Showing posts with label free books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free books. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free Printable Reading Books for Homeschool

I started writing this post in 2010 but never finished or published it. 2 of my children have now surpassed the reading levels of these books. But very shortly these resources will come in handy for my 6 year old emergent reader.

Print Free Public Domain Books from Google
So far, one of my favorite finds online has been the free primers and readers that were written around a century ago. I was pleasantly surprised the children have really enjoyed my decision to start printing them off of Google again. I rarely (almost never) find inappropriate subject matter in the books. There are some words that are no longer politically correct, but when I come across those I just explain that to the children. And if there is magic or other subject matter that I don't want the children to read then I just don't print those pages. Also, the children really like the stories in the readers.

But I know that one day the readers will be below the children's reading levels. So I'm starting to look for some free printable reading books that will present a challenge when the time comes.

Sites with Free Printable Reading Books
I wonder if Professor Garfield is a hidden jewel on the internet. There are printable books all about everyone's favorite cat in addition to a game and flash card to go along with each book to help enforce the site words in the books.

Learning Pages Ewe books has a lot of free books. And I mean a lot. I printed out a few but found the way that you have to construct them to be awkward. But the material itself is excellent for children who have just become fluent readers.

Reading A to Z is a paid site but they have some free samples you can print out.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Back to the Free Readers on Google Books

I have managed to rack up my highest library fines to date, a whopping $67.00. We check out 50 books (the limit) at a time and I am very careful about due dates because of that. But recently we had family visit from out of town and I was having so much fun with them that I didn't think about the books until they were a week overdue. And it didn't help that I didn't receive the reminder notices that I usually get by email from the library. I was missing a lot of my mail on Yahoo until I switched over to their new format from the classic one.

Anyway, so the  next time that I go to the library I am going to ask for mercy regarding my fines based on past good behavior. But in the meantime, the kids still need some good books to read. The little ones have been enjoying the level 1 and 2 beginner reader books. And I want to keep the love of reading alive. So I went through the links on my post about free primers, readers, and spellers.

Last school year Smiley was going through the McGuffey Primer. I thought about continuing on to the first reader. But  I think that he will find the first Kendall Reader much more interesting. So, I printed the book out yesterday and bound it using my handy dandy heavy duty stapler. And I then covered the spine with duct tape to keep little fingers from getting hurt on the staples.

The first Aldine Reader seems very girly. So GG will enjoy reading that one. I did not print out the stories that had fairies and witches in them. But there is still over 100 pages of reading material. So the book should keep her busy for a bit.

And I printed out Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin for my 12 year old. I discovered that book on the school library shelf when I was that age and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully he will too.

I also found an alphabet picture book, but; I'm debating whether or not to print that out for Jr. I don't think that the black and white pictures will hold his interest. So we'll keep using Starfall to learn letters and phonics  and I'll probably try to find some ABC books that we can read online from Netlibary.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Book Online

Yesterday I told the children that we would be off from school today because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. And my 6 year old turned to me and said, who's Dr. Martin Luther King? I told him we would talk about it the next day and this morning I woke up early and scrambled to find a Martin Luther King Jr. book online.

I remembered finding one from scholastic a few years back when my oldest first learned about the great civil rights leader. I searched unsuccessfully to find that one. But, I am happy to report that Scholastic has another Martin Luther King Jr Book Online that is free.

The book is for grades K-4. It's a little over 20 pages but it is has just enough information to introduce little ones to Dr. King. It looks like you have to be a subscriber to print the book out the way it was intended to look. But you can view a full screen version for free and read the book directly from your screen. That is what I did with the children. They found the book very interesting and asked me a lot of questions afterward.

Eventually, I did find the book that I was looking for. It's called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream. However, it appears that it is no longer free. You now have to have a subscription to Scholastic's mini-books in order to print most of them out. But I did come across one more Martin Luther King Jr. Book online - Our Friend Martin. This is probably best suited towards preschoolers.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Free Text Books for Homeschool

I have been taking a look at the Robinson Curriculum, Accelerated Achievement, Old Fashioned Education, and the Ambleside Online Curriculum. Of course I am most impressed with OFE and AO because they are FREE. But actually, all of the curriculums have a lot of the same books in their reading list. A few years back I really wanted to buy AA; but, now I'm glad that my husband asked me to hold off on the purchase.

Truth be told, our homeschool style is quite eclectic and I tweak every educational material that we use. So, I no longer see the need to pay for one particular curriculum or method. We just use what works for each individual child.

What I do appreciate about all of the curriculum mentioned above is that the texts used are in the public domain (code for FREE). And a lot of the content lines up with the values that we are instilling in our children. So, I've picked some books here and there and am using them this year.

I am listing the books and links below that we are currently using. That way I can keep all of the titles in one place. I will add more books as we get to them.



World History

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Free Comic Books in PDF Format

Comic books are too interesting to be school related. At least, my kids seem to think so. That's fine with me. I get the learning in any way I can. :) So, today I did some searching. And I have found a few comic books that I plan on printing out for the children.

Of course as with all materials online, you will probably want to read over the free comic books first and then decide whether or not you want to print them out for your family. Enjoy!

Here are some how to's on comics.
I am particularly interested in printing out the amateur radio comic books. Several years ago I printed out the first (and at the time the only) book for my oldest (and at that time only) child. He read it over and over again. After awhile, he even started drawing his own comics. I just told him that there are now seven ham radio comic books. Good thing we just stocked up on ink.

Conserving Ink and Paper
Printing free comic books from the internet can use up a lot of ink. So I use the quick (draft) print on my printer. I also print on both sides of the paper. That can be a bit of pain depending on the printer you have. But it saves paper and the comic can be stapled together or put in a three prong folder so it an "actual" book.

If you come across any broken links please let me know in the comments and I will remove them. Thanks.

Coloring and Activity Books in PDF Format

Here are some free coloring and activity books in PDF format. The books are on a wide range of subjects. Some of my children are not big on coloring. They would rather do activity books. So that is why I separated the two. Now, most of the activity books can be used as coloring books as well. So that's a plus.
PDF Coloring Books

PDF Activity Books

Lesson Plans
I'll probably move the lesson plans links at some point. But I've only come across a few so far. So they'll remain here for the time being.

Free Primers, Readers, & Spellers

First off, let me give a shout out to Old Fashioned Education. I really admire Miss Maggie homeschooling for just the cost of paper and printer ink. I believe that I first found out about the McGuffey Readers on her site. Since then I have been on the lookout for other primers and readers for my children. I was surprised at how many there are on Today I printed out the Swinton Primer and made a copybook using a free handwriting worksheet generator. Here are some more that I may print out in the near future.
Aldine Readers - color illustrations
Appleton's School
Barne's New National
Black's Graded Readers

Christian Brothers
Kendall Readers
Kingsley, Smedley, Olson - color illustrations
Horace Mann Readers (Walter Lowrie Hervey) - some color illustrations
McGuffey New Eclectic
Newson - color illustrations, drawing lessons
Summer's Readers
Thought Reader
Wheeler's Graded Readers
A Primer: Day by Day with Sam and May