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Best Online Education Sites for Kids

The internet is packed with awesome online education sites and resources and over the years we’ve tried many. Some are free, some paid, some we buy for a month, some we subscribe to for years. Below we share our favourites for any age group, from stand-alone websites to the full online school my kids now attend.

In a world with so many kids off school because of quarantine and school closures, it’s time for we homeschoolers, world schoolers, and unschoolers to share what we know and what we’ve been using for years. Welcome to our world!

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Best Online Education Sites For Kids

These are the online education sites, games, apps and resources we are happy to recommend. Are they the best? I don’t know. But they’ve been great for our kids at some point in their education through Kindergarden, Junior ( elementary) middle school and high school. We mention free and paid resources here.

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As I said above, my kids now attend an online school. Lockdown forced us to quit homeschooling. A few face-to-face classes with different humans was a welcome break in the monotony. We mention a few such online schools in our post on how homeschoolers can sit exams.

 

Reading Eggs

Reading eggs helps your child learn to read and for older kids, it improves their reading. My kids used this, sometimes just for fun, up to about 8 years old. Visit Reading Eggs here.

 

Khan Academy

The beauty of Khan Academy is that it’s free. It’s a vast resource covering many subjects from complete beginner to university level. You don’t have to sign up, but you can create an account which will track your progress and offer incentives.

There are complete courses in the form of videos and written information. I find it very adult. The people presenting the videos talk fast and in a very adult way. I’ve actually completed the art history course on here myself, just for fun.

Khan certainly starts at a basic level for all subjects so it does cover what the kids would be doing in school, but I don’t think it’s the best or easiest thing for younger kids to use.

My kids have used this for maths and you can’ indeed, complete full years of the curriculum this way. We completed a full year of maths in just weeks using Khan at one point.

We find Khan academy a useful online learning aid for just looking things up and checking how they are done. Find Khan Academy Here. Khan Academy is a non profit established to provide a world class education to everybody, for free. This tool will help you or your kids study for the fun of it or to prep for SATs, GCSEs, A Levels etc.

 

Khan Academy Kids

This is an exciting development! My kids didn’t use this because it wasn’t around yet, but it’s there on YouTube for you to use. It’s for ages 5 to 8 find it here.

 

John Green Crash Course World History

John Greene is a joy to watch and he really brings history to life. He presents bite sized chunks of history in short videos. They are suitable for kids and my kids have always loved them, but there can be some adult themes.

You can start at the beginning of history and work straight through to modern times or simply search for the topics or eras you’re looking for.

an example of a John Greene History video is above, click play to see what I mean. These have been super useful and entertaining as we’ve worldschooled history. When the kids were younger we found Horrible Histories TV shows and audio books great fun too.

John Green now covers a plethora of other subjects on his CrashCourse YouTube channel here. It is, of course, free.

 

Hank Green Crash Course Biology

These are fantastic too! These Biology videos are hosted by John Green’s brother, Hank. This is suitable for older kids, college students ( nursing maybe?) and university. There is a science series for younger kids below.

 

Crash Course Kids

Yes, those wonderful people at Crash Course also have a complete series of free videos for kids. Suitable for most school aged kids, high school, middle school, junior school.

Study.com

We’ve just discovered this one and we love it! You do have to pay for this, we’ve signed up for a month while we complete some GCSE science. I find it incredibly useful because it buys me time and keeps my son engaged in his learning. If he gets stuck on a topic he can search Study.com for a short, simple lesson which will quickly explain it for him. It’s much quicker and easier to use this than to trawl YouTube for explanatory videos. Also we learn more this way than by just Googling for correct answers.

This one is highly recommended by us. As you can see from the video above, there is an insane amount of content at all levels. The video above is just from the highschool section. I believe these courses also earn high school credits but I’m not very familiar with the US system. Find it here.

StudyLadder

This is one we used for years. It was fun enough to keep the kids interested and it came in versions for Australia, the UK and US where accents, idioms and spelling varied. Again, this is quite ” school at home” and structured but you can do as much or as little as you like. You will need to sign up.

This school type structure makes a parent’s job easier, in all honesty. If you’re new to homeschooling, Studyladder gives you an instant, easy platform and way to homeschool as a complete novice, from day 1.

