Friday, February 26, 2010

Homeschool Library Builder (TOS Crew Review)

Okay, before you click away, let me assure you that this review will work for the average family with children in school as well.  When I received information regarding Homeschool Library Builder (HSLB) as a member of the 2009-2010 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I'll admit I didn't know what I was getting into.  "Library Builder," huh?  How does that work?  Well, let me tell you.

HSLB provides an online bookstore full of used and new books for your home library at really great prices.  Okay, so what?  Well, here's what: my son wants more fiction books, but he reads them so fast, I really don't want to spend a lot on books for him.  So, I head on over to HSLB and click "Search by age" then click "Elementary" and I get a list of discounted books meeting that reading level (for example, 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving that originally retails for $16.95, HSLB sells for $5.99).

Let's talk about the homeschooler for a moment (after all, that's me!).  I want a book that complements my attempt at Charlotte Mason's approach for education, and I recently started following Ambleside Online.  So, on HSLB's website, I click "Search by Curricula" then click "Ambleside" then the grade, in this case I'll use "4th" - and BAM! I get 3 pages of discounted books ranging in price from $1.50 to just under $10.  That's not only a good value, it is darn convenient!

Ever used Book Adventure online?  It is a free online program that your kids can use to take short reading comprehension quizzes (somewhat like AR for schools).  Well, HSLB actually has a subdirectory of books that match the ones in the Book Adventure library of quizzes.  Pretty snazzy, if you ask me!

Okay, so now that you're hooked, I'll give you the bait: this month (which is almost over, so get a move on!), HSLB is offering 20% OFF their already discounted prices.  No coupon needed, so head on over and stock up on some good books for the rest of this chilly winter season.

To see what other Crew Mates had to say about HSLB, click here.

*Disclaimer: this review is based on my own honest opinion, and I have received no compensation for it.

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