Free Resources: Storynory

September 8th, 2010 by Mandi

I briefly mentioned in a previous post, but I thought it deserved a post of its own.  This is one of my absolute favorite free homeschool resources.  Each week, Storynory posts a podcast of an audio story for children.  They share an impressive variety of tales, including classics, fairy tales, and fascinating original stories.  For free, you might expect amateurish recordings, but you won’t find those here.  Each professional-quality mp3 features one of several engaging storytellers.  Their “guiding spirit,” Bertie the frog, acts as a spokesperson and stars in several original tales of his own.

You can download all of the audio stories free of charge from their website, or subscribe by iTunes, iPhone app, email, or RSS feed.  If you prefer your children to follow along as they listen, the transcript of each story is published on the website.  I imagine the text would work well for copywork, although we haven’t gotten that far in our curriculum.  For variety, we incorporate the audio stories into the kids’ bedtime routine from time to time.  We haven’t done many long road trips, but I plan to load up my iPhone before we leave on our upcoming family vacation.

Storynory has become a staple around our house.  I understand the importance of reading to my kids, but with three kids under five, I don’t get much time each day to sit down and read.  Storynory allows me to expose the kids to good literature when I don’t have a free hand to hold a book.

Note: We did not receive any compensation for this unsolicited review.  We just wanted to share this wonderful resource with you!