Monday, 16 May 2016

Free Internet Resources for Home Education

Home education is expensive. Many families only have one income. The children are at home more and so there is more wear and tear on the house plus additional heating. Of course, the educational resources themselves aren't cheap. The fact that one of my most popular posts is 14 ways to save money on home education reflects these pressure.

This is a short list of free resources that we either use or plan to use soon. I hope that you find something helpful and new on it. These resources would also be useful for schooled children especially if they are bored in the long summer holidays!

  • Classics for Kids. This is a site from the US with short podcasts about classical music. We used it some years ago with Middle Son. More recently, I have been looking round at music appreciation resources, some of which are really quite expensive and remembered this site which is ideal for our needs.

  • Seterra is a geography site. This, again, is something that we used some years ago and have started to play again. I find it a little frightening to find the holes in my geographical knowledge!

  • Librivox is a free audio book site. Buying audio books is not cheap. Librivox books tend to be older and so out of copyright. The narrators vary in standard and obviously, there is a complete mix of books not all of which will be suitable. 

  • Project Gutenberg is well known and similar to the Librivox but for ebooks. It is worth checking here for older books before buying them. Do make sure that you load the correct format for your ebook reader. I've learned by my mistakes!

  • Unlike the previous resources, I haven't used this yet but hope to use the art lessons and ideas from Concordia Experience.

  • From time to time, we use Poetryline for new poems or to hear poets read their own poems. Some poets read their poetry brilliantly but certain poets are a little disappointing. 

  • MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme)is a complete maths curriculum. Strictly speaking, it isn't free as worksheets need to be printed. MEP didn't really work for us but that was more a function of our circumstances than the programme itself. Worth checking out.

  • We have used the Khan Academy, in the past, for explanation around maths concepts.

  • Nrich Maths is something that we use from time to time, often around the end of term. The best game that I have found for adding and subtracting with negative numbers was on this site and involved a hot air balloon!
Obviously, there are many more resources out there. Please do leave a comment about those that you find helpful.

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  1. We listened to Classics for Kids yesterday after your previous mention of it, and we really enjoyed it- thank you for sharing all these resources!