I have openly shared my homeschooling struggles with you in past posts. I have 4 children that I homeschool, one who can’t read yet, one who is dyslexic, and another who just really struggles with reading. She is about two grade levels behind in her reading abilities.
I’ve also admitted in this post that I can’t stand reading outloud:
The Homeschooling Crimes Series: The Mom Who Doesn’t Like to Read Aloud
With all that being said, reading time in our house has often been full of tears. I’ve even been known to shed a few and have some tantrums myself! About two years ago, I fully discovered audio books and put them to use daily in our homeschool. What a life changer this has been! I love the Charlotte Mason style of learning, but most of these curricula require LOTS of reading. I found out about audiobooks when we started using English Lessons Through Literature from Barefoot Ragamuffin Curriculua.
You can read all about this awesome Language Arts Curriculum HERE.
If you think audio books will be helpful in your homeschool, you may be wondering where you can get them. There are multiple places where you can get audio books for free ! I never pay for my audio books.
Here are some of our favorite places to get FREE Audio Books:
This is what we use with our English curriculum. You won’t believe all of the free books you can find here. All of the books found here are books whose copyright has expired. The volunteers that record the books have not violated any copyright law and these books are all found in the public domain. You can share these books with friends and use them openly without violating any copyright laws!
We love the app and have it downloaded on all of our Kindle Fire Tablets which we use daily in our homeschool.
Hoopla is a digital service made available to all library card holders in the United States. You can download ebooks, digital movies, music and audiobooks and “borrow” them for a set period of time. This is great for newer audi books that would be expensive to purchase.
This is another digital service that is available to all USA library card holders. All you need is a library card to borrow ebooks, audio books and more!
This website has free audio downloads of classic fairy tales, world fairy tales, fables, 1001 Nights, and more.
Now that you know where to get them, you may be wondering how to use audio books in your homeschool. Let me tell you how we use them in our homeschool.
First we download the books:
Find the books that you want and download them to your devices. You can download them to a tablet, your computer or even your phone. We have a Kindle Fire Tablet that we daily use for school.
I download all of the books that go along with our Language Arts curriculum at the beginning of the year. When it is time to read that book I just pull it up on the LibriVox app for them to listen to.
Replace your Read A louds with Audio Books:
This is great for those that don’t like to read out loud, or when you have multiple children at different levels, with different books. This works great for audio learners, and children with dyslexia. It just makes life so much easier.
Note: I still make my children read, we have a daily reading time in our house, but this is great if you are using a literature heavy curriculum.
Use them during quiet time:
I love to find stories that I have been wanting to read to them that don’t have anything to do with school or a curriculum and load those onto the Kindle for quiet time. All of my children are too old for naps, but they aren’t too old for a 20 minute quiet time each day. Audio books are GREAT for this!
I hope this has been helpful and given you ideas to incorporate audio books in your homeschool to help lighten your load just a bit!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!