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Early Years HE Resources from Patch of Puddles

http://www.patchofpuddles.co.uk/yearly-he-reports/home-ed-resources

Considering Home Education?  from makingitup.

http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup/considering-home-education-some-facts-and-contacts/

The Seven Lesson School Teacher by John Taylor Gatto - full text here - http://www.newciv.org/whole/schoolteacher.txt

Hackschooling by Logan LaPlante - video of TEDx talk by 13 year-old home-ed student about how he is hacking his education to prioritise happiness.

Changing Education Paradigms - animation accompanying talk by Sir Ken Robinson on how the education system needs to change.

How Schools Kill Creativity - TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson.

Home Education Exams Wiki

How to prepare for exams as a home-ed candidate - which qualifications are available, how to find an exam centre, etc..

The law, rights and responsibilities

Home Education UK, by Mike Fortune-Wood, a well-respected authority on home education in the UK. His site is especially useful for straightforward information on legal issues.

http://www.home-education.org.uk/faq-carers.htm

EdYourself - Fiona Nicholson

Brilliant for detail and legal references.  The link is to the FAQ which is a no-nonsense, well-researched and well-referenced summary of legal and administrative issues.  If you have a question about rights and responsibilities, this website will probably have not only the answer, but a link to the government document at the root of it.  

Free-Range Education - lots of home-ed articles from long-term home-educators

http://free-range-education.org.uk/

General education / multiple subjects:

Home-Education Sites

Home Education Exams Wiki

How to prepare for exams as a home-ed candidate - which qualifications are available, how to find an exam centre, personal experiences of home-ed students and different paths to university etc..

Ambleside Online - http://www.amblesideonline.org 

Ambleside Online is a thorough free curriculum/syllabus that covers all ages from five to 18.  It is a literature-based curriculum that is devised on the Charlotte Mason method, and the recommended resources  are of an excellent quality, and most of them are freely available download (free) and others are books that you will have to buy.  It is American - however, there is a lot on British history and that is covered for several years.  It is Christian in that it has recommended Bible readings and devotionals, however, it is possible to secularise it by leaving that out if you so choose.

Homeschool Activities

Great ideas and activities from a mum who was home educated herself. Fun arts and crafts projects, free alphabet worksheets, home science experiments and fun maths activities.  Free monthly newsletter.

http://www.homeschool-activities.com

Homeschooling-ideas

Just the thing if you are looking for some inspiration.  Free monthly newsletter of ideas.

http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com

Lesson Pathways US-based homeschool online program.  Freehttp://sqooltools.com/edvideos/index.html

Montessori Mom

Free Montessori printouts and activity ideas. Free.

http://www.montessorimom.com/

MuddlePuddle - www.muddlepuddle.co.uk 

Packed full of resources and ideas for home-ed in the UK.  Original focus was early years HE but the site is growing as the owner’s family grows up.  Lots of Montessori links.

Time4Learning - http://www.time4learning.com/

US-based homeschool online program - has been recommended by some UK families. Subscription.

Older Kids’ Material

Aimed at teenagers and adults

Coursera Free undergraduate level courses - often delivered by US or UK university lecturers - 14 plus. Email certificates on completion. https://www.coursera.org/

TED Talks

Lots and lots of really interesting lectures/talks about all sorts of things. 10ish plus.  Free. (http://www.ted.com/talks)

Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.

Over 2100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.  These are online presentations of topics, so for instance, you might watch the Khan Academy video on long division before working through a textbook section and then trying it yourself.  

Teacher Sites

Aimed at teachers as users.

TeachingIdeas - http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

Free resources, lesson ideas and printables, on all subjects.  Lesson plans have some good suggestions for explaining topics.

Teaching Videos

Great database of vids, ordered by subject. www.teachingvideos.co.uk

Teacher Vision

‘TeacherVision®is dedicated to helping teachers save time. Find 20,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables, and resources.’ Includes loads of DK Web books, where you don’t have a print option but are able to use your key (print screen) and paste to a doc.  This is an American site.  There are five free printables to start, with no subscribtion.  You can have a free 7 day trial, when you subscribe, which has to be cancelled to stop the years charge ($49.95 pa).  No questions about job role, teacher/home educator, etc.

Yacapaca  

Resources linked to the National Curriculum.  Assignments, fact sheets, quizzes, etc. Home-educators can set up a free teacher account and set assignments for your kids. Free - http://yacapaca.com

Other general education sites

FactMonster - www.factmonster.com

Reference site for kids ages 8-14 that provides entertainment and educational resources. It combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.

