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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.
Free Grand Ole Opry Recordings
Are you a fan of old country, bluegrass and gospel music? If so, you may want to check out some old recordings of the Grand Ole Opry:
Grand Ole Opry Recordings (MP3 format) -These recordings are from the 1940s and 50s and feature such artists as Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, a very young Minnie Pearl and many, many more. There are over 50 shows that you can download individually -or get the entire collection in a zip file.
Would you like to watch an old Grand Ole Opry TV show?
FreeClassic TV: Grand Old Opry April 28, 1956 -Hosted by Carl Smith. Guests include Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs, June Carter and others. Show is almost an hour long and is available in MPEG4* and Ogg Video* formats. Files are very large**.
*The free VLC player will play MPEG4 and Ogg video formats
**I checked the MPEG4 file and it can be paused during downloading. If you’re using dial-up internet, try the free Orbit Downloader which allows you to pause and resume downloads.
More Free Old Time Country Music
The Carter Family: Wildwood Flower (MP3 format) -A classic, recorded on May 10th, 1928.
Pie Plant Pete: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane -From 1929, Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) was an early country music performer. Download MP3 or listen online.
The Coon Creek Girls: Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood (MP3 format) -The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female Appalachian string band, song was recorded about 1936.
Obed Pickard: Sally Goodin -Recorded in 1929, Obed Pickard was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers. Download MP3 or listen online.
Blessings and happy listening,
“Mr. President” was an old time radio show that aired in the 40’s and 50’s about events in the every day life of American presidents. To challenge listeners, the identity of the President in each episode was not made known until the end of the show.
The Internet Archive has quite a few episodes of “Mr. President” available as free MP3 downloads:
Old Time Radio Programs, Mister President –Download individual episodes of approximately 7mb each, or the whole collection of 29 episodes, which is 54mb.
(If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.)
Don’t have time to download all those shows? Would you like more episodes? Check out OTRCat.com:
Old Time Radio Catalog: Mr. President –CD of 75 episodes of “Mr. President” in MP3 format, only $5 plus shipping. Must be played in a computer or special MP3 player device.
These would make wonderful supplements to your American History studies –and a great resource for your “audio learners”.
Some free Thanksgiving entertainment from the past…
OTRCat.com’s Old Time Radio Thanksgiving -7 free Thanksgiving episodes from various old time radio shows:
- Burns and Allen: Gracie Buys a Live Turkey (1942)
- Gunsmoke: Turkey Shoot (1958)
- Our Miss Brooks: Thanksgiving Program(1950)
- The Jack Benny Program: Jack Dreams He Is A Turkey (1943)
- Command Performance: Thanksgiving Special (1944)
- The Challenge of the Yukon: Thanksgiving (1946)
- Sam Spade: The Terrified Turkey Caper (1950)
You can find more free Thanksgiving episodes on the daily downloads page.
Want even more? For only $5.00 you can order the OTRCat.com Thanksgiving Collection cd and listen to over 30 hours of Thanksgiving-themed radio shows from the past.
Remember “Father Knows Best” ? It was a radio show before it was a television show and you can find many of them at the Internet Archive:
Scroll down for two Thanksgiving episodes; “Thanksgiving Show” and “Thanksgiving Dinner”.
Blessings and happy listening,
If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.
Free Classic Audio: “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov
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:
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 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?
Blessings and happy listening,
Listen To Classics By Herman Melville
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:
- Novels of Herman Melville –read free online
- The Life and Works of Herman Melville –all about Herman Melville
Farm Notebooking Pages
Heart of the Matter Homeschool Conference Bundle
- All About Horses Unit Study
- Bees Lapbook
- File Folder Greetings: Encouragement
- Novel Ideas – Christopher Paolini’s Eldest
- Tricks of the Trade: 10 Teaching Tips Every Parent Should Know
I meant to have this out yesterday but was tied up with phone calls and paperwork all day!
Homeschool Freebie Of The Day
Tuesday, July 21st: WHEN MOTHER LETS US SEW (PDF ebook) -practical little guide to basic hand sewing written in 1910. This is filled with sweet illustrations and very well done step by step instructions for teaching basic stitches and sewing skills to little learners.
Wednesday, July 22nd: THE SEVEN LAWS OF TEACHING (PDF ebook) -originally published in 1886 for use in Sunday Schools, but highly applicable in all settings. Examines basic, unchanging laws of learning: The "law" of teaching; the teacher; the learner; language; the lesson; the teaching process; the learning process; and the law of review.
Thursday, July 23rd: ABC COLORING BOOK: CREATION SCIENCE & GEOLOGY (PDF ebook) Great coloring book filled with interesting creation science facts, provided by www.mediaangels.com.
