Use Epic! to inspire a love of reading (My Epic! Review)
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As much as I love to read, my kids haven’t always been as eager as I am. So when I saw a chance to sign up for a free trial of Epic, I knew I wanted to give it a try!
Epic has been around for a while now, and it has only gotten better. What is Epic you may ask? Let me tell you!
What is Epic?
Epic is an amazing digital library for kids, filled with more than 25,000 high-quality popular children’s books. audiobooks, learning videos, quizzes, and more.
When you check out Epic!, you’ll notice many popular titles including Where the Wild Things Are, A Wrinkle in Time, Big Nate, Ramona, Sesame Street, and National Geographic Kids. Parents can look up a topic and find many titles related to the subject matter- it’s perfect for unit studies! Epic! also includes a digital reading log to make record-keeping easy.
Who is Epic good for?
Epic is good for anyone with children! The books are geared for kids 12 and under, but I have found that even my older kids enjoy some of the books as well.
You can use Epic and have your kids read individually or listen to audiobooks together as a family.
Because all the content is digital and online, Epic is very helpful for families who don’t live close to a town with a library. You can have a huge library of books at your fingertips, any time you want!
So there you have it — Epic is good for kids and for families!
How Do I Use Epic in My Homeschool?
This is where Epic gets really exciting! As the parent, you can create collections of materials on topics that you want your child to read/watch/listen to!
The search feature makes it really easy to search for specific topics and create these collections. This is amazing for homeschoolers! If you are wanting some extra materials to read to your kids about something you are studying, just do a quick search in Epic and read it together.
Epic also keeps track of the books each of your children have read. Each account allows you to set up 4 kids so they can have their own accounts. It tracks what they have read so you can easily track that for homeschool record keeping purposes!
Besides using Epic for some supplemental material, we have implemented an afternoon quiet time. The kids each log into their Epic accounts and read or listen to an audiobook for at least 30 minutes. It has been such a blessing! They look forward to it and so do I. I use that time for some quiet reading myself (which you know I already love).
One other area that I want to touch on is the educational videos included in Epic. My Lego-loving son found some fun Lego videos showing how to make some little candy machines. One afternoon he spent watching these videos and building some of them! As the parent, you can turn off access to the videos if you want, but I think it is a fun feature that can add even more learning to your day!
Can I Really Get 30 Days of Epic totally free?
You sure can! Epic is graciously offering a free 30-day trial so that you can give Epic a try to see if it is right for your family. (If you decide it is not for you, you can cancel any time before the 30 days is up and you won’t be charged at all.)
This is exactly what I did! I signed up so that I could give it a try with my kids. We all loved it, and 30 days was just the right amount of time to see if it was something we wanted to continue long-term.