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Coronavirus and Home Education

Schools are preparing in case they have to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic and parents should be receiving home study packs if this does happen. I am seeing lots of parents worrying about how they will keep their children entertained at home in the event of a lock down, and other parents feeling anxious about children potentially missing out on learning.

Having home educated (or rather, ‘unschooled’) my eldest daughter, I have realised just how many fantastic resources are available online. People approach home education in different ways. Some families prefer structured learning activities and others enable a self-directed approach. You can read more about self-directed learning here.

Either way, it can be useful to have access to educational resources and a list of ideas to fall back on – in case we need them in the coming weeks. We don’t know if the country will be locked down and if it is, how long we may be in isolation for.

So I have dug out and updated my list of home education resources and ideas for fun activities (most of them are free to access!) and am sharing here. I hope you find this list helpful and if you think we should add any more let us know! 

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:

This list grew rather big so I’ve transferred it into a spreadsheet – CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FULL LIST.

PODCASTS FOR CHILDREN:

  • Barefoot Books Podcast
  • Circle Round
  • Peace Out
  • Purple Rocket
  • Sparkle Stories
  • Story Pirates
  • Story Time with Yarn Story Factory
  • Storyformed
  • StoryNory
  • What if World
  • Wow in the world

YOUTUBE CHANNELS:

  • Acapellascience
  • AsapSCIENCE
  • Brains On (Science)
  • Jack Hartman
  • Jeography songs for kids
  • Dadlab
  • Learning station
  • Little Stories for Tiny People
  • Numberock
  • Science With Tom

EDUCATIONAL TV PROGRAMMES:

  • Any David Attenborough
  • Bear Grylls
  • Blackfish
  • Blue World TV
  • Brainchild
  • Chasing Monsters
  • Coast
  • Genius
  • Horrible Histories
  • Life
  • Miniscule
  • Natural World
  • One Strange Rock
  • Orangutan Jungle School
  • Pachamama
  • Planets
  • River Monsters
  • Secrets of the Great British Castles
  • Sharks
  • The who was show
  • The Wild Kratts
  • Time Team
  • You Vs Wild

BOARD GAMES:

  • Any of the Orchard Toys Games
  • Castle Panic
  • Chess
  • Connect 4
  • Dobble
  • Electric keyboard
  • Game of Life
  • Kids cluedo
  • Labyrinth
  • Lego
  • Monopoly
  • Play doh
  • Pop to the Shops
  • Quatro
  • Qwirkle
  • Top Trumps
  • UNO
  • What am I?
  • Who’s who
  • Zeus on the Loose

I also love the ideas in these posts:

Loving Earth Mama: https://www.facebook.com/208544985825038/posts/2973728205973355/?d=n

Silo and Sage: https://www.facebook.com/siloandsage/posts/3576389302434166

Are there any other resources or ideas that you would include in this list?

If you have any questions about home education, feel free to come and join The Mother Side Facebook group where we have lots of home educating parents, as well as parents who currently have children in school – we are all in this together!

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