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Freebies: March 24
Lesson Pathways | March 24, 2011 | 4:00 pm

Free Price Tag

Yes Kids Can

Try out the “Lifting Soldiers’ Spirits Community Service Project Kit” from Yes Kids Can! The kit contains arts and crafts activity for decorating pillowcases for wounded soldiers. This is ideal for a family, school, or scout service project.

Urban BirdsCelebrate Urban Birds

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is offering you the opportunity to become a bird observer! Get your free kit and collect information about the birds you observe in your neighborhood.

Blackline Maps of World History Free Sampler

Currclick is offering this free sampler of Blackline Maps of World History. This includes maps from time periods including First Cities and Ancient Civilizations, Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt, the Norman Conquests and Medieval China, Native American Tribal Groups, the Expansion of Sweden and Italy United and the British Empire.

Free Webinar about Emergency Preparedness for Families presents the Fire Station Buddies free Webinar about Emergency Preparedness for Families. The date is March 29th and space is limited, so register today.

Free Tests, Party Guides, Menu Plans & More!
Lesson Pathways | March 10, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Thursdays just wouldn’t be the same without homeschool FREEBIES!


Free SAT Test Quiz
From Parliament Tutors, this FREE SAT Test Quiz will help you see what areas you need more help and areas where you excel. Either print the test out or enter your answers online.

Create Your Own Tests
Download this free software from Schoolhouse Technologies to create your own tests and quizzes. This makes the job of creating tests very easy and you can use eight question types including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, short answer, list, order, true/false, and long answer.

Design and Discovery
Are you looking for a way to build your child’s interest in engineering? This curriculum from Intel is designed to engage students in hands-on engineering and design activities.

Parties with a Purpose
Free downloadable PDF guides help you plan parties with a purpose while utilizing books from the Watering Can Press in a group setting. You party will be fun, memorable and inspiring.

Free Menu Planning Guide

From this week’s partner spotlight merchant, a FREE menu planning e-book.  Learn how to menu plan for a full month to save time and stay in budget!

Freebies: February 24
Lesson Pathways | February 24, 2011 | 2:00 pm

Oh, yes!  It’s freebie time – and we’ve got some great ones this week!

The fun doesn’t stop here, either.  Make sure you join us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting sweet freebies throughout the day!

man with free sign

Free 3 Month Membership to HSLDA
From NWOSavers… HSLDA is offering homeschoolers who are not currently members of the Home School Legal Defense Association a free 3 month trial membership! You will definitely want to take advantage. The offer ends March 31, 2011. The free trial is valid until June 30, 2011.

Free Physical Science Resource
Inquiry in Action: Investigating Matter Through Inquiry is a free download for teaching Physical Science and Chemistry concepts using an inquiry-based approach. It supports national content standards.

Free Kids’ Adventure Journal
Download and print your FREE Kids’ Adventure Journal from REI. It’s chock-full of games and activities. Kids can log their outdoor adventures!

March Leading to Reading Calendar
From Reading is Fundamental, the March Leading to Reading Calendar is full of fun activities to promote reading and connect with your child.

Free Classes, Lesson Plans & More!
Lesson Pathways | February 10, 2011 | 1:00 pm


Free Recorded Classes
From offers free recorded classes on a variety of subjects, from sewing to parenting tips. If you want to know about something, you will probably find a class about it here!

American Heritage Education Foundation
America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty is a free K-12 teacher resource valued at $150. Request your free CD today.

Math Mammoth
Math Mammoth strives to help parents and teachers teach math so the student really understand what’s going on. Take a tour or sign up for email to check out over 300 free worksheets.

Peterson Directed Handwriting
Teaching a student to hold a pencil properly can be quite difficult. Download PDF files to evaluate and assess, and then learn proper paper and pencil position.

Freebies – The Valentine’s Edition
Lesson Pathways | February 3, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by snapping up these freebies now!

Valentine's Boy

Mini I Love You Cards
To celebrate Valentine’s Day in a different way, check out how the words “I love you” are said in 182 languages. These mini-cards could be the starting point of many more lessons and can be adapted for all ages and teaching styles.

Free Valentine’s History & Writing Lessons
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Currclick is offering this amazing history and writing elective. Your student will learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and the saints who are behind the observance. The writing lesson will introduce aspects of poetry and important poets writing about love. Next, the student will be led step-by-step to write two poems. To top off these great lessons, the site has set up an opportunity for students to publish their creative works.

