Physics

Design & Technology: A to Z

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!

Click here to go to the page!

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ArtTango

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

Just for Fun, Video

The Fumbletons

By popular demand, here’s an encore presentation of THE FUMBLETONS videos by Jess Erskine (creator of CrunchyBunny.com). 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!

 

Lesson Plans

4000+ Lesson Plans

LessonPlansPage.com

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!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Arts & Crafts

Advanced Animation by Preston Blair

If you have a student who is interested in animation, here’s a wonderful resource that they will love:

“Advanced Animation” by Preston Blair remains one the a all-time greatest cartooning books ever…and every page has been lovingly scanned and posted by the wonderful folks at AnimationResources.org

From the website:

Preston Blair was one of the finest draftsmen to have ever worked in the field of animation. He animated Mickey Mouse in “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, and he was one of the top animators at MGM, where he animated the legendary Red Hot Riding Hood. His book, titled simply “Animation” crystalized the basic principles of cartoon animation, and profoundly influenced a whole generation of young animators. He passed away in 1995.

Preston Blair’s book “Advanced Animation” is one of the best books on the subject. It is the text Animation Resources’ drawing course is based upon. When Blair put the book together in 1947, he used the characters he had animated at Disney and MGM to illustrate the various basic principles of animation. Apparently, the rights to use some of the characters were revoked after the book was already in the stores. Publication was halted for a time, and he was forced to redraw most of the MGM characters, replacing them with generic characters of his own design. The revised edition went on to become a classic, and the first edition was forgotten.

You can go to THIS PAGE on AnimationResources.org and read more about this classic book and the online course they offer based on the book…

Or for a direct link to the PDF download itself, you can RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save file to your Mac.

Music

Little Strummers

Little Strummers: A Guitar Course for Children Ages 6 – 10 (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent beginner’s guide for young guitarists, by homeschool mom & part-time guitar teacher, Tara Tarbet. Tara created this starter guide to use with her own young guitar students, and has generously allowed us to share it with you here. (If you like this, please post a comment to let Tara know her work is appreciated!)

We’ve looked at guitar tutorials for some time, hoping to find something that is geared specifically for young children just starting out, and to tell you the truth, this is still the best resource we’ve seen yet. Simple tips and teaching suggestions, followed by a songbook of 20+ simple and familiar children’s songs (with even more tips at the bottom of each song). No drawn out instruction that is over the heads of little ones — just get in there and start playing. Great fun!

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save as” to your computer! (Mac users: Press “Control” then click the link and you can then download to your computer)

BONUS! Little Strummers THANKSGIVING SONGS SUPPLEMENT

Tara has also put together a neat little collection of Thanksgiving Songs for kids ages 6 – 10 to play on the guitar. These are beginner songs perfect for young musicians. Have your kids learn one or two over the next few weeks and play them for the whole family this Thanksgiving Day!

To download the Thanksgiving Songs ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save as” to your computer!

Art Appreciation, Critical Thinking

Stories Pictures Tell

Stories Pictures Tell (Book One) by Flora L. Carpenter

Our friends at Living Books Curriculum have provided today’s freebie – a unique guide to using examples of classic artwork in your homeschool.

While it is fairly easy to find information about an artist, often very little is available about their pictures. The simple step-by-step lessons in this guide lead children to think critically about the picture they are viewing and consider what the artist was conveying, and what the story behind the picture might be. This is a wonderful resource for art appreciation.

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

Reading

You Can Read!

1plus1plus1equals1.com is a terrific homeschooling resource blog and site, offering dozens of downloadable resources for younger students. Today we are featuring their neat sight-reading program, You Can Read!

From the website:

You Can Read! is a simple sight word program I developed with younger readers in mind.  Children learn to read at different ages and some show the reading readiness signs at much younger ages than others.  These children are ready to learn words and reading skills, they just aren’t ready for complex worksheets and activities often available to children who are a bit older when they are learning.  I created this program for children who are showing reading readiness signs at a younger age, approximately ages 3-5.  Older children can use these printables and activities also, they were just created with a younger reader in mind!

Note: The printable sets may be freely downloaded from the following pages, or you can download them all in one bundle for a fee:

Printable PDF sets 1-5 are available HERE

Printable PDF sets 6 – 10 are available HERE

You can also check out the many other resources available at 1plus1plus1equals1.com by clicking items of interest on the right hand side green sidebar on the site.