Back to (home)School

As I prepare for to homeschool my 5, 7, and 9 year old, I am compiling free/reasonably priced resources and supplements. 

Here’s my list for reading. 

Book it:

Description: BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 PreK-6 grade schools annually.- Book It site

Cost: Free! 

Benefits: Rewards students to tracking reading over sustained periods of time. (and free pizza!)

Scholastic Magazines

Description: Captivate students with personal copies of every magazine issue, packed with authentic texts that build knowledge, skills and engagement all school year.

Cost: Costs will vary based on the magazines you select for your child. There are homeschool prices available- to find these you have to call customer service @ 1800-724-6527. I spent $65 on a total of 8 magazine subscriptions for my three homeschool children. That’s less than $10 on average for a year-long subscription! 

Benefits: A subscription offers monthly news that is written at a level intended for your child. In addition, you can purchase Science Spin for only $1. 

EPIC Books 

Description: EPIC is a digital library, and with the free version, your children can read one book a day. If your child wants access to more books, you can subscribe to EPIC Unlimited. 

Cost: EPIC’s basic plan is free. This is the plan I use, and my children have been happy with the selection offered. We pair this digital library with e-book offerings from our local library (also free), so my kids have lots of digital content at their fingertips. 

Benefits: I love that my kids can access texts that they choose. Since all books are digital, we don’t have to store them. This service provides e-books, but my girls read from EPIC using their Chromebooks, since they are formatted differently from a traditional e-book (like those found on Amazon or from your library). 

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