I've been told I don't blog enough.
I'm sure that's true. I rarely update this part of the website. Probably because I'm still trying to figure out how I want to organize the rest of the darn thing.
You WILL find pages that look half-finished on this site. You might think that is unprofessional. You'd be correct. I'm not a professional! I'm just a homeschool mom myself. I'm currently homeschooling my dyslexic ten-year-old son and my thirteen-year-old daughter. We found out about a year or two ago that my son and I are both autistic. I guess that explains my obsessive need to organize and catalog all this information. I'm also taking some classes on computers and programming, as well as trying to re-learn advanced algebra so that down the road I can maybe go a little further with computer science. We're all pretty busy! I do promise I will get around to posting more and more information on this site as I get the time. This is my hobby, after all :)
Please check in now and then and see what we have. It's going to just keep on getting better, I promise.
Check this out: both language arts books by Emma Serl, favorites for classical home educators, plus Grammarland! All for free!
Primary Language Lessons
by Emma Serl. (1911). Longtime favorite of home educating families. (Google Play). Intended for second and third grades.
Intermediate Language Lessons
by Emma Serl. (1914) Another longtime favorite of homeschooling families. Intended for use in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. (Google Play)
Grammarland by M.L. Nesbit. This is a charming storybook in which the parts of speech take on personalities and are judged by Judge Grammar. While not a textbook, children find the stories interesting and memorable. Find this gem free on Google Play.
Another great place to find free ebooks to download is Archive.org
Check out what I found on Archive.org! A complete set of McGuffey Readers! Free!
McGuffey's Eclectic Primer by Willian Holmes McGuffey. (1920).
The McGuffey First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920)). Uses a combination of sight words and phonics to teach reading.
McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920) Reading, vocabulary, and spelling.
McGuffey’s New Third Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, and vocabulary.
McGuffey’s New Fourth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.
McGuffey’s New Fifth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.
McGuffey’s New Sixth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1921). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.
Still want more? Check these out!
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. The ultimate English language and composition reference book. Don't pay for one, find it here online from Bartleby.com
How about the early version of the Dick and Jane readers?
The Elson Readers, an early precursor to the Dick and Jane readers, were created by William H. Elson, Lura Runkel, and Christine M. Keck in about 1920.
The Elson Reader's Primer
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1914). This is not a phonetic primer and sight words are used.
The Elson Readers Book One
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1920). This book is a bit more difficult than one would expect for first grade and it is not a phonetic reader. If you plan to use this book for your beginning reader be prepared to spend more time on sight word recognition.
The Elson Readers Book Two
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Three
by William H. Elson (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Four
by William H. Elson (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Five
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Six
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1920)
The Elson Readers Book Seven
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1921)
The Elson Readers Book Eight
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1921)
How about this: a free copy of the ultimate guide to nature study!
Handbook of Nature Study
by Anna Botsford Comstock. (1939).
This is the definitive textbook on teaching nature study to children. You can find it for free on Google Play Books because it is out of copyright, but you will see that it is still for sale on Amazon and many other sources. It's a huge book and has over 900 pages. If this was the only resource available to you, you'd still be able to teach nature study to your children for years with the material in this book.
Part one discusses the teaching of nature study, with information and ideas as relevant today as they were when they were written. The next parts are divided in to lessons and cover animals, plants, and earth and sky. You can go in order, or pick and choose which lessons you'd like to use. There are over two hundred lessons!
You'll find observation guidelines, review questions, and writing assignments included within. This is an incredibly complete reference and is indispensable for anyone who is thinking of teaching nature study to children.
There is a Librivox recording of this book that you can find HERE
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If you'd like to see some truly gorgeous old fashioned children's books, please visit Children's Books Online: The Rossetta Project. They have scanned in some beautiful older books so you'll get to see the original artwork in its original color. You can't download these, but you can read them online.
You all probably know that you can download a slew of free books. Those books include new books and vintage classic books.
Google Play offers free books, but their collection is nowhere near as good as Amazon's. There is only ONE THING that Google Play does that Amazon hasn't quite gotten into yet: digitizing vintage children's school books.
Guess what you can find on Google Play?
How about a complete set of Ray's Arithmetic, for FREE?
Ray’s New Primary Arithmetic for Young Learners
by Joseph Ray. (1877). This is the first book in the famous Ray’s Arithmetic series, which is especially known for its emphasis on mental math. Don’t pay for a copy! Find this vintage resource free on Google Play. This book begins with counting and writing numbers up through multiplication and division. There are no answers at the back of the book, but we have a link to the answer key listed below.
Ray's New Intellectual Arithmetic
by Joseph Ray (1877 edition) Begins with addition (and runs through subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals) and focuses on mental arithmetic. This book does not have the answers at the back of the book and requires an answer key. (Google Play)
Ray’s New Practical Arithmetic
by Joseph Ray (1877) This book begins with addition and goes up to fractions and decimals, but also includes problems related to finance, taxes, insurance and that sort of thing. Like the others, the answers are not in the back of the book. (Google Play)
Key to Ray’s New Arithmetics, Intellectual and Practical
by Joseph Ray (1879). This is the answer key to the problems in those books.
Dubb’s Arithmetical Problems
by E. L. Dubbs Meant as a supplement to Ray’s Practical Arithmetic by adding practice problems. The answers are in the back. (Google Play)
Ray’s New Higher Arithmetic
by Joseph Ray (1880) A more in-depth treatment of arithmetic. There are no answers in the back of the book. (Google Play)
Key to Ray’s New Higher Arithmetic
by Joseph Ray (1881) The answers to problems in Ray’s New Higher Arithmetic. (Google Play)
Ray’s Algebra, First Book
by Joseph Ray Fans of Dr. Ray will be happy to know that his series extends into algebra.
Ray's Algebra, part second
by Joeseph Ray.
Key to Ray’s Algebra
by Joesph Ray. Contains the key to Ray's Algebra book one and two