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Free Home Economics Resources


pizza-1013631_1280When introduced early, house-hold responsibilities seem less chore-like. They can even be fun. Young children, especially those looking for a little extra-autonomy, may even love the idea of doing something Mommy or Daddy usually takes care of. My kiddos love it when we cook together. Each takes a job to match their skill level (sort of-last night the shredded cabbage might have been a little much), and they are ready for the next job, asking, “What else can I help you with?” I’ve seen the same reaction when it is chore time, only keeping in mind that, like I have my physical limits, they have their attention limits, so it is important to set them up for success. Planning is key and time required for each task is worth considering.

I’ve put together a list of Home-Economics resources. It is by no means exhaustive, though I will continue to add as the resources are revealed or I am inspired. The first link will help you brainstorm, list, and sequence the home-economics topics you believe are pertinent to your child’s life and get you moving towards building your own home-economics curriculum, but first a little history and a little on each of these categories under home-economics umbrella.

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Scope and Sequence

Build your own using Proverbs
The Basic List
Write your own curriculum with Bright Hub Education
Other great ideas to add your curriculum

Home Economics  (all sub-topics)

Home and Economics with Howcast
A full year of High School Home Economics with Plain and Not So Plain
Creative Living Skills from Glencoe
Homeschool Course at Brady Bunch Homeschool
An Old Fashioned Education

Cooking/Food Safety

52 week curriculum, Cooking For Kids
Age Appropriate Cooking Lessons for Kids, Ages 3-18
Cooking Unit Lapbook with Homeschool Share
Cooking and Home-Economics from Archive ebooks
Kidspot Kitchen-Recipes
Video Recipes
from Spattulatta.com
Printable Recipe Books for Kids
Food Network-Cooking with Kids
Cooking/Farm to Table

Sesame Street Recipes
Easy Recipes for Kids (blog)
Publications on Food Safety At Home
Food Safety from the USDA


Teaching Your Child to Clean with FREE Homeschool Deals
Chore Cards from Five J’s
Lessons from Clorox
Printable Chore Chart
Home Cleaning with Pinterest


Gardening Lapbook
Garden Preschool Pack Printables
Kids Gardening
My First Garden
Gardening for Kids, Fun and Inspiring Ideas
More Gardening Idea for Kids

Sewing and other Needle Crafts

Crafts and Fabric Links
Sewing Book, Lessons for beginners
Online Video Lessons by Craftsy
Easy Sewing Projects for Kids
History of Fashion and Design Tutorials
Share your designs on DIY!
Crothet Lessons with Craftyminx

Managing Money

Practical Money Skills Lessons,  Resources,  and Games
Visual Economics for Kinder-2nd grade
Hands-on Banking for All ages
Checkbook Lessons
Money Instructor, “a reality based personal finance course for young adults”
Financial Literacy for High School
Consumer Math Worksheets
Economics Lessons for Elementary to High School
Family Online Links for Economics


Nutrition Detectives
Nutrition Education from the USDA, for all ages
Passport to Nutrition Program (kit)
Team Nutrition
Online Nutrition Education Course

Social Media and Technology

Computer Basics OnlineTutorials
Early Computer Skills
Learn the Parts of a PC
Internet Safety
Technology Tutorials
KidsComputer Lesson, Preschool to 12th grade
Lesson Plans, Ideas and Activities from Hot Chalk
E-learning for Kids

Other Life Skills

Bee Keeping with USDA’s Beesource
Bee Keeper’s Manual, and Amazon ebook

First Aid Course

Responsible Dog Ownership

Fire Arm Safety Online and DVD

Child Safety Curriculum
Safety Kits with Lessons on Being Safe

Provident Living and Emergency Preparedness with an Old Fashioned Education
Emergency Preparedness Unit

Emergency Preparedness with Old Fashioned Education
Emergency Preparedness by State (FEMA)
Problem Solving in an Emergency
Fire Safety Publications
Weather Safety and Preparedness

In the Public Domain

Homeschool Common’s compilation of Home Economics Resources
Home Occupations for Boys and Girls
Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking
Household Sewing with Home Dressmaking
Home Dressmaking
Home Dressmaking Made Easy, Hooper
Home Dressmaking: a complete guide to household sewing
How to Make Over Old Dresses
The complete book of sewing; dressmaking and sewing for the home made easy

Ebook Series in the Public Domain

Mary Francis Instruction Books
When Mother Let’s Us Play Series
Library of Cookery

Here are some Pinterest boards you might gain some inspiration on. All of the pins may not be FREE, but I never let that stop me from tweaking an idea into my own or sending me on another search to find a similar FREE alternative.