Friday, July 24th: CREATIVELY SIMPLE: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP (PDF ebook) "We live on a farm, we work hard we play hard and the clothes get dirty. Not a little dirty, but a LOT dirty. And good laundry soap is not only hard to find but it gets expensive when you do as much laundry as we do. So, we decided to make our own. There are a hundred ways to make laundry soap, but this is the easiest, costs only pennies per load and it WORKS! Come on in and we will show you how." Another delightful guide courtesy of Penny Raine.
Each freebie is available one day only, unless otherwise noted.
The Stories of Joel Chandler Harris –biography of the author of the Uncle Remus stories. Originally broadcast on the old radio show “Cavalcade of America” in 1941. Available all week.
Happy teaching and learning,
Updated August 25, 2012
- You Are There: “July 4th, 1776 Philadelphia” from March 21, 1948
- Calling All Cars: “July Fourth in a Radio Car” from July 4, 1934
- Meet The Meeks: “Planning a Company Picnic ” from July 3, 1948
- Our Miss Brooks: “July 4th Trip to Eagle Springs” from July 3, 1949
Adventure Ahead: A Tooth For Paul Revere -originally aired on September 9, 1944, free MP3 download from OldTimeRadioDownloads.com.
The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere –from CBS’ On Stage 1953 radio show, free MP3 download, also from OldTimeRadioDownloads.com.
The American Trail -American History serial drama that aired in 1953, free from the Internet Archive. Episodes for the Fourth of July:
- Dispatch to New York (story of the adoption of the Constitution) -episode#1
- The Brave Flag -episode#13
These can be listened to online or downloaded as an MP3 file to your computer.
Cavalcade of America -historical drama broadcast in the 1930s-1950s, free old time radio shows, also from the Internet Archive. Listen to online or download the MP3 files of these episodes for the Fourth of July:
- The Declaration of Independence -episode #13/#14 in the audio player
- Yankee Independence -episode#63/#59 in the audio player
- Patrick Henry -episode#161/#153 in the audio player
- Benedict Arnold -episode#181/#172 in the audio player
- Valley Forge -episode#195/#186 in the audio player
- The Gentleman from Paris (Marquis de Lafayette) -episode#261/#251 in the audio player
- The Hated Hero of 1776 (Thomas Paine) -episode#350/#328 in the audio player
- General Benjamin Franklin -episode#489/#464 in the audio player
- More Fourth Of July Homeschooling/Educational Freebies
- Fourth Of July Freebies: Homeschooling/Educational, Recipes And Crafts
- Free Old Time Radio Shows
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Updated August 10, 2012
We love old radio shows, they’re neat to listen to and educational!
Some of the shows we’ve enjoyed:
- Historic speeches and events
- Stories of inventions and discoveries
- Westerns -Gunsmoke, Bonanza
- Family Shows -Father Knows Best
- Classic fiction dramatizations
- Old Children’s shows -Buster Brown
- Adventure shows -Challenge of the Yukon
- Science Fiction -Adventures of Superman
- even I Love Lucy!
There are many places on the web where you can listen to old radio shows online, or download them to your computer -and because they’ve passed into the public domain, they’re free!
Sites With Free Old Time Radio Shows
Journeys Into American History (link fixed) -download in iTunes
OTRCat -free daily downloads
OTRPod.com: Free Old Time Radio Podcast Downloads -mp3 podcasts of “Same Time, Same Station”
Old Time Radio Free Podcast and Downloads -lots of music here
Internet Archive: Old Time Radio -single episodes or whole collections
Zoot Radio -must create a free account
Old Time Radio Fan -daily features
Live 365 Internet Radio: Old Time Radio -84 Old Time Radio stations
When Radio Was -daily shows
Old Time Radio Podcasts from Podcast Directory -several podcast sites listed here
New Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library -more than 85,000 episodes in more than 1,970 old time radio series
Old Time Radio History and Info
Radio Days: A WebQuest -Take a journey back to the “Golden Age of Radio” as you learn about Radio Days.
New A Brief History of Radio Drama in America -also has some free educational activities and projects
New History and Development of Radio -mass media module of Elements of Mass Communication Interactive Cybertext from CyberCollege
New D.I.Y. Old-Time Radio -drama lesson to teach kids about the “Golden Age of Radio”, how to produce their own mini-drama and record sound effects. For ages 8-18.
Open Directory: Old Time Radio -even more links here
New Radio History and Radio Preservation Organizations -site also has a list of Golden Age Radio education resources, biographies, programming and broadcasting history articles, plus free mp3s and videos