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We are living in interesting times, as a parent, a mother, the search for resources to keep our children engaged is a tough one. There has been a plethora of messages on social media, admittedly I have not used them all, but I thought I would start by collating them all together, to make it easier for us all to access them.
The most important message I want to share is that, your child is unique, PLEASE do not feel the pressure of others, with the mode of learning changing to home, possibly screen-based and outside of the classroom, your child may not thrive in the same way they do normally, remember all their peers are in the same boat.
Quoting a message I received on Whatsapp: ‘At the end of all this, your kids (and your own) mental health will be more important than their academic skills, and how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day’
FREE online education resources (Source: Unknown, compiled by home educators)
(Click on the Bold names to open a new window for the specified website)
English & Maths:
|Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.||Class room secrets providing fun, interactive and practical home learning resources that are designed to be used by children. These include interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs||Twinkl|
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents.
|Khan Academy 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 Teach Live Lessons for primary schools||Oxford Owl for Home (WE USE THIS FOR READING BOOKS)|
Lots of free resources for Primary age
|British Council Resources for English language learning||Prodigy Maths Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.||BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. (for the UK) No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.|
|Seneca For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.|
|National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes for younger kids.||Duolingo Learn languages for free. Web or app.||Mystery Science Free science lessons|
|The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos||Crash Course YouTube videos on many subjects||Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.|
|iDEA Awards Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.||Paw Print Badges Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.||Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.|
|Ted Ed Short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners everywhere.||Cbeebies Radio Listening activities for the younger ones.||Blue Peter Badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.|
|Geography Games Geography gaming!|| Discovery education |
Inspires educators to go beyond traditional learning with award-winning digital content and professional development.
|DK Find Out |
Learn about dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more. Fun learning activities for kids with videos, quizzes & galleries
|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||Futurelearn 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).||Outschool (USA)|
Live online classes for ages 3 – 18.
Computing & Art:
|Blockly Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.||Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.||Tynker|
Everything needed to learn computer programming the fun way! Ages 5+ (Free during the school closures)
math and puzzles to inspire the next generation of math beasts
|Tinkercad All kinds of making.||Creative bug|
Creative classes and workshops
|The Imagination Tree Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.||Red Ted Art Easy arts and crafts for little ones||Toy Theater Interactive art games, and fun reading games.|
|The Artful Parent Good, free art activities||Check back soon for more.|
Bi-weekly show, all about gradeschool science.
Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology and more.
SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?”
|National Geographic |
The world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure.
a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science.
|Geography focus |
This channel includes geography, maps, flags, culture, languages, and travel.
|The brain scoop||Kids learning tube |
ducates kids through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning.
|Science max |
Turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.
Virtual tours etc:
|12 famous Museum tours||Disney Parks tour|
|13 zoos that offer live streams||Virtual zoo tour|
|Watch broadway musicals for free|
Lists 28 educational apps
|Check back soon for more.|
Indoor/outdoor fun games:
|Fatherly Insta fun|
A library of games that require almost no set up and work every time.
|Nature Detectives A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!|
|The scouts have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas, Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun||What moms love|
87 Energy-Busting Indoor Games & Activities For Kids (Because Cabin Fever Is No Joke)
|The small print of being a mum|
Find activities here ranging from 3 months and above.
|Hands on as we grow|
lots of practical, easy activities, with learning opportunities from babies age and up!
Weekly activities for babies!
Audio book and libraries:
|Audible have announced that all their children’s audio books will be free to listen to.||New York library offer free digital resources.|
|Story time from space|
|A muslim home school|
Free home learning e-book available during school closures.
|Migo and Ali – explaining coronavirus to children|
|Ayeina Official |
Lots of resources for arabic and islamic studies
|Zair, Zabr Play|
Lots of activites and free printables avaialble