The Corona Virus has closed schools across the globe, which leaves a lot of parents and guardians in positions where they may be worried about continuing their children’s education and development. Whilst most education providers are moving to online systems of issuing work and activity packs, some may wish for more to do so we have been sent an excellent list of free online education resources aimed at various ages, compiled by home educators.
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FREE online education resources
Virtual School Day
Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students.
Virtual Summer Camps
Free half-day summer camps are a week long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive camps will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform. We already have 300+ camps scheduled for the summer and 2,000 families per day signing up.
Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments
Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve.
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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
https://www.futurelearn.com 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).
https://www.senecalearning.com For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
https://www.open.edu/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.
https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ Creative computer programming
https://ed.ted.com All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app.
https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos
https://thecrashcourse.com You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids As above for a younger audience
https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home.
https://idea.org.uk Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making.
https://www.prodigygame.com Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities for the younger ones.
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
https://toytheater.com/ Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
https://www.twinkl.co.uk This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
We’ve also been sent this top tip!
Readers are achievers! When watching TV, turn off the sound and use the subtext instead. Voila, they are having to use their reading skills. Pause if they are struggling to aid sounding out. Even the instructions on the back of a cake mix are reading! Stats prove that those who read a lot for pleasure end up with higher paid careers.