Homeschooling for Almost Free with Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

I have the Paperwhite and I just love, love, love it. If you have been thinking about it, now is the time. If you’re not a Prime member you can sign up for the 30 day free trial and still get the sale price.

 

One of my favorite resources has become my Kindle that I received for my last birthday. Kindle books can also be read on most computers and devices, so the Kindle reader itself is not necessary, but using mine introduced me to the whole new world of Kindle Unlimited.

I have found numerous homeschool favorites in Kindle format. Granted, it’s not exactly the same as holding a book in your hands, but it is very portable, searchable and highlightable! Which makes it a huge plus for this busy homeschool mama.

So, on to my very first Kindle Unlimited find.

I had always wanted to read this book by Alexandra Swann, but was hesitant to spend the money in case it was not what I was looking for. When I saw it listed as a ‘Read for Free’ with the Kindle Unlimited free trial, I decided to give it a try and cancel after my free month.

This book was an interesting read and, although I do not follow everything that the Swann’s did by a long shot, some of the information in this book is spot on for homeschooling a large family. One of my biggest take-aways is encouraging independence in learning so that as the children get older they take on the responsibility of their own education. No Regrets by Alexandra Swann

After reading No Regrets, I decided to see what else was available with the Unlimited plan. I was so excited to find a few psychological thrillers. Yes, this is my weakness and my ‘help me fall asleep’ reading choice! I downloaded In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell. This was a decent book full of suspense and surprises.

So I was excited to find many other books in this genre for free also.

And then I found there were some children’s books! This one, Ducky Duck Doesn’t want to be a Duck, intrigued me because my youngest child has had a stuffed duck since she was a baby that’s name is… you guessed it!… Ducky Duck! So, we got to read it FOR FREE!!!

And this is my latest find. Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism. The title caught my attention because it’s the book I would have written if I were writing a book! After ordering it for free, I quickly skimmed the chapters and am looking forward to reading this book! It looks like not only a delve into the philosophy of minimalism from a Catholic worldview, but also chapters and chapters of practical application.

I will save a review for a future post. But for now, go ahead and order and read it along with me! I always appreciate comments, so let me know if you’re reading.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, I did not cancel my subscription. I get so much use out of my Kindle Unlimited and the free Prime books, that it is worth the $9.99 a month.

I encourage you to give the free month a try and see if you can’t find some great additions to your homeschool curriculum.

UPDATE 2/22/18  My original Paperwhite froze one day. I couldn’t do anything with it. Granted, the kids had slightly cracked the screen earlier in the week, but I didn’t think that could do it. So I contacted a very nice Amazon representative through the chat and he arranged for it to be sent back (free) and replaced with a brand new Paperwhite Kindle. Not only that, it does not have the ads (I didn’t want to pay extra to begin with). So I’m giving them an A+ for awesome, stress-free customer service. 

Homeschoolers and the Pizza Hut Book It! Program

Our Book It! Packet arrived today!

If you didn’t already know, homeschoolers are allowed to participate in the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

As the teacher, you set a monthly reading goal for your K-6 student and if they meet the goal they receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

But, to make it even more easy, Pizza Hut has a resource page for teachers that includes printables, awards, reading prompts and much more. Go to bookitprogram.com/teachers and see what helps they have to offer.

They also are offering free audio books and ebooks to go along with their program. The three that are included for 2017-2018 are Not Normal, Judy Moody and Above World. Go check them out!

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Taken from Book It! Program guide

 

I printed out the monthly log from the website, not only for my K-6 students, but even for the older ones. If they read 20 minutes a day (which is not hard for homeschoolers!) they get to fill in a clock. I will have some kind of incentive for the older ones if they complete their chart also.

I’m always looking for little things like this to keep our homeschool fun. What are some of the extras you do with your kiddos? Comment below and let me know.

~Leslie

How I learned to schedule my homeschool day: See Mystie’s Work the Plan.