Peter Wheat Adventures + Coloring Book



Peter Wheat and the inhabitants of the wheat field are back with more fun comic book adventures for you! Written & illustrated by the great Walt Kelly (creator of “Pogo”), these little known 16 page comic books were originally published in 1950 as giveaways for local “Peter Wheat” bakeries. Though long “lost” and out of print, these contain some wonderfully exciting and fun adventures, and Kelly’s marvelous artwork make them especially attractive to young readers.

Today’s adventure is “The Mysterious Thief” – somebody or someTHING has broken into the bakery and made a huge mess of everything, and it is up to Peter and Sammy Sweet to find out who it is… before it’s too late!

Along with that, we have the delightful Peter Wheat Coloring Book, featuring full page illustrations of Peter and his friends for young hands to color and enjoy! If your kids are Peter Wheat fans, they will love this!

To download the Peter Wheat Comic book, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link and save to your mac.

To download the Peter Wheat COLORING BOOK, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link and save to your mac.


Little Strummers

Little Strummers: A Guitar Course for Children Ages 6 – 10 (PDF ebook)

Back by popular demand! Today’s resource is this excellent beginner’s guide for young guitarists, by homeschool mom & part-time guitar teacher, Tara Tarbet. Tara created this starter guide to use with her own young guitar students, and has generously allowed us to share it with you here. (If you like this, please post a comment to let Tara know her work is appreciated!)

I’ve been looking at guitar tutorials for some time, hoping to find something that is geared specifically for young children just starting out, and to tell you the truth, this is the best resource I’ve seen yet. Simple tips and teaching suggestions, followed by a songbook of 20+ simple and familiar children’s songs (with even more tips at the bottom of each song). No drawn out instruction that is over the heads of little ones — just get in there and start playing. Great fun!

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save as” to your computer! (Mac users: Press “Control” then click the link and you can then download to your computer)


Tales of Generosity and Giving


From earliest childhood we are captivated by the sounds of the human voice telling a story. There is an elemental, magnetic pull to hear the myths, fables and parables that are a part of our varied cultures. We learn early life lessons from these wise folktales with their colorful characters and episodes.

This section of the Learning to Give website brings you dozens of classic stories from literature and folk tradition about the gifts and challenges of leading a generous life. These deceptively simple fables and myths become amazingly wise, rich and deep upon discussion and reflection. To enrich your experience, a companion Reflection Guide is also offered on the site. Lessons are also available, created specifically for high school students or adults.

Click here to go to the site

– suggested by Lorraine Goulet

The Hoosier Schoolmaster (Audio)


Today we go back  in time and see what “school” might have been like for your kids if you were living on the American frontier 160 years ago!

THE HOOSIER SCHOOLMASTER by Edward Eggleston was a famous novel about an enlightened schoolmaster in the fictional Indiana community of Flat Crick, and recounts all sorts of fascinating details about life in the mid-western American countryside in the 1850s. Though the book inspired two movies and was a best-seller for decades, it is pretty much forgotten today and is not currently in print.

This classic 27 minute AUDIO DRAMATIZATION of this famous story highlights some of the shenanigans and adventures that might have taken place back in the days of the one room country schoolhouse. Just be glad this sort of thing doesn’t happen in YOUR homeschool… or does it? :)

To play this program online, click here.

To download this MP3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Irasshai (Learn to speak Japanese)


Irasshai, a video course from Georgia Public Broadcasting, teaches Japanese language and culture skills to high school and college students and adult learners and professionals.

The 138 video lessons in this well done series get up close and intimate with viewer learners. Dr. Tim Cook, an Emmy award-winning instructor, takes students on a personal journey to where Japanese is spoken. Sometimes it’s predictable – inside a Japanese home or a Tokyo office building. Sometimes it’s less so – a sushi bar in Atlanta, a fishing hole in the Appalachians.

This is an award winning, excellent way to learn  basic Japanese language skills & be introduced to many fascinating aspects of Japanese culture and society. Good for jr. high through adult learners!

Click here to go to the site!

Young Naturalists Stories & Teacher Guides

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Wow! This has to be the motherlode of nature stories for kids! You will definitely want to check this out.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine’s “Young Naturalists” series is designed to engage elementary and middle school students with a wide variety of nonfiction topics on natural science and outdoor life. Each full color, illustrated story is accompanied by a Young Naturalists teachers guide that includes ready-made classroom activities. Bookmark this impressive library of over 100 stories and refer to it as you study outdoor and nature topics. Highly recommended!

Click here to go to the site!

– this resource was suggested by Lorraine Goulet – thanks, Lorraine!

Early Settlers and The Forest

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Here’s a great educational picture book/coloring book by Debbie Sluggett and Larry Fox from the Canadian site, Learn on early settlers and their relationship with forestry and wood products in both Canadian and US pioneer days. It is great for primary grades!

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

– resource suggested by Lorraine Goulet – thanks, Lorraine!

Flexagons and other cool geometric paper toys

In today’s hands-on tutorials, you’ll learn how to make a flexagon, a most fascinating geometric toy! It looks like an ordinary paper hexagon with a front and a back, but hidden inside is a third side (or face) that can be brought to the outside by flexing the paper.

Flexagons are folded paper polygons that have the neat feature of changing faces as they are flexed. There are many types of flexagons. The names of flexagons tell the type of polygon and the number of faces.

Click here to go to the Flexagon introductory page with instructions on how to make a basic Flexagon.

Then to make a Hexa-hexaflexagon, go here.

Then to make a Tri-tretraflexagon, go here.

And THEN, to make a way cool FLEXTANGLE, go here!


John James Audubon: The Bird Artist

John James Audubon: The Bird Artist  (PDF ebook)

This little storybook has some truly gorgeous full color illustrations along with a touching biography of this gentle and gifted artist and naturalist. Many young students will really relate to him and his love of nature. This is perfect for reading aloud!

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