NeoK12 - http://www.neok12.com/

US directory of online resources for K12 age.

Topmarks  - www.topmarks.co.uk

A huge, categorised site with subject based links, ages from toddler up to A- level Free

Maths

Senteacher - Free. Maths printables - http://www.senteacher.org/

Customisable maths printables, eg multiplication grids where you choose the difficulty level, colours etc.  Also lots of Special Needs printables, customisable certificate maker & more.

SumDog - Free Maths teaching through games which adjust according to your changing level of ability-live competing to build up your mental maths skills http://www.sumdog.com/

Primary Worksheets - http://www.primaryworksheets.co.uk/

 Free.  Printable worksheets ordered by age/year; some nice, simple maths worksheets, especially good for things like number bonds where the aim is for the children to be able to easily remember simple addition facts.

Teaching Ideas - http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

Especially good for maths.  Use the drop-down menu bar to see full range of resources as they’re not all visible from front page.

Primary Games - http://www.primarygames.co.uk

Free. Some more nice, simple, printable maths worksheets.

BBC Skillswise - Number - http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/wholenumbers/

Maths explanations, games and animations.

Mathletics - www.mathletics.co.uk

Subscription program with maths teaching and games.  Follows the UK National Curriculum.  Can be customised to suit your child.  Children can unlock maths-based games and can compete in live mental arithmetic duels at their own level.  Discount available for home educators - phone the Education Otherwise office if you’re a member, or worth trying the Mathletics office if you’re not.

Conquer Maths (www.conquermaths.com/)

Maths tutorials and worksheets - an online maths course for ages 7-18.  Subscription, but substantial discount for home-educators - ask on mailing lists for the code.  2-week trial for £1.

Maths Whizz  (www.whizz.com)

Discounts for HE groups- up to end of year 8 . Some feel more interactive than Mathletics.

Mathssphere - FREE Maths Resources & FREE PRINTABLE PAPER http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/

The worksheets on this website are very good, but the best thing is the facility to print out all sorts of papers: different width lines, handwriting papers, different sized squares, a plethora of hexagons, graphs, circles, bricks... you name it, you can find all your printable paper needs here, for free!

MathsCentre

This doesn’t have loads of subjects but the videos and the transcripts from them are very clear for some subjects.  We used it to teach factorising for GCSE. http://www.mathscentre.ac.uk/

Derek Owens Maths

Free YouTube presentations on maths, by an American maths and physics lecturer who provides distance learning courses for US home-educators.

http://www.youtube.com/user/derekowens

Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/ Free.

Video tutorials on secondary-level maths topics, together with practice exercises and step-by-step solutions.

Maths Guru

Pay-per-download - additional past papers targeted for specific exam boards. http://www.mathsguru.co.uk/

http://multiplication.com/interactive_games.htm

http://www.mathplayground.com/

http://www.numberlinelane.co.uk/

Mathematics Enhancement Programme - http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mep/default.htm 

(Exeter Maths) Comprehensive and easily to understand curriculum based practise books, lesson plans. Ideal to use in tandem with online video resources such Khan Academy.

Math Mammoth - http://www.mathmammoth.com/parents.php

American site with materials produced by home ed Mum. Subscription but free stuff too.

Base Ten

Simple maths game to learn your units tens and hundreds

London Grid for Learning - Skoool.co.uk

Maths and science animations/multimedia lessons for all ages, aimed at London schools.http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk

Math Cats  - http://www.mathcats.com/  - Fun Maths puzzles

UK Maths Trust

The UKMT is a charity which promotes maths learning through a more puzzle-based approach than typical school maths, and lots of kids find it fun. .  They organise Maths Challenges for different age groups which home-ed kids are able to sit. See http://www.ukmt.org.uk .  There are lots of materials (including worked answers) on their website - but the site can be hard to navigate, so follow the additional links from the HE Exams wiki maths page 

HE Exams Wiki - Maths Resources

Information about taking maths exams as a home-ed student; talks you through your options and the resources available.


English / Literacy

Magic Key games  Free. From the BBC.

Senteacher Literacy

http://www.senteacher.org/Print/Literacy/

Customisable phonics printables .  Free. 

LIbrivix - for free public domain audiobooks from Shakespeare to trivial. http://librivox.org/ Free. 

CM Live Online -- English literature and language courses for home-ed students all over the world. Especially good for middle-school age, when you’re looking for “more” for your child, but not yet seeking to take exams. Taught by a UK home-edding mum with a PhD and examine for CIE.


