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Homeschooling During Social Isolation

Like it or not, education as we know it has changed for both the home education community and the schooled children alike. Before people challenge me on the title of this post, it is deliberately homeschooling and not home education because it is very much directed at those who want a formal framework for educating their children in a 'school at home' kind of way.

There seems to be a huge disparity in what schools are offering as distance learning to their students, from a full-schedule of timetabled online classes daily (where teenagers finally learn that technology is against them - there's no escape from your teachers when they are video conferencing you!!) to 'here's a website you can use if you fancy it, don't worry if you don't'.

Personally, I'm a big fan of the second option.

Despite being clear that most of our education isn't done online, I'm asked regularly for resources, and as I admin a few home ed groups on Facebook, I have access to a tonne of them.
 

Before I give you the list though, let me be clear, whilst we do use some of these resources, it's usually for just 30 minutes or so a day. That's the longest amount for formal schooling I do.

Sure, sometimes my kids will get really into one of the apps and want to spend longer on it, that's cool, things like adventure academy invite that, but typing apps or math games lose their fun factor after about 5-10 minutes, so keep it short and sweet.  

doTERRA's free science workbook for kids

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-for-kids-workbook-essential-oil-edition

Genuinely a really fun way to study science at home with elementary age children.

doTERRA's lesson plans for Teachers

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-for-kids-stem-mentors-exchange-program
These may be designed for teachers, but many of them can be done in your own home.

Adventure Academy

adventureacademy.com

Aimed at 8-12 years, cross-curricular social gaming platform - you have to pay, but there's a free trial.

Adventure in Odyssey Club

https://www.oaclub.org/

Free 28 day trial - amazing audio dramas and devotions with learning content that goes alongside them - my kids love this

Easy-peasy all in one homeschool

https://allinonehomeschool.com/

A complete, free online Christian curriculum for your family.

Easy-Peasy All in one Highschool

https://allinonehighschool.com/

An extension of the above

Starfall

https://www.starfall.com

Perfect for K-3 and those just learning to read with more.starfall.com for slightly older little ones.

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Mavis Beacon

http://www.mavisbeaconfree.com/

Learn to type with Mavis Beacon for free

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Free Ivy League Resources

https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869

450 online courses you can take online, for free, right now

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Teacher File box

https://www.teacherfilebox.com/

Get a month free (then pay monthly, or just print everything you think you'll need for the term in that first 30 days)

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op

https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-freebies-curriculum/

Tonnes of free and discounted educational resources - offers change regularly so worth checking in often.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Story Nory

https://www.storynory.com/

Free audiobooks for kids

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Bible Educational Services

http://www.besweb.com/bible-courses/bibletime
Bible time courses for all ages

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Books Should Be Free

http://www.loyalbooks.com/genre/Children

Free public domain books and audio dramas

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Redemptive artistry

http://redemptiveartistry.com/free-elementary-art-curriculum/

Free elementary art curriculum

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

If all that wasn't enough for you - try joining Homeschooling during the Coronavirus Facebook group run by some wonderful people where resources are being shared all the time.

Don't forget to just have fun with your kids though. They learn through playing and serving in the home as much as anything else. Play some board games, play some card games, play some chess, and I am a huge fan of the Freedom Mom's Smart Kids Chore System for this season.

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