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Free Audio Story: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This week’s Living Books for the Ears program from HomeschoolRadioShows.com:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain -a delightful half hour audio adaptation of Twain’s classic story which was originally broadcast on My Favorite Story, a syndicated radio program that aired in the late 1940s.

This week’s program also includes an audio of the classic children’s story “Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With the Circus” by James Otis.

These programs are in MP3 format and will be available through Monday, June 7, 2010.

Blessings and happy listening,


For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling page.

Homeschool And Education Freebies For Shakespeare’s Birthday

William Shakespeare

Today is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death, so today’s resources are for learning all about the bard and his works.

First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day a great collection of links for free ebooks, maps, quotes and more:

Happy 446th Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! -We’ve collected a handful of great online Shakespeare resources for you to bookmark and keep handy when studying the Bard. These sites are a treasure trove of Quotes, Maps, Pictures, Factoids, Biography, lots more cool stuff about Shakespeare and his works.

CurrClick has three free resources for studying Shakespeare:

Copywork: Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays (PDF format)-Quotes from Shakespeare’s most well-known plays for copywork, recitation and discussion. Includes:

  • Article on recitation by Charlotte Mason
  • Article on transcription (copywork) by Charlotte Mason
  • Lined copywork pages
  • 30 pages of the greatest quotes from Shakespeare

Why Share Shakespeare -If you are considering Teaching Shakespeare, or are wondering what the big deal about Shakespeare is, this little booklet will answer many of your questions. PDF ebook.

Much Ado About Nothing -MP3 audio of Much Ado About Nothing from the Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare collection.

Activity Village has some free printables:

William Shakespeare Printables
-Notebooking and coloring pages. PDF format

Here are some ideas for a unit study on Shakespeare from Steward Ship:

Shakespeare Unit Study Ideas -Suggestions for getting started, suggested books, list of plays, things to learn and activities to do.

Finally, Speak The Speech is “a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online” and they have quite a collection of Shakespeare’s plays:

Speak The Speech Audio Recordings (MP3 format) -Twelve plays for your listening pleasure:  The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, and King Richard II. Includes texts of each play plus a listing of casts and crew.

Shakespeare Resources That Are Not Free But Very Inexpensive

CurrClick: Shakespeare Lapbook & Mini Unit -Includes a timeline of his life and work, some classic quotes, pictures to introduce the Kings and the Queen that Shakespeare cared about, and a few of the characters in his plays. For younger children. Price – $ .50

CurrClick: Understanding Shakespeare Unit Study -Learn who Shakespeare was, explore the times in which he lived, read his works-and discover why he is known as the greatest playwright who ever lived. Unit Study contains explanatory content, online resource links, book suggestions, 6-8 lesson plans and 2-10 worksheets. For grades 3-12. Price – $2.50

CurrClick: William Shakespeare Notebooking Pages -For grades 4-8. Price – $5.00

CurrClick: William Shakespeare Super Pack
-Lapbook, copywork and notebooking pages for grades 4-8. Price – $10.00

Shakespeare On The Radio -50 MP3 recordings on CD of William Shakespeare’s works and other related shows from old time radio shows. Price – $5.00

“Shakespeare For the Ears” Home Study Course Collection -From Homeschool Freebie of the Day, a huge CD collection of audios, stories, study guides and much more -for learning all about Shakespeare. Only available until midnight tonight -April 23,2010- at a special price of $19.95.



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Free Classic Audio: Anton Chekhov’s The Bet

Free Classic Audio: “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov

Old Radio

Homeschool Radio Shows’ free program for this week is “The Bet” by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, a physician, major Russian short story writer and playwright.

“The Bet” tells the story of an impoverished music teacher who willingly spends fifteen years in solitary confinement to win a bet -a classic story and cautionary tale you will long remember. Originally aired on Family Theater in 1950.

Also included with this weeks’ radio program is an audio book reading of The Bet. This offer has expired.*

*You may listen to the radio program online at:

Family Theater Episode: The Bet

The audio book may be listened to online or downloaded as an MP3 file at the Internet Archive’s Anton Chekhov – Collected Stories page -episode #7.

Free Unit Study on “The Bet”

“The Bet” Literature Unit -A World Literature unit for grades 8-12; includes vocabulary, discussion questions, suggested additional reading list, and quotes by Anton Chekhov.

More About Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton CHEKHOV 1860-1904 –biography

Anton Chekhov –short biography, quotes, timeline

201 Stories by Anton Chekhov from the years

The Anton Chekhov Page -“all of the Chekhov-related info on the internet”

Interested in more classic audio?

Free Old Time Radio Shows

Blessings and happy listening,


For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Herman Melville Audios, Farm Notebooking Pages, Homeschool Bundle

Listen To Classics By Herman Melville

The Strange Mr. Bartleby –old radio dramatization of Herman Melville’s classic short story, originally broadcast on "Favorite Story" in April, 1947. This week’s freebie from Homeschool Radio Shows.

Charles’s Isle and the Dog-King –another short story, narrated by Grover Gardner. Free audio download from Listen To Genius.

Moby Dick –old time radio show of the most well-known work of Melville’s. Originally aired on NBC University Theater in the 1940’s.

More About Herman Melville:

Farm Notebooking Pages

Down On The Farm Notebooking Pages –covers 12 farm animals with 3 notebooking pages and 1 coloring page per animal. Weekly free product from CurrClick.

Heart of the Matter Homeschool Conference Bundle

Heart of the Matter Conference (Bundle) –another freebie from CurrClick. Includes:


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Free Resources For Studying Don Quixote


  • Don Quixote -an hour long audio adaptation Don Quixote’s humorous and absurd adventures, originally broadcast on NBC University Theater in 1950. From Homeschool Radio Shows, available all week. This offer has expired*

*This Don Quixote radio show can be found in the Internet Archive’s NBC University Theater collection (episode 107/#100 in the playlist). It is available as a free MP3 download or you may listen to it online.

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Happy teaching,