Yesterday’s Classics

In our homeschool, we value quality literature that can be used to enrich our children’s education and learning. Often times finding that quality literature can be difficult and challenging.  Yesterday’s Classics has made this task so much easier!

Yesterday’s Classics, in an effort to make quality, classic literature available have reprinted books from the golden age of children’s literature ( 1880-1920). Many of these books have been out of print for decades but are now available once again to be enjoyed!

The books published by Yesterday’s Classics offer so much:

*Text of high literary quality

*Stories that engage the reader

*Cultivation of moral imagination

*Awakens interest in nature

*Stimulates power of observation

Several homeschool curricula use Yesterday’s Classics; Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books Curriculum and Tapestry of Grace. We use one of these curricula and it was a struggle to find the core readings we need since our library had none on the shelves.  Due to finances, we and many other families, are not able to buy every book needed or desired. Yesterday’s Classics has a wonderful offer that makes building your personal library an affordable possibility.

Yesterday’s Classics now offers 225 books in epub or kindle files. Now a bookshelf full of books can be held in your hand and for a fraction of the cost! Oh, how excited we were for this review!

In purchasing the epub/kindle files of Yesterday’s Classics 225 ebooks you will receive:

*Illustrations – if the original text had color illustrations, they will be in color on the Kindle/epub files.

*Table of Contents for each ebook which makes navigation a breeze!

*22 different genres: world history, science, readers, American history, biographies, Shakespeare,  poetry and so much more.

Have more than one student who needs to utilize these books? There are no restrictions on how many devices you can put the books on. You can also print out whichever books you chose to print.  And Yesterday’s Classics has excellent customer service and are happy to help in any way!

They also provide resources to make utilizing the epub/Kindle files so simple. When you purchase the ebooks, you will receive a list  of the books arranged by genre, title, author and level to make finding the books you need easy. A list of book thumbnails and descriptions are provided so you can make sure the book covers the information you are looking for.

If you are like me and clueless to the ways of e-readers, this resource will be invaluable! Yesterday’s Classics provides a guide to e-reader devices  and software. Our family does not own an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook. I was thrilled to learn that I could download a free e-reader for my computer and still utilize Yesterday’s Classics wonderful resource of these e-books. What a blessing!

Purchasing Details!

From now until May 31st, you can purchase Yesterday’s Classics Package of 225 books in epub or Kindle files for $99.95. 225 books for $99.95. I know! An amazing offer!

Here are some comparisons to help you see the amazing deal this is! If you purchased each book in paperback edition, it would be $2495.75! Wow! If you were to purchased epub/Kindle files individually, it would be $648.80. This special offer really is special. Excellent quality literature to enrich your child’s learning for such a small price.

Our Thoughts:

I will admit that I am one of those old school book lovers. I love to hold the book in my hand, to hear the sound of a newly opened book, the smell of the pages….. I was not jumping on the e-reader bandwagon.

Then I had the opportunity for this review. While I still treasure holding the book in my hand, I am a homeschooling mom of 7, using a literature based curriculum with children who devour books and a limited budget. Practicality won out on this and I am so pleased with the epub files from Yesterday’s Classics.

A few of the books, my girls had been reading online from www.mainlesson.com (Yesterday’s Classics sister site). However, they hated it. Often they would ask me to print them out but that was not a frugal option!  Reading on the computer gave them headaches, it was hard to find their place  and hindered their retention. Having these selections in epub files has been such a blessing. We downloaded a free e-reader for our computers and now our children can read easily without eye strain. They can easily make a “bookmark” for where they are to pick up reading. One of my daughters loves being able to make the text bigger and another loves not having to scroll and scroll and scroll as she had to do with the free online version.

It is getting more and more difficult to find literature appropriate for my children and Yesterday’s Classics has been such a help. From my 5 year to my 12 year old, selections are available that are well written, quality literature. My 5 year old will soon begin using the readers to reinforce her phonics lessons.

Not sure if the epub/Kindle files are the right choice for your family? Yesterday’s Classics gives you the opportunity to download The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins for free so you can experience this format before you buy.You just simple download whichever version you need (epub or Kindle) or download both! Free.

If you decide to purchase the Yesterday’s Classics Package and are not satisfied, they offer a 100% risk free guarantee! If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you can view a thumbnail and description of each of the 225 books offered in the epub/kindle package.

Not everyone is going to love the epub/Kindle format. For those who want the paperback copies of these books, Yesterday’s Classics offers free shipping with the purchase of 4 or more books.

Our family has thoroughly enjoyed this affordable resource provided by Yesterday’s Classics. I can’t say enough how thrilled we have been with this product!

Please stop by the Crew and see what others thought of Yesterday’s Classics!

