Ok, so right about now we are all collectively freaking out, right? Most of us are now home schooling for the foreseeable future, and we aren't teachers, for a reason! Most of us will be receiving some work from school, to keep the kids on track, but we are going to have a lot of time to fill. Add on top of that, juggling working from home and multiple kids, and we are going to need some structure!
So here I want to give you some really useful education apps and resources that you can use for the kids to be self guided. You'll probably have to assist them with a fair amount of school work so the idea of these resources is that they can do them independently. We will nail home schooling!
As well as these resources I've put together a timetable for you if you want to run a tight ship. If you're more of loose ship type of person (100% me) then I've put together an activity list with points next to them. Tell the kids to choose different activities to add up to 100. Some can be activities they can do on their own, to give you a break.
Home Schooling Timetable
Home Schooling Activity Points Chart
Home Schooling Online Resources
1 PE with Joe - 9am Weekday mornings
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved. It's the perfect start to your home schooling day. Watch Here
2 ABC Reading Eggs
ABC Reading Eggs is an award-winning online program that makes learning to read easy and fun for kids aged 2–13. A phonics and literacy program, it includes hundreds of one-on-one reading lessons that teach children essential early literacy skills, including phonics and sight word recognition. These lessons and programs can be used by parents and schools.
Based on scientific research and the most up-to-date learning principles, ABC Reading Eggs is an excellent tool for reluctant readers as it gives children control over their learning pace and they feel a sense of responsibility and autonomy in their learning. It is rewards based and this, plus its immediate results, make it highly motivating. It tests each student frequently so it matches your child’s ability and is never too easy or too hard. You can use it on a computer or an iPad through an app you download and sign up to.
Tully loves it and can do it all on her own, so it's a great activity for when you need to get things done. Read more about Reading Eggs here.
3 Cluey Learning
Cluey Learning combines online tutoring with a personal tutoring service. The student communicates with their tutor via video chat while they complete their work on their shared digital whiteboard. All their tutors are personally matched to the student’s personality and needs. All tutors are highly qualified. They are either teachers, training to be teachers or high ATAR achievers. They all have WWC checks and they combine your state’s curriculum with your child’s needs and their own experience. Read more about Cluey Learning here.
4 Maths Online
MathsOnline is a great place to get some help with maths. The lessons are clearly explained and it’s well paced. Your child can work at their own pace, watch the video as many times as they need to and easily assessing their own progress and knowledge. As a parent, you can easily track their progress as well and see where they might need a bit more help. I think an online maths tutor a great option for parents looking for some maths tutoring to help get their kid up to scratch, or to make sure they don’t fall behind in the first place. Read more about Maths Online here.
Eddie Woo is an absolute delight and he will win over any reluctant maths student. Australia's most popular maths teacher runs his own online tutorials and videos. Eddie is the Head of the Maths Department at Cherrybrook High School and his videos are so much fun. He even got me to understand some maths and that is no easy feat. Check him out at MrWooTube.com
Hopefully these online resources help give you a bit of peace to get some work done! Let me know if you have any other home schooling ideas you want to share.