Grammar

Grammar Land (book, audiobook & worksheets!)

Grammar Land: Or Grammar In Fun for the Children of  Schoolroom-Shire, by M. L. Nesbitt (PDF ebook)

In this classic read-aloud story book, published way back in 1878, author Nesbitt creates an amazing fantasy land not unlike “Alice In Wonderland”, where the citizens are the nine parts of speech —rich Mr. Noun, his useful friend Pronoun, little ragged Article, talkative Adjective, busy Dr. Verb and Adverb, perky Preposition, convenient Conjunction, and irksome Interjection—are brought to trial by Judge Grammar to settle disputes over the rules of language. Each part of speech is called in turn to take the stand, where they are questioned by Doctor Syntax and Sergeant Parsing. In the course of the amusing trial, the reader, perhaps without even realizing it, is exposed to the most important rules of grammar. It’s a fun, fascinating way to learn some of the basic grammar rules all the  while carried along by the very memorable characters and a wild adventure to boot.

We’ve got the original book for you in PDF format, plus the well-done AUDIOBOOK, and some great WORKSHEETS to go along with it. Highly recommended!

THE ORIGINAL BOOK!

CLICK HERE to download the PDF ebook.

AUDIOBOOK!

To listen to the wonderful audiobook version from LibriVox, read by Kara Shallenberg, CLICK HERE!

WORKSHEETS!

Jessica at the “We Don’t Need No Education” blog created a delightful set of worksheets for each chapter of Grammar Land, incorporating the exercises woven into the story. You can download all 17 of these PDF worksheet files on her blog. They are loads of fun and a great way to make sure your kids “get” some of what is taught in Grammar Land.

CLICK HERE to go to her blog where you can download these.

Family Life, Gardening

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?
A Complete Elementary Grades Unit Study
by Lynda Coats 
(author of Far Above Rubies & Blessed Is The Man)

Wondering how you could possibly make your garden a central part of your homeschooling this spring? Wonder no more! 
This HUGE Unit Study by veteran Homeschool writer and pioneer Lynda Coats (author Far Above Rubies, Blessed Is The Man & more)  provides DOZENS of learning projects and activities encompassing Literature, Bible study, Character Building, Cultural Studies, Physical Fitness, Computer Skills, Life Skills, Mathematics, Science and History — all centered around your own garden! Whether your “garden” is a few potted plants on the porch or a full-fledged, king-sized garden patch, you’ll find an amazing variety of lessons and activities that will make this Spring a “growing season” in more ways than one. Over 200 (!) separate educational activities & project ideas, with links to online resources & more. An amazing resource guide! (PDF ebook)

To download this PDF ebook, click here and save to your computer:

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Uncategorized

The Boys & Manners Cheatsheet

Got boys? Here’s a wonderful little “cheatsheet” that may make a big difference in your household. The Boys and Manners Cheatsheet (PDF) from The Homemaker’s Mentor is chock full of  insights & practical tips that will help you get a handle on teaching boys better manners. Here’s a few:

  • Manners are more than just rules & regulations. Manners reveal the attitudes Boys have toward others and situations.
  • Boys are off in their own world. It is not natural for them to think of the feelings of others outside this world.
  • They will easily forget what they are told, and need reminding.
  • Get them to look you in the eyes when talking to them.
  • Deep down, boys really do want to please you.
  • Boys respond to consistent modeling.
  • Boys are full of energy and must be allowed to spend it – but it can be directed where you want it to go (ie. Outside) instead of being spent in improper places (ie. Running in the house, etc.).

Highly recommended.

Click here to read the entire cheatsheet at The Homemaker’s Mentor, and/or download the PDF version!

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Nature Studies

The Birdsleuth Explorer’s Guidebook

THE BIRDSLEUTH EXPLORER’S GUIDEBOOK!

