Saturday, September 04, 2010

Free e-Books for Homeschoolers

I've been wanting a Kindle forever but just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. I asked for it for my last birthday but then pulled the request as I just thought that maybe it was too frivolous. You know -- Want vs. Need.

However, now I'm completely rethinking the whole thing.

As a homeschooler, I use a lot of classic books. A LOT. And most of them can be found for free download on the internet. I have take advantage of some of these free books but not much as I'd like as it isn't easy to read on my computer. Reading on a Kindle (and I imagine other book readers are similar) really is much like reading a regular book. You can even make annotations in the columns and highlight passages. I do love real books. My home is decorated in Early Library but maybe it is time to enter the modern age. At least a wee bit.

Yes, I know there is the public library and I do take great advantage of it. In fact, I have a daughter who works at the library and I often enlist her to do my library grunt work. But there are times when even the classics are hard to get via inter-library loan. (Our small town library didn't even offer inter-library loan until a few months ago!) Or I need a book for an entire semester or I need it quick.

Anyway, with all those free books out there I think the Kindle would pay for itself easily in less than a year. Now, all my geek friends tell me to forget the Kindle and go for an i-Pad but I really, really can't bring myself to spend that kind of money. Cha-ching, cha-ching!!!

So, the whole point of this blog post was to share links to all those free books with you. Let's get to it ...

Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project

Bringing Yesterday's Classics to Today's Children
. We're using this currently for our Ancient Greece and Rome books including Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

From Calvin College, loaded with lots of Church Fathers and Catholic saints. It even has large selections from Summa Contra Gentiles
. I've downloaded Chesterton and others here.

Google Books

In addition to classics, authors have uploaded current books. Also magazines.

Gutenberg Project

THE original producer of free e-books.
Over 100,000 books.

Heritage History

Similar Baldwin Project, only dedicated exclusively to children's history books

Internet Archive


Free audio books!

Literature Page

The Literature Page is your place to read classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches online, brought to you by the creators of The Quotations Page. Our collection currently includes 243 works from 89 authors. We add new titles regularly.

Many Books

All free books in a wide variety of genre. They contain books from Project Gutenberg, and has links to Librivox when available. You can download them already converted to a variety of formats if you don't want to go through Calibre.


This site absolutely has things you will not find anywhere else.

TextKit: Resources for Greek and Latin

Our Latin textbooks for this year are from this website.

As with any book, make sure anything you download is acceptable. Even classics contain trash.

I'll put these links up in the sidebar here at the blog so you find them there in the future.

Happy reading!!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Free Farming Unit Study

OHC Co-op Farming Unit Study

This is a free 227-page unit study from CurrClick. I'm not sure how long it'll be offered for free.

We live in a rural area and have been slowly adding to our own family farm. So far we have chickens and ducks. We're currently testing the soil to see if our land will sustain a fruit orchard. So, this unit is of particular interest to us.

It's geared for pre- to grade school but the list of links will be helpful to older children. If anyone knows of a good, free unit for middle to high school please leave a comment below.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

$10 Sale: Teaching Company

As I've said here before, I love Teaching Company. One of the things I love about them, in addition to a great product is that they have really good sales. I could never afford their products if I had to pay full price.

Currently, there is an amazing $10 sale going on. Shipping is another $10 for the whole order. However, I found a coupon code: 42248 which should give you shipping for only $.99!


Addendum: I just ordered. The good news is that the coupon code works. The bad news is that you can only order one $10 set per customer.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free Stuff in the Blogosphere

To celebrate 5 years in the blogosphere, Alicia Van Hecke is giving away loads of free gifts including (more to come as the week progresses):
1. Subscriptions to mater et magistra magazine (Catholic homeschooling magazine): (3 copies)

2. I Remember Mama - Irene Dunne, 1948 (3 copies)

3. Christmas in Connecticut - Barbara Stanwyck, 1945 (3 copies)

4. Books by Melissa Wiley (3 books)

5. The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden (1 copy)

6. The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary by Karen Edmisten (1 copy)

7. The Catholic Homeschool Companion, edited by Maureen Wittmann and Rachel Mackson (1 copy)

8. Homeschool Connections Subscription Service (1 month free subscription)
Check out Studeo to learn all the details.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Half Price for Half Day at Sophia Institute Press

Sophia Institute Press is offering a whole slew of books for half price between now and midnight. Go HERE to see what's on sale.

Then once you have your books in your shopping cart, enter the discount code halfday and click APPLY. Please note: Discount only applies to the books pictured in the ad at the above link.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Free Webinar on Online Education

UPDATE: The webinar went great! You can watch the recorded event here: Advantages of Online Education.

Maureen Wittmann will be the presenter for Homeschool Connection's upcoming free webinar: Online Education vs. Distance Learning.

The internet, used correctly, can be a big plus for your homeschool. This webinar will focus on online education but will also explore other internet resources including research options for students, finding homeschool support, and money saving deals.

Distance learning has been around for over a century. Studies show that distance learning is as effective as classroom instruction. Today we have a new model of education coming to the forefront: Online Education which is interactive and goes beyond distance learning. New studies indicate that online education is leaving classroom instruction in the dust.