Homeschool~Home Economics
Explore Home Economics
Gardening with Kids

When Mother Lets Us Play Series

whenmotherletsus00rich_0001Dive into this instructional series and learn a new skill or strengthen an already growing interest with the many inviting projects. From carpentry to sewing, the series covers some fun home-economics basics ( and a travel to Italy) with great illustrations and some playful rhymes as well.

When Mother Lets us Carpenter

When Mother Lets us Make Candy

When Mother Lets us Cut Out Pictures

When Mother Lets us Garden

When Mother Lets us Make Gifts

When Mother Lets us Cook

When Mother Lets us Keep Pets

When Mother Lets us Help

When Mother Lets us Play

When Mother Lets us Travel in Italy

When Mother Lets us Act

When Mother Lets us Sew

When Mother Lets us Make Paperbox Furniture

When Mother Lets us Make Toys

When Mother Lets us Give a Party


Mary Francis Instruction Books

Mary Francis Instruction Books, written by Jane Earye Fryer teach life skills through a delightfully entertaining story. Learn the basics of home-economics as you follow Mary in each book.

Adventures Among the Doll People: Easy Steps in HMAry Francesousekeeping

Adventures Among the Story People: Mary Frances Story Book

Adventures Among the Thimble People: Mary Frances Sewing Book

Adventures Among the Kitchen People: Mary Frances Cook Book

Adventures Among the Garden People: Mary Frances Garden Book

Adventures Among the Knitting People: Mary Frances Knitting and Crochet Book

Mary Frances First Aid Book


Tappan in the Public Domain, History and Legends Ebooks

This is an incomplete collection of Tappan’s work. She had a way of bringing history to life in her books. Perhaps it was her many years teaching and her in depth knowledge of literature that helped  her achieve success.

The first part of this list was contributed by my friend, Allison. I will update as I find more titles.

tappanThe Story of the Greek People: an Elementary History of Greece

American Hero Stories

Making Your Own Word Family Lapbooks

folders-24867_640Here is a sample lapbook from 1+1+1=1 to model after. I love this simple idea. Those are the best. The lapbook includes a poem, an easy reader, and copywork. We like to use a spiral notebook for ours and use duct tape on the spine for longevity. I think a word list would be a good addition. You could incorporate a word list into your mini-book or even into a word family wheel. You might also use these Editable Lapbook Pages to copy and paste word lists, your poems, or individual words with a picture on the cover.

Word Family Lists and Poems

This endless list of word families from  Mrs. Alphabet also has poems you can copy and paste onto a document or lapbook template.

Here is a grouping of CVC Word Family Wall Cards from 3 Dinosaurs.

Copywork or Worksheets

ABC Teach only has a few of these copywork booklets available for free, but the idea is a simple one a easy to reproduce in Word.

Starfall’s Download Center has several printables for word families that would make a great lapbook activity.

Education.com allows 10 free downloads a month and has several nice word family activity pages to choose from.

Everything is free over at Have Fun Teaching, including these word family worksheets.

The sample at the top used the poem as the copywork activity. You can easily make this yourself by copying and pasting the poems from Mrs. Alphabet (above) into handwriting generator like the one here at Handwriting Worksheets or by using the fonts here at the Learning Place.

Free Homeschool Deals has shared a Short Vowel Worksheet Packet and Short Vowel CVC, Stamp ‘n Write booklets, both from Mama’s Learning Corner.

Word Family Readers

One of the sites below shares how the author made her mini-books.  It is so easy to make your own with the lists available in the above links. You could even incorporate lines from the  poems or make your own simple sentences.

