Tag Archive

American history birds Blog/Site Updates children Cooking crafts education freebies experiments free-events free audio freebies free e-books gardening giveaways Great Smoky Mountains hands-on activities health holidays holler livin' local events and activities money saving tips nature nature-photos News notebooking old-time-radio photos recipes recipes and cooking road closures/delays science scripture Site Info snow summer Super Deals Tennessee The Ol' Hermit The United States Townsend travel info Unit Studies weather wildflowers winter

Free Fourth Of July Unit Studies

Updated August 29, 2012

Help your children learn about the Fourth of July with these free unit studies:

  • Simple Schooling Fourth of July Freebies -Two printable unit studies. A 25 page unit for younger children consisting of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, patriotic songs, the Declaration of Independence, and an explanation of the Great Seal plus a 17 page unit packed full of details that the older kids need to think critically about the subject. Available until Sunday July 4th, 2010. This offer has expired.
  • Independence Day: Holiday Study Series -A brief, but informative study about Independence Day. Included in this unit: information and fact page about Independence Day, illustration/coloring page, questions worksheet, facts copywork, basic blank copywork page with photo/illustration, suggested vocabulary words including definitions, blank vocabulary cards, vocabulary word search, and suggested websites. Grades 1-5. Please note: This offer is no longer free, but can be purchased for $1.00.
  • 4th of July Montessori Unit Study -Links for a complete unit study on the 4th of July. These PreK and K-10 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, grammar, creative writing, art, social studies and other extensive lesson plans.

More Free Resources For Learning About The Fourth Of July

  • Connect The Thoughts Your Weekly Journal: June 28-July 4 -A FREE week’s worth of fun for students ages 9-adult. Each day the student learns about interesting things that are happening on that day, or that have happened on that day in history. This offer has expired.
  • Independence Day Web Hunt -A lesson plan to show students how and why we celebrate Independence Day -the history of Independence Day and how different people celebrate Independence Day in the United States. Grades 2-4
  • 4th of July Worksheets -4 patriotic themed worksheets for PreK-2 grade include writing practice, patterns activity, magic squares and a scissors skills activity.
  • The American Revolution and It’s Era -Library of Congress collection of 1750-1789 maps and charts of North America, Fort William Henry, the Virginia Colony and the eastern coast of North America
  • Women of the Revolutionary War -brief information about women in the War of Independence, the roles they played, vocabulary lists and activities, for grades 5-8.

Happy Independence Day,


Related Posts:

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

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Free Homeschooling Resources For Fathers Day

Free Father’s Day Unit Studies

Father’s Day Theme Unit from SchoolExpress -19 page printable unit with activity and worksheets. Free through June 19, 2010. Additional activity pages are available. Sign up for the SchoolExpress newsletter to get a free theme unit every week.

Fathers Unit Study~ Biblical Style! -Make a Father’s Day gift and learn about the great Patriarch Abraham with this 2 page mini unit from Wholesome Learning.

Free Father’s Day Lapbook And Notebooking Pages

Free Holidays and Special Days Notebooking Pages -Look under “Summer Holiday Pages” for some free Father’s Day pages, from NotebookingPages.com.

Father’s Day Lapbook and Notebooking Pages -From Albright News, more free Father’s Day notebooking pages plus a free Father’s Day lapbook.

You may also be interested in these Father’s Day posts:



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

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

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.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

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.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Titanic Ebook Plus Free Unit Studies On Bees, Photosynthesis, Spring And Flight

Today’s free resource from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is an ebook about the sinking of the Titanic and other great sea disasters:

The Sinking of the Titanic & Great Sea Disasters (PDF ebook) – Today is the 98th anniversary of the sinking of what was then the largest and finest steamship in the world – the Titanic. On her maiden voyage, loaded with a human freight of over 2,300 souls, the Titanic collided with a huge iceberg 600 miles southeast of Halifax, at 11.40 P.M. Sunday April 14, 1912. She sank two and a half hours later,  carrying over 1,600 of her passengers and crew with her. This is a GREAT collection of first-hand accounts and stories of what happened that fateful night.