**Disclaimer – As a member of TOS review crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for review. No compensation was made. The opinions/thoughts/experiences expressed in this post are my own.

Popsicle stick no longer needed!

It has been a few years ago…ok, it has been more than a few but I remember it clearly. I loved my kindergarten class. There was an old bench car seat as you walked it. Mrs. Scott was my teacher’s name; the assistant was Mrs. Whaley. I remember taking rest time on a bath towel brought from home. I remember the rocking chair that Mrs. Scott sat in during reading time. I also remember getting in trouble with my popsicle stick.

As the class would take turns reading our Dick and Jane style books, we had a popsicle stick to keep us on the correct line. I knew how to read. I was a fast reader. I was bored listening to other children read so slowly. Instead of keeping the stick on its long side under the whole line, I took the tip of the stick and tapped for each word. The teacher corrected me and had me hold it correctly. I was mortified. And I didn’t do it again.

I have a few young readers in my home and we don’t use a popsicle stick. We use an index card or a piece of torn contruction paper or a ruler or whatever we find close by. Shameful, isn’t it? However, they need it to keep themselves in the right spot.

But you know what happens, right? They want to see how much more they have to read before the torture, um, I mean phonics lessons is over. They want to see that they are almost done. They want to see if the exciting story about the doll’s pink bunk bed will ever end. And what happens? They lose which line they were actually reading. Mmhmmm.

I have older children in my home who are almost certified speed readers. So thankful for my library card! However, I often find that during Bible reading that they have a piece of paper to keep them on track. Having the words so small and close together can be tough on the eyes sometimes and we lose our place.

This was the scene of the past. We have tossed the index card, the folded up piece of paper and the construction paper scrap. We now have See-n-Read and it is  a wonderful tool that many in our home are getting the benefit of.

What is See-n-Read? See -n-Read  is a reading tool that helps the reader see and focus on what they are reading.

See-n-Read provides a clear reference point to focus on and it is surrounded by a non-glare tinted transparent finish that helps readers to focus on manageable “chunks” of information in each line of text.

The See-n-Read is flexible material and so easy to use for young and old. Everyone in our home, from parents to our youngest reader, has enjoyed using the See-n-Read! It has helped our youngest to stay on track during her phonics lessons and not get overwhelmed with “how much is left”. Through the non-glare transparent finish, she can see exactly how much is ahead of her but stay focused on the current text.  My older daughter enjoys using it during grammar. While she is a fluent, above grade, reader, she has  habit of jumping ahead in the text while she reads. In her grammar lesson, this is not a good thing. She has been using See-n-Read to help her focus on the new skills being presented in her lesson. All of my older children have grabbed the See-n-Read for Bible reading. When I have wanted to use it, I have had to go and find out who had it stashed in a book. See-n-Read is also available in two sizes; 5.5 ” x 3″ and 8.5″ x 3″ .

Did you know that the See-n-Read can be even better? Yes! They have  a version called the Memory Mark Series. It is recommended for grades 4 and up. What makes the Memory Mark different? The clear line on the See-n-Read is now a cut out opening. This allows the reader to highlight, underline and make notes on the text they are reading and not worry about losing their place. It is also great for workbooks, tests, and notes.

See-n-Read has taken it a step further and has the eSee-n-Read; it is an electronic version of See-n-Read for your PC.  My girls read several books for history online. They both would prefer not to. Why? They lose their place easily and it hurts their eyes. How excited I was to get to review eSee-n-Read! You can customize it to the size you need on any document or program you are using. It helps tremendously with the glare and eye strain that you can feel when reading online. It made a huge difference in not losing your place when reading. I simply scrolled and the text I needed to read, scrolled right into the clear view line.

See-n-Read is a wonderful tool for any reader. Interested in picking up one or two for your family?

See-n-Read starts at only $2.99 for one but packages are available.

Memory Mark Series starts at only $2.99 and also has packages for purchase.

Such a great price for an amazing tool!

I was shocked at the great price on the eSee-n-Read. $29.99. Not bad! It is currently only available for Windows but they will have a Mac version out soon. You can also get a multi-user license if needed.  Want to give the eSee-n-Read a try? You can download a free 7-day trial!

See-n-Read definitely get two thumbs up from the Tribe!

Want to see what other crew members are saying about See-n-Read? Head on over and check it out!

Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for review. No other compensation was made.

Looking for a Good Read?

Do you find that you are on a quest for quality literature for your children? I know that I am. I post often about books that we have read and enjoyed. Personally, I don’t want my children reading fluff; pointless twaddle. It seems like it is getting harder and harder to find a good read for the kiddos. Older books are being pulled off the library shelves and no longer being printed. This is why I was so excited to hear I would get to review Salem Ridge Press!