Handwriting and Touch-Typing

Custom design your own handwriting practise pages. Free

(Alducationresources.com/FREEhandwriting.htmso free resources for Spanish, social studies & phonics, to name but a few)

http://www.homee

Donna Young handwriting printables - http://donnayoung.org/penmanship/index.htm

Free printables for both handwriting and pre-writing exercises.

Getty-Dubay style: comparison of five styles, in support of G-D -

DrawYourWorld: developing writing and drawing skills, developing a correct pencil grip:http://www.drawyourworld.com/grip.html

Handwriting Readiness: activities to develop fine motor skills in younger children.

http://www.connectionsmag.co.il/articlenav.php?id=1170

StartWrite software - http://www.startwrite.com/

Software for creating your own handwriting sheets, in many different styles.  Free trial.

Choosing a handwriting style,

The Teaching Home - http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_35.cfm

Handwriting for Kids - http://www.handwritingforkids.com

Loads of printables, in different styles.

Handwriting Worksheets

BBC Dance Mat Typing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Free online typing training games for younger children.


Science

(See also subsections on: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, but lots of these cover all bases!)

ABPI Biology/ Medicine

 ABPI Resources for Schools website provides curriculum related resources for use by teachers and their pupils.  The resources have been developed by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and many link topics studied in school to their application in industry and in research.

ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, both large and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/index.cfm

Krampf Science

ten edible!Robert Krampf's weekly (ish) experiment emails - experiments you can do at home, and which are of

www.krampf.com .

SchoolScience

Activities sorted by age.  Most of them appear to be on other sites, so this is a magazine-style portal rather than having its own content, but a good way to track down material.  Regularly updated, and links to background info about science topics in the news.

http://www.schoolscience.co.uk/

K’Nex Education

Lesson plans and ideas for using K’Nex to study science and maths.  Has a home-ed area.

http://www.knex.com/Educators/

UK K’Nex User Group Home-Ed page: http://www.knexusergroup.org.uk/acatalog/knex-home-education.html

Instructables

Step-by-step how-tos with photos, on how to make all sorts of things.  Brilliant for electronics projects, and for huge amounts of fun.  All sorts of content.  We loved making crossbows out of K’nex, and mini-robots out of toothbrush heads and mini-motors.

http://www.instructables.com/index

SciCast

Short films, real science.  It’s a film-making competition, and science education, all in one.

http://scicast.org.uk/

http://www.101science.com/index.htm

Robert Krampf - The Happy Scientist

http://thehappyscientist.com/

Science videos and experiments.  Free stuff and small subscription for full access.

How Stuff Works

http://www.howstuffworks.com

What would happen if the entire population of the United States

flushed their toilets at the same time? How did the internet begin?

Who was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Just

three examples of questions that are answered on this site, which

specialises in well-written, accessible explanations.

Science Is Fun - http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu

"Experiments You Can Do at Home" by

Bassam Z Shakhashiri, professor of chemistry at the University of

Wisconsin-Madison, "the master of chemical demonstrations".

Exploratorium - http://www.exploratorium.edu

Accidental Scientist series

on this website from the "museum of science, art and human perception" in San Francisco- interactive presentations on

the science behind three everyday activities: gardening, music and

cooking.

STEM eLibrary - http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths resources - secondary and uni level.  Videos etc.


Bad Science

http://www.badscience.net

Older kids interested in reading behind science stories in the media may like Ben Goldacre’s site, which accompanies his newspaper columns. My kids enjoy his cynical, humorous approach to pseudoscience.  Good for media studies as he discusses how science stories are misrepresented in the press and how the press try to ‘cook up’ a story.

The BBC and the Open University - http://www.open2.net

Many BBC documentaries are supported by extra material through this "online learning

portal" in collaboration with the Open University.  E.g. to accompany David Attenborough's Life in Cold Blood, there is a free poster depicting Britain's 14 native species of reptiles and

amphibians. Projects and experiments to try at home: access them through the Rough Science series (open2.net/roughscience) where you can discover everything from making your own soap, your own camera or a natural antibacterial cream, to how to work out your latitude and

longitude using only paper, sticks and string.

Science Daily - http://www.sciencedaily.com

Science online magazine ; stories include theproblems caused by the fact that the standard  kilogram, a lump of metal that has been sitting in a vault in Paris since 1889, is getting

lighter; how a new swimsuit is helping swimmers to break world records; and a new understanding of the causes of major influenza epidemics.  

