Free Homeschool Help for Parents
Free homeschool help for parents is a list specifically aimed at helping parents who suddenly find themselves home educating their children during the Corona Virus outbreak.
During this time children have been ordered home from school and many parents are frightened at the prospect of what they need to do next.
Not part of the plan!
Home schooling may never have been part of the grand plan! I have, therefore put together this list of homeschool help for parents which will hopefully give you some guidance and sanity during this time.
If nothing else, these resources will give you ideas and the motivation to give it a try!
Who knows, you may enjoy home education so much, you join the club!! I will update this list regularly in order to include new and recent posts and websites around the globe.
There is no right or wrong way of home educating your children. As a home school parent who has home educated two children full time for the past 5 years, I can confess that sometimes it was a disaster.
But on the whole, my kids have done exceptionally well despite not always following a daily schedule.
My daughter finished her IGCSE exams when she was 14, and is currently in year 3 of Open University, studying from home.
My son is currently 14 years old and is into computers and was due to write his first IGCSE exam this year (now cancelled) in which he is achieving between 90 – 100% for his mock exams!
I say to you. Don’t pressurise yourself or your children when it comes to home education. Yes, they may need a routine.
Don’t worry if you can’t nail the curriculum and study techniques they are used to at school. Home schooling is very different to mainstream school. Embrace it!
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Not so Formulaic – 100 YouTube Channels for curious, creative, gifted kids
As parents, we all complain about the use of screen time but we have to admit its value as a teaching tool. Now yes, there are millions of channels and a large number of them aren’t worth the data they expend.
Not so Formulaic has scoured Youtube to find suitable homeschool videos for inquisitive kids which you can use to keep your little ones busy.
Blessed Beyond a Doubt – a List of FREE homeschool curriculum (includes all subjects)
Most of these resources utilize free e-books or library books. Hopefully you can find something that works for your new homeschool family.
You might utilize a few subjects from each of the free homeschool resources, or decide to go full force and use the curriculum in its entirety. The choice is yours. That’s the beauty of home schooling.
This is a great fun site that has lots of ideas for parents for those dreaded rainy days! And boy is it raining right now! Keep them indoors while self isolating or socially apart when outdoors by trying the activities listed by Sloely.
By Freedom Homeschooling – Free Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips allow children to visit places around the world without ever leaving their homes. Perfect for us all during our self isolation!
Through virtual field trips, they can visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets. This allows children to experience places they wouldn’t get to see otherwise.
Virtual field trips are also great for when you can’t get out due to illness or can’t afford to travel. Here are several free resources your family can use to take virtual field trips.
By Ergo Journal – Tips all about homeschooling your children
Textbooks and mainstream school are not the only way to learn. Your child should read all sorts of things, from comic books to the newspaper.
Give pre-schoolers individual attention. Designate an area stocked with toys and crafts for them to spend time playing. Encourage the more advanced kids to work with the younger ones.
This makes them all learn quicker, and gives confidence to the older child.
Think outside the box for home schooling
You can save money by making some supplies yourself. Flash cards are nothing more than laminated paper! Brainstorm ideas with your children if you need help with finding supplies and resources.
Many parents around the world have suddenly been forced into homeschooling. If this applies to you, learning all you can about home education is crucial.
By Money Saving Mom – Free homeschool curriculum and resources – huge list of 24 freebies
If you’re a new home schooler, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list.
By Homeschool Hideout – 150+ educational YouTube channels
YouTube has revolutionized the way kids learn, interact and spend hours upon hours of their time each week. These days, there isn’t much you can’t find on YouTube.
My son loves YouTube and used it to teach himself higher maths IGCSE and was getting between 90-99% for his mock exams in prep for the exam season in May/June, which has now been cancelled! (He’s not a happy boy right now as he wanted to write his exams!!)
Instead of looking at technology in a negative way, the hours spent watching videos can be exceptionally positive too. The Homeschool Hideout has put together some educational YouTube channels that your kids will enjoy!
By Simply be Wild and Free – 5 Ways to prep your homeschool year successfully
So you have to home school. Are you getting ready to plan and prep the next few months in your homeschool year, but not sure where to start?
It can be overwhelming to think about all the little things that need to get done before day 1 quickly approaches.
Homeschool veterans and newbies alike all struggle with the realization that with a new year also comes new subjects, plans, schedules, routines, and experiences. However, with a little trial and error we can eventually find that new normal.
If figuring out a new yearly plan is completely overwhelming to you, following these 5 simple steps can certainly help get you on the right track! So take a moment, breathe deep, and relax! You’ve got this! Now, let’s get started.
By The Home Scholar – A parent’s primer for teaching high school English
Homeschool parents may need some guidance on on teaching high school English.
When you are home schooling high school, you want to ensure your child is competent in the core English skills. This post may not be completely applicable to all parent or to the current climate right now, but it may have some key tips on how to tackle helping your older kids learn English at home.
By Castle View Academy – Free Home Education Resources in the UK
Castle View Academy is sharing their list of resources from the UK and most of them are free!
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It is what it says on the tin. This site has endless free home school resources so its worth checking out.
Homeschooling for free is often just a case of using a lot of perseverance and imagination! There are a lot of opportunities to do things for free – you just need to know where to look.
Hundreds of free downloadables to use with your kids at home.
There are plenty of free homeschooling resources out there so teaching your child at home doesn’t have to cost much – and is also far more effective and successful.
This infographic features the best free educational websites so you can see for yourself!
This mother has collated a library of resources which you will definitely find useful!!!!
Homeschoolers today have a great advantage over the homeschooling pioneers of the early 1980’s. We have the internet! It is truly amazing how many FREE resources are available for homeschoolers. While I can’t possibly list all the free resources available to homeschoolers, I’ll list some of my favorites. If you have a free homeschool resource please share it in the comments and I’ll add it to this post.
The site links listed may prove useful, many are from recommendations from other home educators and many are free.
A UK based family home schooling using a mix of English and American resources.
From free lessons to educational videos, experiments, games, and activities, these 20 sites provide some amazing resources for any family interested in teaching kids at home. Whether you’re a full-time homeschooling family, or you just want to supplement your child’s education, there’s something on this list for everyone.
All subjects for free!
Lists of free curriculum and resources.
Free worksheets and printables for kids.
1 million free worksheets and printables for kids!
More free worksheets, all subjects for kids.
Maths and English practice.
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