Valentine’s Day Mini-Unit
From Homeschooling, this free mini-unit has ideas for hosting a tea party and provides a brief history of the holiday. Test your Valentine’s Day knowledge with a quiz, make a craft, play online games and more!

Free Sample from Marble Slab Creamery
On Monday, February 14th, Marble Slab Creamery will be giving out free samples of their new Tiramisu Ice Cream from 3-6 pm. Visit the website to find a participating location near you.

Virtual Field Trips
Lesson Pathways | May 10, 2010 | 9:37 am

WorldWould you like to take a field trip, but don’t have the time or money to do so right now? Perhaps the last field trip you took was a disaster because you were too busy trying to nurse the baby, finding the preschooler a bathroom, and helping the older ones enjoy the trip–all at the same time. Maybe you’d simply like to try something different. If so, go on a virtual field trip. Since you’re already doing much of your learning online with Lesson Pathways, why not take your learning a step further and embark on an online journey. You can even go while the little ones are napping.

What is a virtual field trip? A virtual field trip is a trip you take online. You tour a location using a series of websites that have been linked together for a guided experience. You can visit museums, cities, factories, farms, different countries–almost anywhere you could go on a field trip–and some places you could never visit in person, like the International Space Station.

As with any field trip, a virtual field trip requires advance planning. Decide what you want your children to learn and see. What would be a good supplement to your studies? Do you want to visit a museum that shows something you’ve studied recently? Would you like to see a reenactment from a particular period of time? Should the children learn more about geography and visit a faraway place?

Before you head off to explore, prepare your children. Give them an idea of what they will be seeing and learning. You may want to give them questions to answer or things to look for on your journey. Give them enough information to help them discover fun and interesting things along the way.

Here are a few virtual field trips you might try to get you started:

To find other virtual field trips, begin with your favorite search engine. You probably won’t want to type in “Virtual Field Trips,” as that will yield a little over a million results. To narrow your search, try searching for virtual field trips by country or continent (maybe Europe or Australia), by subject (perhaps geology or history), or by place (like a bakery, factory, or zoo).

Once you’ve found a trip, browse the tour yourself before visiting with the children. Make sure the links are working Kids on computerand the sites do not have any objectionable material. Gather any supplies you want the children to have available: paper, pencils, list of questions, etc.

Before you head off to explore, prepare your children. Give them an idea of what they will be seeing and learning. You may want to give them questions to answer or things to look for on your journey. Give them enough information to help them discover fun and interesting things along the way.

Make your next field trip a virtual trip. Pick a destination, gather the kids around the computer, and head off on your virtual tour. You won’t need a sack lunch, coats, extra diapers, changes of clothes, an umbrella, or boots. The trip won’t even put a dent in your budget. Best of all, if someone needs to use the bathroom, you can pause, walk down the hall, and take care of business.

BIG News for!
Lesson Pathways | February 24, 2010 | 5:52 pm

42-15717216The BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: is now FREE for EVERYONE to use!  Please read the message from our founder, Richard Rasmus, below:


We have exciting news to share with you about the future of!

We have decided to transform the Lesson Pathways site from a paid subscription-based service to one that is advertising- and donation-supported. As a result, if you are currently a subscriber we are canceling all paid subscriptions and invite everyone to use at no additional expense.
I know that we have many satisfied customers who are actively using Lesson Pathways with their students.  If you feel that our service is of value to you, we ask that you consider contributing to support Lesson Pathways and help allow us to continue to bring you this valuable educational resource.


When Lesson Pathways first launched in August 2009, we initially offered free 12-month subscriptions for those who agreed to fulfill Beta Tester roles.  Within a 4 day time period, over 4000 users signed up for free accounts! The feedback we have received on our service since then has been phenomenal.  Unfortunately, once we moved to a subscription based system, the number of paid purchases we received not enough to cover our operating costs.

While we are confident that we are offering a top-notch service, we are attempting to sell our service during a very difficult economic time.  We have received many emails from families who would like to use our service, but are unable to do so due to tight household budgets.

We have spent many hours trying to find a solution – something that will help us cover our operating costs AND provide an educational tool to families who need our help.  We believe we have come up with a viable plan.  However, we will need your help – the help of the Lesson Pathways community – in order to make it work.

