Things We Love- Supplemental Learning
About: Offers learning resources for all subjects based on real books, not text books! Each program includes consists of 40 – 60 books from a stunning library of award-winning, classic, delightful books that will satisfy your soul and leave your children begging for me. A resource for parents and teachers alike, the Instructor’s Guides provide the scrumptious “chef’s secret” recipes.
Feedback: “Each of my children have different gifts. While one loves to read, his twin brother loves to tinker. Science and Math are subjects that bring him joy. Everything I need to teach Science is all in one place. The books and the manipulatives, plus all the details of how to teach it, are in the Instructor’s Guide. This is so especially helpful for a mom with many kids who is pulled in many directions. I don’t have to have a teaching degree to teach my children.”
2. TED Education
About: This site lets you build a lesson around my TED talk, TED-Ed resource, or YouTube video. You can also find and use existing lessons on a variety of topics. Spanning all subjects and age groups, and celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world.
Feedback: “Between the high-quality videos and extensive collection of lesson plans, TED-Ed is a great resource for students and teachers looking for inspiration, education, and maybe even some fun. The videos and animations are highly engaging and as well produced as some of the best content on television.”
3. Reading Eggs
About: This subscription site promises to make learning to read fun with games, songs, and engaging rewards as well as a series of mobile apps. It’s a favorite of many parents with kids aged three and up. Focused on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. Each program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, education writers, animators and web developers.
Feedback: “It’s an amazing program that supports the essential foundations of reading —highly interactive and captivating.”
About: This free language app is available for iPhone, Android, and the web and offers fun and engaging lessons for a variety of languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Duolingo is a great option for anyone who wants to learn a new language, but needs a more affordable option than tutoring or classes.
Feedback: “Duolingo is the best free app for learning a language. Unique features and a clear structure make it a reliable place to learn new languages or sharpen your skills.”
5. Steve Spangler Science
About: Educational science toys, teacher workshop materials, classroom sets, easy science fair projects, slime, and amazing experiments by Steve Spangler — a best selling author, STEM influencer, and Hall of Fame keynote speaker who helps leading brands and educators inspire the next generation.
Feedback: “I am a total science geek at heart and have always used my science degree to ‘WOW’ other kids with fascinating science experiments and facts. I have followed Steve Spangler for years and used his captivating and eye catching science videos on YouTube to share with classrooms as well as my own children at home! There’s just something about seeing ‘magic’ colors change, things exploding and catching on fire that immediately captivates a kid’s interest.”
About: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be a great way for high school students and advanced learners to challenge themselves with college-level coursework. Courses from world-class universities such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT are open to anyone, anywhere, for free!
Feedback: “I have nothing but good things to say about Coursera. I have loved the learning I have been able to do and look forward to taking many more classes with them. I have always been interested in Psychology and Coursera has given me the chance to take the classes that really interest me.”
7. Special Needs Homeschooling
About: This site offers articles, curriculum reviews, and other learning resources for homeschooling kids with autism, ADHD, learning disorders, and other special needs. All created by a mom who over thirteen years has homeschooled all five of her children, four of which have autism.
Feedback: “I’ve met Heather and her family many times over the years at homeschool conventions. What a heart to serve she has! Whether speaking from her wheelchair, connected to a feeding tube, or dealing with other personal health challenges, Heather’s commitment to special needs homeschoolers is hard to miss. Always a pleasure to see her family working together to encourage others.”
8. Khan Academy
About: A nonprofit with mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, offering free online lessons and interactive exercises on just about every possible topic. These lessons can be a great resource for students and parents, whether you work on an entire subject, or just supplement with videos to get help.
Feedback: “Khan Academy is a great online learning platform because the instructors the company uses are high-quality teachers. They explain and show step by step instructions on solving problems. It is a free and affordable learning platform.”
About: A nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement, XtraMath features free videos, lessons, and activities as well as progress reports and resources for teachers and parents. This site is a valuable resource both for homework help and more in-depth lessons.
Feedback: “Speed and accuracy are both important to fluency, and XtraMath will help kids build up both. XtraMath is free and helps kids gain crucial math fact fluency. Kids can see immediate results for their hard work, and progress is charted through colorful graphs and grids.”
About: Created in 1999 by Dr. Avraham Kadar as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. BrainPOP is a subscription site with engaging movies, quizzes, and educations games in every subject, as well as mobile access.
Feedback: “BrainPOP offers a wide variety of useful topics in their video lessons. No matter what we’re studying, I can select a video to use as a front-loading activity or a review. Either way, my son is engaged. I truly appreciate this valuable resource.”