Using Vintage Books for Homeschooling {Video}

I’m having so much fun with these videos that I decided to go for another one; this time about the many ways we can use any number of vintage books, not just the McGuffey readers, in our homeschooling adventure.

As a help, I am including here a short list of resources:

Clip Art Etc.

This is the place where I find vintage clip art to use when I am doing projects such as covers and spines for my self-bound books.

Dollar Homeschool

Here is where you can find collections of vintage materials on CD (I wrote the intros for these, but I am not compensated for orders).

Here are some examples of vintage books online:

Everyday Classics first reader

Dictation Day by Day

America First: 100 Stories From Our Own History

Here are some other posts with video in this series:

Video Intro to the McGuffey Readers

Using the McGuffey Readers for Beginning Readers and Writers

Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

How to Place Your Child in the McGuffey Readers



16 thoughts on “Using Vintage Books for Homeschooling {Video}”

  1. FYI: The link above for The America First: 100 stories goes to the same place as the link for Dication Day by Day.

  2. I love your videos!! I think I’m going to take the leap next year and use McGuffey’s and old Victorian classics! I am so inspired by your videos and seeing how you use materials you find online, etc. I can really relate to the workbook sticker shock…we went down that road this year…

    • That is terrific, Katelin! I hope you enjoy your journey as much as we have been–I am enjoying making these videos and think I will continue, by God’s great grace!

  3. I love your videos and your way of communicating is so simple and refreshing. Thank you! Please, keep ’em coming!

  4. Do you have a list of all of the vintage books you use in your homeschooling? I would love to see more of what types of books you use with your children!

  5. Hi there, I was looking through the Internet Archive and found Number Stories 1 and 2 and a Workbook for download. I think number 1 is the same book in your video with a different cover. I have been saving the public domain books that I would like to read because I have noticed that many of them are going to a borrow system rather than download.

  6. As always I so appreciate your videos, Sherry. What’s so funny is that I watched this video yesterday then was at Goodwill today and found “More Little Visits With God” right there on the shelf. I was like, “I guess I’m getting this.”

    I’ve been collecting the McGuffey readers and praying about how to use them and other vintage books or just more Christian/moral books next year for school. I’ve been very encouraged by your videos and have been challenged by them to use the time I have with the kids teaching them, to teach them more about Christ and other worthwhile things.

    • That’s great to hear, Jessica! There are so many wonderful “worthwhile” things we can teach our children (actually learn right along-side them) that we can keep ourselves quite busy. I know learning with my children is my favorite part of the day!

    • Yep, there are loads and loads out there! A great place to start online is Heritage History, although there are so many physical books for sale in old bookstores and online from old booksellers as well. Yesterday’s Classics sells reprints of some good ones. There were entire book sets devoted to such things in the past, and they weren’t school texts, either. “How and Why” for science, The Golden Book of Knowledge, etc. “Coffee Table Books” are great to use, and there are usually lots of these at thrift stores. Here is the link to Heritage History:


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