Who would have thought that much of the world would be thrust into homeschooling so quickly? I’ve seen so many hilarious memes out there, but I have to say, this one is my favorite!
Source: Unknown- please let me know if you know the awesome creator of this one!
I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, so we’ve modified our homeschool studies and my kids have been enjoying some amazing online programs! In the past, I’ve shared my reservations about online programs for kids. To sum them up, while a program may be “complete and comprehensive,” that doesn’t mean that your child’s understanding of the material will be and it’s often difficult to isolate areas where they need additional practice. With that being said, we use a variety online programs for fun learning times and stick to books work for daily studies.
The first program my almost 4 year old has been LOVING is ABC Mouse. They offer programs for pre-k through 2nd grade. Parents can adjust the learning levels as needed, so I set my children up on the 2nd half of their school year and found that they all have had a lot of fun! We keep running into technical issues with the 2nd grade program, which might be due to heavy system usage, or our out-of-date laptop!
ABC Mouse is offering free service for children who are currently out of school, the code we received was SCHOOL7771
My eight-year-old was enjoying Adventure Academy pre-pandemic mania, and we're enjoying free access now! Adventure Academy is a downloadable program which invites kids into a world of age appropriate learning where they earn rewards and points through completing quests. There is also a social aspect to this program where kids can interact with other kids in the game, but that feature can be turned off depending on personal preferences.
The code for free access is the same as ABC Mouse:
Generation Genius is video science program that offers amazing videos, accompanying worksheets and quizzes for students K-5th grade. All of my kids enjoy watching the videos, and I love the amount of material they cover!
To help families during our current times, they are offering a free month of service, even if you have subscribed for a free month before! I highly recommend incorporating their material into your schooling for a big dose of science and fun!
To access a free account, educators can go to:
Reading Eggs and Mathseeds
Reading Eggs and Mathseeds have been a staple in our house over the last few years. It differs from ABC Mouse because the programs are focused on one topic: reading or math, where ABC Mouse combines different areas of studies into one learning area. Both offer maps, which allow kids to see their progress as they finish their lessons, and kids can earn fun reward points!
Due to Covid-19, they are offering a free 30 day trial to keep kids busy!
Learn more about their trial here-
They also offer accompanying workbooks, which we've reviewed here!
Kanopy and Mango Languages are amazing programs that we receive free access to through our local library. They're great learning resources for older kids, and adults! I've been enjoying watching The Great Courses via Kanopy and my son has been working on his French with Mango! Check with your local library to see if you can gain access to these programs!
What have your kids been up to these last few days? Any free resources I should add to the list?
Stay healthy, friends!
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.