Physics & Science Fair Experiments

Today we feature these neat collections of physics experiments & demonstrations for kids, from Real World Physics This site contains lots of interesting physics problems, complete with solutions, taken from real world applications — but today we are pointing you to the “hands-on” fun stuff:

First is a collection of fun and interesting science experiments which kids of all ages can do at home. These are fun experiments which are easy to do and don’t require a lot of time. These experiments are mostly physics based. Click here for the experiments for kids.

Then, on their Science Fair Project page, you will find several ideas for cool science fair projects for kids of all ages. These projects are particularly interesting because they have practical relevance in real life, and you can use common everyday materials to create them. Click here to view them.


The Arithmetic Primer

Today we have this excellent vintage arithmetic primer by Frank Hall for grades 1 and 2, outlining two full years of concepts, lessons and examples for younger students.

From the introduction:

The Primer of Arithmetic is not made up mainly of graded miscellaneous problems. It is built on a plan. Each four-page group constitutes the larger unit of the plan. Twenty-seven presentations of this gradually changing unit make up the book. In the first eleven groups the page units are as follows:
1st page – New number facts
2nd page – Number facts applied to linear measurements
3rd page – Number facts applied to surface measurements
4th page – The “Elementary Spiral” (a problem in each of the five fundamental processes), followed by miscellaneous problems
In the remainder of the book, the 1st and 4th pages of each group are similar to the corresponding pages of the first eleven groups. The 2nd page teaches the application of primary facts to the larger numbers. The 3rd page deals with solid, surface, linear, and capacity measurements.

Great guide for introducing arithmetic to primary students!

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

Living Books

Rolf and the King’s Bow


Set in Iceland in the middle ages, this great historic adventure story by Allen French (a friend of C. S. Lewis & Tolkien) is about  young Rolf’s adventures both as a Viking and a slave, during a period when the new teachings of Christianity were still mixed with the old customs of his land. Lots of adventure &  interesting twists in a story that also portrays betrayal & forgiveness, honor & virtue, and how to face adversity and the danger of pride. Highly recommended!

To download the scanned PDF of this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

To download the kindle version of this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.

To download the epub version if this book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer.


The House You Live In

This classic text is a great introduction to human anatomy (”the house you live in”), originally prepared back in 1904 for use in primary grades in New York schools. I really like the engaging way the lessons are given. The teacher very simply reviews the subject of the lesson (such as the heart, bones, muscles, etc.), then asks the students simple discussion questions that help them understand how the body works.

Included are both the questions for your students and the answers you want them to grasp, so it is easy to lead discussion in the direction you want it to go. No advance preparation is needed by the teacher.

We thing it would be a great idea to use this with  an anatomy coloring book or some more recent color illustrations. These Q&A lessons are so extremely well done, we think you’ll really, really enjoy using this lesson guide with your younger children (Grades 1-3).

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

Art Instruction, Nature Studies

Natural History Illustration Course found this neat online course that should appeal to many homeschool families, so today we’re going to let them tell you about it:

“Creatively homeschooling parents, eclectic homeschoolers, and Charlotte Mason teachers, you’ll enjoy this free nature illustration course! A few months ago, I shared that I was going to take what I called a “nature journal college course” from the University of Newcastle.

“I really loved it!

“The course covers botanical illustration, but goes so much deeper than just showing you how the teacher draws objects.  Instead, you are encouraged to draw the object as you see it!  Also, you’ll learn about natural history illustrators who are helping scientists (an artist will sometimes notice things that are missed in photographs or not noticed by simply viewing an animal). 

“Guess what?  The free nature illustration course is being repeated!  It begins April 2, 2019.  The free course is called Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101. It comes to us online, from the University of Newcastle in Australia.”

CLICK HERE to go to the FreelyHomeschool website and get all the details on enrolling and participating in this course.


Nature Study Made Easy

This classic textbook is a lovely, literature-based collection of plant and nature study lessons and activities prepared for 10-12 yr olds, but easily adaptable for younger or older students. It includes Lessons on: how plants grow, seeds, roots, herbs, trees, moss, flowering plants, ferns, mushrooms and more… with lovely poems and readings interspersed throughout.

This is a scanned PDF of the original vintage book, so it is best viewed on a computer.

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


The Lessons & Legacy of World War II

“The Lessons and Legacy of World War II” is a collaboration between the Friends of the National WW II Memorial and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The primary source based lessons here explore five themes of World War II:

The Beginnings of World War II
The United States Home Front during WW II
Letters from American men and women on the battle front
Pivotal battles and the turning of the tide
Victory and the legacy of WW II

Each downloadable lesson includes important historical background and context for the teacher, cross reference to the National Standards of United States History, an essential question to be explored by students, objectives for student learning, related documents, learning activities for student engagement.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!


An Introduction to Chemistry EBOOK

An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop, is a textbook intended for use in beginning chemistry courses with no chemistry prerequisite, and was designed by the author’s experience of teaching introductory chemistry for over 30 years at Monterey Peninsula College, CA. This textbook has garnered praise and classroom adoptions nationwide for its accessible presentation and student-friendly features. The text was written for students who want to prepare themselves for general college chemistry, for students seeking to satisfy a science requirement for graduation, and for students in health-related or other programs that require an introduction to general chemistry.

The textbook is available in two versions to meet all teaching preferences:

  • The Chemistry-First version covers chemical reactions early and postpones math-related topics until slightly later in the book.
  • The Atoms-First version provides a more complete description of atomic theory and bonding early and describes chemical reactions later and presents the math-related topics earlier.

The PDF and ebook versions of the textbook are available for free downloading from the website, along with supplementary animations and other resources. The author does request a donation if you like the text and use the materials for a complete chemistry course, but it is not required.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!