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A couple of years ago, I was online looking around for books for my children. I stumbled upon Salem Ridge Press and was extremely interested in their books. For whatever reason, I didn’t bookmark the site and it was pushed to the back of my mind. Then as a part of the TOS crew I was able to share 3 books from Salem Ridge Press with my children. As my children are all bookworms, they were excited as well!

First I want to tell you a bit about Salem Ridge Press and why you should go take a look around.
Salem Ridge Press was founded by Daniel Mills, a 2003 homeschool graduate. In 2005, he began Salem Ridge Press. Books from the late 1800s and early 1900s that fit the SRP standard are re-typeset for readability, a few edits such as vocabulary notes or maps are added and questionable illustrations would be replaced. They keep Philippians 4:8 as the standard: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Not all books offered through Salem Ridge Press are Christian but they do all hold to high moral values and encourage positive character. Daniel’s mom works alongside him and he has several younger siblings who are happy to screen book selections.

How wonderful that we have the opportunity to support such a business and receive quality literature as well! Let me share the three books I received to review.

First was Mary Jane – Her Visit by Clara Ingram Judson. This is the second book in a series about Mary Jane, a delightful five year old. In this selection, Mary Jane goes on a visit to her great-grandparents farm. We share in her experiences as she learns about caring for farm animals, cooking with grandmother, a trip to the circus and more. It was originally published in 1918 and is for 6-10 year olds. I was a bit concerned that only my younger girls would enjoy this story. However, as I read aloud each day, my 10 and 11 year old girls were asking for just 2 more chapters each time I would finish one. It was a delight to read and I can see my 7year old soon grabbing it to read on her own. I will be honest in that it didn’t appeal much to my 8 year old son so I would say it is definitely more for the female audience. Salem Ridge Press also offers the first in this series, Mary Jane – Her Book. (*Note from Daniel Mills – Salem Ridge Press version of Mary Jane –Her Visit is different from the one available at Project Gutenburg. They felt a few revisions were necessary to meet their standards. )

Next up was The American Twins of the Revolution by Lucy Fitch Perkins. We are in the midst of the Revolutionary War and General Washington has no money to pay his discouraged troops. General Priestly calls on his wife and twins, Sally and Roger, to hide a shipment of gold that will be used to pay the troops. British spies learn of this shipment and are determined that it will not reach Washington’s army. This book is based on a true story during this exciting time of American history. It was originally published in 1926 and is for ages 8-adult. This book was wonderful! My children could not get enough. Each chapter had them on the edge of their seats for what would happen next. Such an exciting time in history and The American Twins shows how individuals were willing to sacrifice much for this new country. We managed to read this book aloud in 3 days. As soon as I finished, my son took it from my hands to read on his own. Interested? You can read the first chapter online!

And the last book we were asked to read was Soldier Fritz by C. A. Ferrier. Young Fritz wants to follow in the steps of Martin Luther and be a soldier for the Lord. For his birthday he chooses a Bible from a peddler’s pack. His father, the Count, is sent off to war. Fritz and his family is forced to flee to the forest to escape imprisonment for their new faith. Disguising themselves as commoners, they must trust in the Lord as they wait for the Count to return and rescue them. We could not have received this book at a better time. We are deep in the middle of studying the Reformation and Luther. I chose not to do this as a read aloud but handed it to my son as part of his history reading. I will say that I find it very difficult to find quality books for my son. It did not take him long to jump into Soldier Fritz. I think he has read it twice and I can never find it when I want it back. It always ends up with his stash of books. A wonderful story of character and standing strong in your faith.

So have you gone to Salem Ridge Press yet? Hurry! Take a look around.

There are several ways you can purchase books published by Salem Ridge Press. You can buy directly from them. Their books are also available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNobles.com. If you prefer e-books, they are available through the TOS Magazine’s Schoolhouse Store. I received a paperback copy of Soldier Fritz, but Mary Jane and The American Twins were both in e-book form. Personally, I prefer hard copies, but the e-books were excellent quality and easy to read on the computer or to print out. Very clear and easy on the eyes. There are also other homeschooling bookstores and catalogs that offer Salem Ridge Press; check out this list to see if your favorite place to shop is listed.

Mr. Mills also provides prompt and excellent customer service. I had a quick question on a book and his response was timely, gracious and answered me completely. This company was a delight to review for and I will definitely be purchasing books in the future. Quality literature. Love it!

Make sure you stop by and see what other TOS crew members think about Salem Ridge Press!

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***Disclaimer- I received complimentary copies of these products for review as a member of TOS Homeschool Crew. No compensation was made to me. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.