Our new approach, called a “freemium business model” is currently being used by sites like Facebook, Flickr, and Skype.  These sites offer a valuable free service, attract a very large number of users, and receive income when users click on affiliate and paid advertisements.  Over the course of the next few days we will switch Lesson Pathways over to a similar revenue model and we hope we can count on your support!


We are hopeful that by changing the fundamentals of how we operate, we can continue to improve and expand our educational offerings. In addition to considering making a donation to Lesson Pathways, we hope you will help us in the following ways:

Share Lesson Pathways with anyone you think might be interested in our free service: face-to-face, postings in online forums and blogs, and on Facebook, Twitter or any other social or educational network to which you belong.

Support our advertisers and sponsors and buy educational and other supplemental materials by clicking on affiliate links you find on our site, such as links for Amazon books displayed with the Pathways.  Also consider shopping through the Lesson Pathways Online Shopping Mall, where you will find a variety of popular online stores.

Contribute content and help us maintain our site.  There are numerous ways to share your thoughts about our service or the sites we feature, such as commenting on our pages or flagging broken links.  We also hope that more experienced users will help newcomers by answering questions and offering support on our user forum.  In addition, we hope those of you who have a keen interest in education will volunteer to help us create new content.  This can be done by offering guest blog entries, suggesting alternative sites to feature, or creating new Pathways that reflect your own interest, knowledge, and educational philosophy.

Thank you again for your support.  We hope you will continue to be a valuable part of the Lesson Pathways community and will help us during our transition period and beyond!

Please visit our Free Service FAQ’s Page or feel free to contact our customer service department at if you have any questions, comments or concerns you would like to discuss.

Friday Featured Pathway February 5, 2010
Lesson Pathways | February 5, 2010 | 9:55 am

As mentioned last Friday, each week we will be featuring a new Pathway here on our blog.  In addition, we will be giving everyone FREE access to this unit for a full week.  Each Pathway contains enough resources for a full week’s worth of learning.

This week’s Free Featured Pathway is all about Booker T. Washington.

Booker T WashingtonExplore the life of Booker T. Washington in this unit. Your child will create a diorama, design a stamp, and make a collage. A map and an online story are included to help your child learn more about Washington. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.

To access this Pathway, simply click the link above.  While there is no registration needed, we encourage you to sign up for a 7 day free trial to access all of our great Pathways!

*Booker T. Washington clip art courtesy of

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Lesson Pathways | January 18, 2010 | 9:50 am

martin-luther-king-2LessonPathways would like to recognize the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the impact he had on the lives of everyone.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, we are giving everyone FREE access to our Martin Luther King Jr. History Pathway.  Here, you will find all the resources you need to complete a one-week study on the life of this great leader and visionary.

FREE Martin Luther King Jr. History Pathway

This Pathway will only be free for one week.  Please enjoy the learning and activities with your child this week.

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Andrea Carter & the San Francisco Smugglers + Lapbook Giveaway
Lesson Pathways | January 8, 2010 | 6:00 am

We are VERY pleased to bring you another wonderful giveaway!!

You could win…

Susan Marlow’s Book, Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers

This is the fourth book in the Circle C Adventure series for kids and it is SURE to entertain!

Click here to read the first chapter!

Click here to read the first chapter!

When a flood damages the schoolhouse, Andi is ecstatic—until her family sends her to a stuffy San Francisco school for young ladies. The plight of a small, Chinese slave girl captures her heart, sending Andi and her new friends into the dark alleys of Chinatown, where danger greater than she’s ever known waits to swallow them up.

In addition to the book, the winner will ALSO receive the Journey through Learning Lapbook!

From A Journey Through Learning you will get the lapbook that goes along with this chapter book. It is 3 folders big and includes extra study pages such as the Fresno Flood, Chinatown, the Transcontinental Railroad, Streetcars and Cable Cars, the Chinese Slave Trade, Chinese Writing, Golden Gate Park, Life at Young Ladies’ Academy, and more!

Susan K. Marlow is a twenty-year homeschooling veteran of four and the author of the Circle C Adventures series for “tweens” from Kregel Publications. She combines her love of teaching and her passion for writing by teaching writing workshops for kids on line and at home-school co-ops. She and her family make their home in Washington State.

To learn more, please visit Susan Marlow’s website: Circle C Adventures.

How to Enter:

Leave us a comment below and let us know what you love about the Circle C series! (please make sure to include your email address in the form, it will not be visible to others and will not be shared)

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Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. This contest will be open through Friday (January 15th), 11:59 EST.  Good Luck!!