Share some favorite educational links.....

mom2many

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Most of you know that I am home schooling this year. Because of this I am always looking for fun ways to engage the kids in what they are learning. I figured I would share and if anyone else has anything they could share.

A few free ones..
http://www.starfall.com/
http://www.brainpop.com/ (not everything is free but a huge portion is)
http://www.thekidzpage.com/learninggames/abc123.html
http://www.spellingcity.com/
http://www.khanacademy.org/ (math and it has saved my bum a few times)


Not free, but worth it.
http://www.abcmouse.com/home
http://readingeggs.com/ (free trial period)



Disclaimer...I do not want this to turn into a spam fest, so if I feel it is spammy or otherwise not helpful I will remove it.
 
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Jeremy+3

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I guess mine will vary in how useful they are as clearly the UK curriculum wont be a mirror image of other curriculum's.

This one is good, the KS1 is for younger children of about 4-66 and KS2 is those about 7-11 and above. They are more a revisional tool than a starter tool.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

This one is quite good, it is more to be used as extracurricular activity/complementary learning
http://www.kidsknowit.com/

This is pretty good as well
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/

Also, not traditional but this (and the show) are very good
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

This is the biggest one and the best one where the oldest student 14-16 are concerned, it is a bit pricey though, basically all schools are signed up to it so every child has access.
https://www.samlearning.com/
 

bssage

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M2M Did you have to access a site to find/meet the state criteria for homeschooling??
 

mom2many

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Jeremy, once the kids are in bed I will go sneak a peak at all of your links.


bssage said:
M2M Did you have to access a site to find/meet the state criteria for homeschooling??
I am using the K12 program which means my kids have to take all of the state test's that public school's do. It's basic a public school at home. I know that if I wanted to homeschool on my own I could go online and get a copy of the states requirements and do it that way. Then there are no requirements that the kids would be expected to meet. No test, nothing.

I am not a huge fan of the K12 program, the amount of work is crazy. They over complicated it and I have some issue's with their history program (way to much religion in it for my taste). So I follow the basic idea of what they want the kids to learn and teach it my way. And the math for a 5th grader drives me crazy, it's not the course so much as the test. They have to have an 80% or above in order to have "mastered" it. My problem isn't that although it does work against Cole but do we really need to use massively large number on every test? Isn't better to see if they know how to do it and not "how large of a number can you go?".
 

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kidspage and spelling city were the two I was thinking of. Other than that we just google a lot of stuff.
 

IADad

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there's some learning city thing (sorry forget the exact name) that the school buys a license for and then you have to buy and individual license for each user (for cheap) We didn't buy it last year and we did this year, and haven't used it once. Shame. It might be great.

I really wish our teachers made better use of their web spaces, they really don't.