming at 2:30 p.m., bringing news of the attack, still in progress, to the American public.

Here, courtesy of OTR.com, is the story of that fateful day, accompanied by dramatic excerpts from that day’s radio broadcasts reporting on the events at Pearl Harbor as they happened. Living History indeed, and highly recommended!

Click here to go to their radio archive listening page!

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Make your own Christmas Village

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-8-26-26-amBack by request! Print, cut out and assemble your own vintage Christmas village scene. This is a wonderful project for the kiddos and makes a delightful decoration for the season. Great fun!

Click here to go to the download page!

Tip: Be sure to use the link in the red text near the bottom of the page to download the .zip archive file to get the whole thing in one download. Otherwise, you’ll have to download each individual page.

The Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book (PG)

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This excellent 200+ page anatomy coloring book and review guide from Kaplan  is a perfect resource from which to print out coloring pages to go with any studies of human anatomy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PARENTAL GUIDANCE RECOMMENDED. This coloring book was developed for Jr & Sr high & college use, and along with every other illustration of human anatomy, it does include some fairly explicit drawings of the reproductive system, which may not be appropriate for younger children. So while this is an excellent anatomy resource, please be aware of this fact, and handle this coloring book accordingly.

To download this 200 page PDF coloring book from Archive.org, CLICK HERE.

Thanks to Von for this updated link!

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Everyday Number Stories


Everyday Number Stories (PDF ebook)

Here’s a wonderful math problem book, filled with with delightful nostalgic illustrations from a long ago, simpler America (which the teacher probably will enjoy even more than the students), along with a host of practical, down-to-earth, and progressively more difficult arithmetic problems.

Very well done… This would be a great supplemental book for just about any elementary math program for students in grades 2-5.

Note: This PDF ebook was scanned from the original book, so it is best viewed using a computer instead of a portable device.

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!

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It’s time for…

Back again by popular demand!

It’s Cinnamon Bear time!

Lots of homeschoolers say that we are responsible for getting them hooked on “The Cinnamon Bear” when we first featured it twelve years ago – though I suspect many of them would have eventually discovered this wonderful old-time-radio children’s program on their own. But one thing’s for certain – over the past decade listening to “The Cinnamon Bear” has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of homeschooling families.

There’s just something about popping up some popcorn, warming up the cider, cuddling up on the sofa with your kids, and filling your house with the SAME wonderful holiday season stories and music your grandparents (or GREAT grandparents) enjoyed when they were young too. It is magic. If your family hasn’t experienced “The Cinnamon Bear”, YOU just might need to start the tradition too.

So what is “The Cinnamon Bear”?

First broadcast on the radio way back in 1938, The Cinnamon Bear is the classic tale of Judy and Jimmy Barton, who discover that the silver star which is supposed to go on the top of their Christmas tree has gone missing from their attic. As they search for it, they encounter a teeny tiny bear just two inches high – Paddy O’Cinnamon (aka The Cinnamon Bear) – who shows Judy and Jimmy how to shrink down to his own size.

At that point, the story really begins as the three friends set out on a journey to Maybeland in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, who took the ornament. Over the course of the 26 episode series, they encounter a host of delightful characters, including the Inkaboos, the Candy Pirates (who are my personal favorites), The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus himself. It’s a delightful old timey, family-safe fairy tale for listeners of all ages, with lovely music, fun characters, and an engrossing (you-can’t-listen-to-just-one) storyline.

Traditionally, these 15 minute programs were broadcast each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving, right up to Christmas Eve… one episode each day. Of course, nowadays most kids – knowing the entire series is stashed away on your computer or ipod – want to listen to it at a much faster clip than just “one a day”, so many families go through two or three or more episodes per day. (Warning: Once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop.)

Start your own holiday tradition

Ready to give it a listen? We’ve got all 26 episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear” series lined up for you, and we invite you to give them a listen and join in the fun. You can listen to each episode or download them to your computer here. Click the link to listen online, or RIGHT CLICK the link to download to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the file.

Content Note: In this 26 part series, the characters do encounter a witch and some magical creatures. These are not “Harry Potter” type realistic characters, but old fashioned cartoony 1930’s versions. However, because some parents wish us to let them know if there are elements of magic in a program in any shape or form, we’re letting you know that now.

If you like this series, we Highly Recommend you pick up our delightful CINNAMON BEAR COMPANION bundle to go along with these programs! This downloadable resource package includes a terrific 100 page LAPBOOK with activities for EVERY episode of the series, 2 fun BOARD GAMES, 2 COLORING BOOKS and an MP3 “album” of all the great songs from the series… all for just $7. It will definitely add a lot to your kids’ enjoyment of the series this holiday season – or any time you wish to re-visit MaybeLand.

Click here to order your copy now!

“I also have to say what a great resource this was last year. We bought the Cinnamon Bear Companion also and did the lapbook, colouring book and games with our youngest (7 years). I want to add that after 6 years of family homeschooling it was the best project we have ever done :) Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand” – Shelly B.

Here are the Download links to ALL 26 episodes for you. To download each file, RIGHT CLICK the link, then “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the ‘control’ key then click the link and save to your mac.

Chapter 1: Paddy O’Cinnamon

Chapter 2: Weary Willy

Chapter 3: Crazy Quilt Dragon

Chapter 4: The Inkaboos

Chapter 5: Wesley the Wailing Whale

Chapter 6: Samuel Seal

Chapter 7: Presto the Magician

Chapter 8: The Candy Pirates

Chapter 9: The Roly Poly Policeman

Chapter 10: Professor Whiz

Chapter 11: Fee Foo the Gentle Giant

Chapter 12: The Rhyming Rabbit

Chapter 13: The Wintergreen Witch

Chapter 14: Queen Melissa of Maybeland

Chapter 15: Snapper Stick the Crocodile

Chapter 16: Oliver Ostrich

Chapter 17: The Muddlers

Chapter 18: The Cocklebur Cowboys

Chapter 19: The Wooden Indian

Chapter 20: The Flying Hat

Chapter 21: The Snowman

Chapter 22: Santa Claus

Chapter 23: The Bad Dolls

Chapter 24: The Parade

Chapter 25: Captain Tintop

Chapter 26: From the North Pole Back to Home

These links will remain available right up until Christmas. Yay!

