Natureworks video stories


Here’s a neat site that features all 16 episodes of this excellent PBS natural science series for students in streaming video format, plus teacher’s guides and supplemental articles & PDFs. Each episode is just 15 minutes long, and when you add the supplemental materials, is great to use as a 15 week nature science curriculum!

Click here to go to the site!

Terrible Tongue Twisters: A Creative Cursive Writing Sampler

Hooray! No more boring handwriting practice!

Say each of these five times, fast:

Irish wristwatch

Unique New York

He threw three free throws.

Kids love tongue twisters, and our brand new cursive handwriting copybook is chock full of them. Today’s freebie is a 10 page sampler PDF of pages from the full book, ready for you to download and enjoy.

Each page of this copybook / workbook has two or three tongue twisters printed in light gray dotted cursive on ruled lines, with blank ruled lines just below.


Students first trace the dotted cursive letters, and then copy the same phrase on the blank lines just below, giving them two opportunities to copy each tongue twister.

Not only will students have something that’s actually intriguing and entertaining for practice their handwriting on, they’ll also enjoy the challenge of trying to enunciate these delightfully difficult tongue twisters – if they can!

If your kiddos enjoy this, they will love the complete 40 page book, which is now available either in paperback on Amazon, or as an inexpensive PDF download from us. If you need some cursive practice pages for your student, check it out!

To download this PDF sampler, 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.

Home Geography

Home Geography for Young Students (PDF ebook) back by popular demand is this great classic course in geography and how it relates to your child’s home, neighborhood and location. Originally published in 1907 for use in primary grades, this classic book uses a neat question & answer format with reviews for each lesson. Though you may find some of the illustrations dated, the teaching method and much of the information is still viable for today’s learners. Just pick and choose some of the later chapters as needed. This is a complete introductory geography course appropriate for grades 1-3, extremely well done. 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.

In The Days of the Guild

In the Days of the Guild by L. Lamprey (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this great historical storybook, set in 13th Century Europe, telling the stories of different boys and girls who came to learn and master different trades through apprenticeship to different craftsmen and merchant guilds. These stories run the gamut of many of the main crafts and industries of the Medieval period, including scribes, wool merchants, stained glass artisans, goldsmith, potter, goose girl, perfumer, musician, and many more. Lots of excellent illustrations with some color plates too. A wonderful “living history” book that really brings the times to life through the stories of these young people finding their “calling” in life, 13th Century style.

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

Simple Machines

What are “simple machines” and how do they make work easier?

Simple machines are ones which have only one part to do the work. They are basically what you see in the illustration: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wheels & axles, wedges, screws, and gears. Just about every tool we use to do anything is based on one or more of these fundamental “simple tools”. When your students understand this, they can begin to get a grasp on how things really work.

Here are two very good downloadable PDF ebooks that introduce, explain and illustrate the basic concepts behind “simple machines”:



And if you want to do some hands-on lessons on simple machines, here’s a teaching guide with lots of activities, projects and experiments for you. This was originally written for 5th grade students, but can be adapted for any age:

 SIMPLE MACHINES by Terri Wakild

Pixar in a Box

If you’ve got an artist or animation fan in your household, they will love this one:

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.

Click here to go to the site!

The Instruments of the Orchestra

In this excellent series of 21 videos (about 12 minutes each) on the All-Star Orchestra section of Kahn Academy, learn about the different instruments of the orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – as they are presented and demonstrated by principal players from famous symphony orchestras.

Click here to go to the site!

The Science of Fireworks

Here’s a fun and informative video  adventure into the workings of fireworks, exploring the history of fireworks, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, oxidizers and quantum leaps. Join James Dingley for this 10 minute streaming video presentation as we burn fire underwater, uncover the secrets of quantum physics and take the dog for a walk:

Let’s Cook! Curriculum

The Let’s Cook! Curriculum was originally created for classroom use, but most of the lessons and activities can easily be used in a homeschool or small group setting.
Each class includes six sessions with a different produce feature and sessions are divided into two components: a tasting activity and a cooking activity. The tasting activity introduces the children to different fruit & vegetable varieties. Next, the children prepare a recipe using one of the fruit &
vegetable varieties for the cooking activity.
The beginner’s class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step One) teaches basic cooking skills. The advanced class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step Two) builds on the beginner’s class and teaches advanced cooking skills.

To download this 238 page PDF curriculum, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

At Home Astronomy

Want to build a lunar settlement, launch an indoor rocket, make meteor craters and explore our solar system? You can do all that with a little imagination and these fun hands-on science experiments for the entire family, from the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Shelley Lovett’s Pre-School Video Teaching Tips Library

Shelley Lovett’s ChildCareLand page on YouTube offers a HUGE library of short teaching tips and learning activities videos for preschool and kindergarten age students — over 500  practical, helpful ideas, crafts, activities and demonstrations that will enhance any pre-school or kindergarten age learning time. If you’ve got a little learner in your home, check it out!

Click here to go to the video library site on YouTube! Be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

100+ Homeschooling Ebooks from Creation Ministries

Creation Ministries has a library of well over 100 homeschool-oriented ebooks and PDF articles on a huge variety of topics. Some of these are creation science oriented, but most of them cover other topics, such as

Language Arts
Charlotte Mason topics
Classical homeschooling
Unit Studies and much more.

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this great page of goodies!

Click here to go to the download page!

Land of the Lost Lego Plans!


If yours is a Lego household, you have all these Legos blocks and pieces jumbled together in boxes and tubs and drawers, but have likely lost the original instruction guides on how to build the individual projects, right?

Not any more. We found them for you!

Here’s a great site that has dowloadable PDFs of practically EVERY Lego kit instruction guide you can think of, and loads more you’ve never even heard of. It’s every frustrated Lego builder’s dream site. Bookmark it and keep for future reference. Happy building!

Click here to go to the site!

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrations by William Nicholson (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this classic children’s story by Margery Williams, with the original illustrations included. What can I say about this bittersweet, lovely little tale? It was one of our family’s favorite bedtime stories when our kids were little. If you’ve never shared this with your kids before, then you are in for a huge treat.

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.