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It is Summer! An extra good time to relax and learn while having a good time…

As a home educator and a mom, I really count on technology to provide my kids with all kinds of resources and activities.

The tech resource getting the most use lately in our homeschool and home is my our iPad.

From using safari for quick research, to watching documentaries, to reviewing apps with whiteboards and algebra, my teens get a lot out of the iPad. My youngest really likes the iPad most for watching shows and playing games. I am okay with that, but I try to find at least educational games and things for her on there.

A new e-reading platform launched by Ruckus Media Group called the Ruckus Reader turned our iPad into a fun e-Reader for my baby!

The Ruckus Reader IS the main technology. Within that, there are loads of digital storybooks you can download for your children. Right now, I think there are about 30 titles that work with this format. The titles range from the storybooks to interactive readers (iReaders and eReaders) that have both the story and then games and maybe video as well, and also some of my favorites — the video books, great stories narrated by celebrities.

The titles are basically for kids 3 to 8. You will see old favorites like My Little Pony, Curious George, Crayola. Many publishers are working with Ruckus Reader, so there are many ebooks so far, and more are being added all the time. I just got a notice to go update and get a new ebook that was just added, in fact.

I like that there is a real variety of fiction and non-fiction, and the videos and such. My daughter is already a good reader, so I am not using the app to teach reading so much, but for the younger children, many of the titles are designed to build upon each other and help children learn to read, while the included games actually measure the child’s progress.

You can download Ruckus Reader titles individually, but it is great to download the whole library! The price is very reasonable at $24.99 for six months, as you get access to over 25 titles. OR, you can get the first title in a series for free, then pay $3.99 each or 2 for $5.99. My daughter and I loved getting the entire library, it felt like Christmas downloading like crazy!

Our favorite titles in this Ruckus Reader?

I love, love the SeaWorld Bookshelf. This includes Sharks, Penguins and Whales.

My daughters favorites include My Little Pony and Transformers.

We are both looking forward to one that is coming: Cyberchase!

There is a nice twist on this App, as it keeps track of my child’s progress and emails me updates, called the Reader Meter, weekly.

So what are the Cons?

  1. I worry that I will lose all the ebooks we have if I do not get this again in six months.
  2. I wish all the ebooks would stay under one main icon on my iPad (I hate having lots of icons all over the screen)
  3. Although the technology for the reading is designed around state standards, it is still a new technology. So far, my meter reader is a little off and doesn’t “know” that my child is a good reader. I have seen this with several of our technologies that keep track of childrens progress. It is still a developing technology.

What are the Pros?

  1. I have tons of really well designed eReaders, iReaders and Videos right on my iPad desktop.
  2. With the six month subscription, I have almost 30 ebooks already, o that is less than .99 cents an eReader, iReader or video. And, I will continue to get more.
  3. All are educational in nature and suitable for her age. She does not get frustrated and need help, but sits and plays.
  4. The titles include tons of characters she knows like Curious George and My Little Pony, plus old classic stories that she enjoys.
  5. Most of these titles have options so they can read the book to the child and they lead the child in the games
  6. The reader meter does keep track of what my child spends time on and I can eve email that info to her dad and grandparents (you can set it to email to up to four email accounts)
  7. The App notifies me when new titles are available.
  8. I love the little library shelves in the App. Adorable setup

All in all, I really recommend the Ruckus Reader App. Go take a look! You can connect with Ruckus Reader:



*I received a trial membership for Ruckus Reader in order to do this review. I have given my honest opinion.

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Looking for a Holiday Gift For a Homeschooler? (Or for Yourself?)

Put 2 and 2 together and save up to 60% on a one-year sub

While there have been several sales on The OldSchoolhouse Magazine this year, this end of the year one sounds like a really great buy (especially if you move quickly)

I love this magazine–and frankly, I also recommend it to families who do not homeschool, as the magazine has a lot of articles about parenting, cooking, and supporting the family as well as homeschooling information.

Put 2 and 2 together and save up to 60% on a one-year subscription. Plus, you could get a tote bag, Schoolhouse Planner, or gift coupon!

So, for the details:

On Monday, November 15, the price for a one-year U.S. or Canadian print subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is $10. (I’d get mine today:)

On Tuesday, November 16, the price goes to $12. On Wednesday, November 17, the price is $14.

Each day they will add $2 until Saturday and Sunday, when the price is $20. At midnight PST on Sunday, November 21, the price goes back to its regular level.