 

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Homeschool Ideas for the Holidays!


Our Favorite Homeschool Ideas For The Holidays (PDF ebook)

There’s a very good reason we bring this little ebook back each year. Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is here! And while we can’t control the calendar, we CAN control what the holidays are going to be like in our own households. Now’s the time to plan how to make the next few weeks the best time of the year for your family.

We surveyed over 800 homeschool families and asked them to share their favorite holiday activities and ideas – what worked for them, and what did not. This is a compilation of the very best responses and ideas we received. In this little collection you’ll find dozens of great holiday learning activities plus tips and suggestions for balancing homeschool & family during the hectic holiday season. This is some of the very best “real life” advice on the subject you’ll find ANYWHERE at any price. Don’t miss it!

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

 

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Richard of Jamestown


Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

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

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The Stepping Stones

350px-mayflowercompactThe Stepping Stones (MP3 audio)

Today when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of turkeys, Indians, pumpkin pie, pilgrims, the Mayflower and other symbols of holiday… but we don’t always consider the reasons behind why the pilgrims left their home to venture to a New World. They faced the perils of the sea, sickness, famine and for some death just to start anew in a land they knew little about.

This is the story of William Brewster, the ruling elder of the Scrooby congregation, who had  started a printing venture that specialized in printing Puritan Gospel tracts–  tracts that were illegal in England at the time. So it was that as the Pilgrims made ready to sail, Brewster was in hiding while the king’s soldiers sought to imprison him, and he was actually smuggled aboard the Mayflower. Listen to his story… and the story of the Mayflower Compact which became a “stepping stone” toward freedom and government in this new world, in this excellent episode of American Portraits, originally broadcast back in 1948.

To download this mp3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.

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Mary of Plymouth

i-155Mary of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement by James Otis (PDF ebook)

“My name is Mary, and I am setting down all these things about our people here in this new world, hoping some day to send my dear friend, Hannah, who lives in Scrooby, England, what may really come to be a story… even though the writer of it is only sixteen years old, having lived in Plymouth since the day our company landed from the Mayflower in 1620, more than eleven years ago…”

So begins this delightful book about the pilgrims and the colony of Plymouth, as told through the eyes of a young pilgrim girl named Mary. This classic “living history book”, written by James Otis and originally published in 1910, is full of history, fascinating details about the daily lives of the pilgrims, along with plenty of action and adventure. Profusely illustrated and highly recommended. this is back by popular request! A great story to share with your kids as we draw closer to our own Thanksgiving celebrations!

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

 

 

 

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Old Time Holiday Stories – Sampler

Great Old Time Holiday Programs SAMPLER! (mp3 audios)

Here are three wonderful holiday-themed old time radio programs from our “Great Old Time Holiday Stories” collection, which is available  here. Give these a listen and you’ll quickly understand why so many families make these an integral part of their holidays each year. Nothing captures the wholesome, old-fashioned spirit of the holiday season better than these classic holiday radio programs… NOTHING!

The three programs you can download and listen to in their entirety today are:


The Path of Praise
A wonderful history of the Thanksgiving holiday from colonial days through Abraham Lincoln’s establishing it as a national holiday. A very moving and inspirational program!


Stranded in a Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
A great Christmas episode of “Father Knows Best” which WILL get you in the Christmas spirit. Just sit back and let this one work its magic on you… it is a delight!


The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One
The Cinnamon Bear is a perennial favorite 15 minute children’s musical adventure serial that has been enjoyed by children of all ages since it was first broadcast way back in 1938. Episode #1 of this 26 episode series will get your kids hooked!

To Download “The Path of Praise” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “Stranded in a Snowstorm” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One” (mp3 audio/ 14 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

Again, if you want a copy of this wonderful collection of over 100 great stories and resources, don’t delay… Click here for full details!

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Homemaker’s Mentor Lesson: Fireside Cheer

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“Fireside Cheer” (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this full length HomeMaker’s Mentor lesson offering some wintertime inspiration that will warm you and yours! This lesson includes a photo tutorial on how to make pinecone firestarters, ornamental gift match boxes, a checklist for your fireplace, reminiscing about hearths in the homes of yesteryear through all four seasons, and warming recipes for cups o’ fireside cheer! A great cozy resource for upcoming chilly winter evenings!

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Homemaker’s Mentor: Home Made Light

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-4-23-41-pmHome Made Light (PDF ebook) -In this Homemaker’s Mentor lesson guide, we learn how to make pure and natural hand-dipped candles from sweet-smelling beeswax, in a variety of shapes, styles and methods. Lots of practical fun for adults and kids alike!

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Homemaker’s Mentor: Five Savory Soups!

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-4-20-15-pmFive Savory Soups (PDF ebook) – Yummy illustrated recipes from the Homemaker’s Mentor for five homemade soup meals to make for your family. These are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious – especially for the upcoming Fall and Winter months!

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Homemaker’s Mentor: Are Your Closets Ready for Anyone to Peek?

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-4-11-39-pmAre Your Closets Ready for Anyone to Peek? (PDF ebook) – In this great Homemaker’s Mentor lesson, learn how you can keep your pantry closet, craft closet, coat closet, game closet, storage closet, linen closet, and even the bedroom closets organized, useable and always ready for inspection!

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