Category Archives: Free Curriculum Resources

Jesus, it’s over.

I thought this “Dear John letter to Jesus” was funny.  As a teenager I remember thinking that the biggest signs of personal weakness were allergies and religion. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would choose to have faith in something other than themselves. YOU are the only one you really have control over.  I’ve rethought my position on allergies, although I am sure that if the world was nontoxic there would be lessa llergies. It’s probably a good thing that our bodies reject certain things and perhaps allergies are an example of that. A sign of strength.  Religion, still wrong.  I’m loving the book The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris.

Free Classical Literature Downloads

Online libraries allow visitors to download books for free.  There’s no reason to spend money homeschooling, newer material is dumbed down anyway.

Learn how to download classics from a digital library. Find classic literature online and supplement your homeschool curriculum with digital library resources.

Publications whose copyrights have expired are referred to as “in the public domain” and considered public property. There are several digital library websites that allow visitors to download books for free or for the cost of an annual or monthly membership. There are also resources that offer the opportunity to download audio books through an online library.

Homeschooling with Classic Literature

Searching for classic literature through an online library can be time consuming. Begin with a book list that includes titles, author and original publisher or publication date. Try checking with your homeschool curriculum publisher for a recommended book list or a required reading list.

If your homeschooling curriculum doesn’t specify a book list, there are several book lists available online. Try visiting The Great Books, sponsored by the Access Foundation. Their goal is to keep a comprehensive classic book list with links to online library sites that allow visitors to download classics.

Before you visit an online library to download classics, designate a file folder in your computer for each book. Often, the book will be available in several formats; .pdf, .html and .txt are the most popular. Sometimes one book might require more than one file to be downloaded. This folder is also a good place to keep study notes, or a reading journal. Separating each book into its own folder helps keep lesson plans organized, too.

Download Audio Books for Free

Listening to audio books as a family is a great way to enjoy classic literature. In The Well Trained Mind [Peace Hill Press 1999], Susan Wise Bauer suggests that students listen to a chapter from an audio book each day during a restful time. She means this to be a time when a homeschooling mother can take a break and children can enjoy classic literature without distractions. There’s no reason an adult can’t enjoy books this way, too.

Technical help for Free Downloadable Materials

To download audio books, first decide how you’ll be listening to them. If you plan to use an iPod, you can save them to iTunes in .mp3 or .mp4 format. If you’re using any other player, .mp3 is most likely to work the best. Windows media player will play .wmv files, but you can’t always download audio books in that format. Create a folder for your playlist and keep all of the “tracks” together. Sometimes one chapter will consist of several tracks. Consider whether you’d like to keep each chapter separated by folders for a chapter-by-chapter replay.  Don’t worry, converting them is easy and the newer iPods and iTunes will play both, but the windows player will not plan an mp4.  So when in doubt, use mp3.  Read more…

Partially reprinted from Downloading Classic Literature, originally published on June 15, 2008, with permission from Lisa Russell, the Homeschooling featured writer at Suite

Free Classics Online – Reading List for Kids

If you’re looking to build up your home library or to review books before you buy, or if you want to print the classics yourself (perhaps in a large double-spaced font for note-taking and easy focusing) then you’ll want to check out these links:
Free Books Online; Classics
Classics Online

And here are reading lists to help determine which books are appropriate for which age groups

The NEH has divided their list from kindergarten through high school. The College-bound reading list is specifically for high schoolers headed for college. The Kids Reads list begins at birth and goes through high school, too.