Learn to read with apps – Bob Books #1 for the iPad

If you’ve ever taught or tried to teach a child to read then you’re probably familiar with BOB books – those little nuggets of learning-to-read deliciousness that every kid loves. Now they’ve taken the books to the iPad and created an app. It also includes a simple drag-and-drop game for learning reinforcement.

It’s available for $1.99 or the HD version for $3.99

From the app store:

“★ Winner 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, Children’s Technology Review

★ 15 Great Apps for Kids, Babble.com

Millions of kids have learned to read with Bob Books. Now Bob Books is coming to the iPad with Bob Books Reading Magic!

Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. The simple drag-and-drop interface can be used by the youngest children. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

Bob Books Reading Magic continues Bob Books’ commitment to bringing children a satisfying, successful first reading experience, with easy first steps, wholesome values, authentic hand-drawn illustrations, and beautiful full-color animations.

Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:

-Make the connection between letters and sounds.

-Sound out simple words.

-Spell the words they’ve read.

The game includes twelve scenes for a total of 32 words. Four game levels provide increasing challenges to children as they play.

Bob Books Reading Magic follows the same method and principles as the #1 bestselling Bob Books series. Bob Books were created to lead to the ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment. This is the reading magic of Bob Books. Soon your child will join over 3 million children who can proudly say, “I read the whole book!”

via App Store – Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic HD.”

Make your own Flashcards for iPhone/iPad #homeschool


Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious index card addiction. And I especially love to have flashcards. I think they’re an amazing way to reinforce learning.

Well, I’ve now found a free digital version at the Apple app store. It’s a aptly named Flashcard. It also integrated with Quizlet, so you can use flashcard decks others have set up or if you’ve already been using Quizlet you can continue to use your decks.

Check it out here – App Store – Flashcards.

McGuffey Readers and Spelling book – free on Amazon for Kindle #homeschool

A fellow homeschooler was kind enough to post on an email list that Amazon has the Kindle versions of the McGuffey Readers and the McGuffey Spelling book for free.

Remember that you can find a Kindle reader app for your devices and computers here!

A List of Reputable (and Free) eBook Sites for #Homeschool

Jane Austen would be proud – my running list of GOOD free book sites. The kind of ebooks that you download onto your portable devices, like your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and your Palm too. Or read directly from your computer.

As for content this list is for sites that are for ‘classics’ – not the ‘modern-unpublished-in-the-traditional-sense’ books of unknown writers or the ‘here’s-a-free-ebook-so-you’ll-pay-me-money-for-other-stuff’ books. Pretty much the books you’ll want to use for your children’s curriculum, especially if you’re of the Charlotte Mason, AmblesideOnline ilk or just someone who enjoys the beauty of great literature.

If you know of other free ebooks sites along that line please drop me a line and let me know. Hope you find this helpful!

  • Gutenberg – the main site – tons of free books in many formats for the taking!
  • Gutenberg Canada – books that are in the Canadian Public Domain.
  • Gutenberg Australia – books that in the in the Australian Public Domain
  • Munseys.com – Over 20,000 rare and hard to find titles in 10 formats
  • G.A. Henty books – A homeschooling favourite – historical adventure stories
  • International Children’s Digital Library – a digital library of children’s books from around the world
  • Internet Archive – contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books.
  • ManyBooks.net – many titles from Gutenberg, the creative commons and others in the public domain
  • Scribd – millions of documents and books
  • GetFreeBooks – collected from around the ‘net.
  • Memoware – collection of thousands of documents (databases, literature, maps, technical references, lists, etc.)
  • Bookyards – web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content are free to the world
  • Online Books Page – over a million books online
  • Wikibooks – open content of textbooks; also a WikiJunior for children!
  • DailyLit – very cool idea – receive a ‘chunk’ of your chosen book everyday in your email for quick daily reading.
  • Adobe Digital Editions – some free samples and full books for reading in Adobe Digital Editions
  • Amazon Free Kindle eBooks – under ‘Kindle ebooks’ and sorted from lowest price to highest price. It’s an affiliate link, in the interest of full disclosure, which means nothing when you’re downloading free books! 😀

Drop me a line of your other favourite, and reputable, ebook sites!

Build It Yourself: 8 Fun Electronics Kits Under $100

Build It Yourself: 8 Fun Electronics Kits Under $100

Ah, there’s the Snap Rover…awesome educational kit and toy all in one. Check the others out for potential Christmas gift ideas.

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