Join us for this free and informative webinar to find out why and how. See firsthand the future of education. Attendees will get to personally tryout some of the online educational options. If you own a headset with a microphone, plug it in before entering the webinar and we'll let you use to experience one of the interactive parts of online education.

Bring all of your questions as there will be a Q&A segment.

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Starting time: 8:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (7:00 pm, Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter's biography: Maureen Wittmann is co-founder of Homeschool Connections along with Walter Crawford. They are bringing online education to homeschoolers around the globe in an effort to help parents provide a faith-filled, world-class education to their children. Maureen is also the author of For the Love of Literature and co-author of The Catholic Homeschool Companion. She and her husband Rob homeschool their seven children in Michigan.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Free DVD's from the History Channel

Free DVD Set from the History Channel

The History Channel is giving away a free DVD set to every school in the United States, including homeschools! This soon-to-be-released set is entitled American-The Story of Us. Here is a quote from the website stating what this 9 1/2 hour DVD set will include:

A riveting adventure of how America was invented, AMERICA The Story of Us focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by HISTORY. From the rigors of linking the continent by wagon trails to the transcontinental railway, the engineering of steel-structured buildings, through to landing on the moon, this epic 12-part series is a grand cinematic vision of how this country was built.

Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, Tom Brokaw, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more.

From executive producer Jane Root of Planet Earth, comes the breathtaking journey through history–unlike any other in the past 40 years–with live-action recreations of key historical events through the use of cutting edge CGI animation, giving viewers an immersive view of history in the making.

These DVDs will be shipping in August. The deadline to request a copy is July 1st.

If you are interested, click here to see more information on this DVD set.

Then click here to request your free set!

**Note: This DVD history set will NOT be done from a Christian perspective, so you may want to preview these before having your children watch them.**

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dumpster Diving for Food

I've had friends in years past who swore by dumpster diving but never for food. This is interesting ...
Ride along on a freegan dumpster dive

That's one way to cut the grocery budget!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap

Have you ever considered making your own laundry soap? If not, here's your chance to give it a try ...

Secrets of Homemade Laundry Soap by Mary Hunt

Please leave a comment and let us know how it works for you.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Become a Facebook Fan and Win a Free Book

Join the Homeschool Connections Fan Page, leave a comment, and you could win one of three copies of For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects with Literature by Maureen Wittmann. Contest ends Friday at 7 PM Eastern.

Friday, January 29, 2010

$1.00 Try Out Homeschool Connections Catholic Recorded Courses

Homeschool Connections has a new service that you can try out for 7 days at $1. Just make sure to mark your calendar as it's a subscription service. If you absolutely love it, you don't have to do anything and you'll be charged automatically. If it's not right at this moment then simply cancel. Here's the details:
You now have access to a wonderful array of Homeschool Connections past courses. Our live courses have become so popular that we receive many requests to provide the recordings to the Catholic homeschooling community. You speak and we listen.

For only $1 you can try out our new subscription service for 7 days. You'll have unlimited access to past courses, including 100+ hours of online recordings and 50+ supporting documents (tests, answer keys, etc.). If you find the service isn't for you, then simply unsubscribe before the trial period ends. If you find the subscription service is just what you need for your homeschool, then it's only $30 per month. There is no commitment. You can subscribe for as long or as little as you need.

Homeschool Connections is not a home study school but instead provides individual online courses to help Catholic homeschool parents supplement what they are already doing. Our families use a variety of of homeschool methods: Seton, MODG, Kolbe, eclectic, classical, unschooling, etc,

Recorded Courses Currently Available:

* Economics: Principles of Economics and Catholic Perspectives with David Harris, Ph.D.
* Literature: Beowulf and Christ with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Literature: The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer -- Trust God and Tradition with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Literature: The Catholic Shakespeare -- MacBeth with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Literature: King Arthur and Christ -- Heroism and Holiness with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Literature: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -- Chivalry, Courtesy and Chastity with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Literature: Tolkien and Fairy Stories with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* Science: Blood: In Sickness and In Health with Kris Correira, PA
* Theology: Catholic Spiritual Writers with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* Theology: Christian Anthropology with Monica Ashour, MTS
* Theology: The Mass Explained with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* Theology: Moral Theology with Monica Ashour, MTS
* Writing: College Preparatory Writing with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* Career Search Skills: Beacon of Light in a Dark Economy (adult course) with Derek Prentice

New courses added every month!

Coming in February:
* Government: American Government, Democracy, and Citizenship with Ed Rivet
* Theology: Social Ethics with Monica Ashour, MTS

Coming in March:
* Literature: Homer’s Odyssey: The Soul of Pre-Socratic Wisdom with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Logic: Introduction to Formal Logic with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* Science: Immunity in Sickness and in Health with Kris Correira, PA

Coming in April:
* Literature: Chesterton; Man of Letters with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* History: Roots of the Revolt (1417-1560) with Phillip Campbell

Coming in May:
* Philosophy: Fallacies and Paradoxes with Jean Rioux, Ph.D.
* Literature: Virgil’s Aeneid: The Founding of Nations in the Will of God with Henry Russell, Ph.D.
* Theology: Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body with Monica Ashour, MTS

Coming in June:
* How to Write a Research Paper (Preparing for College) with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
* History: The Age of the Religious Wars (1560-1648) with Phillip Campbell

To subscribe click here: Online Catholic Classes (Recorded)