Audio, Music, Science

Sound Rebound

Here’s a fascinating and educational app to explore the science of sound, color and design from Exploratorium.com.

Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites you to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing.

Imagine yourself inside a fluid world of 2-D shapes and design. What does it look and sound like? That’s up to you. Sound Rebound is a creative space for you to build mesmerizing interactions, dynamic collages, or whatever comes to mind. Orchestrate bounces and bumps and explore the color of sound. It’s easy to learn, and hard to put down.

Sound Rebound works on both iPhones and iPad.

CLICK HERE to get it

Audio, Living Books

The Long Winter

“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 one and 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.

Audio, History

The True Story of Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon, a cook for several well-to-do families, seemed a healthy woman when a health inspector knocked on her door in 1907, yet she was in actuality the cause of several deadly typhoid outbreaks – and before long, she would become known as the infamous “Typhoid Mary”. (Did you notice the “eggs” she is cooking in this vintage illustration?)

Ready to listen to one of the most astounding stories in early 20th century American history? John Nesbitt, in these two episodes of his classic old time radio program, “The Passing Parade”, examines the amazing true story of Mary Mallon, aka “Typhoid Mary”. These two 10 minute mp3 audio programs are great (and somewhat scary) “living history” that your kids – especially older ones – will really enjoy.

To listen to Part One, click here.

To listen to Part Two, click here.

You can also read more about Typhoid Mary here.

Audio, History

A Tooth for a Tooth (ow!)

Ever have a toothache? Be glad you didn’t have one 400 years ago. The poor soul in this picture can give you an idea of what it was like getting your teeth fixed way back when.

Even better, listen to today’s great audio story, “A Tooth For A Tooth”, where you will encounter strange things like travelling dentist-executioners, barbershop tooth extractions, tooth traders, and a crazy, laugh out loud “cure” suggested by the ancient Romans. It is a fun – and painful – tale, that will make you glad you have a nice, clean Dentist’s office to go to when needed. Your kids will be amazed at this delightful “living history” story — and will likey want to go brush their teeth after hearing it! (12 minutes, mp3 audio)

Click here to listen!

Audio, History, Inventions

The Slate that Didn’t Break

Here’s an excellent audio story about an almost forgotten pioneer American Inventor, Thomas Blanchard, whose inventions revolutionized modern manufacturing. Blanchard was a real handful as a boy. He was thrown out of school for rowdiness, and burned down his family’s kitchen trying to “invent” his own blacksmith’s kiln. His punishment for these offenses… to be apprenticed to his brother, hammering out tacks twelve hours a day in his factory. But what Thomas did next changed the course of the industrial revolution forever, as you will hear in this great 15 minute audio dramatization!

To download this MP3 Audio program, 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.

Bonus Audio Resource: For more info on Blanchard, click here for another short audio program about his inventions.

Audio, Autumn, Just for Fun

Favorite Kiddy Songs for Fall (and Punky Pumpkin too!)

Well, today we’re off for a return visit to the countryside where a delightful stack of fun, classic children’s records from yesteryear awaits us.

First up, join in on a jolly version of the classic children’s song, “Oats, Peas, Beans” by Roger White, as we quickly follow Mr. Farmer through his very busy day.

Next, we stop by the house of “The Little Crooked Man” (of the Mother Goose rhyme) with his crooked cat and crooked mouse, and then visit “The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe” in a fine record by Roy Hallee.

Next, we travel with Uncle Don Down On The Farm where we meet all the animals in a fun musical adventure from long ago Sonora Records.

And last but not least, we join Uncle Lumpy as he tells about one of our favorite characters, Little Orley in a couple of fun musical adventures… as he is first unexpectedly serenaded by a little mouse and his friends in the Barnyard… and then puts on his own great barnyard concert you’ve just got to hear to believe.

All of the above = loads of fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy your visit down on the farm!

Here are your download links. You can click these to stream online, or RIGHT CLICK these and “save” to your computer:

Oats Peas Beans & Barley
(.6 megs, 3 minutes)

There Was a Crooked Man /There Was An Old Woman
(1.3 megs, 6 minutes)

Uncle Don Down on the Farm
(2.3 megs, 12 minutes)

The Barn Dance
(3 megs, 3 minutes)

Orley’s Big Concert
(7.4 megs, 8 minutes)

And finally…

THE PUNKY PUMPKIN SONG! (MP3 audio)

Here’s one more little treat from us to you… one of our favorite fall songs… and certainly the catchiest song about a pumpkin ever! This song does mention Halloween in passing, so if that bothers you, don’t download it. But if you just want a fun, old fashioned pumpkin song, check it out and your kids will soon be singing along!

To download this MP3 song, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. To just play it online, click the link.

Let us know if you enjoy your musical visit to the countryside!

Audio, Literature

The Jungle Book – Audio Dramatization, Part 1

Here’s a wonderful full-cast audio dramatization of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, as originally broadcast on CBS Adventure Theater in 1977. This is much closer to the original story than the Disney movies, and has excellent sound quality. Tom Bosley (the father from “Happy Days” is the host and narrator). Today we feature part one of this two part story: “Mowgli” is a fantastic 40 minute audio story your kids will love. Look for the conclusion, “Tiger, Tiger” tomorrow!

To listen online, just click the link below. To download the MP3 program to your computer, RIGHT CLICK the link, then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

THE JUNGLE BOOK, PART ONE – “MOWGLI”

Audio, Autumn, Poetry

Autumn in Verse – Audio Readings

 To poets, autumn often symbolizes change, maturity, wisdom, or the harvest. In this collection of poetry readings from the LitToGo project, you can explore many interpretations of Autumn in this collection of poetry by Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Ellen Robena Field, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Richard Henry Wilde. All are available for download in good quality MP3. They are also available for online reading.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!
Audio, Literature, Reading

Dozens of Public Domain AUDIOBOOKS for Ambleside Online/ Charlotte Mason Education

These pages show all the Ambleside Online Booklist books that have been recorded as audiobooks by Librivox, with links to all their respective download pages. These are unabridged audio book readings, done by volunteer readers, so their quality varies but is mostly quite good. Only the public domain titles from their list are included here… Hundreds of audios, from grades 1 – 8. This is a wonderful index & collection, even if you aren’t doing Ambleside Online or Charlotte Mason-style learning.

Links to Audiobooks for Grades 1-4

Links to Audiobooks for Grades 5-8