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    #31
    Re: Play through TV with Screen Mirroring

    Originally posted by pickandgrin View Post
    Another way to listen through your TV speakers is if you have screen mirroring (used to watch your phone/device pics/videos on the tv screen). It will connect via Bluetooth. We have Samsung phones and a Samsung TV, so it's a cinch. It should be the same from iPhone to Apple TV or any SmartTV.

    You can also throw Quizlet up there and have a throw-down memory competition if you like. ;-)
    This is crazy talk!!! Amazing, I will be asking one of my kids to get me set up. I'm glad Sarah brought up the speaker issue because my computer speakers are terrible. I see the future sitting in my living room, everyone crocheting, playing legos, Dad possibly on his computer listening to David Copperfield.
    -Amy

    Nine babies, 6 graduated, 5 married, 16 grand babies 6 and under!
    2019-20 MP 2nd, 5A, 10th MPOA, College student. Starting 7th year using Memoria Press
    Director of Coop 412, a Classical Christian Coop using MP and based on Ephesians 4:12.

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      #32
      Re: Audio Books

      Okay, I am so late to the audio bandwagon that I am not even on it yet!...The only audio I listen to are Jim Weiss CDs...I have Amazon Prime, but have never tried Audible...I am not sure how it works or what it does if I am being honest...Maybe this is something I should look into 😉
      Tahara

      Homeschooling two boys
      DS -19 (9/4/00) Homeschool graduate, 2nd year in college
      DS -15 (9/9/04) (SN) MP Year 8 w/ FF Latin
      DS -13 (7/3/06) MP Year 8 w/ FF Latin

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        #33
        Re: Audio Books

        Tahara,
        I had never done it either, other than a few from the library years ago (when we still went to the library). All I had was guilt for not getting to read to everyone more. It has only been a week for us - but I am so hooked! All of us are listening to Great Expectations on the tv, I have my little ones listening to Winnie the Pooh, and my husband just said on Friday, "maybe I should do that to finally get to all those books I never read - like Lord of the Rings." Guess what will be next for us???

        You can go through Amazon, search for audible books, get one you want (a lot of classics are very low priced), and then you listen to them through the Audible app. At least, that's how we are doing it.

        AMDG,
        Sarah
        2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
        DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
        DS, 16
        DD, 14
        DD, 12
        DD, 10
        DD, 7.5
        DD, 5.5
        +DS+
        DS, 18 months

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          #34
          Re: Audio Books

          For those that are just getting on the bandwagon, I want to share a story.

          Years ago, I read Honey For A Child's Heart, and wanted so badly to raise a family that loved listening to books. I had visions of camping trips where I read Winnie-the-Pooh, etc. Well my oldest two boys are total opposites: think the odd couple. I had to send one to sleep on the basement couch, because they can no longer sleep in the same room. Well back then, I would try to read a book and the second son would ask a question every 1-2 minutes. This would anger the oldest son who just wanted to get it over with and get back to legos. On top of that, I don't have a great reading voice. I was crushed and left thinking, how will this work. When a toddler that hung from the railings was thrown into the mix, my hopes were dashed.

          Fast forward a few years and we started using audio books. My middle two children loved them. They ate them up. They would beg me to continue listening after their hour was up. Last summer I took my daughter on a camp out. She brought along The Phantom Tollbooth, which she's read and listened to countless times. We picked out some of our favorite chapters and read them together in the tent with laughter bellowing from both of us. I remembered my hopes from before, and was delighted that in due time they came true!

          I did have to accept that my oldest is just not a fiction reader. I have pushed him in languages which he prefers. The other two play and read along with books galore. Sometimes we'll call out a line from a book, and someone will race to the TV to turn that chapter on.
          Christina

          9th grader MPOA/state virtual school, 6th in private school, 4th hodgepodge homeschool (only girl), and a 4 year old pediatric cancer patient.

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            #35
            Re: Play through TV with Screen Mirroring

            Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
            Well ..... duh. What a fun idea to put Quizlet on the big screen!
            Now I have to try that!!!!!!
            Christina

            9th grader MPOA/state virtual school, 6th in private school, 4th hodgepodge homeschool (only girl), and a 4 year old pediatric cancer patient.