Plus, every 12th customer to purchase a subscription gets a tote bag. Every 14th customer to purchase a subscription gets a copy of the E-Book: The 2010-2011 Schoolhouse Planner. Every 16th customer to purchase a subscription gets a $25 gift card to the Totally TOS category in the Schoolhouse Store. This excludes Molly Green and Download N Go.

As an added bonus, the highest ticket of the day on Monday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 17, will win a $200 gift card to the Schoolhouse Store. This can be used for any company in the Store, except Download N Go.

The earlier you grab your one-year new or renewing subscription, the better the price you’ll pay. Plus, you could receive one of the bonus gifts. Or, you might be the highest ticket of the day!

If you are eligible for a bonus gift, you will receive an email from a member of the Schoolhouse Store team.

And, don’t forget to get your FREE Holiday Supplement!! (Just click on the art below)

2010 Holiday Digital Supplement/Idea Book

Barnes & Noble eReader Software Coming to iPad

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Well, I am glad to see this pop up! Last week, I wrote a post about e-readers for your iPod, iTouch, iPad…computers, etc. One thing I was disappointed about was that I didn’t like the free ebook offerings from B&N. Today, I see in my email that they have a bunch of classics available for free–just in time for back to school! Check out these B&N classic FREE ebooks.

And, it looks like they may continue offering FREE classic ebooks weekly through Sept 14th! I just may end up reading on these things…..

Got eReader?

Heather —  July 9, 2010
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I have an iPod Touch and I love so many of my apps. I am having a hard time, though, trying to get used to reading on this thing! I have heard some people say they like it, but for me….please just give me the book!

Maybe I’d change my tune if I had an iPad….Anyway, there are several free eReaders out there that you can use with your iPod, iTouch, iPad, etc.

I already have the iTouch Kindle eReader from Amazon. One thing I liked about this reader is that I am always on the lookout for freebies, and I get a lot of emails from Amazon with free ebook offerings—and many of these are classics. Check out the free Kindle eReader for many devices and the Kindle free ebooks.

clipOk. So, I already had the kindle one and I Still want real books. But, now I see that until July 15th, you can download the BN eReader, and bring your device in…and show the guys at The B&N Café what you are reading…and get a free tall Starbucks® coffee (hot or iced). These days, I’m thinking iced…

So, I went ahead and downloaded the B&N eReader. That seems ok. Then I went looking for free ebooks (you already know I’m cheap). In this part, though, I was really disappointed. The offerings they have for free ebooks are many (like 5 pages) But…I found most of the books offensive. I know, you go digging in the bargain bin, you can find some junk. But, most of them were, to me, overly sexual—majorly—or, really gross, horror type stuff. Suffice it to say, there was not one free one I would put on my eReader to show the folks at the café—I’d probably scare the kids making the coffee.

Anyway, go ahead and check out the link to the B&N eReader and IF you can find something to download (you probably should buy that, the prices are ok) you can get a free coffee!

ok. Now, I have these two and my college kid says I need to look at Stanza. This eReader, too, is free. From what I can tell so far, you can access a ton of free books, magazines etc on here as well…but does not seem to work with iTouch…this will take some more research!

Do you read online? What do you use as an eReader?

Works For Me Wednesday

Heather —  June 24, 2009

Good Afternoon! When I checked my email earlier, I knew what I wanted to do for WFMW…

I wanted to tell about this downloadable digital media player with a book reader, games, and videos.
It is called KidThing (R). I am using this with my 4 year old, but my older kids like to play as well, so I think it would probably be fun for a child from 3-12.

I originally found it through a teacher link and I do like it–while there is a lot of stuff available to do online, such as, netflix, etc, I like this KidThing (R), because you can go find stuff to do with your child online, and then download it and they can play themselves offline.

You can download their player and purchase a book or two, some games, etc. The prices are reasonable in my opinion–although, most of the stuff we have gotten, we got for free!! (Actually, they are new and seem to be doing a bunch of promotions, so I watch their site once in a while, and go check to see what is offered free).

So far, we’ve gotten two Dr. Seuss books and tons of little addition and word games. Right now, they are doing a promotion for summer and giving away a couple of games…So, go download your KidThing (R) App and then go to their store page and use this code: KTPROMO-SUMMERFUN–this code should work thru June 28th (I just used it to get 4 items (2 games, 1 video worth $9 for free.) You can get to the “KidThing” here:

PS: I have enjoyed this but it is relatively new & I did notice it is not available yet for Mac.

PSS: Yes, actually reading with your child is better, but letting the computer read to your child while you make dinner can be ….priceless….sometimes:)