Amazon Prime and Homeschooling: Five Benefits I Wouldn't Want to Live Without

It's happened more than once. I've carefully prepared the lesson plans for the next few weeks. I have all my ducks in a row. I'm ready to begin a new homeschooling term. On Sunday night I sit down to verify my lessons for the week and to pull out any supplies we need when...I don't have one of the books we're supposed to read for this quarter.

I thought I picked up that book already or checked it out from the library. I was just sure I did. But...no.

Thankfully I don't have to stress too much. Because we're Amazon Prime members I can order the book on Amazon on Sunday night and get it- with free shipping- by Tuesday. We'll only have one day without the book to read.

Amazon Prime and Homeschooling

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Amazon Prime has been a lifesaver for me many times. I use many of its benefits over and over and over in homeschooling. Prime members receive a plethora of benefits including shipping benefits, streaming benefits, Kindle benefits, shopping benefits, and more. Here are a few of the Amazon Prime benefits that are especially valuable for homeschoolers.


Free Two-Day Shipping

I can't say enough about how much this helps me. I can order many of our homeschool materials off of Amazon because they have such a wide range of books and resources for sale there. And with a Prime membership, I get free shipping on so many things. Some products and some zip cods are also eligible for same-day delivery or even two hour delivery for Prime members.

Free Prime Streaming Video



We don't pay for cable. It's too expensive, and there are too many things we don't want to watch. Amazon Prime members get access to a library of free streaming video that includes movies, television shows, and - most valuable for homeschooling- some great documentaries.


There are many devices that can stream the Prime video- Kindles, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, game consoles. Or you can buy the Amazon Fire TV. The Fire can stream Amazon movies as well as Netflix, Hulu and other streaming channels as well as play many apps from the Amazon app store.


Prime Reading

Amazon Prime members can choose from a large variety of reading material that is regularly updated. You can borrow ebooks to read on a Kindle or Kindle Fire tablet or on any Kindle app for Android or iPhone. There are books, comic books, books with audible narration, and more available through Prime Reading.

Prime Music


Have kids who love music? Amazon Prime members have access to a large library of free music, including a great selection of kids' music and Christian worship music. Make a playlist for rest time or play time or let kids listen to instrumental music while they work. (Prime members can also subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for a monthly fee, but Prime Music is totally free.)

Free Books With Amazon First Reads


The Amazon First Reads programs lets Kindle readers download a brand new book release for Kindle each month for $1.99. Prime members can download a brand new book for free! Each month you'll get your choice of the new books releasing for Kindle that month. This is a great way to build your Kindle library. (And don't forget you can read Kindle books on any device by downloading the Kindle reading app. You don't have to own a Kindle.)



These are five Amazon Prime benefits that I believe makes the membership invaluable to me as a homeschooler. There are many, many other benefits of Amazon Prime. There is usually a 30-day FREE trial so that you can check it out Amazon Prime before you commit. You can find out all the details of membership benefits and price here. Have any college students in your family? They can get 50% off of an Amazon Prime membership.

Amazon Prime and Homeschooling

Are you an Amazon Prime member? What's your favorite benefit?




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