Posts Tagged ‘audiobooks’

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

June 15th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.) You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common SenseThe Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little PrincessThe Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

Free Classic Audiobooks

November 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeClassicAudiobooks.com

(freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to. There are over 50 titles in MP3 files or M4B for iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes.

Some of the titles include: 

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by W. Irving
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dorothy and the Wizard by L. Frank Baum
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Click on any title and a new page opens with a Wikipedia summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. If you select the MP3 file, once downloaded, the audio book will launch and begin playing automatically. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story.

Calendar of Children’s Books

April 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

About.com – Calendar of Children’s Books

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

About.com is an ad supported website that was founded in 1996. First called The Mining Company, they slowly transformed into About.com.
They say they have nearly 1,000 Experts that write for About.com and are one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 25% of the U.S. visiting each month. They help users discover, be inspired, and learn about topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking and travel.
The About.com Calendar of Children’s Books is a treasure trove of resources available to help support students reading at any level all brought together in one convenient location. When you arrive on the monthly calendar page you’ll see the list of monthly reading themes. These themes are based on the seasons, various cultural and government named holidays and recognized social causes, sometimes a famous person or an author’s birthday, and so on. Scrolling down the page you’ll find some general reading help for each theme and recommended reading. Then the calendar for the month will outline in chronological order; any notable date or historical event or famous person’s birthday – anything that might give you a reason to pull out a book and read!

As a bonus, across the top of the page is a menu directing you to age appropriate help for parents of children ages 0 – 3, 4 – 8 and 9 – teens designed to help raise readers. There are articles and book recommendations for new and prospective parents, help for transitioning from picture to chapter books, resources for reluctant readers, and even recommended reading lists.

To give you a little taste of what awaits you at this wonderful website, here is a little clip of the April 2014 calendar.

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Bookmark this calendar and come often. This is a great resource to visit for tips and ideas to keep your readers reading!

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces!

September 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

Age Range: 4-104 (As always, parents should preview content to determine suitability.)

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your MP3 player for free.

As explained at the website, “by putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlett Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player.

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

August 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2011 and time for Language
Arts
at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Lit2Go

Age Range:  5-18 (with parental supervision)

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.)

You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or
download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links
to the ways you can browse for information including by:

Author – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen,
J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas
Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt
Whitman and many more.

Title – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables,
Black Beauty, Common Sense, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The
Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little Princess, The
Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter,
Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows
,
and more.

Reading Level – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a
suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid
reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers,
and carschoolers! 

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