This is not my typical kind of post, but if you could have seen me the other night hooping and hollering every time I snagged a freebie from next year’s book list, you would get why I just had to share with all of you!
In my post on affording the large family homeschool, I talked about using free stuff to homeschool. One of the free things I mentioned was public domain works. Now that I have an iPad these are a little more enticing to me. I never wanted to use these before because I didn’t want to lug my 17″ laptop all over the house with me. But having a much smaller and more portable device and the ability to use the Kindle app (works for PC too!) to store the books on Kindle until I am ready for them gave me the idea that I ought to search through my list of books for next year and see what I could find that was public domain.
By the way, we have decided to use Tapestry of Grace Year 2 for next school year, so the book list I was searching was from there and primarily for my junior high and high school aged children. And yes, I promise to write a post about our choice to go back to Tapestry of Grace after all these years.
Please remember these books must be previewed by you, the parent. Also be aware that you do not see HOW I use these materials in our homeschool. I may be skipping sections, giving an overview of the work, or reading the entire book aloud.
So, here’s what I found!
I went with this version of Arabian Nights because one review called it the “sanitized children’s version”.
For those of you unfamiliar with the real “unsanitized” version of Canterbury Tales, this is not a book you read straight through.
Beowulf is not an easy read and I didn’t read it until I was in college, so I plan to skim sections with my children. There is a children’s version available, but not for free.
Not a light read I am sure!
This book, set in the middle ages, is one that I am very excited to be putting in the hands of my oldest son!
Frankly, I’m looking forward to reading this! I’ve heard it is a good read.
If you buy this in the complete version it is $.99, but if you get the two volumes separate, it is free. Go figure.
My oldest son will be earning a Government credit next year. This is part of that credit.
We own a hardcover version of this book as well (picked up from a used book sale!), but I wanted the opportunity for two children to read the book at the same time without needing to share the book.
In order to get Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, I had to get this selection rather than just the sermon itself which costs $.99.
The reviews on this particular book won me over as this being the sort of thing I was looking for.
Again, we own this in hard copy, but I wanted to give both my older children the chance to read this at the same time and not have to share a book.
As for the other books on my list, I am saving up Amazon gift cards from being an affiliate and as Swagbucks prizes. I’m starting to list what I need on PaperBackSwap as well with the hopes I can find some there for cheap too. I also plan to utilize my library as much as possible!