Free EBooks?!

No. Really! Free EBooks! A friend shared a post about a site with a list of places to get free drawing books online and I love to draw so, of course, I checked it out! It looks great! This is a great way for a homeschooler to take a drawing class at home. All you have to do is pick one out, grab a sketch pad and pencil, and start learning! Have a high school age kid? Be sure to add Art 1 or Drawing 1 to their transcripts and keep a few samples if you want to have  a nice portfolio of high school work. You’ll want to keep a few samples with dates to show your progress.

The article is called “18 Sites with Free Drawing EBooks”. I clicked back to the main page and found lots of other lists of free books and where to find them. I could be here for days! Enjoy!

Dino Fest & Homeschool Days at the Natural History Museum

This looks like loads of fun for Dino-loving people! The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles has announced Dino Fest on September 24th & 25th. Check their site for details about the day’s offering. Tickets run from $5 to $12 per person. There is a parking fee as well. You can pre-order tickets online.

This year’s “Homeschool Days” have also been announced! These events are free but there is a charge for parking. Get there early and explore. Bring a lunch and then wander the Rose Garden!

Thursday, September 29 – The Wonderful World of Pterosaurs
Wednesday, February 1 – The Art of Science
Monday, April 24 – Plants and Pollinators
Tuesday, June 13 – Extreme Mammals

Don’t want to drive to LA? Post to a local group, or grab a homeschool friend, see about maybe renting a car for the drive. Get there! It’s so worth it!


Duolingo For Foreign Language

My sons have been using Duolingo to learn French and German for about a year now, but a few days ago my oldest told me there was a new “dashboard” for teachers to use as a classroom. I looked it up and it’s also amazingly free! My sons have been using the totally free site for the past year and have found it to be very good at motivating them to continue learning every day. It plays a bit like a game, so there are points to get for completing lessons and translating articles. They showed it to me when they found it to learn German and have since started learning Norwegian, and Spanish as well. They tried Russian but found it too much to learn along with other languages.

You might try just putting your kids onto it and seeing where they go with it, but if you’d like to be able to assign work with a due date, you can log into Duolingo for Schools
and sign up your school and invite your kids as students. It’s very easy to use and completely free. Pick a language to learn together and speak to each other at the grocery store like it’s some kind of secret code!