You all most likely know by now that we homeschool (sure, I’m a type of) and I’m usually requested about my favourite homeschooling sources. Our homeschooling set-up evolves yr to yr as the youngsters grow old, and now that I’ve children starting from toddlers to center schoolers, I’ve been utilizing a number of on-line instruments that my children love and which can be making my life simpler.
Even when you don’t homeschool, these instruments and sources might assist make faculty simpler to your personal youngsters and velocity up the training (and homework) course of.
My Top 6 Homeschool Resources
Thanks to the age of the Internet, homeschoolers have many extra choices than they as soon as did and you can learn almost anything online!
While many of those aren’t true homeschool curriculum, these sources educate among the most beneficial expertise that (for my part) all kids should learn. (P.S. These are additionally nice for adults who need to study these expertise!)
Most of those homeschool sources are free, however the paid ones are nicely price the associated fee.
1. How to Learn Speed Reading
I’ve talked about in passing a number of instances that I realized to hurry learn in center faculty and that to today it is without doubt one of the most beneficial expertise I’ve realized.
This is without doubt one of the prime expertise I’m working with my children on as a result of it makes all the others a lot simpler. The better part is that actually anybody can study it. I’ve a photographic reminiscence and realized this a bit in another way, so I had bother educating my children till I discovered a pc program that makes it tremendous easy.
The program is called Spreeder, and it un-teaches dangerous studying habits and retrains you to learn shortly and effectively. There is a free app model that solely works on-line, however I’d extremely suggest the inexpensive premium version that permits you to velocity learn virtually something. We have the paid model and it has already been nicely price it.
Spreeder additionally permits you to copy and paste many codecs of textual content into this system and it makes it easer to hurry learn by way of it. You can put e-books, articles and even weblog posts (like mine!) you’ve been that means to learn in there and also you’ll be in a position to learn them at 300 phrases per minute when you’re simply beginning out!
My children love this as a result of it’s on the pc and looks like a sport to them. They may even considerably “compete” on what number of wpm (phrases per minute) they will learn.
The identical firm that makes Spreeder additionally has a number of different nice studying packages that we use:
2. Online Piano Teacher
Our favourite piano instructor retired earlier this yr, and I’ve been struggling to search out one other native instructor. A pal informed me about Hoffman Academy that teaches the fundamentals of piano on-line without cost. I used to be skeptical at first, however have been actually impressed with how simple it’s to observe alongside and study. (I won’t have give up piano myself as a child if I had this as a substitute of a grumpy instructor who smacked my knuckles at any time when I tousled!)
Fair warning- my children love this and our home is a continuing refrain of the Star Wars theme tune and “Tomorrow” from Annie proper now, however they’re actually having fun with it. As a lot as I do love their lovely music *ahem*, we simply acquired a keyboard with headphones for them to follow on when the newborn is napping and the true piano is just too loud.
3. Easiest Way to Learn a Language
In faculty, when given the possibility to study languages, I picked Greek and Latin. As you could think about, this was definitely useful on the SAT, however hasn’t been fairly so helpful in each day life.
I picked up a bit little bit of Spanish whereas touring a number of years in the past, however by no means grew to become fluent. Since we’re homeschooling, the youngsters are studying Spanish and French, and I’m studying as nicely alongside them utilizing a free online tool called DuoLingo which makes studying languages a sport. They are retaining what they study far more than when it was simply bookwork, and this system is absolutely enjoyable.
The better part?
It has an app for telephones and tablets as nicely. When we’re out and about, I can let the youngsters do a lesson on my cellphone within the automotive or whereas ready for a sibling at sports follow.
4. Online Homeschool Curriculum Options
As somebody who carried a 40+ pound backpack to highschool, it nonetheless amazes me there are actually total programs and curriculums on-line. I’ve regarded by way of lots of them and located a number of which can be very top quality and meet my excessive tutorial standards.
Some are free, although my favourite ones will not be. Still, they’re much cheaper than non-public faculty and I actually like utilizing them as a complement.
Ron Paul Curriculum
This device isn’t free, but it surely has been a lifesaver for me over the previous yr and is absolutely cheap in comparison with different packages accessible on-line. The Ron Paul Curriculum has online classes for all of the core subjects together with studying, math, and historical past. We use it as a complement to our common curriculum, and the youngsters particularly just like the historical past curriculum.
I find it irresistible as a result of it doesn’t require any textbooks or further supplies. The programs are taught by faculty professors through video lectures and I’m actually having fun with watching and studying too. They additionally focus fairly a bit on writing and have college students write weekly essays beginning in 4th grade. I’m a tad bit biased, however writing has been an extremely helpful ability for me and I’m completely satisfied to see my children studying strong writing expertise as nicely!
The curriculum additionally focuses on essential considering and makes use of authentic sources at any time when attainable.
Khan Academy is another great all-in-one homeschool curriculum on-line. We use a number of of the programs supplementally. Their math packages are very interactive and my children particularly love the coding and pc animation lessons proper now. They provide superior lessons all the best way as much as calculus and even check prep for all main checks. Did I point out it’s free?
Mainly for older children, Academic Earth affords superior lessons from many collages without cost. You don’t get the school credit score for the lessons, however if you’re simply within the info, it’s an unimaginable approach to study. If you’ve heard of the free lessons from Harvard and MIT accessible on-line, that is the place to search out them.
If you’ve ever wished to take a seat in on faculty lectures from among the prime professors and universities within the nation, iTunes U offers you that skill. It’s a free app that you can download to your pc, pill, and sensible cellphone, and affords over 350,000 lectures and programs from many prime universities, together with: Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and lots of others.
What’s nice about this useful resource is that it’s audio (and typically video) primarily based, so the youngsters and you’ll hearken to the lectures whereas on the go. It’s like getting a level from an Ivy League faculty, with out really having to pay tuition!
5. How to Learn to Code
In an more and more technological world, pc science expertise are extraordinarily marketable. In truth, I do know of a number of highschool college students who realized to code and who’re saving for faculty or to start a enterprise by doing freelance coding work. Though I’ve a tough understanding of HTML and CSS code after all the years of running a blog, I definitely don’t know sufficient to show it.
We use Codecademy for on-line instruction on easy methods to code. It is simple to know and interactive. Any scholar who is ready to learn can start studying many various coding languages on this web site.
6. Kids Cook Real Food e-Course
I’m positive you’ve heard me speak about this one, however I had so as to add it right here as a result of my children have realized a lot from it. Not solely do they know easy methods to put together a wholesome meal within the kitchen (one thing that’s just a bit near my coronary heart), it helps the youthful ones follow measuring, fractions, and following instructions.
It’s all online and teaches children knife expertise, easy methods to observe a recipe, and extra.
Other Educational Resources for Homeschooling
Check out this comprehensive list of homeschooling resources from The Pioneer Woman for some age-specific free useful resource suggestions.
I’m testing out Tom Woods’ suggestions in this Wellness Mama podcast episode on essential considering. I’ll replace right here if I discover any new favorites!
Do you employ on-line instruments to assist your children study? What homeschool sources do you like? Share your finest suggestions under!