Weekend homeschool links


My Jonathan turns 13 next week, so we had a little Mom/son getaway weekend to Concord, MA–where we took in both Walden Pond and Orchard House–amazing!

Weekend homeschool links:

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How to use audiobooks in your homeschool

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

I‘d love to say that it began with something sophisticated.

Like Shakespeare, perhaps, or The Iliad.

But in all honesty, Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls fame started it.

You see, I’ve always been a paper-devotee when it comes to reading. Suspicious upon the release of the first Kindles, I convinced myself that I could never get into electronic reading. What a laugh that now, several years later, I religiously carry my Kindle everywhere.

What can I say? I LOVE having 500 books in my purse at all times!

Kindle reading is still reading, though. You know, with your eyes. Audiobooks are a completely different story–perfect for auditory learners, of which I have one. I keep those ears of his stocked up with good listening/reading material.

But I am a VISUAL learner. (Or so I thought.)

In spite of this fact, when Lauren Graham’s new autobiography came out last year, I thought it would be fun to hear her read the book herself. So I bought the audio version. I was right; it was beautifully-written and hysterical!

Not only did I laugh out loud, I also got some of my best writing advice from Lauren’s book–advice I’m convinced I’ll go on to use for years.

I found myself going for more walks so I could listen to/read her book, looking forward to errands in the car so I could listen, getting my earbuds out while working in the kitchen so I could listen. I even found myself not minding so much when I would have a sleepless night; I’d just pop in my earbuds and read until I felt tired again.

And before long, wow! I had finished the whole book, and loved every minute .

I suddenly realized that by reading with my ears as well as my eyes I had doubled my typical reading time. (Insert happy dance here.)
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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

In today’s post: Breaking Busy, Simple Prayer, The Elements of Style, The Holy War by John Bunyan, plus several more titles! Click through to download. 

All of the resources below were available free or on offer at the time this post was put together, but keep in mind that Amazon freebies/deals change rapidly, so don’t wait to download those that interest you. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

Also, a disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose titles I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t read all of the books listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and yours. Have fun!
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Weekend homeschool links

Weekend homeschool links:

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And right now they’re offering a free monthly trial & discounts up to 25%, making it the perfect time to check them out before these back to homeschool offers end!

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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

In today’s post: Life Management for Homeschooling Mothers, Live Uncaged, McGuffey Readers, Wind in the Willows, plus several more titles! Click through to download. 

All of the resources below were available free or on offer at the time this post was put together, but keep in mind that Amazon freebies/deals change rapidly, so don’t wait to download those that interest you. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

Also, a disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose titles I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t read all of the books listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and yours. Have fun!
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