American Exceptionalism

WHAT IS “AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM”?

Is there a special quality that makes America great? Find out in this video presentation.

Felice Gerwitz (of MediaAngels.com) wanted to teach her children American history without textbooks so, with the help of her brother-in-law Woody Wilson, she did. In this one hour long video presentation (which is the first in the American Government and Elections Class) Professor Wilson, a true patriot, shares the truth about American Exceptionalism.

Click here to go to the presentation!

Super & Simple Primary Grades Writing

Dianne Hurst at Gentle Shepherd is offering our readers this exclusive freebie ebook (regularly $3.95).  This 20-page ebook is full of how-tos and ideas, for teaching writing in the primary grades (grades 1 to 3).

Topics covered are copywork, making books, a writing journal, writing topical stories, writing to go with pictures, and a writing exercise called “Word of the Day.”

There are some printable pages included, for completing some writing assignments, but unlike most of Gentle Shepherd’s other writing ebooks, this is an idea book, not a workbook.

Click here to go to the download page!

TIP: Dianne has a second awesome freebie available for our readers on this page too. Check it out!

Amazing Weather Infographics & Posters

Weather Underground’s wonderful infographics library is a great resource to help your kids discover the science behind weather and geography in a simple and fun way. You’ll also find valuable safety and preparedness information that can be easily shared with your friends and family.

Click here to go to the Infographics site

WU is also releasing a weekly series of eye-popping weather posters, the first three of which are now available at their site for download. These are outstanding!

Click here to go to the Poster site!

Stories of Great Musicians

Screen shot 2015-02-11 at 8.54.26 AMSTORIES OF GREAT MUSICIANS (multiformat ebook)

Today we have this well done book by Olive Brown Horne and Kathrine Lois Scobey, featuring biographies of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert & Wagner.  Written for grades 4-5, this would also make a good read-aloud and an excellent introduction to these musicians’ lives and work. Lots of illustrations too!

To read this book online in HTML format, click here.

To download this book in Kindle format, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

To download this book in EPUB format, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

(No PDF version currently available.)

Nature Study Made Easy

NATURE STUDY MADE EASY (PDF ebook)

A lovely, vintage literature-based collection of plant and nature study lessons and activities prepared for 10-12 yr olds, but easily adaptable for younger or older students. Includes Lessons on: how plants grow, seeds, roots, herbs, trees, moss, flowering plants, ferns, mushrooms and more… with lovely poems and readings interspersed throughout. Very much a Charlotte Mason style text!

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

 

The First Book of Plants



THE FIRST BOOK OF PLANTS by Alice Dickinson (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this wonderful illustrated chapter book primer on plants – how they work, how they grow, how they reproduce, different types of plants, experiments you can do, and much much more. Lots of great illustrations too. Highly recommended!

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.

 

The First Book of Stones

THE FIRST BOOK OF STONES (PDF ebook)

A wonderful introduction to collecting and studying rocks, minerals and fossils for children, with many hand-on activities, field collecting advice, and hundreds of illustrations.

Note: This book was published in the 1950s, and is not written from a creationist viewpoint. However, discussion of the age of the earth is minimal, with only one two page spread. There is a LOT of excellent practical teaching material in here, so please just be willing to glean a bit if you use this resource.

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.

Presidents of the United States ebook

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this great 50-page, full color ebook from HallOfHeroes.com, on the Presidents of the United States including photos of the Presidents, the Vice Presidents and First Ladies.  Each page contains detailed information on each presidents personal information, term of office, and personal quotes. Pages from this book can serve as attractive wall posters if you do not wish to bind it as a book.

Click here to go to the HomeOfHeroes.com download page for this resource. Tip: The download link is right under the grid of sample pages. Download the Word/OpenOffice version if you can view that… the PDF version has formatting problems.

OR… Click here for a PDF of the ebook that has most of the format problems fixed.

TEN THINGS TO DO – AGES 13 THROUGH 15

Screen shot 2015-02-06 at 9.06.30 AMThis excellent little ebook is an excerpt from the book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn.

From the introduction:

When children reach the Understanding Level, homeschooling becomes more interesting! Early teens are developing into thinking, reasoning, questioning creatures. They are no longer content to know what happened; they want to know why.

Alas, at this level, many parents become distressed, because the curriculum is becoming more difficult, and the children are asking more complex questions. We are no longer allowed to teach mere capitalization rules and addition facts. We must now begin to exercise our minds with our children. Because these children are developing the ability to think abstractly, we parents are being challenged to move out of our post-secondary-school-days comfort zone. As a result, many parents retire from homeschooling, and send their children off to a classroom school.

But this is not at all the time to give up. We encourage parents to persevere to the end. Remember, homeschooling is for parents. The children are coming along for the ride. How many of us went through school without learning anything in general, or without remembering anything in particular? We were neither interested nor motivated. We were simply serving our twelve year sentence. We now have another opportunity to learn these things as we teach them to our children. We have the opportunity to learn such things as:

• The math we never understood.

• The science from a Christian instead of from a naturalistic perspective.

• The history they never taught us.

• The classical language they never offered us.

• The logic they never allowed us to use.

Homeschooling saves two generations: first the parents, then the children.

Children in the Understanding Level should be more independent in their studies, and, in certain subjects, they should need less academic one-on-one attention from their parents. At this level, the amount of time the parents spend teaching hinges upon what kind of curricula they use. In some subjects, self-teaching materials are available, which may reduce the amount of input needed by the parent.

The details of what can be done with your children at this age, along with examples of how to do it, are then explained in this ebook. Highly recommended!

Click here to go to the download page!