Start by registering for an account. You will need it to read the e-Books. No worries, the registration is absolutely free and no credit card details whatsoever was required.
Once you are logged in, start browsing through their catalog. You can browse by AGE, or by BOOK TYPE or by SERIES.
I tried out browsing by age for 3-4 years olds (that’s the youngest age group available, so no, they do not have books for babies or toddlers).
Those with a ‘e’ at the bottom are e-Books. The rest are only available in print. To read the e-Books, Just click on the ‘e’ and click on ‘Read ebook’. Totally easy peasy for kids to navigate!
Let’s try Floppy’s Fun Phonics, since I know people like to look out for free ways to teach Phonics at home.
Look at that! You can zoom in, zoom out, and there’s even AUDIO! Don’t you just love a Phonics book that has audio?
At the start of the book, there were instructions for parents.
And after you complete reading the book, there were even 2 activities to complete! The activities were very short. But it’s free, so no complaints.
Next, I jumped over to ‘Age 4-5’. There were A LOT MORE free e-Books there!
I picked a book called ‘Number Poems’. Sounded interesting.
Once again, there was Audio. Which is so cool, when you are reading poems. It’s so nice to have someone (who is not me) to read the rhymes for the kids.
However, this book had no activities. So note that not every book comes with the activities.
Next, I tried browsing by Book Type.
Ah… Phonics! Let’s try that! I really should go add this into my post on teaching phonics at home.
Wow! So many to choose from! Let’s try ‘The Sing Song’.
There were some instructions at the beginning for parents.
Hmm… This book went into blending already. So I guessed this book would be more difficult that ‘Floppy’s Fun Phonics’ which we saw earlier. Indeed, it was a bit more difficult and so were the activities.
So I guess the problem with browsing by Book Type is that you can’t really determine the difficulty of the book until you open the book.
On the whole, this is an AWESOME resource for homeschooling. It says it is tablet friendly though I haven’t tried it out on a iPad yet. But judging from the interface on my laptop, it does feel like something that would probably work better with the tablet. Because the activities sometimes required shifting ‘cards’ into position and stuff, which I felt would be much easier to do with the tablet.
Once again, here is the website:
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