The LittleBrickSchoolHouse.com website has a neat little guide showing how you can use LEGO bricks to introduce and teach very basic math concepts for pre-school and primary age students. If your little one loves LEGOS, they will enjoy these short and simple “hands on” lessons with their favorite building blocks.
What a different world it was just a few generations ago, when women had few rights and a second-class status in many aspects of our society. Today, courtesy of our sister site HomeschoolRadioShows.com, we bring you this fascinating audio story of Susan B. Anthony.
Anthony was quite a controversial figure for some of her attitudes and beliefs, but her tireless work with the Women’s Suffrage movement of the early 20th century culminated with the passage (after her death) of the 19th Amendment and the right to vote for all women in the United States. This excellent living history” audio dramatization of her life, work and times was originally broadcast on the program “Inheritance” on March 27th, 1955.
Along with the audio program, we’ve also got a copy of one of our HomeschoolRadioShows “listening guides” this week to help in discussing this program and thinking through some of the topics it portrays. Enjoy!
To download the 30 minute audio dramatization, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
To download the PDF Listening Guide, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
Save Our Species, a coloring book published by the Environmental Protection Agency, introduces you to 21 endangered and threatened plants and animals found in the United States. Print the pages and use your crayons to bring to life oceans, swamps, deserts, islands and a variety of plants and animals. Your tax dollars at work!
Here are nine great animated cartoons (each just a minute long) created by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, asking some fascinating science & physics questions that are sure to intrigue your young viewers.
Can we travel through time?
Why doesn’t the moon fall down?
Why is it dark at night?
Why can’t we walk through walls?
What keeps us stuck to the Earth?
Watch the entertaining answers to these and other puzzling physics questions HERE.
From the HowDoesShe? blog comes these way fun printables that do wonders to promote some fun family discussion around the table:
“Here are dozens of questions that encourage family talk! We believe in families and we know the power of getting to know each other better. So what we’ve created for you are questions that you put in a jar. It doesn’t need to be a fancy jar. Each night at dinner time pull out one question and read it to the family. Some are silly and some are serious. Get to know each other better and smile as you create memories with your loved ones!”
These are delightful, and great fun! We had a similar “store bought” thing like this that we used for years around our table and it never failed to provoke some interesting discussions — even if it was just to laugh at the sometimes crazy questions. Print out these PDF masters, cut ’em up and put ’em in a nice jar on your table and you are guaranteed to have some memorable supper discussion times with your kids over the months to come.
To access these Dinner Question printables, click here, then at the bottom of the page subscribe to her email list to access these and other printable freebies.
AwesomeArtists.com is a wonderful site offering loads of great art booklets, posters, lessons and more, including: The ABCs of Art, Clay Creations lessons, lessons on collage and mixed media, drawing, fiber art, painting, printmaking, wire sculpture, cartooning, and much more. All the lessons, posters and booklets are downloadable in PDF format. This IS a treasure trove of ideas and instruction! Bookmark and use it!
Here are three classic episodes of WATCH MR. WIZARD, a wonderful science program starring Don Herbert and broadcast in the 1950s and 1960s. These may “look” a bit old (especially the last one), but give ’em a chance… these are great, and your kids will learn a LOT from these (you will too)! Each episode is about 30 minutes in length. Sorry, but you can’t download these – they must be viewed from this site while you are online.
In this early 1960s episode, “Mr. Wizard” talks about the science of how different animals move, including bugs, birds, mammals & people too! We also learn about how much energy it takes for use to walk forward, and about the speed of various animals. Neat!
Next, here’s another 1960s episode as Mr. Wizard has built a WILD looking “Rube Goldberg machine” and gives us some “shocking” demonstrations and lessons on electricity! Too fun!
In this final 1950s episode, Mr. Wizard demonstrates the basic geology of rocks to Buzz, by creating a tabletop volcano and explaining the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
Teaching and learning basic circuits, electronics, and electricity from books is good — but why not build a simple circuit from scratch and let your kids learn from doing?
