Classical House of Learning

This neat site, put together by Laura Lund, offers free literature guides following the reading suggestions outlined in classical education books such as The Well-Trained Mind.  It is a secular, multi-level, four-year history cycle, open-and-go, easy to use, 36-week program.

Here’s what Laura shares about developing this huge resource site:

 “I was inspired when I read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  The classical model of education, with its heavy focus on literature and language, is is exactly the sort of education I want my children to have.

“In our homeschooling journey we’ve used an assortment of programs in my search for the “perfect” one.  While there were great things about each of the options we tried, there was always something I had to tweak.  I’m tired of tweaking and editing on the fly!  I’m tired of programs that require prep work!  I’m tired of the lack of a classical, secular literature program!  With five children, I need time savers!  My favorite programs are pretty much open-and-go.  The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer and its accompanying activity guides are what I had in mind when I wrote Classical House of Learning Literature.

“I’m also a fan of simplicity.  While big projects can be fun, it’s overwhelming to have too many–particularly if such projects require extensive preparation, unusual supplies, and a big mess.  The activities included in my programs are purposely simple in design, with the expectation that you will pick and choose the options that appeal to you and your children.  Likewise, when I chose the reading selections including in my literature program, I focused on using well-known and respected pieces of classic literature.”

Click here to go to the site


ProntoLessons is a unique homeschooling site that offers fully-scripted lessons for students ages 6 to 8. The two curriculums currently available (for free, and requiring no registration) are:

PEOPLE OF AMERICA: They come from everywhere around the world. This curriculum consists of 37 scripted lessons to discover who they are, why they came, and several important accomplishments they’’ve made as Americans!

SCIENCE FOR KIDS: This new addition to the site is a 23-week introductory science homeschool curriculum that covers biology, human anatomy, and physics.

Click here to go to the site!

History Timeline Resources!


Every homeschooler should have a timeline! A timeline lets you SEE the flow of history, lets you record and remember the people and events you’ve studied and also makes a nice “portfolio” of years worth of work. has created a whole bundle of free timeline printables to help you construct your own history timeline and they also have lots of ideas and teaching tips on how to use them best!

Click here to go to their download page!


The University of Texas at Austin has a public domain collection of hundreds of portraits of historical figures from world history – perfect for use with history timelines and reports — Click here!


Huge archive of history graphics suitable for timeline use… scroll down to the bottom of TheHomeschoolShop’s freebie resource page! Click here!

Animated US History Atlas

Screen shot 2014-09-01 at 9.46.00 AMTHE ANIMATED ATLAS OF US HISTORY

Animated Atlas portrays large chapters of American history quickly with a 10 minute animated map/movie showing the growth and development of the United States from 1789 right up to the 21st Century. There’s also an American History Timeline at the bottom of the page which shows 8 different tracks of major historical events and people from 1798 to 2010.

Click here to go to the site!

A Rhyme a Week Phonics

If “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”, then perhaps a-rhyme-a-week will help keep early reading problems at bay. That’s the theory behind this “A-Rhyme-a-Week” phonological awareness program featuring 30 different nursery rhymes, and covering 500 words that early primary grade students are supposed to learn. With printable rhyme cards, picture sets, riddles and lesson plans, this is a 30 week series of short, fun phonics lessons for pre-K through 2nd grade. (They also have an additional 70 rhymes for homeschool use!)

Click here to go to the download site

Handy Dandy Easy Peasy Household Fix-It Tips

Feel like you’re “all thumbs” when something needs fixing around your house? Maybe all you need is a little good advice from some folks in the know! Here’s a wonderful collection of often simple but majorly helpful household tips and ideas for you, courtesy of our daughter Jess Erskine and one of our favoritest fix-it families, The Fumbletons!

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 Tutor (100 page Sampler Edition)

The  Tutor -  Sampler Edition  (PDF ebook)

The Tutor is an NINE-volume “living” curriculum that  starts where the “Three R’s” leave off. If you want to give your children a well rounded Charlotte Mason Education… but not sure where to start, what to cover, or how to do it, then this is an essential resource for you.

Today’s resource is this terrific 100 page PDF Sampler Edition of meaty excerpts from the series, including nature studies & activities, stories from American history, art appreciation, elocution exercises, literature, copywork, a bit of Shakespeare & Plutarch, character building stories, and much more. Don’t miss it!

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.


We now have all nine volumes, plus many added bonus audios and Living Books, available on a newly compiled Limited Edition Computer CD. Everything you need in one place.

Click HERE for details!

Comic Book Treasures: Heidi

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.27.41 AMHere’s a great comic book adaptation of the book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. In this beloved story, a little orphaned girl is sent to live in the Swiss mountains with her embittered grandfather. Heidi’s innocent joy of life and genuine love warm the old man’s heart.  From the goatherd Peter and his family to the sickly girl Clara and her desperate father, Heidi’s special charm enriches everyone she meets.

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



The Fumbletons!

The Fumbletons!

By popular demand, here’s an encore presentation of THE FUMBLETONS by our daughter Jess Erskine. Each short video offers up a cool household tip wrapped up in the adventures of a slightly quirky family who have come into possession of a magic button that summons some “interesting” helpers to their aid when needed. (Jess says the dad is sort of based on me, but – ahem -  I’m just not seeing that.)

We know you (and your kids) will enjoy seeing them all together one more time! And if you’re new to The Fumbletons, get ready for the ride!

PS. If you like these, feel free to email a note to Jess and let her know! Maybe we’ll someday get a Series Two!

Watch ‘em now! (Note: Youtube sometimes puts an ad at the start of their videos, and we have no say over what ads they are… so feel free to skip the ad when that link pops up.)











The Compass Dude explains…

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 4.05.32 PMHere’s a great series of tutorials on how to read and use a compass, how to read and follow a map, how to figure out where you are, and even how to make your own compass when you don’t have one, from Compass Lots of great information, with a bit of fun attitude to boot. A great guide to a valuable set of “life skills”:

“So, you want to learn how to use a compass today, huh?
There’s actually not a whole lot to it and its a good skill to have
if you’re ever going to step out of your house.
Even if you’re never going to leave the city,
being aware of general compass directions and having a feel
for where you are and which direction you’re heading is important…”

Click here to go to the site!