Here’s a wonderful freebie for your nature studies.  The Cornell Institute of Ornithology offers its BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook absolutely free to download and print.
The full color 14 page booklet includes lots of great stuff for identifying birds, including some fun activities and worksheets to fill out. This is a great printable to help get kids interested in birds and will teach them lots of the basics of bird watching and bird identification.
Pages include:
• Wake up your ears
• What’s a habitat?
• Habitat scavenger hunt
• Bird search
• Identification clues
• Bird count
• I wonder

CLICK HERE to go to the download page at MagicalChildhood.com. You can find it at the very bottom of the page.

 

 

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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.

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Science

Home Science Experiments

Home Science Experiments!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through this way cool page which contains dozens of fascinating and fun science experiments you can easily do at home. These are tried-and-true kid pleasers, and are all great fun! Check them out and bookmark the site!

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Audio, History, Literature, Living Books

40 G. A. Henty Audiobooks

40 G. A. HENTY AUDIOBOOKS!

George Alfred Henty (8 December 1832 – 16 November 1902), was a prolific English novelist best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His books are still read and enjoyed today and are a terrific way to bring pivotal events from history to life for young readers and listeners. Today, we bring you a link from which you can download all these classic unabridged “living history” Henty audiobooks:

Among Malay Pirates
At Agincourt – White Hoods of Paris
Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invation
By Pike and Dyke
The Cat of Bubastes

Dragon and the Raven: or The Days of King Alfred
In Freedom’s Cause
On the Irrawaddy, a Story of the First Burmese War
One of the 28th – a Tale of Waterloo
Saint George for England
St. Bartholomew’s Eve
Through Russian Snows
Through the Fray
The Tiger of Mysore
True to the Old Flag… AND MANY MORE!

Courtesy of Librivox.org, you can download and enjoy these complete, unabridged audio reading of one of Henty’s best historical adventure novels. These are read by different readers and the quality varies from acceptable to truly excellent (By Pike and Dyke, The Tiger of Mysore).

Our link takes you to the Librivox results page for ALL their G. A. Henty audiobooks. Just click on the titles you wish to download, and you’ll be taken to the individual download page for that book.  You’ll be able to download these audiobooks a chapter at a time, or each complete title all at once. Bookmark the page if you need to come back to it later!

Click here!

Tip: The 64K mp3 versions sound just as good as the 128K mp3 versions — and is half the size. These are huge files, so plan accordingly!

 

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Arts & Crafts

Tracing Great Art

Here’s a simple, short lesson plan from the terrific Practical Pages website that is full of neat ideas to make great works of art come alive for your kids — by tracing them!

Why would you want to have your student trace some famous artwork? Nadene shares a few ideas:

 

  • Create a reference to a famous work and add it to written biographies and narrations.
  • Apply techniques famous artists use
  • Learn to mix colours, do colour washes and paint in layers with details last
  • Make the art work “your own”
  • Focus on the original for clues and details
  • Use the original for some more contemporary art techniques (like a collage/ a mural/ coasters/place mats/ quilt designs/ build a 3D landscape, etc.)
  • Although many adults consider this just “colouring in”,  I encourage them to give it a try!  It is MUCH more difficult than it seems!

This is a great idea… give it a try.  CLICK HERE to go to the website!

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Economics

Lessons for the Young Economist

LESSONS FOR THE YOUNG ECONOMIST – Textbook & Teacher’s Guide

Wonder of wonders, this great textbook by Robert P. Murphy, is neither excruciatingly boring nor patronizing to young students. Instead, it is a fascinating and informative text for junior high & up students (we love the chapter on Robinson Crusoe economics), covering both pure economic theory and also how markets work. If you want your students to understand honest-to-goodness conservative, Austrian theory economics, this is the resource you need. Highly recommended!

Mises Institute has both the complete textbook AND the teacher’s guide available in digital format for free (they also have a hard copy book version for sale).

The textbook (in online html format, or .epub format) is available HERE.

The teacher’s guide (in PDF format) is available HERE.