Study Ladder includes games, videos and printable work sheets for your kids from age 4 to 12. It is mapped to your curriculum. The video above will give you an introduction for parents.

IXL Maths and English

IXL maths is a conventional online learning tool that provides a structured learning program for any age of school child. We used this up to about 8 years old at home but it does work for kids From Year 1 to Year 13. Take a look at their website here. You will need to sign up. This one is more ” school at home”.

Brain Pop

I love Brain Pop. It’s loads of fun and my kids would sit and watch videos for hours giving me some much needed free time! You have to pay for this one. You can get a free trial of just a few videos and I suspect you will be hooked. If you visit their site, here, you should be able to watch the free video of the day.

Topics we enjoyed on Brain Pop included biology, zoology, chemistry, history, it covers so much and is super child-friendly.

YouTube

You can find just about anything on YouTube. From learning about permaculture to how to make money blogging, to basic maths, it’s on YouTube, just search. We always watch Chemistry experiments on YouTube or look at microscope images where we don’t have that equipment at home. I mention several YouTube channels that are great online learning tools above, but here is a list again.

  • John Green Crash Course
  • Crash Course Kids
  • Khan Academy
  • ASAP Science
  • National Geographic
  • The History Channel
  • Ted Ed
  • VSauce
  • Deadly 60
  • SciShow
  • Epipheo
  • Dirt Girl
  • Nat Geo Kids
  • Brain Scoop
  • The Science Mom ( I like this lady, she’s like me!)

I’m working on a full list of educational YouTube channels, with links, that will be out in the next day or two. Watch your mailbox!

Open University

There are a lot of free Open Learn courses on Open University and my kids have completed several from the age of about 12. They particularly enjoyed the zoology series based around David Attenborough’s ” Life of…” books and films. If you’re willing to pay for formal qualifications, you can do that too. You can even study for a degree or vocational qualifications via the Open University. See the list of free online course at the link above.

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The best Educational Websites F

We hope you found our list of free and paid online learning programs, videos and resources useful. These are how our kids got their schooling in the early days, alongside homeschool workbooks, reading, text books, movies covering curriculum topics, TV documentaries and revision aids. Their biggest teacher was, of course, the world and what was around them. Natural curiosity took care of the rest. They are older teens now and it all worked out just fine. We have loads of other content on our website relating to homeschooling, unschooling or worldschooling. You can see our ultimate worldschooling guide and curriculum here. Otherwise, check out the related posts below or head here to look at homeschool workbooks. Workbooks are cheap, easy and can be fun if you make them such. With all of this learning available for free, tell me, why do we need schools at all? Our full post on how to homeschool as travellers, is here.

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Susan

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Alyson, I do appreciate the time you took to present this post. Thank you! With looming closures in the US, I'm thinking that perhaps this could be a trial period for the home/road schooling my family and I have as a goal. Hope you and yours stay well, mentally and physically. Best, Susan

Alyson for World Travel Family

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Thank you Susan and best of luck.

Alisa

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise Alyson! This is so appreciated! Sending lots of warm love to you and your family.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Thank you Alisa. And to you, stay safe.

Audrianna Gurr

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Thanks Alyson, We were traveling in 17-18 and connected online with you, at some of the places nearly at the same time but, just missed catching you. Anyway, now we’re back home in Oregon and truly at home with shut schools, and all public gatherings banned for the next several weeks. These sites will really help. I passed them on to our amazing Montessori guides as well. Thanks for putting them together and hope you feel better soon! Warmly , Audrianna

Alyson for World Travel Family

Sunday 15th of March 2020

What a shame! Ride it out guys. This too shall pass. And thanks.

Bev Williams

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Thank you for sharing Alyson, this will keep my daughter busy for hours! I’ve always wondered about whether I could take the plunge and do something else while homeschooling (hopefully world schooling too) but have never been brave enough. Maybe this is the chance in a weird way.

I’m sharing on social media too!

Take care, Bev

Alyson for World Travel Family

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Thanks Bev. Best of luck.

Ineka

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Awesome list of resources! Looking forward to checking them out. Thanks for posting Alyson :) Much love from the US!

Alyson for World Travel Family

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Thank you Ineka. I'm having a tough time lately, nice comments appreciated xx

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