Homeschooling is like the stairs at Hogwarts…
It likes to change. I don’t know about you other homeschooling hippie moms, but when I set out to homeschool my offspring, I had clear intentions of what I would teach, what we would do, and how my children would act.
It didn’t exactly turn out that way, because we found unschooling.
If you remember, when I pulled my kids from public school, we dove straight into unschooling for our first year. It was the best year of our lives and a great, relaxing transition from the rigidity of the classroom. As we explored our surroundings and developed a love of learning, I found my children looking for more structure.
Cyber School Homeschooling
What I love about using resources online is that there are some amazing (and most of the time free) websites for your kids to do some real learning. Plus it helps them become tech savvy and develop the ability to self-teach.
There are definitely a lot more resources that could be added to this list, but for now I’ll just share the sites & resources we use the most for our cyber school. As I discover more sites, I’ll be sure to add to this list!
MATH CYBER SCHOOL
Khan Academy FREE
I can’t say enough good things about Khan Academy. My husband and I have researched many different math curricula, and they’re all boring to us. Some attempt to be really visual and interactive, with a lot of blocks and different visual tools. But in the end, it’s still you and them each day, hacking through math worksheets.
Khan has the BEST interactive website for learning math. It’s also very user friendly. It will test the child with mastery tests and adjust depending on your child’s strengths/weaknesses. It teaches one skill at a time and gives points for doing each skill. Within each skill is a video that explains how to do it, and hints if they can’t figure it out. To pass the level, they must get 5 questions right without hints to move on. The best part is that they are basically teaching themselves math. Our kids jump on each day, do a mastery test, then do a few skills. They do it about 30 min each day on their own.
Khan Academy also has other subjects and we just let our kids play around with them if they want – my daughter LOVES the computer programming section; it’s totally made for kids.
FREE Interactive Math Games
ENGLISH CYBER SCHOOL
FREE Story Starters
This is a fun site for kids to start a story and get excited about creative writing. Super easy and fun!
FREE Writing Games
This site has some great writing games and challenges!
Typing Instructor for Kids ($14.95)
We love this program. My nine year old types well after doing this only once! My son’s another story, but he kept looking at his fingers so we need to make him do it again and watch him closer.
FREE Typing Racing Games
My son is obsessed with this site. He loves to race his car and try to type faster to be able to ‘purchase’ a nicer race car. Great idea and also if you have two computers your kids can race with each other.
FREE Spelling Games
This site lets you do choose their pre-made lists or create your own. Your kids can do the test from the site itself!
HISTORY CYBER SCHOOL
Minecraft Homeschool ($15.95 per 6 week session)
Dude. if your kid loves Minecraft — look out! Minecraft Homeschool is set up to teach history through pre-built Minecraft worlds. Each week, your child watches an assigned video about whatever history era the class is, then they answer a quiz. The quiz gets them money to spend in <inecraft, and they also are assigned builds and challenges related to that era. They have a younger class and older one. Your child has to have a Minecraft.net login and account to participate.
SCIENCE CYBER SCHOOL
Magic School Bus Science Kits ($13.00 on Amazon)
On Amazon, these are about $13 on average. We purchase one a month. My kids LOVE it and I love it because it has all the ingredients for some stellar science projects. It also comes with a little teaching pamphlet so you can read exactly why things are happening in the experiments. It’s SUPER fun and easy to use. We don’t do any other science than this because my kids are already interested in non-fiction animal/science books. They hoard them from the library.
GEOGRAPHY CYBER SCHOOL
FREE Geography Songs
One thing that has really helped my kids retain what they are learning is to learn through song. We’re currently working on the United States and my kids are great at retaining the information!
Fifty Nifty States Song
States in Alphabetical Order Song
State Capitals Song
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to dedicate your studies to an expensive curricula. There are LOADS of resources out there so take advantage of them and make learning fun!
- The Lunar Explorer – Do your kids like minecraft? Then they’ll love this kid’s adventures!
- PBS Parents – a fun resource for craft ideas and more!
- Full Time Kid – a young girl shares educational tricks and fun crafts
- Smarter Every Day – Fun science videos
Which online resources do you use for your cyber school homeschooling?