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              #36
              Re: Audio Books

              I was just looking good around Audible and saw they're having a 4.95 sale on quite a few books. I just glanced at them quickly but there are a few good ones there, including Anne of Green Gables and some others. Just wanted to pass it along
              ~Michelle

              DD 10 (MP 5)
              DS 8 (MP 4)
              DS 2 - board books and causing chaos
              DD Born 6/27/18

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                #37
                Re: Audio Books

                I still do not have Audible, but we will likely get it. I think Audible purchases can be used on an MP3 player, is that correct? Some of you are giggling at my lack of tech knowledge, I'm ok with that. I guess what I want to know is, can I load the books onto different MP3 Players? Assuming you can load it as many times, to as many devices as you want.... Is there a quality, inexpensive, child friendly MP3 player you would recommend? I'll need to buy 4, 3 of those going to rough boys! Or better yet, could I use old smart phones like MP3 players?
                Joyfully, Courtney
                DS13, DS12, DS10, DD8

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                  #38
                  Re: Audio Books

                  Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
                  I still do not have Audible, but we will likely get it. I think Audible purchases can be used on an MP3 player, is that correct? Some of you are giggling at my lack of tech knowledge, I'm ok with that. I guess what I want to know is, can I load the books onto different MP3 Players? Assuming you can load it as many times, to as many devices as you want.... Is there a quality, inexpensive, child friendly MP3 player you would recommend? I'll need to buy 4, 3 of those going to rough boys! Or better yet, could I use old smart phones like MP3 players?
                  I use kindles which are easy, because they connect right to my cloud. I also use ipod shuffles which take more time, because I have to load and unload them. I like the shuffles, because there is no wifi access. There are also no other distractions. It just takes more time to get them set up. I do think I've heard someone mention using old phones.
                  Christina

                  9th grader MPOA/state virtual school, 6th in private school, 4th hodgepodge homeschool (only girl), and a 4 year old pediatric cancer patient.

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                    #39
                    Re: Audio Books

                    Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
                    I still do not have Audible, but we will likely get it. I think Audible purchases can be used on an MP3 player, is that correct? Some of you are giggling at my lack of tech knowledge, I'm ok with that. I guess what I want to know is, can I load the books onto different MP3 Players? Assuming you can load it as many times, to as many devices as you want.... Is there a quality, inexpensive, child friendly MP3 player you would recommend? I'll need to buy 4, 3 of those going to rough boys! Or better yet, could I use old smart phones like MP3 players?
                    I found MP3s to be too burdensome (setting up, etc.) and we just use CDs from the library and the kids use boom boxes. We are completely 80s. When we did try to use inexpensive MP3 players/old shuffles we had trouble with moving from chapter to chapter and losing our places on the ones without screens.
                    Festina lentē,
                    Jessica P

                    SY2019-2020 · 8th MP Year
                    @ Home, HLN, & MPOA
                    S · 10th, MPOA Henle 3
                    D · 8th
                    D · 5th
                    S · 2nd

                    Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School

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                      #40
                      Re: Audio Books

                      I found a recording of The Prince and the Pauper on Librivox. It's read by one man and the couple minutes I listened to seemed good. I'm trying to see if I understand this. Can I download the whole recording to my computer and transfer it to CDs? Or better yet is there a way to download directly to CD without taking up memory on my computer?
                      Joyfully, Courtney
                      DS13, DS12, DS10, DD8

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                        #41
                        Re: Audio Books

                        Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
                        I found a recording of The Prince and the Pauper on Librivox. It's read by one man and the couple minutes I listened to seemed good. I'm trying to see if I understand this. Can I download the whole recording to my computer and transfer it to CDs? Or better yet is there a way to download directly to CD without taking up memory on my computer?
                        You can if you know how to burn cd's on your computer. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out. If you have windows media player, you can pull that up, find the album in your library, insert a cd, and then select burn cd from a drop down menu.

                        You could also put a blank cd in, open the file, right click, copy, and paste.

                        Let us know if you run into trouble.
                        Christina

                        9th grader MPOA/state virtual school, 6th in private school, 4th hodgepodge homeschool (only girl), and a 4 year old pediatric cancer patient.

