So the sudden homeschool situation most parents across the US are dealing with may seem like a bizarre experiment. Kids are better at school than we are and probably have a better attention space. While teachers put together plans for their students it may seem like us parents are adrift in a sea of wtf it’s not that bad.
Our parent’s generation didn’t have the resources so if we were stuck at home for a month, it would have been 30 days of Garfield comics and Price is Right.
I’ve put together some of our favorites sites and apps, as well as many I’ve only learned about today. I’ll keep this posted with new ones including history and geography sites which I always feel gets short shrift in today’s schools.
Any you like but we missed? Be sure to comment and let us know.
ABC Mouse – This is perfect time to test the site on a 30-day free trial
Dreambox – Adapted math programs. Adapted is the keyword and necessary to increase achievement or something.
Gfletchy – Interesting approach to math with 3 act tasks with video and download sheets. I feel like this is ideal for small groups or homeschool situations
Khan Academy – Khan has great math for younger kids but really shines middle school and an up.
NeoK12 – Lots of videos and games
Prodigy – How to get a kid to do 50 math questions in an hour or two without batting an eye.
dkfindout– You likely have some DK books at home or have taken a few out at the library. This is the interactive version.
Anton Petrov Fun Space Videos
asapSCIENCE – An youtube channel that answers the most pressing questions in the most fun way
Astrum – Well-produced videos answering questions about space
Because Science – High energy host usually talking about less serious science subjects like superheroes
Mystery Doug – Popular at our kid’s school, Doug answers questions kids ask
Nat Geo Kids – Home of Weird by True shorts
NeoK12 – Created for teachers there are lots of videos, presentations, and quizzes so you can measure progress
Neuroscience for Kids – PName says it all and it turns out neuroscience isn’t that hard after all.
PBS It’s Ok to be Smart – snackable science channel on youtube.
PBS SpaceTime – Space youtube channel for kids ready to graduate to next level faces.
SciShow – Questions answers like you were a five year old.
EPIC (Free Trial) – Lots of books. There is a subscription cost, but we’re testing out the free trial.
k12 Reader – For the teachers and parents. Do you wonder where your kid’s worksheets come from? It’s likely from here.
Libby app – For use through your library. A full catalog of e-books and audiobooks to get on loan from your library. We use this all the time.
NeoK-12 More worksheets and presentations on a variety of subjects.
NewsELA Distance Learning site made free for the remainder of 2020!
Project Guttenberg –
Scholastic Book Flix – Scholastic has extended their free trial, just enough time to get to read most of their online library
Squiggle Park – It’s prodigy for reading.
Storyline – Read along with the hosts
Wordville – Gets to the nitty-gritty of words and grammar fun and easy.
Starfall – Has music subjects but also lessons for Language and Math geared for kids up to Grade 3.