Forest Schools

Forest School Association: http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/ Forest Schools are great, but you may sometimes struggle to find one locally. If you get a chance, I’d really recommend going along. It gives kids a chance to play outdoors in a mostly unstructured way, but also to try things that might be seen as ‘risky’, with oversight from a qualified…

LingLing Learn Spanish (Android app)

LingLing Learn Spanish: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hepilabs.lingling.spanish Good for: fun word-learning app for primary age children. We’ve tried several apps for learning Spanish, as well as one website. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, but this one ended up as our favourite. (Well, my son’s favourite. I didn’t really get a say). The characters are fun, and you…

Code Kingdoms

Code Kingdoms deliver courses where your child can write Minecraft mods. They’ll be learning to code, but then they get to actually play the mods. It’s a great idea. You pay a monthly subscription, and you get access to all the courses. Depending on how patient your child is, and how much programming they already…

Field Studies Council (UK)

I came across the Field Studies Council when I was doing an Open University course, and they organised the residential and day field studies trips. When I visited their website, I found out that they do trips for kids and families as well. There are various types: holiday camps where you leave your child for…

DragonBox – Algebra and Elements

DragonBox make a number of maths apps. My son was too old for DragonBox Numbers, which is aimed at younger ones starting to learn about numbers, so we haven’t tried that one. So I’ll talk about DragonBox Algebra and DragonBox Elements, which we’ve tried. Both apps are very much game-based. Your child will hardly realise…

Crash Course World History – curriculum

Crash Course make great videos. World History was one of their earlier courses, and my son has watched it all the way through. Some of it shot over his head, some he really got, all of it he enjoyed. Now Crash Course have branched out a little and created a curriculum to go with the…

Whizz Pop Bang – magazine (paper)

Whizz Pop Bang is a paper magazine (yeah, I know – old school, right? 🙂 ). It’s great for younger kids, probably 7-11 age range (but that will depend on your child). It has different themes each issue, and includes suggestions for experiments and things to do. My son, who really isn’t keen on reading…

IXL Maths

IXL Maths is a subscription (paid) maths site that has some structure, but also a lot of flexibility. I have been using the UK version, so the description below reflects that, but it also has editions for the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The site is update to…

Crash Course (General)

Crash Course is a YouTube channel which creates video courses covering a wide range of topics – World History, US Government, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Literature, Philosophy and more. The courses are being actively developed, so the range is expanding all the time. There are more detailed notes of specific courses elsewhere on this site. For…

Big History Project

The Big History Project is at https://school.bighistoryproject.com/. The project covers history from the Big Bang to the present day. There are different sample curricula provided, depending on whether you want to focus on human history, cover the full timespan equally, and so forth. There is a shorter, six-hour version for the just-interested, or a full programme…