Hubbard”s Cubbard is a great place to start for word family readers.

The Measured Mom has some short vowel word family sets.

Lavinia Pop shares some short vowel word family readers at Teacher Pay Teachers.

These phonics readers from Progressive Phonics include short vowel word families. You could easily print each word family out separately to make your own book or page for your lapbooks.

Starfall’s Download Center has several printables for word families including mini-books. I like the “find the word in  the picture” page.

Word Family Pictures

Storytime Standouts provides and shows you how to make your own word family flip books, as well as providing words and picture sheets.  You could cut the sheets with words and pictures to staple into your own little book or have you child use for a matching game that is then pasted into the lapbooks. Be creative and have fun with it.

About 3 or 4 sections from the top, you’ll find a group of word family printables from The Measured Mom (again). She has a lot of pictures to use for word families. You could use them as a bingo type activity and then create your word wheel (below) using the word ending and pictures provided.

Pixabay is a great place to find your own pictures for free.

Word Family Wheels

I think these could be a great addition to your lapbook. Word Wheels can include some of the words in the list, as well as pictures to match them. You could trace one of the pre-made word wheels to make your own template. If you make one in Word, you can add text/picture to it before printing or you can have those on a separate page for your child to cut and paste on.

ABC Teach has a huge selection of resources on the free portion of their site. Here are some word family wheels.

34 FREE Short Vowel Houses from The Measured Mom (one more time 😉 ). Check out the rest that she has pinned!

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Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 1-6 by Sanborn Tenny

tenney-sanborn-iconSanborn Tenny was born in 1827 and was a student of science because he saw the omnipotent God in the creation around him.

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 1

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 2

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 3

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 4

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 5

Young Folks Pictures and Stories of Animals Vol 6


Read more about Sanborn Tenny  here.


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More on Reading Levels, Finding the Right Book

So, how do I find the right book for my child? I don’t want a book that is too difficult and will halt progress. Iblack-and-white-28791_1280 don’t want something too easy that will not challenge and encourage growth.

This is a question every mom considers when making plans to help her child learn to read. I have some ideas I would like to share with you. They are strategies I have used in the classroom, and I still consider them in my home, when schooling my own children.

I think we all agree that no matter how far behind or how far ahead of the “average” child our child is, we must start at the skill level they have mastered. Moving ahead when a child is not ready will confuse him. Lagging behind when a child is ready to move forward will leave them feeling unengaged. In either case, they may question if learning is worth the effort. We want to avoid both situations and build a love for reading.

Fortunately, finding a books for your child is not a difficult task. We are going to visit two ways to get your child matched with the right  books. The first is by perusing the library. Take your child to a section of the library that you think would meet his level and interests. In our library, we have a place for picture books, children’s chapter books and nonfiction, teen chapter books, and adult novels and non-fiction.

I like to require my children to choose something from both the fiction and non-fiction to check out. I ask them what topic they would like to read about and help them find that section. I give them ample time to pull books from the shelf about their chosen topic. Sometimes another topic attracts them and that is okay. I encourage them to read a page or two from any section of the book. If is is too hard for them to read and they do not understand100_1031 what they are reading, they can put it back. This is not a strict rule, because my oldest has learned to use Google and the dictionary to look up words, concepts and background information to help her understand the book. These are books that are great for instructional reading, reading that includes new concepts and vocabulary in a new context.

However, there is also a time for books that are right on your child’s level. These books are meant to be enjoyed. Your child should not struggle with vocabulary or concepts in these books. With these books you will most likely discuss things like plot, characters, and setting or use these books to teach concepts like cause and effect and other reading skills. It is much easier to teach these reading skills with books they are familiar and comfortable with. Checking for understanding daily will ensure your child has books suited for his comprehension level.

