Due to the Coronavirus there are suddenly a lot more people who are looking for ways to home educate their children during any school closures. Self isolation is going to come as a bit of a shock to most of us. Many people, like myself, will be working from home as well as looking after the kids. It’s going to be quite a balancing act! Home educators of course have been doing this for years, so if you know anyone who does educate their children themselves then it’s definitely worth asking what they use. Most of these home education resources are mainly aimed at pre-school, EYFS and primary school children.
I’ve put together some of the best FREE home education resources I have found. I’ve also put together a separate post full of easy science experiments you can do at home. Getting the kids outdoors is a huge part of their learning, and builds so many skills. If/when you’re allowed out and about then have a look at the reviews on my website as well. There are sections for;
They offer tailored, printable resources for every school stage from EYFS to KS4. Currently they are offering one month FREE premium subscription to help people educate their kids at home during the COV-19 crisis. Just visit this link and use the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. According to their website they may extend this offer if school shut-downs go on for a longer period of time. Irrespective of the current situation they actually offer loads of great, free resources to help with home education and support homework.
Similar to Twinkl, Activity Village offer 35,000 printable resources to subscribers. During the school shutdown they’ve put together downloadable packs of resources including activity packs and colouring packs. Click here for the link.
Teach your monster to read
This amazing phonics game is brilliant and is suitable for kids just learning to read, right up to those able to read short sentences. The website version of their game is always free.
Maths Frame and Spelling Frame
Virtual Museum Tours
There are over 500 virtual tours of museums around the world. Some are more in-depth than others.
Loads of FREE educational games, video clips and resources for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 kids. There are lots of resources for older children at well. They have massively expanded this over the past few weeks and there are now daily shows available on iplayer.
The National Literacy Trust
As well as a beautiful, free e-book called the Book of Hopes, the National Literacy Trust has loads of resources to encourage reading for children ages 0 – 12. It’s broken down into age groups and there are apps, links to videos, activities and more.
The Phoenix Comic
From 10am on Monday 23rd March they’ll be sharing art tutorials, free web comics and downloadable activities on their Facebook page.
The home of Biff, Chip and Kipper (Seriously, who calls their children names like that??!). Anyway, there are lots of FREE online books and audio books to read for a variety of ages. There’s also FREE kid’s activities, printables and colouring in sheets.
Various free literacy ideas for kids.
FREE Science activities and projects for KS1 and KS2
National Geographic Kids
Tons of FREE educational resources to use at home for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. There are printables, games and quizzes.
Topmarks education has got loads of games, activities and FREE educational resources for kids across a variety of subjects.
American website offering FREE English and maths games for appox KS1
Libby the library app
Libby is a FREE library app for anyone who is already a member of any UK library. There are loads of free audio and e-books that you can rent, although there may be a waiting list for some of them.
Chrome Music Lab
Create your own songs, learn about rhythm and see how different noises sound. There are loads of different experiments to try on Chrome Music Lab (just make sure the kids have headphones if you don’t want to listen to their WIP creations!).
Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular websites to learn a new language. For the next three months they’re offering free membership for students. Click here to join.
Outdoors Learning Resources
Tree Tools for Schools by the Woodland Trust. Loads of printables and outdoors activities for KS1 and KS2.
The Muddy Puddle Teacher – currently offering one month’s access to their outdoor education resources for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for FREE due to Coronavirus.
Free kids coding websites
Tinkercad – Allows you to learn about 3D modelling, coding and electronics.
Other printables and activities websites
The Imagination Tree – Lots of crafts and activities for pre-school and EYFS aged children.
TTS Group have put together FREE downloadable resource packs for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
If your school doesn’t subscribe to Education City there are still FREE guides and printables available.
In our house the aim is to continue with as much of a school routine as we can manage. I’m going to be using lots of these FREE home education resources to help me through. If you know of any that I’m missing please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook page
I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch email@example.com or get in touch via Facebook