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  • Kindle Unlimited: unlimited access to over 800,000 titles and thousands of audio books on any device for just $9.99 a month
  • Monthly Deals: every month there is a new collection of Kindle books for $3.99 or less.

 

Project Gutenberg

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  • Over 46,000 free ebooks
  • Search the book catalog by search work, recently added titles and most popular titles
  • Books can be downloaded in a variety of different formats including Kindle, EPUB, Text files or can be read online (HTML).
  • Popular titles include A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dicken), Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman), Moby Dick: Or, The Whale (Herman Melville), A Doll’s House: a play (Henrik Ibsen), Grimms’ Fairy Tales  (Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle).

 

Project Gutenberg – Audio Book Project

  • These audio books are computer-read or human-read by volunteers.
  • The quality of these performances varies greatly; some readers are easier to understand than others and some are more enjoyable to listen to.
  • These recordings can not be downloaded to your computer, users are meant to listen to them online.
  • Users can play, pause and rewind the audio files; these is no fast forward option available.
  • Multiple audio formats exist for each title, these can include Ogg Vorbis, Speex Audio, iTunes and MP3.

at your library

Overdrive

  • With your library card, you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library.
  • Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK®HD/HD+.
  • You can also download software to view Overdrive materials on your Windows home computer.
  • Audio books can be burned to a CD so that you can listen to them almost anywhere.

 

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Audible © “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Audiobooks, Faculty Lounge, HS on a Budget, Saving Money | Comments Off on Audible © “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99

Audible © “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99

Audible Daily Deal for March 4th 2015 until 11:59 pm E.S.T.  For those of you that have Audible memberships today’s daily deal is  “Winnie-the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99 — a great classic to add to your child’s audiobook collection.  Unabridged two hours and forty-six minutes.   This audiobook, performed by Peter Denis, consists of ten stories from the unabridged version of “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne including: In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water In Which Christopher Robin Gives a Pooh Party, and We Say Goodbye This title is also Whispersync for Voice-ready....

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Free Curriculum @ Your Library with Premium Databases

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Curriculum, Ebooks, Free, Homeschooling, HS on a Budget, Reading, The Library | Comments Off on Free Curriculum @ Your Library with Premium Databases

Free Curriculum @ Your Library with Premium Databases

Free Homeschool Curriculum Resources with Your Local Library Part One We are always looking for ways to cut costs while still providing our children with access to the best academic resources.  Investing in your child’s education can get expensive quickly and finding quality free resources is key to reducing homeschooling costs without compromising your child’s academic experience.  Most public libraries offer free access to otherwise expensive commercial services that can help advance your child’s education without the accompanying high price tag. Using Your Library for Free Curriculum: Every library is different and not all offer the same access to databases and other subscription services, however, the following exceptional databases are frequently offered in most public libraries. Here are some of my favorite programs to explore and take advantage of with your library card: Hoopla Digital: Hoopla is an online digital media service available through a large number of libraries.  Patrons establish an account with their library card and can access e-books, audiobooks, films, documentaries, educational and instructional videos, and music albums.  All content is available without waiting, there are no holds.   Each user is allowed to check out 10 items per month (ten downloads).  Lending periods: TV and movies for 3 days, audiobooks for 21 days, and music albums for 7 days. The Hoopla app is available through iTunes or the Google Play Store.  You can download and access your content through Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and 9, and Safari. Hoopla is available on any iOS device that run iOS 6 or newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Air and Mini, and Iphone 3-6.  It is also available with several Android OS devices that run 4.0 or newer, Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, Google Nexus, Nook, Motorola Droiz Razr M phone, and more. Some of My Favorite Free Hoopla Curriculum for Students: Examples of Hoopla Digital’s Audiobooks for Elementary Students:  The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman Spanish In Minutes:  How to Study Spanish the Fun Way by Liv Montgomery Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz Brave Irene by William Steig Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night by Peter Spier The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde Examples of Audiobooks for Middle & High School: Non-Fiction The Decline of the Fall of the Roman Empire Spanish In Minutes:  How to Study Spanish the Fun Way by Liv Montgomery Classic Fiction: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Vanity Fire by W.M. Thackeray The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan Moby...

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Enhance Your Child’s Reading with Audiobooks

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Audiobooks, Homeschooling, Reading | Comments Off on Enhance Your Child’s Reading with Audiobooks

Enhance Your Child’s Reading with Audiobooks

  Using Audiobooks to Raise Your Child’s Reading Level  As a homeschooling mother of four, I spend a lot of time trawling through curriculum resources searching for ways to enhance my children’s learning.  One of my favorite ways to supplement reading, bring it to life and make it enjoyable for my kids is to add audiobooks to their reading.  Although I read to my children almost every day and we always have a few audiobook projects in the works — it never hurts to add in additional time with the audio version of the book while they follow along with the print version (e-book or traditional).   Audiobooks Model Correct Prosody Audiobooks have a wide array of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, plays, autobiographies and biographies, science, history and much more — we are never lacking in audio choices.  Some of you may be thinking:  I understand audiobooks are fun, but do they really count towards reading?  Yes, they do.  Audiobooks are a great resource that can be used to enhance your child’s reading comprehension, fluency and raise their reading levels.  Some people consider listening to the audio version of a book an ersatz substitution that shouldn’t be classified as “reading.”  While I do agree that audiobooks should not be used as a substitute for reading in and of itself, this incredible resource definitely has it’s merits and place in the literary world.  Audiobooks model correct pronunciation, intonation, reading prosody and offer endless listening opportunities.   Shortly after joining my college cycling team I learned to draft.  For those of you that are not familiar with drafting, it’s a technique used in cycling (and car racing) that allows the cyclist to exert less energy while gently pulled forward by the cyclist or cyclists in front of you (And the more cyclists in front of you, the better the draft).  Depending on which way the wind is blowing, you may line up your front wheel to the right, left, or directly behind the wheel in front of you to latch on.  The Texas sun can be brutal, add to that a New Yorker with little exposure to weather outside the northeast, and a thirty or forty mile practice ride in 102 degree weather could be rather draining.  I think of audiobooks in a similar way to drafting.  Does a thirty mile bike ride count when you are drafting from the guy (or guys) in front of you?  You bet.  Would you be in better shape if you were out in front leading the pack without any benefit of a fantastic draft?  Yes.  Does it still count as exercise?  Most definitely.  The same holds true for reading via audiobooks.  It’s phenomenal if your child reads epic novels day and night, already has flawless pronunciation and perfect reading prosody — but if not, don’t feel bad that he or she is human.  Instead, formulate a plan to add audiobooks to your child’s reading schedule and help them achieve a nice effortless pull forward — some easy help akin to the perfect draft. Signs Your Child Could Benefit From Audio Books Is your child often frustrated when he or she reads aloud?  Do they read too slowly, make too many mistakes and struggle with pronunciation?  If your child is complaining that books are boring, exhausting...

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