- I'm using Robinson curriculum which basically uses older out of print books. So my options are that I must print the books myself, have the kids read on the computer, try to find them used, try to find reprints or have to replace many of the books with books I could easily purchase. The books are mostly all available for free online for print or download but again the reading on the computer factor or printing comes into play.
- Space is an issue if I opted to print all the books. As well as the cost of printer and ink and paper, and report covers or binders (which is how I would bind the books, the lazy way LOL). Where would I store everything? As our bookshelves are already well stocked.
- I love the idea of having so many books in such a small compact area. I did a test run using Kindle for Iphone and loved that.
So we opted to give the Kindle a try. My 8 year old is very responsible with her items and we felt she would take good care of it. It's a bit steep at a price tag at $259, however when I add up what I spent in one year of homeschooling using materials for just one year, I exceeded the price tag of the Kindle. And I didn't end up with 1500 books on my shelf. So when I looked at how many books I can store on the kindle, all free books of course, the price tag of
$259 (the price has dropped on or about 6/20 or so to $189)seems to be very cheap for all the material it will hold.
My 8 year old is loving the Kindle. She is reading about 2 Robinson books average on it per day. So since that is such a hit for her. I've been considering if an E-reader would be a good option for my 6 year old in the near future. Now I can't see getting her the kindle because I would say she is not quite as careful as my older daughter in regard to something so pricey. But I have found a few that would work well for her age group, you know the kind that you would not cry over if it did end up damaged LOL.
Here are what I've found so far that are not as pricey as the Kindle or the Sony:
- Also here is a good article for anyone concerned about the effect on the eyes from Ereaders: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/do-e-readers-cause-eye-strain/?partner=rss&emc=rss
"Use your Kindle's Search Feature to find your favorite Author and/or Title. Click to go to that page. Click again on the Author: Title listing and your chosen E-Book will automagically download directly from the Project Gutenberg website to your Kindle..."