Blueglass Homeschool Magazine #homeschool

Sometimes we just need a little time for Mom, a little ‘mother culture’. For a mental retreat and some thought nourishment you might want to check out Blueglass Homeschool Magazine.

It’s described as “a fresh, new iPad magazine designed to inspire and encourage Christian homeschooling parents. As a gathering place for creative non-fiction writers, artists, poets, painters, illustrators, crafters and home-educators, Blueglass celebrates the art and craft of homeschooling and homemaking. Published quarterly, each issue is full of thoughtful essays and stories, beautiful art and photography, homemade recipes and projects, all thematically woven together by a growing community of contributors, including New York Times bestselling author, Ann Voskamp.”

The first issue, Linger, includes over 100 ad-free pages filled with uplifting ideas about how to linger in your moments. 

Check it out on the iTunes store. Also available on Android at Google Play and for Kindle Fire at Amazon.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks

Oh, I know what I’m doing today when I catch some free time! I’m camping out at Freebook Sifter.

Freebook Sifter is a compilation site of, you guessed it, free ebooks. It has the books sifted into categories and subcategories, including breaking the Children’s eBooks category into age groups and other relevant subjects.

Another advantage is users have rated the ebooks as well. Be aware though that not all books listed are for young eyes!

Check out Freebook Sifter and see what interesting reads you can find. And don’t forget I have a list of ‘reputable ebooks sites’ too.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks.

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!

My dirty little secret… #homeschool #charlottemason

Okay, it’s out. I have a dirty little secret. I love technology AND I’m a Charlotte Mason homeschooler.

I know, I know. Some people may think that you can’t pitch your tent in both camps. How can you be a follower of an educational philosophy from the turn of the last century that embodies the essence of delicious living books while advocating the use of, dare I say it…screens…??!?!

Well, any modern day follower of Miss Mason knows that it’s the perfect philosophy for technophiles for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the proliferation of ebooks.

If there’s one thing that stands out amongst Charlotte Mason types, it’s our love of quality books. Good, well-written, ‘living’ books where the author embraces the passion of their chosen subject and passes it along to the reader. Thankfully, an extraordinary number of quality books are now available as ebooks for free or fairly inexpensively. Check out my previous post where I list reputable free ebook sites. You can’t beat the ability to store and read thousands of books on devices as small as an iPod Touch or a Kindle or an iPad and have them accessible when you need them instead of sitting, hidden behind another book, somewhere on a shelf.

Charlotte Mason also advocated short, focused lessons. And nothing draws a child’s attention like a ‘gadget’. Technology can help a distracted child focus those precious minutes on learning while still satisfying their curiosity. I’ve found that it takes twice as long to drill math facts by ‘hand’ (flashcards) than if I had my child drill with a website. And well-designed sites and apps also chart progress and other interesting stats. Check out Math-u-See’s drill page for distraction-free practice.

Foremost, Miss Mason’s philosophy encompasses education as being an ‘environment’, a ‘discipline’, a ‘life’. I think that by providing your children with an environment that incorporates technology instead of fearing it, the precedent is set for your child’s success in the future.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary app – with voice search #homeschool #edtech

Did you ever ask your Mom how to spell something and she said “look it up in the dictionary!”. If you were like me, I was always so frustrated – “how can I look it up when I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT?!”

Well, this free app is a blessing for all of us, including the phonetically-challenged, with it’s speech search. Give it a try, it’s FREE!

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD

Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Category: Reference

Updated: May 24, 2011

Borrow Kindle ebooks from your library? coming soon! #homeschool

Amazon announced today that they will make Kindle books available for borrowing through libraries later this year.

It looks like they will be working with Overdrive Media and the ebooks will work with all versions on the Kindle and Kindle apps (yay!!).

One of the nice features is that with Amazon’s WhisperNet technology users will be able to make notations and bookmarks that will remain with the borrowed ebook should a user check out the book again. How handy will that be for schooling multiple children? You’ll be able to keep notes, reading schedule, etc for subsequent children without having to think about storage.

One think to keep in mind is that there will be limited copies of ebooks available for check-out. For popular titles still expected long waiting lists.

Technology News: E-Readers: Amazon Kindles Enthusiasm of Library Crowd.

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
  • – 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.
  • – 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!

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