Llevada’s Algebra

AlgebraFree.com offers the complete Llevada’s Algebra Course (Algebra 1) online. While you can purchase the whole thing on DVDs, every chapter and every lesson is also available for free on their site, including examples, chapter reviews and tests. There are 73 lesson videos and over 700 solved exercises in Flash format.

If your student is just getting ready to dig into Algebra, take a look at this course and see if it works for you. There is lots of positive feedback on the site and elsewhere online, and the author himself says it is especially “homeschool friendly”. Check it out!

To go to the site, click here!

Westminster Shorter Catechism COPYBOOK + Bonus Freebie

Our friends at Brookdale House have put together a neat handwriting practice resource – the complete Westminster Shorter Catechism in copybook format!

This 100+ page copybook features all the text of the Catechism in traditional cursive format, on pre-lined pages.

Click here to go to the download page!

BONUS FREEBIE TIP: Also while you’re there, definitely sign up for their newsletter and you’ll receive a copy of their ebook, The Charlotte Mason Writing Plan, which covers how to teach writing for students grades 1 to 6!

 

Comic Book Classics: Clementina

clementinaReady to meet a new friend your littles will adore? Then say hello to Clementina, the flying pig in this delightful children’s comic book adaptation of the popular books by Oskar Lebeck. Nobody was more surprised than Clementina when she woke up one night to find she had grown a beautiful pair of wings. And so her adventures began.

In this comic book, we meet Clementina and some of her very good friends, including a bear that looks and sounds somehow… familiar. Take a look and you’ll see what we mean. With a sweet, gentle story and gorgeous artwork, this is a real keeper your kids will want to read over and over again.

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

We’re back!

Did you miss us? We sure missed YOU!

We are back from our summer break and have all sorts of great resources lined up for you for the rest of the summer. Stop by every day and check out the goodies!

- The Erskine Family

PS. Don’t forget to sign up for the Homemaker’s Mentor summer of freebies! We’ve got oodles of great goodies for you there too!

Comic Book Classics: Aladdin

aladdinIt’s Summer. It’s July. Lots of fun stuff to do, but boy… it sure is hot out there.

When it’s time to cool off, how about some reading just for fun?

Here’s a “classic” comic book for your kids’ summer reading – a great adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Aladdin”, as originally published in the Dell Junior Classics series in the 1950s.  How can you resist a cover like that? There’s lots of fun for readers of all ages in this faithful, pre-Disney version of the original story.

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

Memorial Day Memories / Captains Courageous

Memorial Day Memories

This Memorial Day episode of the daytime serial “Against the Storm” finds the aged Professor Allen remembering a long ago day in 1894 when he was a young boy visiting a Civil War Soldier graveyard. This touching and wistful story reminds us of the sacrifice of the many generations of young men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. Originally broadcast on May 30, 1941, just a few months before the US entered WW2. (10 minutes)

Resource: Here’s a nice page on the history of Memorial Day.

To listen to this MP3 audio program, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.

Captains Courageous

A wonderful audio dramatization of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of a spoiled boy who is saved from drowning by the crew of a fishing ship, and the life-changing adventures that follow. This is a very entertaining program… don’t miss it! (40 minutes)

To listen to this MP3 program, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.

The Man Without A Country

The Man Without A Country (MP3 audio)

There are few tales charged with stronger patriotism than breathes from this narrative of a man who “loved his country as no other man has loved her; but no man deserved less at her hands.” — Henry Seidel Canby

“The Man Without A Country” is Edward Everett Hale’s haunting and patriotic tale of Philip Nolan, a young man enamored of the charismatic Aaron Burr. He participates in Burr’s mystery shrouded empire building scheme, for which Burr was charged with treason. But while Burr and the other leaders escape punishment, Nolan is convicted. When the presiding judge offers him an opportunity to prove his loyalty to the United States, Nolan replies in fury: “D—n the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!”

…and… for the next 50 YEARS he gets his wish.

This is a powerful and poignant tale — the ultimate “think before you speak” story — that you will long remember.

To download this 30 minute MP3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac. Other devices, just click the link and the program should play streaming online.

PROGRAM NOTE! Parents, we’re telling you this upfront, because we don’t want any emails fussing at us: Be aware that the protagonist of this story at one point does indeed yell out “D**n the United States!” This is a crucial turning point in the story, portrayed exactly as written in the original book. It is not done for sensationalistic reasons — it is a vital part of the story being told.  We could have spliced this out of the story, but it is a key point in the plot and the original book, so we have allowed it to remain. Obviously in 1954 the producers of this program – made specifically for family listening – felt the same way. If this is not acceptable to you, PLEASE DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS STORY!

Tom Sawyer / A Piece of String

Tom Sawyer

We start our Audio Adventures today with this great half hour dramatization of Mark Twain’s immortal book, “Tom Sawyer”. It’s great fun, and a wonderful taste of the full book.

To download the MP3 audio program, “Tom Sawyer”, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.

BONUS: Here’s a great comic book adaptation of Mark Twain’s immortal story, from the golden age of comics. This is a very faithful, well-done version of the story and a neat way to introduce readers to this timeless classic! To download this large (38 meg) PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.

A Piece of String

Next, we have one of Guy De Maupassant’s most famous short stories, “A Piece of String”. In this tale, a simple farmer finds a piece of string on the side of the road… and because of it, he becomes an accused man who’s life and reputation are ruined. How can a simple piece of string do that to a person? Listen and find out!

To listen to the MP3 audio program, “A Piece of String”, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.

The Burning of Washington DC

The Burning of Washington DC

Can you imagine The White House and the Capitol in flames? It really did happen two hundred years ago during the War of 1812 between the British forces and the United States.  On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force led by Major General Robert Ross occupied Washington and  set fire to many public buildings, including the White House and the Capitol. Today’s audio dramatization is the true story of that amazing day.

To listen to the MP3 audio story, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.

To view the PDF Listening Guide, CLICK HERE. To download, 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.