Professor Elliot EngelDon’t homeschool without these audio lectures on famous authors (and a few other persons of historical interest). Video’s are available too for most topics. Unique, humorous, and captivating! Late middle school through high school.  PROFESSOR ELLIOT ENGEL is professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina and offers his highly entertaining lectures on various famous historical and literary people in both audio and video formats. The thing about Professor Engel that my family has liked so much is that he tells you things that no one else knows and that you won’t find anywhere else. His lectures are interesting, entertaining and educational. We were introduced to him when we heard him live in our hometown giving his address on “The Mystery of Robert E. Lee.” I have never read or heard anything  on Lee that was comparable to this night’s presentation. I was hooked on Engel from then on. It is almost a crime to do Shakespeare without listening to his audio of  “How William Became Shakespeare.” I also recommend his book, A Dab of Dickens and a Touch of Twain, a fascinating treatment of the lives of various literary figures. Again, you will read here things you won’t find anywhere else.

Writing With Sharon Watson FREE weekly writing tips and wonderful writing curriculum!

Analytical GrammarThis one is a new discovery of mine but I’m loving everything I see and hear from this homeschooling curriculum. Owner and author Erin Karl has some great videos on the site explaining her program. and easy to understand grammar & puntuation lessons, grammar checker, daily grammar tips, and more–all free!

 The Mystery of HistoryI think this is the best history curriculum out there! Go check out Linda Hobar’s offerings and you may get hooked too.

Owl and Mouse–free, interactive online geography games that really teach. Wonderful homeschool site for the very best FREE online resources for your student’s education.

Consumer Affairs list of the TOP TEN ONLINE SCHOOLS: For those who want to homeschool via an online option, check out the Consumer Affairs ratings of online schools.

The-Khan-Academy-Logo-300x256The Kahn Academy. Completely FREE and aimed at giving free education to the worldWow — I can’t say enough about this site as a school, course of study, or at least a back up for any level of science, math, economics, coding, history, English, ANYTHING! It’s too much to explain–go to this article to see who Kahn is and what he’s doing.  Look him up on You Tube, watch one of his TED Talks, or watch this interview with him below. He is now being funded by both Google and the Bill Gates Foundation. Every educator should know about Sal Kahn and his site.–free audio books plus much more

TED Talks–TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, and design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Various people are invited to talk at TED conferences twice a year and then the best of these talks are put online for public viewing.

Resources for a study in media and advertising and how it affects us:

The Evolution of Beauty–A very quick video short (1 min.), and it goes perfectly with the “Merchants of Cool” below. Don’t miss this one!

merchants 0f Cool video pbs.orgMerchants of Cool–This show is a must see for your kids. It shows the behind the scenes politics and coercive psychology behind advertising. Fascinating and eye-opening. Recommended for age 12 and above.

J.J. Abrams (creator of Lost) TED talk on technology & movies–a fun and insightful talk by a highly creative mind.

The Paradox of Choice–Why Less Is More

A few unique science sites:


Principles of Physics (animated demonstrations that are wonderful)

Richard Feynman was a Harvard professor, physicist, and Nobel prize winner (1965) with a great sense of humor. There are several brief videos of him on You Tube that consist of old interviews and lectures of his on various physics topics and conundrums. One of my favorites is his description of how a mirror works (it might surprise you). Here’s a link on what keeps a train on its tracks–there’s a lot more to it than you’d think. Here’s a link to the majority of his talks on You Tube.


 More History Links

my monogram in cueiform

My initials “LJW” in cuneiform

Write in CUNEIFORM–so fun! Get your monogram in cuneiform! Here’s a screen shot of mine so you can see.


The British Library –The “Learning Area” has interactive student activities and much, much more.

Bede’s World–on the Venerable Bede, “Father of English History”

New York’s Fordham University Internet Medieval Sourcebook (for all things Middle English)—has “wave” audio files so you can actually hear the middle English spoken.

Librarius–University of Pennsylvania’s complete Anglo Saxon dictionary.

Luminarium–Renaissance era resources

Interactive Renaissance Learner

Bible Gateway – You can read the John Wycliffe version from 1400 as well as Tyndale’s New Testament from 100 years or so later.

For more history links check out the King Alfred’s English student page. Links are shared chapter by chapter, but even if you haven’t read the book, the links follow chronologically from the time of Rome’s Emperor Constantine (the first Christian emperor) to the time of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 and a little beyond.


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