Infographics & Lessons from Kids Discover

Screen shot 2015-01-30 at 11.41.09 AMKids Discover magazine has a terrific free collection of printable, full color infographics posters on lots of science, nature and history topics – including such subjects as US Presidents, the Anatomy of a Cell, States of Matter, Photosynthesis, The Renaissance, Plate Techtonics, and many more.

These are great for visualizing what you are studying, and perfect for printing and posting on your walls. There are also dozens of infopackets and lesson plans (with student and teacher versions), covering many of the same topics. Highly recommended!

Click here to go to the site!

Mission US

Screen shot 2015-01-30 at 11.09.42 AMMission US is a multimedia project (sponsored by Public Broadcasting station WNET in New York) that immerses players in U.S. history content through first-person interactive games. There are currently 3 games (or “missions”) you can play on the site:

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

In Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions.  As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.

There’s lots of interesting material presented as graphics, videos and text along the way, making these games both appealing to students and educational too. Note: You do have to register to play the games, but don’t need to use your primary email if you don’t wish to.

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The International Children’s Book Library

Screen shot 2015-01-29 at 11.50.21 AMTHE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

This amazing site offers a huge online collection of international children’s picture books, chapter books, and novels, all fully readable online at no charge. This is a great resource for learning about other lands and cultures, as well as loads of new stories.

Simply go to “Read Books” and search the thousands of children’s book titles they have in this virtual library… Some truly fascinating finds here!

Click here to go to the site

 

Strange Stories from American History!


Strange Stories from History for Young People (PDF ebooks) – Today we have for you four mini-ebooks from this classic collection by George Eggleston, featuring remarkable but little known tales from the pages of American History that will fascinate your kids:

“The Jamestown Wife Market”

In our first ebook, learn the little-known story of the Virginia “wife market”, when two shiploads of sweethearts who journeyed to the colony to become wives to the men colonists, and discover the odd prices that were paid for them. To download this PDF file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

“Young Washington’s Perilous Journey”

Follow young George Washington on a perilous journey through the wilderness as he is faced with bitter cold, an ice-choked river, and betrayal by his native guides. To download this PDF file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.


“THE CANOE WAR”

The story of the smallest wartime naval battle ever fought in all history, which occurred on the Alabama River on the 13th of November, 1813 — between two canoes. To download this PDF file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

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“THE BATTLE IN THE DARK”

Great two-part story of how General Andrew Jackson and his rag-tag army took on an overwhelming British force which sought to capture New Orleans in the War of 1812 — in the pitch dark of midnight! To download this PDF file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

 

Underwater Archaeology Unit Study

UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY: Digging, Diving & Documenting: The Process of Nautical Archaeology

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has put together this neat study unit on how old shipwrecks and other underwater relics are discovered, examined and preserved. This PDF ebook includes several hands-on activities such as mapping a site and searching for artifacts in an aquarium.

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!

Hymn of the Week

Angie of CelebratingHolidays.com let us know about this neat series of freebie lessons she will be posting every week this year. Here’s what she says about it:

“One of my favorite traditions is to learn and sing a new hymn with my family each week. Not only are we exposed to rich language and theological truth, but as we study the history behind the hymns, we are often inspired by the godly lives of the writers and composers.

“Every week on the blog, I will be posting a lyric video, history, sheet music, and other resources for a classic hymn. You can subscribe or you can check back on this page every Monday. I have chosen a theme for each month (usually related to the month’s holiday), and this page lists the hymns that I will be sharing in 2015. I hope these are a blessing to you and your family!”

The first three lessons are already posted. Bookmark the site so you can go back to it all through the year for more.

Click here to go to the site!

100s of SCIENCE, MATH, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES

Screen shot 2015-01-23 at 3.34.56 PMHowToSmile.org is a resource library of high-quality, hands-on math and science activities for school-aged children, including homeschoolers creating their own curriculum. The hundreds of lessons and activities cover life sciences, chemistry, math, astronomy, oceanography, and more, and were developed by a wide range of organizations working with diverse audiences and topics. From downloadable lesson plans to how-to videos to online interactive games, there’s something here for every homeschooler. It is huge.

You can access most of the resources on the site without registering, but setting up a free account allows you to create your own playlists/indexes to activities, and post in the comment forums.

Click here to go to the site!

Heroines of the Past

HEROINES OF THE PAST
3 Week Daily Bible Study by Amy Puetz

Today we feature this neat new lesson series from our friend Amy Puetz. Here’s what Amy says about it:

“Need some inspiration? Meet some amazing historical ladies.This three week class is both a Bible study and a collection of stories about historical women and girls. Each day has a story about a righteous lady from the past, and then a virtue study that digs into God’s Word concerning the character quality demonstrated in the story.”

This study is delivered via email each weekday for 3 weeks, so you need to register to have each lesson delivered to your inbox. (You can unsubscribe after the lessons are completed if you wish.) The readings and lessons are short and sweet, and can be completed in 15-20 minutes at most. Very nice.

Click here to go to the registration page.

The Mary Frances First Aid Book


The Mary Frances First Aid Book by Jane Eayre Fryer (PDF ebook)

Today we have another classic volume in the Jane Eayre Fryer’s beloved Mary Frances series – one even many “Mary Frances fans” have never seen! In this book, Mary Frances learns about First Aid from the adventures of her doll family, who go through all sorts of accidents and illnesses… and along the way discovers some practical ways to render first aid to the sick and injured herself.

While some of this first aid advice is dated and not recommended today, it IS a quite fascinating glimpse into great great grandma’s medicine cabinet, how medicine was practiced 100 years ago, and a good lesson in how not to complain when bad things happen to you (ha). Plus the stories, as always are delightfully written and beautifully illustrated in this combination story/lesson book!

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 Mary Frances Story Book

THE MARY FRANCES STORY BOOK or Adventures Among the Story People by Jane Eayre Fryer (PDF ebook)

This time our heroine appears in a very different type of book, as we follow her “Adventures with the Story People”. Mary Frances sets sail to an island where the storytellers live, and dozens of delightful fairy tales and classic wonder stories follow. These are great read aloud stories for young listeners!

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 download to your mac.