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As home schooling gains more traction in the United States, these 10 online resources can help you make learning more fun and dynamic for your children.
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While a major part of education
traditionally happens in school, home schooling has gradually been gaining
traction in recent years. In fact according to the National
Home Education Research Institute, there are about 2.3 million home-educated students
in the United States.
Moreover, now that technology is embedded
in our daily lives, it is an easily accessible tool that can be used to make
learning more fun, more dynamic, and more updated for your children. We rounded
up ten online resources that can be your kids’ learning buddies
Peasy All-in-One Home School
Originally an attempt at putting the
assignments of the site owner’s children online, Easy Peasy All-in-One Home School is now homeschool resource, with 180 days
of lessons and homeworks for each grade level (from preschool to 8th grade) and
individual courses, absolutely free.
Its subject areas cover reading and
writing, math, science, social studies, geography, history, the Bible, and
Spanish among others. It also has a separate online resource for high school
If you think homeschooling is suitable only for preschoolers to
middle school kids, think again. The HomeScholar helps parents prepare
for, and manage, homeschooling through webinars and consultations, with free
and paid materials. Guide your children into passing their SATs and ACTs from
your own home.
IXL Learning uses educational
technology to make learning more effective. Their subscription-based website
offers math, language arts, science and social studies programs suitable for
IXL also encourages self-paced online learning through its skill-focused
curriculum. Their real-time feedback can motivate learners towards mastery, and
allow parents to track their kid’s progress.
Help your kids learn math
in a highly engaging way through KungFu Math. It’s an online practice
site based on the Singapore math curriculum. Through game-like quizzes, the
site educates students of the many uses of math, and its application to
everyday, real-world problems and situations.
Algebra Help assists learning of key algebra topics in three ways: through lessons,
calculators, and worksheets.
Lessons teach everything
that students need to know about equations, simplifying, factoring, substitution,
and advanced solving. Calculators show students a step-by-step solution to get
the right answer so they solve succeeding problems correctly.
encourage them to practice solving problem sets.
Been wanting to learn a
foreign language?. Don’t forget to have a little fun while you’re at it.
Duolingo combines gaming while
you learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Its lessons come in
the form of challenges that teaches you to read, speak, listen and translate in
your chosen foreign language. It also has a streak count feature that motivates
you to stay on track in your learning process.
A Book in Time
Going over significant
past events and learning world history is made more interesting with A Book in Time!
It started out as a list
of recommended books and readings on history for kids, but now has expanded to
include activities, crafts, online games, and maps and timelines to inject
creativity and interaction in the online learning process.
content and photos, National Geographic makes for an amazing online learning resource! It lists a variety of
ideas and lessons that teachers, parents, and students can browse through to
expand their knowledge about the planet, the wildlife and their habitats.
The site also suggests
educational activities and games that you can try to explore ideas and
insights. NatGeo also has website especially for little adventurers and young
Read Naturally, Inc.
If you want your child
to be fluent reader, with solid foundations in comprehension and vocabulary,
try Read Naturally.
strategic program combines teacher-modeling, repeated reading, and progress
monitoring to effectively improve the student’s reading proficiency. Through an
audio support, Read Naturally helps the student learn proper pronunciation,
expression, and phrasing.
The site also promotes
mastery of difficult words and accuracy in reading by making the student read a
material multiple times.
If you are wary about
how home school can affect your children’s test scores, you can consult with a Scholar
Advisor on the matter.
But if you’re looking for an online resource that can help your kid improve
their scores, there’s TestRocker.
Its diagnostic test assesses your kid’s strengths and weaknesses, in
order to customize a study plan based on the results. TestRocker allows
learners to practice answering timed quizzes to build their confidence when
they take their SAT and ACT.
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