Classic Audio Stories


Want some relaxing, imagination stirring listening for your kids on these lazy late summer afternoons?
Here are three of our favorite old time radio stories that your family will love!

To play any of these streaming over the internet, just click the link below. If you’d like to download the mp3 audio file, RIGHT CLICK the link and “save link” to your computer. (Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.)

Family Science Fiction: A PAIL OF AIR


Family Western: THE SIX SHOOTER

Jimmie’s Collage

Here’s an amazing smorgasbord of over a hundred great notebooking pages, lapbooks, mini-books, and other printables created by Jimmie, including Famous artist pages, writing, math, music, history, nature, Shakespeare, and many more  printable resources. Can’t narrow it down to just feature a few… so go take a look and start digging. Lots of little treasures here!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page

The History of Money: From Its Origins to Our Time

This concise, 12,000 word “Junior Histoire” by economist James Robertson (originally published in French but here translated to English) explains how money began, how it has evolved to the present day, what it has enabled humans to achieve, why so many people in the world today suffer from the way it works, how it may develop further, and how young people today might want it to develop.

A great and short (22 pages) introduction to the history of money and how it has developed over the centuries.

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.

Also, here’s a link to Mr. Robertson’s main site if you want to do further study.

Typing Club

Want a simple, free touch typing lessons without a lot of dumb games, bells and whistles (aka “distractions”)? This is it. Just like in the old days where you learned typing key by key. (No sign up required, unless you want to keep track of your student’s progress. There are also ads on the page, but just navigate around them.)

CLICK HERE to go to the site

Suggested by Nancy Funk – thanks, Nancy!


Track Autumn Migration & more


It’s the middle of August, and it’s the perfect time to learn about wildlife migration and track the approach of Autumn. The Journey North website fills young learners in on this season’s migration of eagles, hummingbirds, butterflies, whooping cranes, robins and whales, with real time sightings and reports, live cams, maps, and an interactive app which you can use to report sightings in your own neighborhood.

This could be huge fun and a great learning experience for families that get ‘into it’! Maybe yours?

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Visiting & Ministering to Older People

We got this neat resource suggestion from reader Carmen Bowman, who writes:

I am a homeschool mom of 7 years to my one daughter Ellie who is now 10. All that time I have had the privilege of knowing your site and getting your updates…

I’m sending you a link to my own website, EDU-CATERING,  for your consideration. I am part of the culture change movement which is a national civil rights movement, essentially, to make life better for persons living and working in nursing homes and assisted livings. If you want to know more about that go to my first tab called Proud to Call it Culture Change – What it is. That may be of interest to your constituents secondarily.

The main resource I would like to draw your attention to is the following:

Visiting Older Adults Ministry Ideas

As a homeschooler and one involved in this movement I have realized that so many homeschool families are interested in serving older people but may not know what to do. Please consider the free downloadable articles meant for the general public on both what to do with older people in your life, ministry ideas and more about the movement which is exciting and good for people to simply know that nursing home/assisted living life CAN BE better.

These are some great tips and suggestions to involve your kids in interacting with and serving others. It is a great way to open their hearts and world view. Recommended!

Suggested by Freebie Finder Carmen Bowman, thanks Carmen!


Editor’s Note: We also can recommend The Sonshine Society for their many resources and helps for any family or church seeking to start a nursing home ministry. We did this for several years when our kids were little, and it was an amazing experience for all of us. If you are interested in an organized ministry, check out their free “Power Packet”


Young People’s Concerts

Screen shot 2015-08-07 at 2.17.38 PMLeonard Bernstein’s YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERTS SERIES

From 1958-1973, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein  played live, educational concerts with the New York Philharmonic that were televised nationwide on CBS. Tapes of the broadcasts were eventually syndicated to 40 countries, introducing an entire generation of children to a wide range musical concepts, styles and composers. The first concert to air was “What Does Music Mean.”

Bernstein led a total of fifty-three Young People’s Concerts during those fourteen years, and covered a broad range of subjects. The works of the great composers were explored, including tributes to modern masters such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Hindemith, Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. Bernstein discussed “Jazz in the Concert Hall,” “Folk Music in the Concert Hall,” and “The Latin-American Spirit.” He explained the intricacies of Music Theory in programs such as “Musical Atoms: A Study of Intervals” and “What is a Mode?” He broached complex aesthetic issues such as “What Does Music Mean?” (his first program) with clarity and without condescension. Bernstein also used the Young People’s Concerts to introduce young performers to the musical world. The sixteen year-old pianist André Watts made his debut in the concert of January 15, 1963.

This site has compiled YouTube links to 25 of the original 53 concerts.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

– Suggested by Freebie Finder Diane Engelking – thanks, Diane!

Inner Body

Screen shot 2015-08-07 at 2.01.30 PMINNER BODY

Explore the human body like never before! With hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the body, will help you discover what you want to know about human anatomy, right  at your fingertips. Display and study the skeletal system, muscular stem, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and on and on. It’s an online “Visible Man / Woman” that is great for introducing human anatomy to students.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

– suggested by Freebie Finder Lisa Thompson! Thanks, Lisa!

Dave Conservatoire

Dave Conservatoire is a free music school for everyone . . . even you! In fact, especially you! This growing site currently offers over 100 video music lessons, introducing how music works from the very beginning. Test your understanding as you go, with interactive exercises designed to enhance your awareness and sensitivity to music.

Here’s what the founder of the site says about it:

“Hello, my name’s Dave, and I’m a musician from London, UK. I started Dave Conservatoire in 2011 to help people to learn music, no matter what their circumstances.

“Inspired by non-profit educational sites like Khan Academy who teach millions of people for free, I wanted to see if I could do the same for people who wanted to learn, not just how to play music, but more importantly how music works.

“Music, to me, is the most wonderful and interesting thing in the world, it brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. Music helps to heal and helps people to grow in confidence and express their ideas. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn about music and explore this wonderful world. Whether you are lucky enough to have a music teacher or are learning by yourself, I’m here to help you on your journey!”

CLICK HERE to go to the site

– suggested by Freebie Finder Lisa Thompson! Thanks, Lisa!

The Civil War, Then and Now

Screen shot 2015-08-07 at 1.31.14 PMTHE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, PHOTOS THEN AND NOW

150 years after the end of the Civil War,  photographer David Levene travelled across the US photographing the sites affected by the American civil war.

On this site you’ll find archived photos of Civil War sites (such as this photo of little Confederate kids watching Union Cavalry troops at Sudley Springs Ford in Virginia), side by side with present day photos of the same scene. A slider bar allows you to morph them between past and present. Below each captioned picture, there are audio interviews with various people about each of these sites. The way this plants the present day into the past is truly fascinating, and a great American history discussion starter!

CLICK HERE to go to the site

– suggested by Freebie Finder Julia Schlenker – thanks Julia!