Learn about Bees with this week’s free theme unit from SchoolExpress:

SchoolExpress Newsletter: Week of April 11, 2010 -Available through April 17th, 2010 is a free unit on Bees. Also available is a set of activity pages to go with the Bees unit plus new ending consonants worksheets were added to the free worksheets area .

Simple Schooling has a three free unit studies -one about Bees, one on Photosythesis and one on Spring:

Free Interactive Unit Studies -All About Bees is a fun and educational interactive unit that takes your students through insect anatomy, bee anatomy, hive life, lifecycle, pollination, and much more! Photosynthesis is for middle school and up and covers the molecular basis of photosynthesis.  Your students will learn the reaction, the reactants and products, the fate of each molecule, the difference between light and dark reactions, and much more!

Simple Schooling March Freebie -Printable unit study on Spring in PDF format. Note: This was March’s freebie but it is still available as of today.

The Golden Age of Flight is the newest mini-unit from Learning Through History:

The Golden Age of Flight Unit Study -In this online mini-unit, you can learn how planes fly, view planes from the golden age, see a timeline of historical aviation events, find an airshow to watch near your home, learn about two famous golden age aviators – Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart  – and write news stories about their adventures.



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Gardening Unit Study, Homeschooling Planner

Help your children build Christian character with a free gardening unit study by Dana Hanley at Roscommon Acres:

Developing Christian Character Through Gardening –This unit focuses on how Christian character is developed through studying the parable of the sower. Children are given an opportunity to help plant a garden and tend it through
the harvest, while the parent takes time to draw spiritual applications from the work being done, “here a little, there a little.” (Isaiah 28:10)

Need some spontaneity in your homeschooling days? Check out a new homeschooling planner brought to you by Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Planned Spontaneity (PDF ebook) –Plan for spontaneity in your homeschool. With a simple, yet very effective approach, this planner is a great way to make your homeschooling time a lot more fun and creative. Loaded with great tips and ideas that you can put to use right away.



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Learn About Plants Ebook, Boy And His Dog Audio Story, Marsupials Unit

Today’s freebie from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is a classic primer on plants:

THE FIRST BOOK OF PLANTS by Alice Dickinson (PDF ebook) -Today’s resource is this wonderful illustrated chapter book primer on plants -how they work, how they grow, how they reproduce, different types of plants, experiments you can do, and much much more. Lots of great illustrations too. Highly recommended!


Homeschool Radio Shows has a wonderful dog story to listen to:

"The Biscuit Eater" is about "good for nothing biscuit-eating little beagle" who wasn’t expected to amount to much… but the faith of two young boys bring out the best in him. It is a great "boy and his dog" story by Mississippi author James Street, which was made into a movie twice.


You can learn about Marsupials with a free theme unit from SchoolExpress:

SchoolExpress Newsletter for the week of April 4th, 2010 –This week we have a free unit titled "Marsupials". It will be available through April 10.

Also, new worksheets will be added to the Phonics category for the next several weeks. Eight short vowel letter a worksheets were added to the free worksheet area last week.



Blessings and happy teaching,



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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Presidents Day Links, Unit Studies, Ebooks, Lessons, Coloring Pages And More!

Free Resources For Presidents Day


First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Great Resources for President’s Day! –Want some really, really neat resources to find out more about George Washington & Abraham Lincoln? How about a free PDF teacher’s guide… timelines… dozens of stories and articles… a virtual tour of Mount Vernon and Washington’s personal papers… poetry by and about Lincoln… and LOTS more? Then check out today’s collection of some of the best links you’ll ever find about these two founding fathers of the US of A.


Childhood Stories of Washington & Lincoln (PDF ebook) –A nice collection of short stories about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when they were boys, digitized by Ann Tatum. Great for read-aloud and discussion!


EasyFunSchool has a collection of mini-unit studies:

United States Presidents Unit Studies –Individual mini-units on 40 of our U.S. presidents. Brief biographies, trivia questions and links to online resources, lessons, crafts and activities.


Free Presidents Day printables and craft ideas from Homeschool Helper:

President’s Day Ideas for Homeschoolers –Links to a George Washington Lapbook, Abe Lincoln Unit Study, The American President Unit Study, worksheets, coloring pages and crafts.