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                          #42
                          Re: Audio Books

                          We love audiobooks too! For the past 3 years we have used Christmas money from kind grandparents to buy an Audible subscription...such a great present. My daughter Miriam (6yo) is the main listener, I can't wait until Jonny (4yo w ASD) is able to enjoy audiobooks too (it just seems to float right on by him so far).

                          Some of our favs that I don't remember seeing listed here are:
                          Caddie Woodlawn
                          A Wrinkle in Time
                          101 Dalmations (Narrated by Martin Jarvis)...we first listened to this a couple of years ago while on a long drive to pick up our GSD when she was a puppy...it is so well written and performed.
                          Esperanza Rising (narrated by Trini Alvarado)
                          The Little Britches books
                          The Secret Garden (narrated by Finola Hughes)
                          A Little Princess
                          Harriet the Spy
                          Any books by James Herriot
                          Swallows and Amazons (my daughter loves these)
                          Ramona (narrated by Stockard Channing - I love listening to these w my daughter)
                          Henry Huggins
                          Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
                          Princess Academy
                          My Naughty Little Sister books (great!)

                          My mother in law gave my daughter her old first generation iPod for Christmas, she can dock it in a CD player in her room and away she goes. She had headphones at one point but used to zone out so much I was pleased when they broke!

                          I used to think audiobooks were for kids who found reading difficult - but they really have made our life richer. When my eldest was younger I could read to her SO much...but I just don't have the time now. And it really gives us something to look forward to when we have a car trip or even if we are listening to something during meals.
                          Sarah

                          Aussies from Sydney, Australia
                          Miriam 9yo Latina Christiana, R&S4, IEW Phonetic Zoo, IEW Grammar
                          Jonny 7yo (Special Needs) SC1 Phonics, R&S1
                          Elissa (almost) 4yo K phonics, R&S Preschool books

                          Together this term (in Circle Time) we are doing Bible time with SC1 Story Bible and our own memorisation/songs, Myself and Others 2, Homer Price, Greek Myths, IEW Poetry Memorisation, speech therapy, The Body Book, Artventure and picture books from SCB/SC1 etc.

                          Thomas 17 months

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                            #43
                            Re: Audio Books

                            We love audio books. It's a great way for all of our children to share great literature and fun stories together regardless of reading ability! We mostly use audible at this point, but I'm hoping to set up overdrive. (I've not used libraries up to this point as I have a special needs child who likes to color in books. I figure it's cheaper to buy the books in the first place than to replace them!
                            togg_mama // Deut 6:5-6

                            April 2018: finishing our sixth year of homeschooling, starting first year using MP cores
                            DD: SC C // DS MP 4NU // DD MP 1 // DD MP K

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                              #44
                              Re: Audio Books

                              We also use Audible and it is so convenient -- we can listen on any device (iPad, computer, Echo) and it saves where we were regardless of which device was being used. I got a great deal a few days ago where a year's membership was heavily discounted AND you got a free Echo Dot. You can buy without a membership, too -- they often have good sales.

                              Another to look at is Playster, although there aren't as many options for playback AND you don't own the books if you stop your monthly membership (although that doesn't really matter to me.) Playster offers unlimited listening for one flat monthly fee.
                              DS13: Mix of MP 7/8
                              DS11: MP 5M
                              DD9: MP 2/3 mix
                              DS6: Public school 1/2 day kindergarten, plus outside OT, PT and speech

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                                #45
                                Re: Audio Books

                                Originally posted by Insertcreativenamehere View Post
                                We also use Audible and it is so convenient -- we can listen on any device (iPad, computer, Echo) and it saves where we were regardless of which device was being used. I got a great deal a few days ago where a year's membership was heavily discounted AND you got a free Echo Dot. You can buy without a membership, too -- they often have good sales.

                                Another to look at is Playster, although there aren't as many options for playback AND you don't own the books if you stop your monthly membership (although that doesn't really matter to me.) Playster offers unlimited listening for one flat monthly fee.
                                I love your username. Good for a chuckle.
                                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
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                                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                                ~Pope St John Paul II

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