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…


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!

Family Life

Home Haircuts and how to give them


By request, we’re reposting this great resource from our email several months back. Enjoy!

It’s not nearly as hard as you might think it is to cut your family’s hair! Just learning the very simple basics will save you hundreds of dollars every year (and you won’t have to drag the kids to the barber shop every time they get shaggy, either). Just follow this great guide from our Homemaker’s Mentor Library and do it yourself. Yes, you! Easy peasy! Like a boss!

Click here to download this PDF ebook:


Art Appreciation

Classic Art Appreciation

Here’s a wonderful page that’s chock full of art appreciation lessons, art activities and downloads from Nadene Esterhuizen at PracticalPages. Of particular interest are the excellent resources about famous artists & their work, and an extensive art era timeline.

As Nadene writes in her introduction, these follow the Charlotte Mason method of study:

“Children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, reading, not books, but pictures themselves … After a short story of the artist’s life … the pictures are studied one at a time. Children learn not merely to see a picture but to look at it, taking in every detail.”

These are excellent art history/appreciation tools for all ages!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page


How to Be a Reading Tutor


This is an excellent six part tutorial specifically on how to be a Reading Tutor for older students and teens who cannot read at the third grade level. It was written for people who are volunteer one-on-one tutors in schools, but it is extremely helpful and adaptable when working with homeschooled students who have reading problems too. It is filled with specific tips and suggestions, along with a breakdown of what you want to do and accomplish with each session. Very practical and effective “hands on” tutoring.

Unfortunately, the author’s website has been taken offline, and We’ve had no luck at all trying to track him down. However, an archived version of the page IS available, and the links to each part of the six part series are working fine as of this moment. Therefore, if this is something that would be useful to you, I’d strongly suggest that you go ahead and print it out, as it may not always be available online.

CLICK HERE to go to the site on

Just for Fun

Dinosaur Mazes & more offers dozens and dozens of collections of easy (and not-so-easy) mazes that you can print out for your kids.

These come in handy downloadable PDF ebooks containing 12 mazes per ebook and include collections of geometric shaped mazes, animal shaped mazes, and yes, even Dinosaur shaped mazes. Dinosaur shaped mazes! It doesn’t get any better than that! These are great “thinking puzzles” that keep young hands busy for extended periods of time.

CLICK HERE to go to the website

History, Horses, Living Books

Horses in Legend and History

The Horse Fair by James Baldwin (PDF ebook)

In this neat mix of stories, legends and history, Young Philip, resting after his plowing, is surprised by a mysterious gentleman who invites him to a wondrous and magical horse fair at which he sees great horses from literature and history. This is an excellent “living book” by James Baldwin that will appeal to horse lovers, fans of classic “living books”, and history buffs!

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

Games, Grammar

Classic Grammar & Games: The Child’s Own English Book

The Child’s Own English Book (PDF ebook)

Today we feature this little-known gem, which is a terrific introduction to grammar: You have an introductory story/essay on each part of speech, how it is used, and why it is important. This is followed by several games to play that will help teach young students to identify and properly use their nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, interjections, etc. A unique and innovative approach to beginning grammar, this is a playful and child-friendly classic text! Highly recommended!

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

Mac users: Hold down the CONTROL button and click the above link, then “save” to your mac.


Real Life Games for Kids…

…as opposed to virtual computer games, that is!

Here’s a wonderful page at that offers a couple HUNDRED hands-on games for children, for just about any occasion: solitaire games, memory games, car travel games, party games, math games, make-your-own games and many more. Many include printable and/or instructions on creating your own game boards and pieces (which makes them even more special to your kids).

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

History, Music

American Traditional Music

Here’s a unique site all about American Folk and Traditional Music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

The site offers hundreds of songs, with lyrics, midi files, tune information and the history behind the folk songs and ballads. Not all of these tunes were written by Americans, but they are songs that were known in America. Most songs of the Colonial and Revolutionary Era were songs that originated in England, Scotland and Ireland and immigrated with their people. The songs on the site are arranged by time period and major events or themes, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Sea Shantys and Songs, Cowboy songs, etc.

This is a great site to refer to whenever you are studying American history. Just find a few songs from the era you are studying and you’ll learn a lot more about what was going on in regular people’s lives and what they listened to during that time.

Click here to go to the site!

Audio, History

You Are There: Columbus Discovers America

You Are There: The Voyage of Christopher Columbus (mp3 audio)

Imagine what it might have been like had radio reporters been tracking the hazardous voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Here is a fascinating audio program about this historic and dangerous journey, with lots of interesting insights and details, as a reporter onboard the Santa Maria interviews the Captain and crew, and give you a first-hand look at the voyage. This classic episode of the radio program “You Are There” was originally broadcast in 1948.

To download this 30 minute MP3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link to save to your mac.