7 ways audiobooks enrich our homeschool experience (and preserve my voice and my sanity)

Today I’m over at Simple Homeschool talking about how we use audiobooks in our homeschool. You don’t have to be a homeschooler to put these tips into practice (although I’d be surprised if you wanted to listen to history curriculum just because).

From the post:

love to read, and so far (knock on wood) we seem to be raising kids who love to read as well. Despite my love of reading actual paper books for myself, to my kids, and with my kids, over the past few years I’ve come to rely heavily on audiobooks in our homeschool.

We have four kids at four different grade levels, and using audiobooks helps preserve my voice (especially during spring allergy season) and my sanity (all the year round) when this introvert needs a break from the noise noise noise noise.

Aside from the obvious convenience factor of audiobooks, they bring a richness and depth to our literary experience that we couldn’t get any other way.

Read the rest at Simple Homeschool.

 For more on audiobooks here, check out:

The beginner’s great big guide to audiobooks.

40 favorite audiobooks (yours and mine)

40 favorite audiobooks for kids

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  1. Miriam B. says:

    I was homeschooled K-12, but my mom didn’t really delve into audiobooks with us. I do remember listening to “The Chronicles of Narnia” on some long car trips though. Currently,I do a lot of mindless data entry work for my job, so audiobooks and podcasts have been a godsend. I am going through Susan Wise Bauer’s “The History of the Ancient World” on my Audible app.

  2. Faith R says:

    I loved these recommendations! I have started checking out audio books from my library with the book I’m checking out to help my less confident reader. It’s hit or miss with her but when it is a hit it is a BIG hit that will sometimes even gather her older siblings to sit and listen. Last night we were listening to a SkippyJon Jones CD, I was knitting, the lights were low and I thought – I want to make audio-books a part of our routine… but I have no idea where to start!! This post helped a lot. I’m definitely going to check out your other posts and request some more from my Library.

  3. Carol H says:

    Thank you for this timely post! We are taking a road trip and our high school daughter and I want to make the most of the time. I have found librivox to be a valuable resource for when we are reading at home. We homeschool using a classical Christian method, so we read a lot of the classics/great books and Librovox has a lot of these available. I am excited to hear about the app that links to Librovox library of free audio! I also leverage our Library for audio CDs and their online app with some success. Thanks so much for the tips today!

  4. Jess Townes says:

    I’m not sure I could homeschool without audiobooks. We just finished the Harry Potter series with my 8 year old, and the last two books we listened to almost entirely on cd. My oldest and I have read these books countless times and we were both eager to listen in. I can’t imagine how my voice would have held up through 700 plus pages (well, actually I can imagine because my husband and I read the fifth book aloud to one another when it was released because we couldn’t decide who should get to read it first)! We also love Story of the World’s audio cds for our treks into the city on Fridays for field trips/circus class. Great resources! Thank you!

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