Old Books Enjoyed on New Technologies

If you have followed me or know me you know I love books. I especially love old books. But the old book I have are old and the more hands that are on them the more they are falling apart. So they sit on selves.

I do bring them out to show my kids, but I don’t let them handle them. I have books from the 1800’s, even a few earlier. I have the bible and catechism that my great, great grandmother used when she was a little girl. What is so neat about that is the words are still the same as the one the kids use today.

As I started homeschooling, I decided I would rather use fewer texted books and more living books. Now here is something else you should know about me. I believe in keeping up with times and how children/people learn. It is not the material that needs to be changed, but the way it is presented. Take the movie John Carter. I had no idea that Edgar Rice Burroughs, who I knew from Tarzan, wrote the book Princess of Mar’s which the movie was based on. He wrote Princess of Mars in 1912! That book was the stepping stone for many of the sci-fi movies that are out today. (PS-Kindle version of Princess of Mars at Amazon is free-click on book to get it!)

Robby right away wanted to read Princess of Mars-a strong story that stood the test of time. The invention of the Kindle and iPad and other related type of e-readers is bringing back older literature to a younger generation. Instead of me being fearful of the book falling apart while the children are looking and reading them, we can pull it up on a Kindle, or even my iPhone. Modern technologies advance us to the next level of gathering information at our finger tips. What use to fill a whole wall with books, now fills a kindle and fits in our hand.

For my birthday I got an iPad! It has opened up a whole new world for books.  Not only can I use the Kindle on it, but I also had books on iBook.  And the same day I heard rumors that Target had clearance their Kindles, so I went and got one for school.  The first book I bought for it, Princess of Mars!

I am honored to be partnering up with Heritage History. They have gathered that large library of pre 1926 books and put them together for you. I received in the mail my CD with over 80 books and I am excited to load them into the Kindle and use them this year!

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What Curriculum we are Using this Year!

After the torturous hunt of what to use and what I think I should change, I have finally choose our homeschool curriculum and am feeling really good about it. Much of what I used for Robby worked well, but did take a lot of work on my part. After much searching I decided to stay with what I knew and branch out to some new stuff!

These choices are for my three younger ones. (5th grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarden.) My oldest follows another path for curriculum as being in high school.

Math: We have been using Math-U-See with Robby since Kindergarden. Last year we didn’t start another book. We finished Delta, and worked on other enrichment activities. This year we will start with Epsilon with Robby. AnQuenette (1st grade) will start Alpha and Isaiah Primer. I will use the video with Robby for teaching, and I will see how AnQuenette does with learning from the video. Isaiah will learn from me teaching solely.

We will add in other math enrichment activities when I can.

Spelling, Reading and Writing: Whew, that is a big one. I really thought hard about this one. I used with Robby, Spell to Write and Read. It is a demanding program, but it works. Once I got the hang of it I really enjoyed teaching it. Last year we fell off the band wagon of spelling all together for many reasons. This year, since I am teaching AnQuenette to read, I am bringing it back full force. I know the program, I don’t want to learn anything new. I will teach my K and 1st grader together and having Robby help with that teaching will help him remember rules. He also will pick up Spelling where we left off.

Reading-I also use Raz Kids online. This works well for Robby, and each of my kids can read and record themselves online.

Writing-I use many different copy work ideas. Endless places to find them One of my favorite places is Notebookingpages. The have many different notebooking pages to choose from.

History: This was one areas I was really struggle with, what to do this year. I finally figured it out! I want to do something with all three of them. We will do Alabama History using living books, museums and a lap book from Knowledge Box Central.

We will also use Heritage History for Young Readers. I am real excited about this and since we have gotten a Kindle now and a iPad using the eBooks has become a reality for us. We will also double this with the time lines from Homeschool in the Woods.

Science: We have been using Apologia Science for the last 3 years and we have loved it. It will be easy to use this with all three of them-giving Robby more to do, and letting Isaiah get the basic. This year we are going to learn about the Anatomy and Physiology. AKA the human body! My kids are excited and thrilled! I got a stethoscope for them so when the books came they were over excited.

Bible: After the kids and I reviewed Grapevine studies last month they said this is what they wanted to use. So we will use Grapevine. I am not sure where we will start yet, but I am excited to be using it.



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