“The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (MP3 audio dramatization)
Every couple of years we bring back this fine audio dramatization of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best “Little House” books, “The Long Winter”. This Ingalls family is quite different than the one you saw on TV, but it is a very faithful adaptation of the book, and is quite entertaining. It is the ONLY “old time radio” adaptation of any of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and if you love those stories, you’ll treasure this half hour audio dramatization. We’ve also included a PDF “Listening Guide” to accompany this program.
To download this MP3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
To download the PDF Listening Guide for this program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
And if you want MORE great audio stories, click the graphic below:
Here’s a fun and interesting online course on poetry for young learners, compiled by Alicia Bayer for examiner.com. You can work through the course at your own pace, moving faster or slower as needed. Lots of neat links and hands-on activities in this 10-session course.
Note: This site has ads on the side of their pages – usually they are fine, but at times they are somewhat questionable. We wish they weren’t there, but we have no say in the matter. That’s just the way websites who accept ads operate, and sometimes they end up shooting themselves in the foot. (It’s also why we never accept advertising on our site.) We’d suggest parents access the site for younger students if this is a concern.
Here are several very good freebie resources about Dr. King in honor of this Martin Luther King Jr Day:
Eight very good short (2-3 minute) videos from Biography.com on Dr. King’s life and legacy. Very inspirational. – click here
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day” printable resources for younger students – click here
Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech transcript click here
The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence has a large collection of resources about Dr. Martin Luther King available, including study guides, transcripts, articles, timelines, recordings and much more. Click here to go to their catalog site.
Discovery Education’s “Puzzlemaker” is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists. This is a neat way to put together fun review activities for whatever you are currently studying in your homeschool!
Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it’s still hard to grasp just how much a “billion” really is.
The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: “What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?”
Did you know that the human heart beats about 100,000 times a day, 35 million times a year, and two and a half billion times in an average lifetime?
Did you know that, on any given day, your heart beats roughly 100,000 times and your blood travels about 12,000 miles as it circulates throughout your body?
Did you know the average heart pumps more that a gallon of blood a minute?
Did you know a kid’s heart is about the size of a fist… and an adult’s heart is the size of two fists?
Today we’re sharing this great collection of links from “Education World” all about the human heart. You’ll learn how the heart works, take an interactive tour of the heart, learn about the heart’s electrical system, blood flow and blood supply, see some amazing videos, and much more.
GOLDEN DEEDS: Picture Stories of Heroes from History for Little Readers (PDF ebook)
Today’s resource is this great little collection of one page retellings of unusual stories of heroic character from throughout history, well illustrated for younger readers. Included are the stories of Horatius at the Bridge, Catherine Douglas, William Tell, Damon & Pythias, Casabianca, and several more. Lots of great illustrations included. This would be a great series of read aloud history that could lead to deeper investigation of the stories.
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and ‘save’ to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
Everyday Arithmetic (PDF ebook) – This is a CLASSIC early 20th century math text for middle grades that very effectively applies arithmetic to everyday activities such as shopping, cooking, telling time, building projects, household concerns, sports activities, camping, and much more. It is full of interesting interesting word problems and neat illustrations – plus some great math exercises and quizzes. Definitely a “living book” as far as math texts go, and worth your checking out! Originally written for grades 5 – 6, but the material could be used for other middle grades as well.
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users: press the “control” key and then click the link and save to your mac.
Here’s one of the best education movies ever made — the true story of Marva Collins, a teacher who became disillusioned with the inner city school, and instead created her own unique “home school” from scratch. While not a “homeschooling” story per se, this vividly demonstrates that the same thing that was wrong with education back in 1975 is the same thing that is wrong today.
This inspirational, full length movie stars Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman and can be streamed online from YouTube. Highly recommended!
Tip: To watch this movie full screen, click on the [ ] logo at the bottom right of the YouTube player.
If you cannot view the above video, click here to go watch it on youtube.com
Okay, we know what you’re thinking: What in the world is “sloyd”?
Well, the name Sloyd or Slöjd originally meant handy or skillful, and refers to the making of crafts – especially woodworking. Educational Sloyd’s purpose was formative in that it was thought that the benefits of woodworking in general education built the character of the child, encouraging moral behavior, greater intelligence, and industriousness. Sloyd had a noted impact on the early development of manual training, manual arts, industrial education and technical education.
“Paper Sloyd”, a fascinating early 1900s guidebook for primary grade teachers, takes this concept and applies it to paper folding and crafting projects for primary grade students. The result is a delightful collection of paper projects designed to develop mechanical and design skills, along with all of the above. While we aren’t really THAT sure these really encourage moral behavior, they ARE a lot of fun, build motor skills, dexterity and 3 dimentional thinking, and will intrigue younger students for hours on end. Check it out!
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.