AudioBooks - It's like sneaking in the veggies!

posted Dec 11, 2018, 9:06 AM by DanandBecky Kee
This month's Learning Tool is for everyone.  Excellent readers love audiobooks.  Reluctant readers love audiobooks.  They are a great way to get in the practice of using correct English grammar and syntax.  They exercise your ability to interpret & imagine.  Hearing great literature helps our minds develop a framework for our own compositions.  Children who are too young to sit down with a written book can often take in much more advanced stories read aloud to them.  Audiobooks help develop listening skills and quiet concentration.
We have always enjoyed StoryNory as a free service that provides excellent material, so be sure to check them out.  

Jamie, over at Simple Homeschool, has put together a directory of audiobook deals, sorted alphabetically by grade level.  She's put some effort into finding good narrators, as well.

Y'all.  I just got Anne of Avonlea for 69¢


So, these are audio books you purchase from Amazon.  There is a free app called Audible.  (Download it now.  You want it.)  There is no subscription necessary to use the app.  However, you can sign up for the free trial and get a few free books if you like. Anything you purchase with your membership is still yours if you cancel your membership.  You can keep the free app and all your books.  

After you have the audible app, head on over to Simple Homeschool's Audiobook Deal Directory and start perusing.   

If you haven't been using audiobooks, start with something simple, like a short story from StoryNory or Jamie's link to Aesop’s Fables, narrated by Wanda McCaddon (ages 6+)   You can use audiobooks just when you need some mommy time.  You can use them to institute a "quiet time" because your ridiculous children decided to stop taking naps.  You can add them to their daily checklist-- 30 minutes of audiobook is part of my kids' school assignments.  You can listen to them together as a family, or park a kid on the couch with headphones, or use them to break up a long drive over the holidays.  But you should definitely use them.  

Happy Homeschooling!