Simple Homeschool has a free unit study on George Washington:

George Washington: Leader of the Revolution –Printable unit study with interactive questions and activities.


Free worksheets and coloring pages are available at TLSBooks.com:

President’s Day Worksheets and Coloring Pages –Presidents coloring book, 2 George Washington coloring pages and Presidents Day stationary.

Lesson plan links can be found at The Lesson Plans Page:

Presidents Day Lessons and Teacher Resources –Links to lesson plans for all grade levels.


HomeschoolPatriot.com has some free printables:

HomeschoolPatriot: Freebies –Includes a free ebook of George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior, a Presidents Day quiz, a George Washington word find and more American History printables.


If that’s not enough, check out some of my previous posts for more Presidents Day freebies:


Happy Presidents Day




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

Remembering Abraham Lincoln On His Birthday

I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He became the 16th President of the United States on March 4th, 1861 and was re-elected in 1864. On April 14th, 1865, President Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. He died the next day –April 15th, 1865.

Did you know:

  • Abraham Lincoln had less than a year of formal schooling.
  • By the time Lincoln was 17, he knew he wanted to be a lawyer and would walk 17 miles so he could watch the lawyers work at the county courthouse.
  • In addition to becoming a lawyer, he also worked on a farm, and was a shopkeeper, postmaster and surveyor.
  • Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to have received a U.S. patent.

Want to learn more about President Lincoln?

Websites And Free Educational Resources About Abraham Lincoln





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

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Raising Successful Children Ebook, Classic Audio, Presidents Day And Valentines Day Resources

Free ebook from Homeschool Freebie of the Day on raising successful children:

Raising Children Who Succeed (PDF ebook) –Great little motivational/inspirational book on raising kids, and how we define "success". Includes chapters on what kids need and DON’T need… the legacy of books… the power of role models… teaching social skills… money issues, and more. Not written specifically for homeschoolers, but full of good ideas and advice for all families. Check it out and glean what applies to your family situation!

From Homeschool Radio Shows, a classic audio episode of Les Misérables:

The Bishop’s Candlesticks (MP3 Audio) –In this great episode from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, Jean Val Jean has spent 19 years in the galley for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s children. Five years for burglary and 14 years for attempting to escape. With a yellow passport that marked his criminal past, Jean has roamed from town to town looking for work, only to have doors shut in his face. We hear the rumors as the gossip grows in Digne that labels Jean a thief, then a madman and finally blossoms into a murderer. However, the Bishop of Digne has no lock on his door. Though he is warned by his friends that he should secure his door against Jean, the bishop says, "This is not my house, but the house of the Lord…" When Jean comes, the Bishop greets him and welcomes him into his home. Jean is taken aback. He distrusts everyone because of their cruel treatment of him. The Bishop offers Jean a seat at his table (upon which sits two valuable silver candlesticks), and a good night’s rest in his own room. But that night as he lays upon his bed, Jean struggles with thoughts of his own poverty, and determines to kill his host and steal the candlesticks for himself… A wonderful dramatization of one of the pivotal parts Les Misérables and a great story of grace and redemption that your family will long remember.


Free Presidents Day resources from CurrClick:

Presidents’ Day Holiday Helper –Free product of the week. Presidents Day Holiday Helper is a short collections of high-quality literature, artwork and quotations which are easy to use during busy holidays; each one is designed to provide your children with uplifting and inspiring ideas and images. Read aloud and enjoy the stories. Encourage the practice of copywork and enjoy the study of great art of both Lincoln and Washington.

Presidents Day Notebooking Pages -Holiday notebooking pages from NotebookingPages.com. Print out a decorated page and allow your child to write his own narration, copywork, or report about Presidents Day. In the blank spaces provided, he can add a map, illustration, or other graphic to accompany his written work.


From SchoolExpress, a free Valentines Day unit study and activity worksheets:

SchoolExpress Newsletter for the Week of February 7, 2010 -This week’s free unit is titled Valentine’s Day and will be available through February 13. Also, there are 3 sets of Valentine Activity worksheets in the free worksheets area of the site.






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