- Save money! Digital curriculum is more affordable than paperback books in many cases. Most eBooks, especially curriculum, are available in formats that can be used on any device, including your computer.
- They often allow use for multiple children in the home without violating copyright (as opposed to buying separate consumables for each child)
- You can choose to print only what you want/need (I do this ALL the time with several curricula)
- Easily portable for learning experiences while traveling or for lesson planning at the coffee shop.
- Take advantage of free curriculum and living books available almost daily
- More space on your shelves for other books!
- You loose the tactile experience unless you print it out
- eBooks can create digital clutter without a digital organizational system
- Can’t share digital products with other families without potentially violating copyright.
The main problem I’ve found with digital curriculum and ebooks is keeping track of them so that they actually get used. Then you face the potential of forgetting or losing what you already have.
Personally, I do two things to avoid this problem. First, I organize my ebooks and digital products into folders by subject on my computer (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, etc.). It’s simple but keeps things easy to find.
I also keep a short list of ebooks and curriculum by subject written in my homeschool planner. That way I can easily reference it to find resources and supplements for my lesson plans.
Free and Frugal Homeschool eBooks
- Your Library: Ours has a selection of eBooks available to checkout online. See if yours does as well!
- Amazon ebooks collection Free ebooks on Amazon, and links to more ebook archives.
- Project Gutenberg has great older classics available for free.
- Free Homeschool Deals One of my favorite sites that compiles lists of free eBooks and digital curriculum on a daily basis.
- Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies is another favorite site of mine for free curriculum.
- Books Should Be Free has free public domain autdiobooks and ebooks.
- Heritage History free eBooks listed by genre (science, Bible, literature, etc.)
- Classic Reader for Christian classics
- Librivox for a selection of free audiobooks
- CurrClick is a great source of free and frugal homeschool curriculum. We have many labpbooks, unit studies, and more that we have found there!
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