Do you need a kindle for Audible whispersync deals? :: Saturday Q&A – Simply Convivial

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I’d like to start a new little feature I’m calling Saturday Q&A. I receive questions by email or social media all the time, and rather than stay in my email inbox, I thought I’d take the opportunity to turn them into posts. At the bottom of the post you’ll find a contact form where you can submit your question to be answered in a future article! ~ because you asked ~ I get this question a lot, so it seemed … Read More

Top 10 Audio Books for the Older Elementary Kids – Simply Convivial

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You know I love audio books, so I couldn’t drop the subject without one more list of them. Last week I made my top ten list of audio books for younger kids, so I thought I should follow it up with a top ten list for the older elementary crowd. Narnia. You’re never too old for Narnia. Tom Sawyer. Southern dialect is a good thing to outsource. Huck Finn. Get the one done by Elijah Wood! Pilgrim’s Progress. The archaic … Read More

Shakespeare for Kids: An Easy 5-Step Plan – Simply Convivial

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Shakespeare can be an intimidating subject to introduce. Isn’t the language archaic and the doesn’t high quality mean high difficulty? Actually, the language isn’t that difficult when it’s read (that is, interpreted) by an experienced reader. The profound themes within plots were created not as pure art, but also to entertain the masses. Shakespeare was the hot movie in his day, and he can still be enjoyed that way today. You don’t have to wait for high school to do … Read More

Read-aloud Cop Out: Audio Books in the Homeschool – Simply Convivial

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Six years ago on my previous blog, when my oldest who were 4 & 2, I wrote this: I have a secret. I can’t believe I’m making it public. I dislike reading aloud. Oh, I enjoy listening to books, whether it’s Matt narrating or it’s a book on tape. I highly enjoy taking books in through my ears. I just don’t like being the one to vocalize them. It’s Friday and I think I’ve read a total of three books … Read More

Homeschool Hours: Listening Hour – Simply Convivial

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Here we have another hour, and though it doesn’t fit the pattern of independent and tutoring times, it does fit as an hour block that can be fit in to any part of the day. For some reason, this is a revolutionary concept for me. I tend to set up my “ideal flow” and if, say, listening time is supposed to flow after Circle Time and Circle Time doesn’t happen or we have something else after Circle Time, then that … Read More