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PARENTS: HERE’S SOME FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR YOUR KIDS AT HOME EDUCATION

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.

Please share to help others affected by this pandemic with thanks to Jo Anne and Jean Parnell for sharing via Silloth Today

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.
From  https://www.varsitytutors.com/

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.
From https://www.varsitytutors.com/

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.
From https://www.varsitytutors.com/

Varsity Learning Tools
More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.
From https://www.varsitytutors.com/

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
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 Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.

Futurelearn
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).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
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.

Blockly
https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
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.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
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!

British Council
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.

Geography Games
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.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/ Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
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.

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