Study Guides for classic Living Books

Rhe Glencoe Literature Library site offers a great collection of Study Guides for lots of popular books for young readers, including titles from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” through “The Yearling” and dozens in between. Each guide is a 10-20 page PDF guide that includes a description and discussion of the novel or play, a list of its related readings, background information and reproducible activity pages for students. A great resource for your literature studies!

Click here to go to their download page!

Richard of Jamestown

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

Strange Stories from History

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 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.



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.

Design & Technology: A to Z


V. Ryan’s TechnologyStudent website is a wonderful resource for students interested in how things work, and industrial design and art. It is chock full of tutorials, lessons, downloads, and tests in all things technology related: the design process, gear systems, electronics, cams, printed circuit boards, PIC microcontrollers / computer control, key words/phrases, structures, vocational work, technology and cultures, basic CNC work and much more. This British site is a great curriculum resource for Jr. High & High School age students!

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Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Audio Dramatizations!)

Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published in 1819.

In “Rip Van Winkle” a lazy villager named Rip Van Winkle falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. Here are two great AUDIO versions of this classic tale.

Rip Van Winkle (Old Time Radio version)
Rip Van Winkle (Walter Houston narration)

Next, in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, you’ll hear his famous story of a mean spirited, dim-witted schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane and the events leading up to his meeting with the headless you know who. Oooo! Great fun! (28 minutes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Click the links above to play these audios online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!


ArtTango offers free art lesson projects for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade students. Each grade level offers 30 hands-on art education projects covering line, shape, color, and all the elements of art. The lessons are free to use and do not require any registration.

CLICK HERE to go to the website

The Fumbletons

By popular demand, here’s an encore presentation of THE FUMBLETONS videos by Jess Erskine (creator of Each short 2-3 minute video offers up a cool (and actually useful!) household tip wrapped up in the adventures of a slightly eccentric  family, all played by Jess Erskine. If you haven’t seen these before, you are in for a treat! They just get better and better as you go through them!

CLICK HERE to go the the YouTube playlist of all nine episodes!


4000+ Lesson Plans

This huge collection of lesson plans by teachers for teachers (and homeschoolers!) for elementary thru jr. high is sponsored by Concordia University. There’s over 4000 lesson plans here on dozens of topics, including art, language arts, holidays, seasons, science experiments, elections, weather and more. Many include printable and added resources. Bookmark this one and check it out whenever you need a supplemental lesson or activity that goes along with your current studies!

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