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5 of the best educational apps and websites to support homeschooling

With many schools currently closed and millions of children are now at home during the coronavirus pandemic, teachers are providing guidance to enable pupils to continue their learning, but there is also a vast amount of resource available online to support homeschooling for your kids.

With activities, video tutorials, interactive quizzes and games, there’s plenty available for every age range on every educational topic imaginable. Best of all, many are free to access and are being updated on a daily basis during the lockdown periods being implemented around the world.  Here are 5 of the best we’ve found.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize offers learning and revision tools for children and young people of all ages and by individual key stages.

During the coronavirus outbreak, this huge resource will be updated on a daily basis to enable parents and school children to access regularly refreshed content.

The BBC also provides a revision app for 14 to 16-year-olds which is available for download on mobile phones and tablets operating on iOS and android for those wishing to refresh their knowledge with exams being cancelled this year.

National Literacy Trust

To help with reading, writing and language, the National Literacy Trust have launched Family Zone which is a free online portal with resources, audiobooks, reading challenges and competitions.

The website is split into age groups with tools for 0 to 4s, 5 to 8s and 9 to 12s. The National Literacy Trust is a national charity working with schools and families to improve literacy skills.

Ted-Ed

Ted-Ed has been offering free online teaching resources since 2006 and have announced they will be posting video lessons on a daily basis during the current global situation.

The site has a huge array of fascinating subjects to support children and young people studying a wide range of subjects. With over 3,000 videos, Ted-Ed is also available as an app for mobile phones as well as on Smart TVs and Smart Speakers.

Busuu

To keep up language skills, Busuu has been developed by linguists and offers free online lessons in English, Spanish and Chinese with the site advertising they will soon offer more languages during the coronavirus crisis.

Lessons are streamed on YouTube with a daily timetable outlining what will be on offer. This free resource is also available as an app for iOS and Android phones.

Sir Linkalot

Sir Linkalot is an award-winning app to help Key Stage 2 students with their spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

Offering animation and quizzes, access to the SirLinkalot app is free for 12 weeks from March 20th during the school shut down and is available in Android and Apple app stores.

Home schooling is new to most of us, children and parents alike. It’s easy to feel a little out of your depth, especially when your stuck-at-home-scholar gets stuck and frustrated. Check out tips such as these hints from the BBC and if you’re stumped a good old-fashioned Google search will help you refresh your own knowledge on a subject.

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