So you have your free core curriulum from last month’s post. Many ‘free curriculum’ websites are simply lesson plans to go with classic/living books. The books used are often easy to access books; either free public domain books or books easily obtainable through any decent library system.
So how do you save on books? By not paying for them of course! (Legally free, please don’t steal books!) E-books are a huge money saver as there are a plethora of free e-books and an e-reader is a great invest for any homeschool.
One of my new favorite obsessions is my Kindle that my daddy bought me for my birthday. There are a ton of free e-books for Kindle; many classics and, if you keep a check on Amazon.com, you can snag some really great new books and for free. But check often as books can go up in price without notice. It may be free for a month, but it may be free for only 24 hours, so check regularly. If you see something you might use in the future, go ahead and get it while it’s free, it costs nothing and you can delete it later if you decide you don’t want it.
Don’t have a Kindle you say? No problem! There is a free Kindle reading app for almost very device you own! You can read Kindle books on your computer, mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry & more! Plus the new Cloud Reader is Awesome! (The Kindle with special offers is another great money saver as you get special offers on your Kindle like $1 e-books, $20 Amazon card for $10, etc)
Amazon even has a whole Kindle page dedicated to Free ebooks and how to get them on your Kindle! *Be careful here-some times getting a free book from places other than Amazon to you Kindle can cost you a delivery charge, but you can set up a charge limit so you aren’t hit with a fee you were not prepared for.
E-books are usually cheaper than tangible books, so if you can’t get it for free, chances are you are still saving money!
E-books, are a great money saver and an e-reader just makes them much more usable and easily accessible. While an e-reader isn’t necessary at all to utilize e-books in your homeschool, I find I do use our library of e-books more often now that I have a Kindle for easy access to them, rather than having to use the laptop to read them.
Kindle just recently (9/28) released the new generation Kindle for $79, Kindle Touch for $99 and the Kindle Fire (tablet) for $199!
And yes, you really can easily read a Kindle in bright sunlight.
Sonita is a frugal, Christian homeschooling mom of 2 boys. She blogs at Cows Dont Moo