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Still Working On My Projects

I’ve got one job done but I’m still working on the other one, so I won’t be blogging much again this week.

Homeschoolers, don’t forget your freebies from Homeschool Freebie of the Day this week and be sure and stop by CurrClick -they’re having a special sale just for moms plus freebies and contests all week (through May 15).



Free Ebooks Of Things To Do For Boys And Girls

Be sure and stop by Homeschool Freebie of the Day each day this week -they’ve got a couple of classic books full of fun projects and things to do for boys and girls plus more Peter Wheat comics.



Free Ebook Of Short Stories For Christian Families

Be sure and stop by Homeschool Freebie of the Day today and get your free resource -today’s freebie is a collection of short stories for reading aloud to your children:

Short & Sweet: Short Stories with a Message (Volume 2) – A great collection of short short read-aloud stories by Katherine Loop of Christian Perspective. These short stories both entertain and challenge. Each story is written as a mini allegory and illustrates a spiritual truth in a memorable way that you and your child will not forget. Normally sold for $2.99 on their website, but free today only here at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay!



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.



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

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Raising Entrepreneurial Kids: Free Video And Ebook

Help your children become self-sufficient and start their own business with today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs Video -Today we are featuring this great talk by Cameron Herold who shares some of his own experiences growing up as a “different” entrepreneurial kid — and then sharing why/how you should help your kids develop their own entrepreneurial skills. There’s loads of tips, examples, and helpful information here for homeschool families, though this was not an address specifically for a homeschooling audience.


Earning And Learning: 101 Ways for Your Young People to Earn an Income (PDF ebook) -Lots of young people would like to earn their own money, but aren’t sure how to go about it. You’ll get all sorts of creative ideas and inspiration in this unique “idea book” — a collection of profiles of kids with their own businesses, business, service and product ideas, common sense tips, and suggestions for young entrepreneurs, from pre-teen to young adult.

If you haven’t signed up to the Heads Up! mailing list at Homeschool Freebie of the Day, I highly encourage you to do so. You will get an email each Monday listing all the free resources for the week plus an extra subscriber’s only freebie. Sign up today and don’t miss out!



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Fun

It’s time for some chemistry fun!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has found a neat collection of chemistry experiments for us today:

Home Science Experiments! (links)  -University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through this way cool page which contains over two dozen 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!

Procter & Gamble has some experiments using home cleaning products:

Science In The Box Experiments -Sixteen simple and fun experiments using common household soaps such as laundry detergent and dishwashing soap. For all grade levels, PDF format.

Did you know that you can do experiments with Alka-Seltzer?

Alka-Seltzer: Student Science Experiments -Eight chemical reaction experiments using Alka-Seltzer -including one for a rocket! For grades K-5

Your children can learn the chemical elements by playing some fun, interactive games from Sheppard Software:

Chemistry Games -Eight online games that teach the chemical elements and periodic table, for all knowledge levels.

Need some basic chemistry information?

Rader’s Chem4Kids -This site contains basic chemistry information for everyone -learn about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. Includes interactive quizzes to test your knowledge.



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

The Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Let’s watch some shooting stars!

The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak  tonight, April 21/22.

Although the Lyrids are normally an average shower, with meteor rates of only 10-20 per hour, they often leave bright trails that last for several seconds plus they can also be unpredictable -in years past they have reached rates of over 100 per hour!

The best time to see the Lyrid meteor shower is after midnight tonight through the dark hours before dawn tomorrow morning.

For more information on the Lyrids, other meteor showers and meteor shower viewing tips, please visit the following links:

SpaceWeather.com: The Lyrid Meteor Shower
-Basic information on the Lyrids

Stardate Online: 2010 Meteor Showers and Viewing Tips -Good viewing tips for watching meteor showers

AMS Meteor Showers Page -Lists viewing activity from the 2010 Lyrid meteor shower, meteor shower basics, info on major meteor showers throughout the year and 2010 meteor shower calendar for all meteor showers (major, minor, variable and weak)

The Evening Sky Map -A free monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers. Printable, PDF format



PS: If you live in our area, one of the best places to go watch meteor showers is the Look Rock Observation Tower on the Foothills Parkway.

Free Classic Children’s Songs

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has some classic children’s audio for us today:

Fun & Music Down on the Farm (mp3 audios) –First up is a jolly version of the classic children’s song, “Oats, Peas, Beans”; then a visit with “The Little Crooked Man” (of the Mother Goose rhyme) with his crooked cat and crooked mouse; a journey with “Uncle Don Down On The Farm”, and finally we’ll stop in for a delightful concert put on by a little mouse and a whole menagerie of barnyard animals.

These audios are hosted at HomeschoolRadioShows.com, so they should be available through next Monday.

You can find even more classic children’s songs at Kiddie Records Weekly and in the archives of Children’s Records & More.



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: America’s 50 States

Today’s free resources are all about the 50 states of the United States of America.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day brings us a nice little ebook to help teach your children the 50 U.S. States and their abbreviations:

Learn the States & Postal Abbreviations (PDF ebook) –This nifty 29-page e-book by Joy Miller of fiveJs.com includes everything you need to teach your children the states and postal abbreviations — lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards, printable maps, and more. Written to be used with children of any age, this e-book will equip your children with information much more useful than learning just the states and capitals. A great teaching resource for your young learners!

You can find free outline maps of each state at NotebookingPages.com:

Free Outline Maps & Geography Notebooking Pages –Free resources include outline maps for each of the fifty United States, a list of state abbreviations and geography notebooking pages. PDF format.

Teach your children about each state with free lesson plans from the U.S. Mint:

50 State Quarters Lesson Plans – Create stimulating learning experiences for your students with these fully adaptable lesson outlines. Includes reproducible graphic handouts, interactive games, learning activities and suggestions for evaluation exercises. Lesson plans are available in PDF or RTF (MS Office Word) formats, for all grade levels.

Sheppard Software has several free educational games about the U.S.A.:

U.S.A. Games -Online geography games for all skill levels to help your child learn the U.S. states, the state capitals, lakes, rivers and more.

Finally, make learning the names of all fifty states easy with this fun song and slideshow:

Lyrics for Fifty Nifty United States can be found here:

The Fifty Nifty United States Song -Lyrics in PDF format



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Experiments Ebook, Summer Gardening Unit Study, America’s First Ladies Lapbook and Notebook Unit

A classic chemistry experiments ebook is today’s free resource at Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (PDF ebook) – Here’s a great Chemistry experiments book from the 1960s that was actually BANNED and removed from libraries across the country for being too “dangerous” for young experimenters. Even though most of the activities and experiments in this Golden Book are safe, a few will need parental supervision should you decide to persue them.

Just in time for gardening season, American Montessori Consulting has a new unit study out:

Montessori PreK-Grade 8 Gardening Unit Study -This is an online unit study for a complete summer gardening unit study. Contains links to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises for reading, language arts, life skills, social studies, science, art, math and more.

In The Hands of a Child offers a free semi-annual project pack and right now you can get one about America’s first ladies:

First Ladies of the United States Project Pack -Contains a complete lapbook unit and notebook unit about the first ladies of the United States of America. For grades 3-6.



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