Here’s a great way to get hands on and teach/learn the basics of electricity. This great beginning electronics project from instructables.com guides you through how to build your own working electronic circuit – without any soldering involved – using an empty pizza box! (You’ll probably have to force the kids to eat the pizza first before you can commence with this project. Hope they can handle that!)
With some very simple electronics parts, some paperclips, metal brads and tape, you can create a fun circuit that changes the path of the electric current to run through different sensors, light an LED, or activate a buzzer. Pass the pepperoni, and let the electronics learning begin!
Click here to go to their site. Note: The online instructions are free, but you need to be a site member to download the PDF version.
Eduweb has dozens of award-winning Interactive art, history, science and technology games available on their website, including: Engineering an Airplane the Wright Way, WolfQuest (live the life of a wild wolf), A Sailor’s Life for Me (based on the USS Constitution), Texas 1836, Putt the Planets, and many more. These educational games are searchable by subject and grade, and mobile app versions of many of them are also available. There are lots of interesting games here on a huge variety of subjects. Maybe something you are currently studying?
With the Presidential Inauguration coming up later this month, this is a teachable opportunity to focus on American History and US Presidents in particular. Here are two good ones:
“The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” is a neat site for students on the history of United States Presidents, created by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. There are lots of interesting presidential stories and trivia here, along with plenty of interactive activities, resources and teaching materials geared to different age levels.
Ready to test your Geography IQ? Here are dozens of fun, interesting quizzes on both US and World Geography!
In these creative quizzes from JetPunk.com, interactive maps, word puzzles and other formats have been used to create quizzes about countries of the world, states and capitols, bodies of water, famous streets, country flags, major cities, and much more. These are a fun and ingenious way to review and learn new geography facts.
Rachael Carman has created a wonderful collection of short studies and printable posters on character building words, that are especially suitable for homeschool use.
On her website, Rachel explains how and why she originally created these resources for her own boys as they grew up:
…I found several lists of character qualities, but they did not have definitions that my boys could understand. They needed simple, clear explanations. Further, I wanted to have Scripture as the anchor for each quality as well as a Bible character who demonstrated that particular quality in their lives.
Some of the words defined and covered in this series include:
Considerate Diligent Cooperation Humility Helpfulness Selflessness Truthful … and dozens more.
Each Character Quality Word includes an easy-to-understand definition, Bible Verse, Bible Character and a coloring page/poster for you to download. These are great for teaching character and memorization. Highly recommended!
Why the Chimes Rang
by Raymond MacDonald Alden
Beautiful illustrated PDF ebook
& Audio performance by “The Great Gildersleeve”
Thanks to Tammy Cardwell at CJPress, today we have a marvelous PDF version of the beautifully illustrated original book “Why the Chimes Rang” by Raymond MacDonald Alden. This is the simple, moving story of a little boy who wanted to honor the Lord’s birthday, and how an unexpected diversion caused his to be the greatest gift of all.
Accompanying this delightful book is an episode of The Great Gildersleeve, in which Gildersleeve reads this book to a crowd of children spending their holidays in the hospital. It is a moving reading and a great story that your whole family will love.
Today we have for you some great audio stories from the radio program GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, together telling the story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Each of these half hour audio dramatizations focus on a different aspect of the Nativity story — granted, with a bit of dramatic license — but all are excellent, thought-provoking tales that are largely grounded in the Bible narrative. Great listening in anticipation of Christmas Day.
Here is one of the spookiest, most faithful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” ever – animator Richard Williams’ 1971 cartoon version of “A Christmas Carol”. This is an amazing adaptation of Dickens’ story, an animation tour-de-force based on the original book illustrations from early editions of Dickens’ book. It is beautifully done, and captures aspects of the original that other dramatizations of this classic story have missed. 25 minutes
Parents, be warned this is genuinely spooky in some spots (as is the original story), so some of this might be frightening to very young children. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!