{DIY} Books on CD

Written by Mommy Cameron | Homeschool

In our house we have rest time every day.  It is a time for Thing 3 to take a nap.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 can wind down from the morning events and mommy gets a little break.  There are two requirement for rest time.  Number one, is that you stay in your room.  Two, is that I can’t hear you.  Rest time has become a cherished part of the day for me and the boys.

Today, Thing 2 asked for a book on CD that we had checked out from the library probably 6 months ago. (Random, I know, but that is how Thing 2 rolls.)  Anyway, it got me to thinking that I should make the boys their own books on CD from their favorite books to listen to during rest time.  Thus we now have books on CD.

Simply using my compter and some left over CDs from college, I sat down and created a CD of each boys favorite books read to them by me.

I asked each boy to go and gather 10 to 12 of their favorite books.  It takes me on average 5 minutes to read a story, so this would give the boys about an hour worth of stories to listen to during rest time.  Then I sat down and read each story, making sure each one was a different track, so that if we ever just wanted one story we could go right to it.  Once I had all the stories read, I burned all of them onto a CD and labeled it with the track number and story.

Over the next few weeks I hope to create several more CDs for the boys.  I figure they will be great during rest time, on long car trips as well as for those times when mommy really needs to work on something else or everyone wants a different story.

Have you ever made books on CDs for you kids?  What are some other rest time ideas?

Comments: 7

  1. Cara says:

    How did you record it on to your computer? Do you have a special microphone that plugs into your computer? I’ve had to record my books onto a cassette and then use this special machine I have that transfers cassettes to CD’s. This would save me time and a few extra steps!

    • Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling says:

      I simply used the sound recording option that came with my laptop. I found it under accessories (windows). I recorded me reading the story. Saved the recording as the book name. Once I had all the stories I wanted read, I burned them to a CD. My computer has a cd/dvd burner.
      As for a micropphone my laptop has a microphone already installed so I used that. I also use the headset that comes with the Rosetta Stone spanish that we use.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Hi there!

    I have tried this exact thing – all went well (recorded successfully onto the computor) except the burnt CD won’t play on any of my CD machines. Not sure how to get around that dilemma!

    Georgia 🙂

    • Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling says:

      I’m not sure either. Our CDs have worked in all of our machines, but I have had some players in the past that wouldn’t play burnt CDs. I think it has to do with the different machines.

      • Shelly says:

        You will need to have a cd player that will play the format you recorded in i.e. mp3….. There should be a saving option where you can save the file in what ever format you want to. There are so many different formats these days. If you go to buy a cd player they usually will play mp3 since that’s the most common form these days, but make sure before you buy!

  3. Erika says:

    I have wanted to do this for quite some time, but just never have. 🙁 My kids LOVE audio books and listening to me read. I know this would be a huge hit. Now that I know just how easy it is, I have no excuse for putting it off! 🙂

    Stopping by from the TGIF linky party.

  4. Beth says:

    That is such a fun thing to do! I did a couple and my kids treasure hearing me read to them as they drift off to sleep!! Thanks for sharing on TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow,
    Beth =-)