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It’s Cinnamon Bear time!

Lots of homeschoolers say that we are responsible for getting them hooked on “The Cinnamon Bear” when we first featured it eleven years ago – though I suspect many of them would have eventually discovered this wonderful old-time-radio children’s program on their own. But one thing’s for certain – over the past decade listening to “The Cinnamon Bear” has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of homeschooling families.

There’s just something about popping up some popcorn, warming up the cider, cuddling up on the sofa with your kids, and filling your house with the SAME wonderful holiday season stories and music your grandparents (or GREAT grandparents) enjoyed when they were young too. It is magic. If your family hasn’t experienced “The Cinnamon Bear”, YOU just might need to start the tradition too.

So what is “The Cinnamon Bear”?

First broadcast on the radio way back in 1938, The Cinnamon Bear is the classic tale of Judy and Jimmy Barton, who discover that the silver star which is supposed to go on the top of their Christmas tree has gone missing from their attic. As they search for it, they encounter a teeny tiny bear just two inches high – Paddy O’Cinnamon (aka The Cinnamon Bear) – who shows Judy and Jimmy how to shrink down to his own size.

At that point, the story really begins as the three friends set out on a journey to Maybeland in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, who took the ornament. Over the course of the 26 episode series, they encounter a host of delightful characters, including the Inkaboos, the Candy Pirates (who are my personal favorites), The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus himself. It’s a delightful old timey, family-safe fairy tale for listeners of all ages, with lovely music, fun characters, and an engrossing (you-can’t-listen-to-just-one) storyline.

Traditionally, these 15 minute programs were broadcast each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving, right up to Christmas Eve… one episode each day. Of course, nowadays most kids – knowing the entire series is stashed away on your computer or ipod – want to listen to it at a much faster clip than just “one a day”, so many families go through two or three or more episodes per day. (Warning: Once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop.)

Start your own holiday tradition

Ready to give it a listen? We’ve got all 26 episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear” series lined up for you, and we invite you to give them a listen and join in the fun. You can listen to each episode or download them to your computer here. Click the link to listen online, or RIGHT CLICK the link to download to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the file.

Content Note: In this 26 part series, the characters do encounter a witch and some magical creatures. These are not “Harry Potter” type realistic characters, but old fashioned cartoony 1930’s versions. However, because some parents wish us to let them know if there are elements of magic in a program in any shape or form, we’re letting you know that now.

If you like this series, we Highly Recommend you pick up our delightful CINNAMON BEAR COMPANION bundle to go along with these programs! This downloadable resource package includes a terrific 100 page LAPBOOK with activities for EVERY episode of the series, 2 fun BOARD GAMES, 2 COLORING BOOKS and an MP3 “album” of all the great songs from the series… all for just $7. It will definitely add a lot to your kids’ enjoyment of the series this holiday season – or any time you wish to re-visit MaybeLand.

Click here to order your copy now!

“I also have to say what a great resource this was last year. We bought the Cinnamon Bear Companion also and did the lapbook, colouring book and games with our youngest (7 years). I want to add that after 6 years of family homeschooling it was the best project we have ever done :) Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand” – Shelly B.

Here are the Download links to ALL 26 episodes for you. To download each file, RIGHT CLICK the link, then “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the ‘control’ key then click the link and save to your mac.

Chapter 1: Paddy O’Cinnamon

Chapter 2: Weary Willy

Chapter 3: Crazy Quilt Dragon

Chapter 4: The Inkaboos

Chapter 5: Wesley the Wailing Whale

Chapter 6: Samuel Seal

Chapter 7: Presto the Magician

Chapter 8: The Candy Pirates

Chapter 9: The Roly Poly Policeman

Chapter 10: Professor Whiz

Chapter 11: Fee Foo the Gentle Giant

Chapter 12: The Rhyming Rabbit

Chapter 13: The Wintergreen Witch

Chapter 14: Queen Melissa of Maybeland

Chapter 15: Snapper Stick the Crocodile

Chapter 16: Oliver Ostrich

Chapter 17: The Muddlers

Chapter 18: The Cocklebur Cowboys

Chapter 19: The Wooden Indian

Chapter 20: The Flying Hat

Chapter 21: The Snowman

Chapter 22: Santa Claus

Chapter 23: The Bad Dolls

Chapter 24: The Parade

Chapter 25: Captain Tintop

Chapter 26: From the North Pole Back to Home

These links will remain available right up until Christmas. Yay!


Listen in! Old Time Holiday Stories are Back!

Here are a few sample programs from our wonderful OLD TIME HOLIDAY STORIES collection, available for a very short time this season. Take a listen to these sample programs, then consider taking advantage of our “Early Bird” discount & grab these great holiday treasures while the getting is good!

To play any of these online, simply click the links. To download these programs, simply RIGHT CLICK the links and “save as” to your computer:

The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One

Charles Dickens’ The Cricket on the Hearth

Father Knows Best “Stranded in a Snowstorm”

Then hop on over to our OLD TIME HOLIDAY STORIES collection page and start filling your home with the warmth, joy and spirit of an old fashioned holiday season this year!

Your Friends,

The Erskine Family

The Story of Glass

So… Who invented glass anyway? Where did it come from? Find the answers in this amazing history dramatization from “Adventures in Research”. Great living history! (13 minutes)

The Story of Glass

Click the link above to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!

Robin Hood and the Black Knight!

Robin Hood and the Black Knight’s Challenge

In this classic kids’ adventure story, the legendary Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest comes to the aid of a boy who is compelled to answer the dreaded Black Knight’s challenge to joust to the death. Can Robin somehow intervene in this hopeless situation? Great fun for young listeners!

To download this audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Want more? For more great Robin Hood adventures, see the ebook “With Bow and Arrow” at our sister site, Homeschool Freebie of the Day!


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Here are two zip archives containing your 120 resources. These are VERY big, and will take a while to download. Once downloaded to your hard drive, just click the file and it should create a new folder with all the resources inside.

Right click the link and then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Archive #1 (300 megs)

Archive #2 (350 megs)

I Scream You Scream We All Scream for…


Ever wonder where ice cream came from, or who first invented it? Listen to some of the fascinating and highly entertaining history of Ice Cream in this great 14 minute episode of the Adventures in Research radio program from 1943!

I Scream You Scream We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Click to play this MP3 Audio, or right click the link above and “save” to your computer!


The Little Mermaid

Here’s a lovely version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”, originally broadcast in 1942 on the great children’s program “Let’s Pretend”!

The Little Mermaid

To download the program, RIGHT CLICK the link above and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key and then click the link and save to your mac.


Youth by Joseph Conrad (MP3 audio dramatization + PDF listening guide)

This “Living Book for the Ears” audio drama is an exciting dramatization of the classic Joseph Conrad story, “Youth”. A young, idealistic sailor sets out on his first voyage as the second mate in a cargo ship, little dreaming of the troubles and dangers that await him. What do you do when your entire ship is full of a smouldering, burning load of coal, and you are out on the high seas? Listen and find out what happens…

To download this mp3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Want to get more out of this classic audio? Talk about it! To download the PDF Listening Guide for this program, RIGHT CLICK HERE.

America’s First Invention!


The year is 1778, and the war of independence between Great Britain and the American colonies is in full swing. The British troops are highly disciplined, expertly trained, and equipped with plenty of food, clothing, and ammunition. The Americans are underfed, undisciplined, and constantly running short of gunpowder. How did this rag tag band of colonists win the war? The answer may surprise you in this great 15 minute “Living History for the Ears” audio!

To download this MP3 audio story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

To download the PDF Listening Guide for this story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.