home education for kids

Since schools have now shut down and kids are stuck at home 24/7, parents need to keep their children entertained and their minds engaged. Luckily there are plenty of online resources to help with this, as long as you have an Internet connection and a computer, laptop or tablet.

I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of learning resources for kids stuck at home during coronavirus epidemic. Planning a learning day will help reduce the stress and anxiety for parents and kids. Even if your daily homeschool schedule is very loose – a bit of organisation will give your day a framework.

Kids will obviously not be learning at the same pace as they do at school, but it is ok as long as they learn something new every day, and they have fun on the way. Although if your kids are into it, you may find they learn more than they do at school.

If you haven’t received any resources or learning plans from your kid’s school for the closure period, use these resources as inspiration to make one yourself.

I will be adding to this list over time, so do check back occasionally for updates.

General resources:

Khan Academy – Free online courses, lessons and practice.

Khan Academy Kids – Mobile app specifically for kids 2-7 years old

BBC Bitesize – Want to access daily lessons and revision tools as well as support and advice from other students? BBC Bitesize has your child covered whether they’re in primary school, secondary school, or aged 16+.

IXL – Offers personalised learning in maths and English while covering hundreds of different skills for children in reception up to those in year 13.

Math resources:

Wuzzit Trouble – for  number sense, problem solving and creative and critical thinking skills

Math Snacks – collection of entertaining math games

Marble Math – to practice mental math

DragonBox Algebra 12+ – advanced algebraic concepts

Reading and writing apps:

Marvel Hero Tales – an educational app that embeds vocabulary and grammar practice into a game. You can find it both in the Apple Store and the Play Store.

Weirdwood Manor – an interactive fantasy storybook

Middle School Confidential – graphic novels written by anti-bullying activist Annie Fox. This story is about a group of friends who help bolster one another’s self-esteem in the face of teasing, bullying, or mere self-doubt

Reading Rewards – a reading tracking app in which kids log their reading time to earn incentive points toward rewards, which parents or teachers can determine.

Global Digital Library – Digital storybooks and other reading materials easily accessible from mobile phones or computers.

Science:

Discovery EducationLessons about viruses and outbreaks for different grade levels.

NASA Kids’ Club: They have made their entire collection of images, sounds and video available and publicly searchable online: 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see.

Creative time:

DIY.org – Creative Challenges – an educational app and learning community where kids can access a collection of project ideas and how-to videos.

Wizard School – combines videos, drawing, and interactive challenges to get kids engaging with material that interests them.

Lily – Playful Music Creation – a digital music composition app for iOS and Android.


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