With all the quarantines, perhaps it seems that maybe all of us homeschoolers weren’t so crazy after all? And I say that with as much sincerity as I can through text.
Our 14 year old was at an event with peers a few weeks ago and they were bashing homeschoolers. Although hurt by their words, she stood up for herself and supported our family’s decision.
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But, that’s a big part of it.
It was our decision.
We spent years praying about it. Talking about it. Developing a plan for how to homeschool.
Many of you finding yourself left without options currently didn’t have that opportunity. You’ve been thrown into this based on the decision of others.
Now you’re having to ask yourself,
How Do I Teach My Children at Home?
And I get that. So, I’m here to help with some free educational resources to utilize during this time since I’m currently seeing plenty of traffic on my How to Homeschool for Free Using Google post.
After all, with over 17 years of homeschooling under our belts, this is an area we know a bit about.
The following lists includes educational resources especially for schools to use during the closure in addition to free homeschool resources, games, and printables.
Basically, ways for your children to stay engaged in learning during the school closures and extended spring break periods.
Without further ado,
free educational resources:
*only for affected schools due to coronavirus
- 2Simple Purple Mash *
- Age of Learning (including ABCMouse.com) *
- Ambleslide Online
- American Chemistry Society
- American Museum of Natural History ‘Ologies
- Anatomy Arcade
- Book Creator *
- BrainPOP *
- Breakout Edu Free Digital Games
- Buncee *
- CENTURY *
- ClassHook *
- CMU CS ACADEMY Computer Science Curriculum
- Conjugemos Foreign Languages Games & Activities
- Discovery Education Experience *
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (K to 8th)
- Easy Peasy All-in-One High School (9 to 12th)
- Emile *
- Epic! (free 30-day trial)
- Exploratorium Virtual Museum Exhibits
- Family Games
- Fluency Matters *
- Free Lesson Plans
- Free Math
- Gamilab fun and easy educational games
- Google Classroom
- The Happy Scientist Freebies
- Head of the Class
- HippoCampus Resources from Middle School to College
- History of US
- Khan Academy (a favorite resource of ours)
- Learning Page
- Lesson Pathways
- Libby (utilizes library card to access digital and audio books)
- Listenwise *
- Logic Self-Taught
- McGrawHill Science Texts, Activity Books and Labs
- MusicFirst Classroom *
- Mystery Science
- NASA Lesson Plans
- Official SAT Prep
- Parlay FREE through 4/30/2020
- PebbleGo *
- Plain and not so Plain
- PBS Learning Media
- Pixar in a Box
- Printable Maps
- Printable Worksheets
- School Express
- Science Coloring Pages from Home Training Tools
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- SmartMusic *
- Social Studies for Kids
- Supercharged Science Freebie
- Teachers Pay Teachers Freebies
- Teach with Me
- Time for Kids
- Typing Club
- Virtual Museum Tours
- Vooks kid-safe streaming library (30 day FREE trial)
- World History for Us All
Also, one quick note from a seasoned homeschool family, the actual education part of a school day doesn’t have to last 8 hours!
A lot of hours spent in a traditional school setting are spent in lines, walking to classes, listening to a teacher’s instructions, or other day time work.
When you’re working at home, it’s a much more independent, student-led study time. Things can be done at the individual child’s pace and learning style, which often doesn’t require a full eight hour day.
We get all schoolwork done, typically at least 4 courses a day, in around 3-4 hours a day. It all depends on the subject, the student, teacher, lesson and busy work.
Most of all,
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
There are plenty of homeschool groups on Facebook where you can reach out for help as needed. There are several of us who have been doing this long enough we can help you walk through this.
You’re not alone.