The Seven Keys Re-Boot

THE 7 KEYS RE-BOOT (PDF ebook) by Oliver & Rachel DeMille

This is an EXCELLENT ebook is based on the authors’ “A Thomas Jefferson Education” books for helping your students when they face learning challenges. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

From the introduction:

Read the 7 Keys Re-Boot each time you or your student faces a learning challenge. Read with your student and her current learning challenge specifically in mind. Write your thoughts and ideas that come as you read, and then apply them.

The 7 Keys Re-Boot is one of the most powerful things a mentor can do to help his students. The 7 Keys are the basis of all leadership education and the core principles of any great education. This process is profound, yet simple.

As a mentor re-reads the basic concepts of The 7 Keys with a specific mentee and her current learning challenges in mind, the magic occurs. This is great student whispering. It is the crux of great mentoring.

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

More related freebies about “A Thomas Jefferson Education” and excerpts from the other books pictured above can be found here.

– Suggested by Cori Sanders (thanks, Cori!)



An Anamorphic illusion can be very deceiving to the eye. These cool videos by Brusspup, found at The Science Explorer website, demonstrate several different anamorphic illusions. Observing the object from just the right angle, they seem three dimensional and lifelike. But the moment you move (or move it), the image becomes distorted, leaving you to wonder what just happened?

Click through to the article on the Science Explorer page, and you’ll find links to three downloadable anamorphic images you can print out and duplicate the same trick at home!


Futuristic Space Tourism Posters from NASA

Screen shot 2016-08-27 at 5.40.19 PMHere’s a great freebie for your science & science fiction-loving student:

Imagination is our window into the future. This brand new collection of  “travel posters” from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, envision a day when the creativity of scientists and engineers will allow us to do things we can only dream of now.

You can take a virtual trip to 14 alien worlds, and maybe even plaster your living room with planetary art, via the new, futuristic space tourism posters.

The posters are available free for downloading and printing at THIS LINK!



The Civil War Trust is offering a full curriculum about the American Civil War, created by classroom teachers and their education department. It is GREAT.

The Civil War Curriculum is an easy-to-use, interdisciplinary, resource-rich guide for teaching the American Civil War, and is available in four versions: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Gifted & Talented – all of which can easily be adapted to a homeschool environment. Each version has about two dozen lesson plans plus powerpoint presentations and some supplemental materials, all of which are freely viewable online or downloadable as PDFs.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page!




PluralSight, a site that offers online technology courses, has a nice selection of FREE  technology courses just for kids, including:

Amazing things you can do with a web browser (and a bit of code)
Teaching Kids to Program
Basic HTML for Kids
Photography-Basics of Composition
Learning to build Apps
Making Games… and more.

These courses are all video-based and have multiple lessons that run about 10 – 20 minutes each. The complete courses run about 2 – 4 hours total, depending on what you are studying.

Though PluralSight is a subscription based site, these kids’ courses are free and do not require an opt in or registration.

Click here to go to the site.

(Thanks to Scott Alan Blanchard for letting us know about this resource!)



Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Virginia Tech, the Pulse of the Planet radio program is a daily 2 – minute profile of nature and natural science that is perfect for a mini-science lesson for your kids. Or as they say on the site, it is “a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.”

Their online archive goes all the way back to the 1990s, so there are literally thousands of programs available. They may be played online or downloaded to your computer. Recent programs  include narwhales, water, manatees, mushrooms, monkeys and minerals… but use the search button to find programs on the topics you want to cover in your homeschool.

The Pulse of the Planet site also has a large collection of downloadable lesson plans for educators that are filled with hands-on projects and activities. You need to register with the site to access these, but there is no cost to download the lessons. Click on the “Educator Resources” link to navigate to this section of the site.

Click here to go to Pulse of the Planet website, or you can just click here to go directly to their program archive page.