5 Simple Ways To Make Homeschool Easier For Every Parent

COVID-19 has wealthy parents willing to pay $25-$60 per hour for private educators who teach for up to 5 hours a day (Business Insider). However, most parents cannot afford to pay such an expensive price for professional homeschooling and are taking it upon themselves to educate their children from home. Homeschooling your children takes massive energy and is a tough task without any help. Most kids give a look of disgust when given a stack of papers at home and are reluctant to the boring curriculums often used.

Here are the top 5 free resources for homeschooling your children that will keep their curiosity over this summer

1. Khan Academy Kids

-Khan Academy Kids is the most comprehensive learning app available right now.

It has a wide range of books, activities, and videos on a variety of topics. There are also a lot of parent/teacher resources such as daily schedules and printables. This app is also completely free with no ads or subscriptions.

2. Funbrain

-Funbrain has free educational games, books, and videos that are entertaining for any grade Pre-K through 8th.

The games are simple, easy to use, and a good way to get your child learning important topics in a fun way. They focus on reading, math, literacy, and problem-solving. Funbrain is completely free and requires no personal information either.

3. Youtube and YouTube Kids

-When used correctly and without distraction, YouTube is a great free way to learn anything in minutes.

YouTube has a ton of good information on a wide range of topics interesting to children. Lessons on music, writing, math, science, and much more are all available on YouTube. There are some channels that focus on education specifically, such as CrashCourse Kids, and Homeschool Pop.

-YouTube even launched a new app called YouTube Kids. This is a version of YouTube that is more kid-friendly and where parents can control the content their child sees.

-Because distraction is a big problem on sites like YouTube that might scare parents from using them, I’ve linked a free chrome extension that helps get rid of the problem. The Distraction Free YouTube chrome extension prevents recommended videos from popping up on the side. It is a great way to make sure your child doesn’t get lost clicking away at different videos.

4. GoNoodle

-GoNoodle is a free app and website with games that are designed to keep your child active. The games are based on the topics of movement and mindfulness. There are classes on interesting topics such as dancing and yoga. GoNoodle is a great way to introduce your children into important healthy habits and could inspire your child’s interest in a topic different from traditional school subjects.

5. Apps and Games

-There are a ton of free apps and games available for kids to play on a phone or tablet.

-Best Overall:Khan Academy Kids (Description above)

-Best for Reading: Starfall Learn to Read, Storyline

-Starfall is a free educational app for kids Pre-K through 3rd grade with multiple subjects. The Starfall Learn to Read app is particularly good as it has fun interactive games and videos that focus on certain phonics.

-Storyline is a site where famous people read children’s favorite stories. Some celebrities featured on the site are Betty White and Chris Pine. It has a ton of videos where children can follow the words along with some colorful animations.

-Best for Science: Tappity

-Tappity is for kids K-5 and covers a wide range of science topics with fun interactive games, videos, experiments, and stories. It has been known to keep kids engaged as the app is very hands-on. It recently unlocked over 30 free lessons because of COVID-19. It’s only available on iOS and has paid options to upgrade. If you don’t use iOS, check out PBS Play and Learn Science or Chromville Science that uses augmented reality.

-Best for Math: Prodigy

-Prodigy has curriculum aligned math fantasy games for grades 1-8. The games are fun as students “battle” against in-game characters and level up. The app is able to focus on a student’s trouble spots and provides progress reports for parents/teachers. A free version is available on Android and iOS, but one can upgrade to a paid premium version.

-Best for History: BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week

-Best for kids aged 5-9, BrainPop Jr. has a lot of interactive videos on multiple topics. This app is the best for history because it has gentle and humorous characters that could make history more exciting for your child. It’s only availableon iOS and also includes paid subscription options. If you don’t use iOS, check out Khan Academy for Kids or History of Everything.

-Most Exciting App To Watch Out For: Learny (Coming Soon!)

-Learny incentivizes kids to practice math by letting them earn “Learny Bucks” that can be redeemed for their favorite toys and games. I’m sure kids will definitely enjoy doing math if it means they can earn a Nintendo Switch or their favorite Barbie Doll. This app could be a game-changer by aligning parents’ and kids’ motivations for learning together. Learny also allows parents to curate the prizes available and track their kids’ progress. -Check it out at https://www.learny.co/ for a chance to get free early access!

Conclusion?

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to drain your energy either. Listed above are some of the best available online resources that parents can use to make their lives a little easier. There are also many other free resources online that parents can use to make their children excited to learn. If you’re interested in the topic of homeschooling and more free resources check out the sources below.

Do you have any special tips on homeschooling your children? Do you think the resources above will work for your children?

Sources:
https://www.thoughtco.com/free-homeschool-resources-4151635
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-school-shutdowns-wealthy-parents-hire-private-educators-2020-5

4. GoNoodle -GoNoodle is a free app and website with games that are designed to keep your child active. The games are based on the topics of movement and mindfulness. There are classes on interesting topics such as dancing and yoga. GoNoodle is a great way to introduce your children into important healthy habits and could inspire your child’s interest in a topic different from traditional school subjects. 5. Apps and Games-There are a ton of free apps and games available for kids to play on a phone or tablet. -Best Overall:Khan Academy Kids (Description above) -Best for Reading: Starfall Learn to Read, Storyline-Starfall is a free educational app for kids Pre-K through 3rd grade with multiple subjects. The Starfall Learn to Read app is particularly good as it has fun interactive games and videos that focus on certain phonics. -Storyline is a site where famous people read children’s favorite stories. Some celebrities featured on the site are Betty White and Chris Pine. It has a ton of videos where children can follow the words along with some colorful animations. -Best for Science: Tappity -Tappity is for kids K-5 and covers a wide range of science topics with fun interactive games, videos, experiments, and stories. It has been known to keep kids engaged as the app is very hands-on. It recently unlocked over 30 free lessons because of COVID-19. It’s only available on iOS and has paid options to upgrade. If you don’t use iOS, check out PBS Play and Learn Science or Chromville Science that uses augmented reality. -Best for Math: Prodigy -Prodigy has curriculum aligned math fantasy games for grades 1-8. The games arefun as students “battle” against in-game characters and level up. The app is able tofocus on a student’s trouble spots and provides progress reports for parents/teachers. A free version is available on Android and iOS, but one can upgrade to a paid premium version. -Best for History: BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week -Best for kids aged 5-9, BrainPop Jr. has a lot of interactive videos on multiple topics. This app is the best for history because it has gentle and humorous characters that could make history more exciting for your child. It’s only availableon iOS and also includes paid subscription options. If you don’t use iOS, check out Khan Academy for Kids or History of Everything. -Most Exciting App To Watch Out For: Learny (Coming Soon!) -Learny incentivizes kids to practice math by letting them earn “Learny Bucks” that can be redeemed for their favorite toys and games. I’m sure kids will definitely enjoy doing math if it means they can earn a Nintendo Switch or their favorite Barbie Doll. This app could be a game-changer by aligning parents’ and kids’ motivations for learning together. The app also allows parents to curate the prizes available and track their kids’ progress. -Check it out at https://www.learny.co/ for a chance to get free early access! Conclusion:Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to drain your energy either. Listed above are some of the best available online resources that parents can use to make their lives a little easier. There are also many other free resources online that parents can use to make their children excited to learn. If you’re interested in the topic of homeschooling and more free resources check out the sources below. Do you have any special tips on homeschooling your children? Do you think the resources above will work for your children? Sources: https://www.thoughtco.com/free-homeschool-resources-4151635https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-school-shutdowns-wealthy-parents-hire-private-educators-2020-5

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