Choose the format that suits your needs and convenience. It's really up to you to decide what will work best for your family.
Digital formats (PDF, MP3) are available only from Well-Trained Mind Press. When you buy a digital product, we keep your purchases in your account, so you can download them again and again (that comes in handy when a hard drive fails!).
Digital formats are less expensive, especially for international customers (no shipping costs). Delivery is immediate (no waiting!). More people are using mobile devices and CD players are disappearing from cars and homes. For these people, the MP3 is a good option.
Parents who are comfortable teaching from a tablet or laptop get the PDF instructor guides. For their students, they choose between paperback/looseleaf or PDF materials, depending on the cost of printing; some families don't own printers, so buying physical products for each student is a good option for them.
The student uses all the workbook pages in most of our curriculum. With a PDF, you can print as you go, for as many students as you have in your family. For The Story of the World Student Pages or Coloring Pages, the student will probably use only a portion of the pages; these can be printed as needed, and for as many students as are in the home.
If you wish to compare the cost of buying pre-printed books with printing PDF files do the math and compare the results:
- Physical materials cost = price of the book + shipping.
- Printing of PDF cost = price of the PDF + (cost of printing per page x number of pages to be printed) + cost of binding (if any).
Copy centers charge different rates per page, so check with a couple of vendors to confirm their rates.
Except for the Math With Confidence and Math Facts That Stick series, all the pages are black-and-white. The math materials can be printed in black and white (grayscale) to save a little money, but it is less attractive and less appealing for the young student.