Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Homeschooling: Vintage Nature Stories for Kindergarten - Second Grade

The Baldwin Project now has over 500 free vintage children's ebooks, all are educational either as classic fiction or non-fiction. They are not downloadable, but can be cross referenced at either Google Books, Project Gutenberg, or with a Google search. Both Google Books and Project Gutenberg allow for free downloads. The Baldwin Project ebooks can be copied, pasted, and printed for personal use only. See Terms of Use.

The Baldwin Project has reprinted many of these classic texts under Yesterday's Classics publishers. I've purchased a few via Amazonand Barnes & Noble with gift cards. Take advantage of the holiday promotional discounts if you use a credit card or Paypal. I read that Paypal is offering a 30% off coupon beginning 12/1/08. Barnes & Noble has got some good ones as well.

I noticed that they have a really nice set of nature story books by Clara Dillingham Pierson:

"If you have been looking for nature stories to read to your kindergarten age child, look no further! Clara Dillingham Pierson, a Froebel kindergarten teacher in Michigan at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, has written a lovely series of nature stories ideally suited for children ages 4 to 7. Each chapter offers the story of one animal interacting with other animals in its community."

Among the Forest People
Among the Meadow People
Among the Night People
Among the Pond People

These are so cute; I wish I had known about them when my son was younger, but I'll use them with my daughter's science curriculum.

Here are the free etexts at The Baldwin Project for the above books.

They do need volunteers for editing new texts. Click here if you can lend your time to these free resources.


Debbie J. said...

Alex, can you send me the link to order the 2 year daily readings books you posted about before. I want one and maybe one for Mama. I can't remember the name and can't see it on your blog. Thanks!

Alexandra said...

I think what you need is here:


If not let me know, and I'll try to find not for you. :)

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