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Audio Homeschool

Updated on July 14, 2015

Learning with Your Ears

We all have our own preferred learning style whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.

But did you know that learning is always enhanced when more than one learning style is used?Adding audio books and stories to your home offers many learning advantages. Don't listen when people say that audio books are cheating; they are legitimate learning tools.

So spice up your lessons by adding in some auditory elements! Photo Credit

Free Online Stories, Songs, and More - for your audio homeschool

These are my favorite sources for free audio especially for children.

Learning Styles

The Way They Learn
The Way They Learn

In my opinion, this is the best book about learning styles. Use the tests on everyone in your family to discover your favorite ways to learn.

 

Using Audio Resources in Your Homeschool

  • Listen while traveling! Buses, cars, trains, or planes -- invest in an MP3 player for your child and load it up with stories and songs that you approve of!
  • Listen while doing chores or crafts.
  • Listen when sick in bed.
  • Instead of reading aloud to your child, find the book in audio format. Your child still gets the benefit, but you get a break.
  • Supplement your history curriculum with extra novels.
  • Add in educational songs and listen daily to painlessly reinforce the facts. My favorite are from Audio Memory. These really work!

Characteristics of Auditory Learners

Thirty percent of all people are auditory learners (their preferred style of learning is through auditory channels). So how do you know if your child is an auditory learner? Here are some characteristics.

  1. remember what they hear
  2. learn by listening, especially through music
  3. find phonics useful
  4. remember names well
  5. easily distracted by noise
  6. talk while they write
  7. read outloud rather than silently

Auditory Learners

The Chronicles of Narnia 7-Book and Audio Box Set
The Chronicles of Narnia 7-Book and Audio Box Set

A classic series that every child (and adult!) must read!

 

Audio Homeschooling Guestbook

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 

      5 years ago from Ethiopia

      Well, thank you so much for collecting all this fascinating information together in one place for reference. I shall certainly re-visit this page because there are many links to follow and explore. What you explain about auditory learners is new to me but makes sense. My family and I run a small school in the Ethiopian Highlands. It's rather like homeschooling not only my own children but my neighbours' children as well!

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      enrich-self-study 

      5 years ago

      I've been wanting to take a look at audio resources. Now I have no excuse!

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      zetteharbour 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for all the resources.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      you are doing a fab job. I wasn't aware that there were so many free educational auditory downloads out there.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Fab-u-lay!!! Thanks so much for all your research. What a gift to all who come here!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I like your information. Do you know of any other audio programs for older children? I have especially had a hard time with finding audio math programs.

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      iijuan12 

      7 years ago from Florida

      This is a great list! I wasn't aware that there were so many free educational auditory downloads out there. Thank you for posting! Blessed.

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Oh my gosh, I am an auditory learner. Little late to know that but we are just starting with homeschooling and my child is also auditory. Angel Blessed.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      Great pictures and interesting concept

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      What an informative site! I have been using this info as a homeschool my children.

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      David Schroeter 

      8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      A great resource here, Jimmie. By coincidence, I have just started an audio book service for my students. They love it! Thank you for these great suggestions! 5 *'s and a favourite.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Great list. Have you seen this site?

      http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Children

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      bbullard 

      8 years ago

      Jimmie, this is just wonderful. I was wondering how to complete all the books we still had left on our list this year--Homer took WAY longer than I expected--and I saw your HOTM article, which brought me here. Problem solved! You are such a wonderful resource in the homeschool community. God bless you!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the terrific resources!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      My daughter will listen to a book on audio that she would not even look twice at in the library. We love Librivox and are looking into a program where you can rent audiobooks for a monthly price and send them back for new ones (like Netflix).

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      Joan Hall 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is good stuff for me. My ten-year-old is primarily a kinesthetic and auditory learner.

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      AlisonMeacham 

      9 years ago

      My eldest son is an auditory learner. It just makes things a lot easier when you realize which type of learner, or mix of types your child is and then you can tailor things to work with them. Lots of great information here as always Jimmie

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I too have an auditory learner and this will help us so much!

      Bless you for this! You have been a great help.

      www.littlecowpokesinthecountry.blogspot.com

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      JJNW 

      10 years ago from USA

      Hi! We homeschool and I love these ideas! Also, congrats on becoming a Squid Angel! I am hoping to be on the new Giant list coming out soon (can't wait, can't wait!).

      THANKS! 5 Stars rating for you!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I'm so happy to have you featured in my Parenting Group Parenting on Squidoo. Please check back often to add any of your new lenses to the group. I'm always looking for new feature topics, so make a suggestion and I will do my best to make it happen!

      Ashley

      Hollywood Glam on a Budget

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      endlesslight 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for the links. We are so fortunate to be able to start homeschooling my 5 year old so I am happy to have found more ways to "FUN" learning!

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      WhitePineLane 

      10 years ago

      What a great lens! Excellent resources! Welcome to the Children's Books Group!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for these wonderful links. I have a daughter with autism spectrum and a speech/lanuage disability that is making it difficult to learn to read, she is 8. So I am always on the lookout for audio teaching.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      My homeschooled daughter is a big fan of the Jim Weiss recordings. The amount of knowledge she's been able to glean from listening to his reading of "Story of the World" has made me think more about her learning style and how it differs from my own. Thanks for all the additional suggestions. We will be checking them out!

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      groovyoldlady 

      10 years ago

      I love Jim Weiss!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great lens, super resources! I'm linking to my blog: http://happyheartsathome.blogspot.com/index.html

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Hi Jimmie, Thank you so much for a wonderful resource! Very helpful! I love your blog, too!

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