Another way to ensure your child is reading books on his independent level is to get a sampling of different leveled books and have discussions after reading to assess comprehension and find the level he best understands when reading solo. Your library probably shows the reading level of books in their card catalog, and you may be able to search it by reading level. If not, you can use the Scholastic Book Wizard to help you find books by whatever reading level measure is easiest for you. I find that grade level equivalent is easiest for most.  For a book that has a Grade Level Equivalent of 2.6, it would be an independent reader for a typical child in his second year and 6 month of reading, but children vary greatly. This chart might be helpful in translating the correlation of the other reading level measures for you. Choose a starting point for your assessment and then choose books on either side of that level. If you decide to start with leve 3.0, then check out books between 2.5-3.5. If you are not familiar with reading levels, your guess might be off quite a bit in either direction, but before long, you will be able to pick up a book and tell its level by reading a page or two. When I was teaching, I liked to choose one fiction and one non-fiction to assess reading level comprehension. It provided me with more information about strengths of the child’s reading. To read more about choosing books and the discussion used to assess comprehension read my other article on Reading Levels. I start the discussion about halfway down the page.


If the library is not convenient or you simply can’t wait to get started you can visit Reading A-Z‘s site and pull down 1-2 samples from different levels, using the free trial. You can download a couple to start with and if you find the chosen books are not the right level after your discussion, you can download more, either above or below the level you started. Once you have discovered his new reading level, you can decide whether re-evaluate once a quarter or in whatever intervals you are comfortable with. You may be happy simply seeing him read more difficult text as you make trips to the library or assign him books for his learning.  If you choose to evaluate, you might want to get him involved in setting goals of where he would like to be in 3-4 months. He may think that he wants to see progress sooner. You can assess more often if he is comfortable.

It doesn’t matter what method you choose. Both of these methods work. I have used both with great success. Many times a child will tell you a book is to easy or too hard simply by putting it aside. Be sensitive to the choices your child makes and continue with informal assessments of comprehension. You will soon be able to pick out books that fit both his interest and skill level. I guarantee he will think you have some magical skills in finding the right book for him.

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Free Singapore Math Curriculum Resources

school-307641_1280We love Singapore Math, but I have made a commitment to homeschool on a dime so that we can afford some of life’s luxuries on a shoestring budget. I’m always amazed at the generosity of others by what they are making accessible for free.. Here are some of the resources we are using and a couple thrown in to give you some choice.

Full Curriculum

These are not Singapore Math, but are so similar my children do not know the difference, we are using the first set of books for each of my kiddos in conjunction with one of the tutorial links I’ll be adding down the page a bit.

Center for Innovation in Mathematics has a fantastic curriculum to download. I only download the student book and use the other resources over the computer screen when necessary. It helps us save on paper and ink. The curriculum covers both primary and secondary grade levels, not including kindergarten. It is just the right amount of challenging. The reason we chose this one over the next link is because this program seems to give a little more variety in the daily lesson. The program keeps the kids engaged.

Comprehensive School Mathematics Program is another curriculum similar to Singapore. This program might be liked more by those that need something a little simpler, though it is very thorough and has many components that keep it engaging. It covers all grade levels including kindergarten.


The kids love these tutorials from The Singapore Maths Teacher. They have really come in handy. Parents can also learn the why behind the model drawings and different ways for solving math problems. It covers grades 3rd-6th.

The Online School of Mathematics covers grades 3rd-7th. You have to set up an account to use the site. After you enter each grade level’s area, you may choose what skill to work on. There is a premium subscription but most of it is FREE.

Khan Academy has an enormous inventory of Singapore Math tutorials from grades 4th-12th.

Conceptua Math is another site with lessons. It has a premium membership, but the learning libraries are both free to view.


If your child needs some extra material to work on a certain mastered skill, here are some sites with worksheets.

School Kid covers grades 1st-6th.

Math in English has it all. For grades 1st to 6th. It includes worksheets and workbooks, videos and games, all based on Singapore Math.

Virtual Manipuatives

Everything is online now! Even Manipulatives. Check out Math in Focus’s iTool. I just found this. My kiddos are going to love it.

They are using Thinking Blocks now. The game guides the child through each step of the process and rewards them after a few correct answers leading them to a new level.


