Archive for April, 2007

Measuring Yourself… Scientifically

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Measuring Yourself
(Science/math - 5 minutes)

This video shows how scientists use creativity to measure non-obvious things like reaction time, lung capacity and jump height… and how YOU can do the same. Lots of experiments and activites to do here! Another great Marshall Brain video.

Audio: Big Jon & Sparky and the E-I-O Song!

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Okay, as long as we brought you the Three Stooges’ Swinging the Alphabet song today, here’s another classic “educational alphabet song”. This one, a favorite of many of our long time listeners at, is the “E I O Song”, as performed by Big Jon & Sparky and assorted other characters from their classic radio program.

Remember now, this is an mp3 audio file, NOT a video. So…

To play it streaming to your computer, click here.

To download it to your computer and play it later, RIGHT CLICK the above link, and “save as” to the directory of your choice.

…and don’t fuss at us if your kids sing this over and over and over and drive you crazy!

Water & Pepper

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Water & Pepper
(science experiment - 1 minute)

Another simple experiment the kids will have lots of fun with. The question to ask them is… WHY does it work? What is happening here?

Answer: The soap is disrupting the _____________ ______________ of the water. (Fill in the blanks, kids!)

Bending Water

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Bending Water
(science experiment - 1 minute)

Okay, here’s another simple experiment with water. Again… WHY does this happen? No, the comb is not magnetized — it has been charged with… what?

Get the Inside Scoop!

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

You don’t want to miss a single one of the GREAT HOMESCHOOL VIDEOS we post here, do you?

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We’ve got Winners… and Cuppycakes!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Hey everybody!

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments about our new site! The winners of this week’s “Post a Comment Friday” drawing are:

Kirsten aka kirstendmiller
Pam aka Country Acres
Julia aka 3gr8kidz

Congratulations folks! Your CDs are “in the mail”!

We will be back on Monday with a whole new crop of wonderful videos for you, including a pile of neat science experiments you can do, some great animal stories, and lots, LOTS more! In the meantime, we leave you for the weekend with this little gem… If it doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing will. Enjoy it, and hug all the cuppycake gumdrops in YOUR household for us!

– The Erskines

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Friday, April 27th, 2007

(animated physics - 3 minutes)

Ever wonder how your car’s motor is put together? Well, you’re about to learn. This is one amazing video.

PS. It’s a Honda motor.

How Much Sugar Did You Just Drink?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

How Much Sugar is in a Can of Soda?
(science/nutrition - 4 minutes)

How much sugar is in that can of soda you guys just drank? Uhhh… You don’t want to know! Maybe it’s time to cut back just a bit.

A great Marshall Brain science video.

The Skateboarding Bulldog

Friday, April 27th, 2007

(humor - 1 minute)

I love English Bulldogs. I always wanted to learn to skateboard.

I wish I owned this dog.

How Cartoons Used to Be Made

Friday, April 27th, 2007

How Cartoons USED to be Made!
(animation / history - 2 minutes)

Here’s a neat peek behind the scenes at how animated cartoons used to be made back in the “olden days” before computers and streamlined TV animation production. This is a look at the Fleischer Studio in 1938, as they make a great Popeye cartoon. Note the use of a “real” background model behind the cartoon drawings.

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