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!

Arts & Crafts, Video

The Magic Horse

Have you ever heard of Charlotte (Lotte) Reiniger? She was one of the foremost pioneers of hand-cut paper silhouette animation, and produced the very first full length animated feature in Germany in 1923. Her work is finely detailed and truly amazing and captivates young viewers.

The Magic Horse is a beautiful example of Reiniger’s paper silhouette animation. This short film (10 minutes) made in 1953 is a delightful adaptation of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale. Watch it below, or if the video below does not show up on your device, click here to view it on Youtube.

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.

Family Life, Games

Great Grandma’s Treasury of Fun & Games

Great Grandma’s Treasury of Fun & Games (Volume One)

Re-discover some of the fun playtime activities enjoyed by children of previous generations in this volume of vintage family fun games and activities, taken from a variety of turn of the century collections.

In Volume One, we have a fun collection of: string figures, tricks, puzzles, quiet games, singing games and riddles. (If you’d like to see Volume Two, let us hear from you!)

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

The Child’s Own English Book – Lessons & Word Games

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.

Video, Video Lessons

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn is a super-directory of over 50,000 free educational video links that are organized by subject matter, including language arts, math, science, history, social studies, and much more. The depth and scope of the collection is amazing, and it’s homeschool-friendly too!

From the site:

The Vision behind WatchKnowLearn is simple: To provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos.

To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the Internet, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe because they are vetted by teachers.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

 

statistics, The World

Worldometers

Here’s a fascinating (and sometimes quite sobering) website that gives you real-time estimated current numbers – about world population, births & deaths, government, economics, energy, food, media and more – based on statistics and projections from the most reputable official organizations.  It’s amazing to watch the numbers change right before your eyes.

Worldometers’ sources include the United Nations Population Division, World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank. Using these, they analyze the available data, perform statistical analysis, and build our algorithm which feeds the real time estimate.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Also check out the entire world’s current population, all on one page here!