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Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

eLearning

The next big killer application for the Internet is going to be education. Education over the Internet is going to be so big it is going to make email usage look like a rounding error. ~ John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems

I have spent quite a bit of time on the internet since taking up home education & thought I’d share some of the great resources I have found here:

  • ABCY A FREE educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn. All computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modelled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
  • Fun Brain FREE Games, Books and Comics for Reading, Math and Language Arts. Grades K-8’
  • Fun School Fun and Educational Games for Elementary kids
  • I Know That We have been using this for years. My oldest son learned his multiplication facts from playing the math drill games. It used to be completely free, now they have a subscription without ads and some extras. I like that it is broken down by subject and by grade level so you can find specific sections to practice on.Grades K-6

Bible

English

Reading

  • Starfall is a favourite for reading practice!

Writing

  • Spelling City We love Spelling City! I love how you can take your children's spelling and vocabulary words and make lists online. They can then play learning activities and games with their words. You can print out FREE worksheets as well. Spelling City goes all the way through Highschool.

Maths

Science

  • Audobon Kids Lots of activities, information and games on birds, the outdoors, and nature study.
  • National Geographic Kids Animals, different countries, articles, videos and games
  • Science News for Kids Lots of interesting and fun Science news articles for kids
  • Science Sparks Lots of Science Experiments with step by step photos, instructions and science articles.

Astronomy

  • NASA Kids Educational Games about Outer Space!

Social Studies

  • I Civics Lots of games and teacher lesson plans regarding the US Government. What a great addition to a government study!
  • Kids.gov for Kids Lots of different topics to choose from with games, and videos broken down by subject. Grades K-5
  • Kids.gov for Teens A safe place to learn and play online. Lots of educational topics to choose from. Grades 6-8

History

  • Have Fun With History Online activities, videos and games for American History.
  • History Channel History Games, Quizzes, Puzzles and More!
  • Liberty Kids Liberty Kids was a great, educational history cartoon that used to air on PBS. The characters take place during the Boston Tea Party, and the Revolutionary Time Period. This is a fun website with games and lots of mini reporter videos showing what life was like in the 1700's.
  • US Mint Kids Learn about the history of the U.S. Mint, about money and the history of coins.

Geography

  • Seterra FREE Geography Map Quiz Game, can download or play online

Information Technology (IT)

Programming

Touch Typing

  • Dance Mat Typing FREE Online Typing Program and Games
  • Typing Club - Learn Touch Typing - FREE! I checked this out. It is really cool and not cheesy at all!

Music

  • Classics for Kids Learn about the great composers! Lots of information, pintables, games and pieces of music to hear online.

Life Skills

eBooks

Learning Games

  • Fisher Price has some fun, educational online games
  • PBSKids lots of learning games to go with your kid's favourite shows. Some shows are not allowed in our home, so I always tell mine what they can and can not play.
  • Discovery Kids Lots of games, quizzes and articles
  • Smithsonian Education Lots of games, activities and information on Art, History, Culture, Science and More! There is even a site for educators!

Also visit Blue Maron Education for a list of over 40 Sites for online learning that are FREE for: Preschool & Early Learning, Christian Learning Websites, & Young Adult Learning Websites.

Online Schools

IEB

  • Hatfield Online Christian School strives to provide three distinctive features which enable discipleship to thrive; Christian Educators, Christian Curriculum and Christian Environment.
  • LoginEducation offer an accredited, integrated online and pc based home schooling curriculum for grades 0 – 6, plus other extra curricular courses to help ensure your child is equipped for today’s globalized marketplace! Grades 9 -12 are coming in 2012!! It is a private school curriculum that uses a blend of South African and international based content to deliver a well rounded, comprehensive and world class standard. It adequately caters for children across the spectrum, from slow learners that need extra support to more intelligent students that are above average. In all instances, you, the parent will be able to match what it delivers with what your child needs, resulting in a perfect fit and optimal learning experience.

SAT

  • Alpha Omega Academy At Alpha Omega Academy, learning happens wherever your student is, whether across the room, across the country, or around the world. AOA is an accredited online academy for grades K-12, with thousands of students enrolled worldwide.

  • Laurel Springs School is a K-12 online private school that honours the talents, learning styles and interests of all our students. With more than 20 years of experience, we have the expertise to ensure your child receives an excellent private school education. Our students are fully supported by qualified, caring teachers and staff, and are connected to a global community of learners. Laurel Springs is a private school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • The Keystone School is an online high school and middle schoolthat serves a wide range of students who need flexibility. Whether your student is homeschooled, pursuing a career in sports or entertainment, traveling the world, or simply wants to take courses on his or her own schedule, Keystone is a great option. We offer over 120 teacher-supported online high school and middle school courses. Students can enroll any time of the year either full-time to earn an accredited online high school diploma or part-time to supplement a traditional school or homeschool curriculum.

  • K12 deliver individualized learning for each and every student.

Higher Education

Advantages of Earning a Degree Online

In today's world, students come from all walks of life and not everyone is able to attend traditional campus institutions. There can be many benefits to distance learning:

✔ Flexibility of scheduling
✔ Convenience of saving time and money by telecommuting
✔ Ability to supplement or level-up professional qualifications

Online colleges often allow students to structure their own routines, forming their own habits and workflow. This kind of flexibility allows a student to work at his or her own pace.

  • Online Degrees As individuals look to keep pace with the developing job market, more and more are turning to distance learning as an alternative to traditional classroom instruction.
  • RDI, the distance learning specialists partner with several UK universities to provide a wide portfolio of degrees, masters and MBA programmes, delivered worldwide.
  • The Lankon Group’s Dynamic E-Learning solutions are innovative and highly interactive, offering over 300 programmes in IT and business skills.
  • University of Liverpool The University of Liverpool is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation. Its pioneering reputation attracts students, experts and partners from around the world. Through its research, teaching and collaborations the university seeks to be life changing and world shaping. The University is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities and in the top 1.5% of universities worldwide.

I will be adding to this list from time to time, so be sure to come back & check for updates regularly.