Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vintage Easter Readings for High School Students

Chapter XX, The Message of Easter: 
"All true progress is conditioned upon sacrifice... Nothing is complete in itself. All things are correlated. There is no day without a preceding night, no spring without a winter, no life without death. There can be no resurrection anywhere without a crucifixion. Throughout the realm of nature, the development of the higher and nobler forms of life is invariably conditioned upon struggle and sacrifice. From the death and decay of the old plant springs the larger life of the new. The birth of the better things to be is amidst the ruins of the things that were. Within the grain of wheat lies the possibility of countless other grains, yea, of the vast harvest fields of the future. But this grain must lie buried in the earth and suffer death and decay before it can ever be more than a single grain. It must lose its own identity in the present, before it can be fruitful in the future; it must sacrifice self, if it would benefit posterity. The tree, stripped of its protecting foliage, must endure the frost and the wintry blast, if it would bud and blossom and bear fruit. Sacrifice is the law and condition of all physical progress; without a cross, nature finds no resurrection. The tragic is everywhere incomplete. In fiction and in dramatic literature, the tragedy comes at the end of the story; but, in nature's story, tragedy is the beginning, not the ending. The better literature of the future will follow nature's suggestion, and the larger life born in tragedy will be idealized. No destruction is final: the tree dies and decays, but its elements pass on into other forms of life. All tragedy is a condition of a larger life beyond: every death has the potency of an eternal future...."

Not a Bible study, but interesting parallels nevertheless, and there are more. Read here, from Old Tales and Modern Ideals: A Series of Talks to High School Students, John Herbert Phillips,Silver, Burdett and Company, 1905.

Free and in public domain, downloadable and readable online.

1906 book review:
Old Tales and Modern Ideals. By John Herbert Phillips. This is a series of talks to high school students on a variety of interesting subjects ancient and modern. The addresses were delivered to the high school students of Birmingham, Ala., who for a number of years have been assembled each Monday morning for the purpose of listening to an address by some superintendent or invited speaker. The purpose of these talks has been the presentation of worthy ideals and inspiration to noble living, rather than mere entertainment. Certainly this is a splendid idea, worthy of imitation by others. The range of topics is large, including such varied subjects as "Janus, the Roman Gate-God;" "The Student's Dividends;" "Laughter as an Indication of Character;" "The Philosophy of Want;" "The Message of Easter;" "Modern Chivalry," etc. We can easily imagine the influence of these words as they fell from living lips upon the minds and hearts of earnest pupils. The book will be suggestive, we are sure, to other earnest teachers.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Homeschool Freebie: Vintage Butterfly Study

Common Butterflies( elementary school) - Teacher notes, reading suggestions, and student stories. Free and in public domain, published in 1893. To print, simply right click on the image of the page at the link, and save. Entire book is downloadable:

The first butterflies of the spring are those which have hibernated in their winged state—Vanessa Antiopa, Comma, Semicolon, and Atlanta. They are sometimes tempted out by warm days in March, and in April are quite common.

Here are some hints from Wm. H. Gibson, that sharp-eyed observer and charming chronicler:—

" The butterflies are now frequenting the tender foliage of the willows by the brook, and in a few weeks the first brood of their black, spiny caterpillars will literally weigh down the slender branches as they strip the leaves and leave their cast-off skins fringing the twigs. Hundreds of the caterpillars may be gathered in a few moments, and the walls of your collecting box will soon be hung closely with chrysalids, nearly all of which will have been transformed into butterflies within a period of a fortnight.
Read more here, pages 302-312. A section about caterpillars follows.


The Story-book of Science, Butterflies(young children)

For older children - adults, A History of the Earth, by Washington Irving, butterflies.

Many more here in my Google Books Library.

I saw this vintage cut-out pantin butterfly over at The Paper Collector. Free to download.

Free Ebook: His Last Week The Story of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus in the Words of the Four Gospels

Free and in public domain, downloadable or readable online. Copyright, 1905, by the Oak Park Pastors' Union, text of the American Standard Revised Bible.

"The evangelists have devoted one-third of the Gospel record to our Lord's Passion and Resurrection. A comparison of the four narratives clearly indicates the order of events upon the several days of the Holy Week. The devotional reading of the story is a most natural and helpful observance of the Easter season. As an aid to such observance this booklet has been prepared. It is the story, day by day, of the last week in our Lord's earthly life in the words of the four evangelists, containing all that they record, but without repetition. Messrs. Thomas Nelson and Sons have generously co-operated in permitting the use of the best translation.
Originally planned for the churches of all denominations in a single community, the booklet has proved a blessing to many thousands of Christians."