Lapbooking in a Spiral Bound Notebook

We are working on Bible History this year. I honestly don’t how long this will take us. I can see it taking 4 years. I don’t map things out well. I just decided it was important to do, so we started. Dad is reading during the evening Bible Study and I am reviewing the information during the day before the kids work in their notebook. We are using Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Bible History  For the Little Ones primarily. We supplement from time to time when an event we would like to cover is missing.  Often we have used Answers in Genesis. Information for the Ice Age and Dinosaurs after the flood was easy to find in kid-friendly language. They have a great little search engine in the top, right-hand corner of the page. If you type in your topic along with the word “kids”, it  will bring up all of the articles from the kid’s site first.
My oldest two are also reading from The Story of the Bible From Genesis to Revelation told in Simple Language For the Young for their personal devotion. My youngest is reading these slideshows from the Garden of Praise.
100_1243 100_1244 100_1245 100_1246 100_1247 100_1248 100_1249 100_1250For the components of the notebook, I am using a combination of lapbook pages and notebooking pages from a couple of different sites. Each of my children are expected to write according to their skills. My oldest always has the most to say. She is hoping to give it to someone who needs to hear the Gospel. She is writing with a purpose. My middle child hasn’t liked to write in the past , but again he likes the topic and the project has also given him purpose he doesn’t find with other assignments. We discuss what questions to answer and he writes in his best hand, in his own words. My youngest is 5 and she answers some simple questions. I write the answer down on a sticky note and she copies them in her notebook.
Daily work in the notebooks include, copywork, lapbooks, notebook pages, and mini-books from the following sites.

Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool  has designed history units from Creation to Today. They are organized by time periods and include colorful lapbook pieces.

Notebooking Nook has ancient history notebooking pages and activities that coincide with The Mystery of History and some other packaged curriculum. I’m using some of the timeline for my guide and using some of the notebook pages.

Bible Story Printables has Bible timeline cards including blank cards to create your own. The site also has some colorful notebook pages, Bible crafts, storyboard printables, mini-books, copywork and more. So many resources there!

Sprouting Tadpoles is another site I use to help me guide me with a timeline. I also use some of the pictures from the timeline cards to help illustrate the lapbook covers.

We are doing all of this for free with exception of the spiral notebooks. The kids really love what they are creating.

Here are some other FREE Bible History Ebooks you might like to use for the daily readings. You’ll find some for younger children and some for more in depth world history study.

Young People’s Illustrated Bible History

Young Folk’s Bible History

Bible History

Parley’s Common School History Revised

Bible History for the Use of Children and Young Persons

The Children’s Bible Picture Book

Bible Stories for Little Children

Complete Bible History from the Creation of the World Down to the Death of the Apostles

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Teaching Across the Curriculum with the Bobbsey Twins- A Unit Study


people-163906_64010 Free Bobbsey Twins Books on Kindle

Explore the genre with this lesson on Ingredients of a Mystery. Several Free Worksheets are included as well as a list of suggested books. There are plenty of free mysteries for Kindle and on Google Books, including the Bobbsey Twins and The Rover Boys.

There is a little confusion about the real author of these books. In The Story of the Bobbsey Twins, you” ll read about the

Read Mysteries By Kids

Use an interactive tool from ReadWriteThink to dissect your mystery. There are writing activities too!


Mystery Writing: Write with Writers 

How to Write a Mini Myster

Writing Mystery Stories The Best Mystery Writing Tips and Tricks for Kids


Kids Ahead – Crime Scene Investigation Activities

Science Mystery – Educational Mysteries (and Reading)

Detective Science Games


The 25 Biggest Mysteries of History

The 20 Coolest Unsolved Mysteries in History

Mystery Timeline and more, including lessons and interactives.


Mystery Math Pictures -Math Facts

Mystery  Picture Math -Math Facts

Mystery Pictures with multiples and division.

Maths Mysteries Online Games

Math Maven’s Mysteries Home – Scholastic  Various Skills and Levels, including Logic and Reasoning

Mystery Math– an online game of deductive reasoning

Critical Thinking

Solve some mysteries at Mystery Net’s Kids Site.

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Mystery Fun
Make your own spy equipment!