Homeschooling. What us? I have always wanted to home school our son at primary level. My husband has never been up for it though. But hey it looks like we’ve been thrown in at the deep end. While I’m not overly concerned he will be missing out on a formal education as he’s already doing really well I would like to take this opportunity to give him some real one on one time. There are quite a few things I’d like to concentrate on such as basic maths, his handwriting and also his general knowledge. For now that is going to be my main focus.
He was supposed to be doing his SATS this year so I have bought him some exercise books that focus on that. Amazon and The Works are great places to purchase this kind of resources. I’ve also bought in other fun activity books with crosswords, dot to dots and other puzzles. These are in a box in the lounge so that he can pick them up whenever he fancies.
I have shared our daily timetable in this post – Home School Diary Week 1 We aren’t always going to stick by it. We certainly haven’t for the past 2 days as he has seemed tired and more keen to chill out and just play. So we’ve gone with that for now and we will focus on projects and more learning again next week.
Our Favourite Home Schooling Resources
One week into homeschooling and the following are the resources that we’ve been enjoying the most. They are the ones that are certainly worth seeing if your child likes them and enjoys them. I will add to this list whenever there is something that we have enjoyed or have found to be of interest. I am also hoping to start a post about easy ideas for at home that doesn’t involve too many resources.
Online printables – learning resources up to GCSEs. There is a HUGE number of activities to print out. Some are sitting down at the table type activities others get you up and about around the house. Year group related projects can be easily found via specific links in their Facebook group. They are currently offering one month free for yearly subscriptions.
Online – From primary right through to 16+. Plenty of learning-based activities including language videos, maths videos and more
Online – There are all sorts of free resources on this website. Including online tests and more.
Online – A site packed with interactive phonics games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and many teaching ideas and resources to help children to learn – been made FREE for now. username: march20 password: home Online interactive resources.
Online – Free maths exercises from 6+ (they have this at my son’s school)
App – Our school is subscribed to this so it’s free for us. But it’s only £6 for a year. For 6+
Online – FREE resources from 4-18 years
Wake-up and Shake-up – GoNoodle
Youtube – Just search for it and there are lots of fun videos for kids (and you) to join in with to start the day. Our favourite is GoNoodle.
Youtube – Yoga for kids. I’ve seen this recommended a lot today. We will be giving it a go soon
A project for you to work on and then hopefully when normality returns your child will be able to visit certain attractions for free.
Online – Plenty of interesting things to watch including Opera and more
App – They are currently offering 30 days for free which is worth doing as it’s a great resource. For ages 2-13. My son loves this and you can start them off on a level that suits them by doing an easy test.
Online printables – They have FREE packs available to download such as packs for Easter, colouring packs for older kids, they plan on adding more
Online or App – You can spend just a few minutes a day learning 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons. We are working our way through the French course. My son is 6 and without my understanding of French I think he would struggle. But together we are working out way through it and he’s already learnt a lot.
Online – These online games aren’t all educational but they are free and our son is loving them especially Danger Mouse and Nightfall (they can play with their friends). They also have quizzes and puzzles.
Online – This is a range of free educational games for children from KS1 through to higher education. Most online activities are tablet friendly.
Online – Free resources to support learning at home online and in the form of printables. Advice and support for parents, educational activities and games. Plus free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds.
Online – Including games (mostly quiz based) and primary resources via printables. Find engaging and curriculum-led teaching ideas and accompanying resource sheets aligned with the National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. You just need to register (it’s free) to access their resources.
Online or App – Epic! is the #1 children’s digital library for kids 12 and under, offering access to over 35,000 high-quality books for kids, learning videos, reading quizzes and more. We are lucky that his school has signed up for a subscription. If your school can’t do this the first 30 days are currently free and $7.99 after.
Google – Bring an animal to life
Google App on Android – Did you know if you google certain animals using the Google app you can view the animal on your phone in your home (or garden). They move about a little and make realistic noises. We had so much fun posing for selfies and then looking at our photos. Click here for more info.
Online Printables – The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. They will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
Online Printables – The TTS Group have created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared. (there’s almost 100 pages of activities in the KS1 activity pack alone)