His Last Week, The Story of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus in the Words of the Four Gospels.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Vintage Spring Border Designs

These where originally meant for the classroom, but they could be used for any paper or digital art project. Free and in public domain from School Arts, 1915. Go to link, right click on image of page and save, or click on image below to enlarge and save.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Early Elementary Spring Story and Lesson

By Agnes Quish
One bright day in spring, a little gray kitten ran away from her mother.
She was lost and did not know where to go.
She ran on and on until she came to a stream. It was getting dark and the kitten was hungry and tired. So she sat down under a willow and began to cry.
A fairy loved this willow very much. The willow was sorry for the kitten. She bent over it and said, "Do not cry. I will keep you safe.
"Oh, how soft and warm your fur is!"
"I am sorry I ran away from home," said the kitten. Then she began to cry again.
"Do not cry any more," said the willow, "I will bend over you and keep you safe all night. I like you. Now sleep."
The willow liked the kitten's soft fur. "I wish I had fur like that," she said.
Just then the fairy came. She heard what the willow said.
"You are a kind willow," said the fairy, "and I will give you what you wish. You shall have fur every spring, and all people shall love you. Good night, Pussy Willow."
Next morning the kitten awoke in her own bed. The willow found herself covered with soft balls of fur.
The people love her and call her Pussy Willow.

Find the missing word:

Free to copy and paste to your own document. I will add it to Google Documents for easy printing soon.

Little Irish Dolls, Children's Story and Patterns

Teachers Magazine, 1909, pages 24-25.

Saint Patrick's Day Blessings! Irish Paper Dolls

 Some cute printable paper dolls, Mr. Leprechaun and Molly Malone for Saint Patrick's Day courtesy of The Paper Collector. Click on image to enlarge and save.

In Dublin's fair city,
where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"

"Alive, alive, oh,
Alive, alive, oh",
Crying "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh".

She was a fishmonger,
But sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they each wheeled their barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"


She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
Midi here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last Supper Craft and Lesson Plan

Lacy could easily charge for her wonderful Christian craft ideas and templates; however, she shares her gift of artistry for free. This completed craft of the Last Supper turned out fabulous. See her tutorial here with printable templates, and lesson plan.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vintage Student's Merit Award Letter

I saw this over at the Paper Collector, and just for kicks, blanked out the original names with GIMP. I haven't figured out how to match the background when covering up areas. Click to enlarge and save, if you'd like to reuse this form. I filled one out for my son because he's had a tough time lately working through spring fever. He's been diligent despite his weariness of school. Here is the original:


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Carolingian Legends and Paper Doll Costume

Epics and Romances of the Middle Ages, Carolingian Legends, 1887, by Wilhelm Wagner. Free to download or print, and in public domain. Not specifically a children's book, but appropriate for older children, perhaps advanced middle school and up. It's very readable for young people.

Main page here.

I found these Carolingian costume paper dolls at the NY public digital library . There was no doll, but making one could be fun, especially if you can find a head, from another doll or online illustration, to add to your hand drawn body. I'll try to find one, and post it here. Click on image to enlarge and copy.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Free Printable Elementary School Picture Study: Lincoln by Saint-Gauden

Pages 28-29, Statue of Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)

To print page at link, simply right click on image of the page and save. Free and in public domain.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Late Elementary - Early Middle School Reading List

My son asked me for a reading list that he could take to the library, so I put together a list using many of the books mentioned on Classical Christian Education, 1000 Good Books(late elementary- early middle school); and I added some of my own, mostly classics. He likes H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Conan Doyle; I added a few that he has not yet read.

If you'd like to make use any of the books for your own list, I am sharing the list at Google Documents here.  It prints out to seven pages.

To keep the list together, I punched holes in it and recycled the cardboard covers from a used spiral notebook. Above is the image(click on image to enlarge and save) that I placed on the front and back. It prints out as one page, and then I just cut along the fold. I tied the book together through the holes with some twine.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Japanese Peanut Salad Dressing

I made this tonight for my husband who loves Japanese salad dressing. I took this recipe and changed it a little. This has a peanut base, but is not too peanuty.


* 1/2 cup canola oil(peanut oil better)
* 2/3 cup rice vinegar
* 3-4 TBS onion powder
* 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
* 1/4 cup tahini(blended sesame seeds)
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
* 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Pour all into bottle, shake well before serving, store in frig.