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I discovered very early on in my homeschooling that all three of my children learn well using visual media, including, videos, computer software, i-touch apps. and websites.
Today I will focus on websites. Currently we have 3 free websites that we have integrated into our school day.
Please note that most of these websites also have a paid portion in addition to their free sections, which include more great content, however our family has opted to use just the free areas of these sites.
1. Brain Pop: Brain pop is a website that runs short animation movies about various topics, including Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering and Tech., Health, and Arts and Music. Each day they have a free feature movie clip picked from one of these categories, at the end of the clip kids can take a short quiz to see what they remember.
The site is intended for children grades 3 and up. They also have a website called Brain Pop Jr. for grades K-3. However the junior site just has a free movie of the week feature, instead of the daily free clip shown on Brain Pop.
If you are to search by category you will find a handful of free video clips available in each section, or like our family you can just enjoy the daily free featured clip.
Brain Pop is also available as a free app. through i-tunes.
My kids love Brain Pop so much that when they saw it didn’t make our half day summer school schedule they asked me to add it to their day, without taking anything else off.
2. Spelling City: I love this site! It has been a time saver for me. I use to give each of the kids a daily oral spelling test, and then a weekly written test. I have three children so this took me 30 to 45 minutes each day.
It has also been a boredom saver for the children, who much prefer, doing the games on spelling city to doing workbooks.
Once a week I sit down and type each of my 3 children’s weekly spelling list into Spelling City. It then allows me to assign a sentence to go with each spelling word, that will be used in their daily testing. It also saves the words you entered and plugs them into their game section.
My kids play the spelling games daily as well as take a daily test. There are a lot more free options I could integrate into their spelling section of the day, such as printing out writing sheets or worksheets, but for now just doing the games and the test works well for us.
3. Arcademics: I just recently found this website, thanks to Freely Educate, who posted it on their Facebook page. I was looking for a site that would help my middle son memorize a few basic spelling rules. This site had the perfect game.
If you have a video game loving child, they are going to love learning with Arcademics.
The site covers a wide range of topics for grades one through six, including,addition,subtraction,multiplication, division,algebra,decimals, fractions,integers,money,time,geography,language arts,and typing.
As I stated above we just found this site very recently (4 days ago) but I am already seeing it really being useful in helping my children memorize basic skills in many subject areas.
One last free site that I believe needs mentioning, even though our family doesn’t not currently use it, is Starfall. My family used this site in our early years of homeschooling to help get our children reading.
How about you? Does your family use any great free educational sites in your homeschooling day, or to aid with homework?
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