9 of our favourite educational website for homeschooling

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We’re three weeks back into our ‘school year’, and while we’re getting back into the swing of things very slowly, I thought I’d share a few of our favourite online resources. We’re pretty eclectic in our style of homeschooling, we pick and choose what fits each child, or the given season in our life. With kiddos of varying ages, I’ve always like to have some good educational websites bookmarked, they’re a great way of occupying one child while you focus on some one-on-one work time with another. A lot of these sites are so much fun, my kiddos ASK to do them – and they forget that they’re actually learning whilst they’re having so much fun. Win win!

1| READING EGGS/READING EGGSPRESS

This is one site that we’ve used for the longest. All of my girls have loved it, it’s a great, fun way to learn to read. Reading Eggs is aimed at 3-7 year olds, and is a highly interactive way to teach reading through phonics. The games are fun and engaging, and it’s really helped mine with those early reading skills. Reading Eggspress is aimed at 7 -13-year-olds, and helps build spelling skills and develop reading comprehension. You can sign up for a free trial here

2| DUOLINGO

One of the best websites for learning a language, DuoLingo is also totally free. My girls are currently learning Welsh through it, and Lola is also doing a Spanish course. There are games built into the course to keep it fun, and it gives bite-sized daily lessons.

3| PUZZLE GAMES FOR KIDS AND TODDLERS

Puzzles are a great way to develop kids logical skills, as well as being a fun way to keep them entertained. Puzzle games for kids and toddlers is perfect for my younger ones – even Beastie loves having a go at the jigsaws on here!

4| BBC BITESIZE

We love this www.buyativanstore.com resource from the BBC, though the page has been archived, it is still accessible. I’ve found some of their money games to be great for building skills with my kiddos – especially some of the money and time games. The games are fun to play, and you can pick the skill you want your little one to work on.

5| BRAINPOP

While Brainpop requires a monthly subscription [there is limited free resources available], we’ve found it to be worthwhile. It features animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, and much more, covering topics from science and maths, to english and music, with lots more inbetween.

6| MYSTERY SCIENCE

We took advantage of a free homeschool membership with Mystery Science for this year – full of great unit topics, it’s a fantastic way to cover a variety of science topics. I love that it gives plenty of videos and hands on activites to teach each unit study, and my middle two have found it really engaging.

7| WOODLANDS JUNIOR SCHOOL RESOURCES

This kent school has a fantastic site with a huge range of interactive games and activites covering all different areas of the curriculm. I use it to back up other unit topics we may be doing, and the literacy resources have been great for building on reading and writing skills.

8| National Geographic Kids

The NG Kids website is a great way for your kids to learn about animals, nature and the world around them. It has some beautiful images and interactive games and colouring books too.

9| TWINKL

Again, TWINKL is a paid site {though there are also some free resources}. While I don’t particularly ‘plan’ lessons, we make use of some fo the great resources – from wordsearches and oclouring sheets, to unit studies and display materials. This site is worth its weight in gold for homeschoolers, and one I’d highly recomomend a subsription to!

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5 Comments

  1. September 26, 2016 / 15:50

    I use the BBC Bitesize site a lot, even though we don’t homeschool. It’s great for explaining simple homework concepts. (And for checking things when I’m not sure of the maths or science!)

    • September 29, 2016 / 11:13

      ha! yes , I often have to check things out so I can explain them ;)

  2. September 27, 2016 / 11:29

    I love the sound of nation geographic for kids – off to check it out now xx

  3. September 30, 2016 / 13:42

    we use a few of those mystery science being a favourite also edplace and prodogy maths are quite good

  4. October 19, 2016 / 15:58

    I’m always so in awe of your homeschooling knowledge and resources. Will have to keep this in mind if the girls I look after need some revision websites x

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