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
Easy 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 levels.
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 K-12 students.
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.
Lastly, worksheets 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.
With highly-engaging 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 explorers.
Read Naturally, Inc.
If you want your child
to be fluent reader, with solid foundations in comprehension and vocabulary,
try Read Naturally.
Its educational, 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.