For a slightly more laddish take on science news, with lots of lovely picture galleries, see Popular Science at popsci.com.

The Why Files - http://www.whyfiles.org

The Why Files take a look at the science behind the news, explaining it as clearly, accessibly and accurately as possible. It also offers regular "Cool Science Images", with an archive of past images that you can browse, and a collection of "Virtual Science" interactive animations that help to explain such phenomena as rainbows and thunderstorms.

Planet Science

Free & fun Science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents.

http://www.planet-science.com/home.html

Show Me!

Fun activities from UK museums and galleries.

http://www.show.me.uk

Steve Spangler Science - videos etc.

http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/video

Easy science experiments and science fair project ideas

Secret Life of Machines

Just how does a video recorder work? And how about fax machines, cars, washing machines, electric light, telephones, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators? You'll find the answers here. This site is designed as a companion to the TV series

http://www.secretlifeofmachines.com/

Kids Health

How the body works, movies, facts and quizzes, there is a special teen link. nice medical dictionary.

Physics

Derek Owens Physics

Free YouTube presentations on physics, by an American maths and physics lecturer who provides distance learning courses for US home-educators.

http://www.youtube.com/user/derekowens

Schoolphysics UK online - http://www.schoolphysics.co.uk/

Resource base for all 11 to 19 year old Physics and Science students and their teachers

Cyber Physics 

UK physics teacher has provided this thorough site covering physics.  Topics have clear explanations and videos.  Lots on revision.  Goes from secondary to A-level standard. http://www.cyberphysics.co.uk/

From Stargazers to Starships

http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sintro.htm

“high school level, stargazers to starships self contained course independent study rich in history”

Real World Physics Problems

http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/

Explains sports,  amusement parks, battles and weapons etc. in terms of classical physics.

Astronomy

NASA for Students

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

Kids’ Astronomy

Our astronomy website is packed with games, activities, fun facts, and resources to help Teachers, Parents, and Students of all ages reach out and touch our universe.”

 http://www.kidsastronomy.com/ 

http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/#highlights 

http://astronomycentral.co.uk/planets-to-see-in-the-sky.../

Earth and Beyond from the Children’s University of Manchester.

Hello, my name is Tim O'Brien. I'm an astronomer working at The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory. As an astronomer my job is to try and understand how the universe works and my main interest is why some stars explode - more about this later! I also get to visit lots of schools and share amazing facts with children and teachers about the Sun, Earth and Moon, the stars and planets, and the Universe as we know it! Now, in the Children’s University, I can share the excitement with you. I hope you enjoy the journey!”

Nature and the Environment

The Water Family -  www.thewaterfamily.co.uk

Water conservation game.

Nature Detectives

The junior branch (ha!) of the Woodland Trust. This site provides loads of free practical nature-based activities for children - eg printable nature ID sheets, treasure hunts, 101 activities for Spring, games, art and craft activities etc. It is particularly good for younger children. You can also subscribe to the regular free newsletter.

http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk

ARKive Animal activities

“Feeling creative, crafty or playful? Get stuck in with ARKive’s awesome animal activities! Free to download, our activities include species origami, treasure hunts and making shoebox habitats! Have a wild time!

http://www.arkive.org/education/activities


Chemistry

RSC Classic Chemistry Experiments - 

http://www.rsc.org/Education/Teachers/Resources/Books/CCE.asp

Free download of classic book.

Practical Chemistry - http://www.practicalchemistry.org -

Notes on safety issues etc.. so may help you to decide whether it’s practical to do this experiment at home.  Also has good explanations and teaching tips.

Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/ 

- lots of chemistry videos.

Chemistry: Periodic Table of Videos - http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

Brilliant - videos of experiments/demos for elements , laid out in periodic table format! “Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one.  We've done all 118 - but our job's not finished. Now we're updating all the videos with new stories, better samples and bigger experiments.”

http://www.kentchemistry.com/


History and Humanities

National Grid for Learning, Wales - www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk

Specially recommended for Welsh and British History, incl. Age fof the Princes (Owain Glyn Dwr, castles of Wales, resource pack for visits to Cosmeston Medieval Village etc.), Iron Age Celts, Romans

History Through Film - http://www.historythroughfilm.net/movie_list

List of films sorted by era and/or topic.

http://www.roman-britain.org/

Best History Sites http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.shtml

List of web sites with descriptions

Spartacus Schoolnet --www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/

History, and not just Sparta!

Humanities Web - www.humanitiesweb.org

Exploring connections between history, art and culture

The Europe Portal http://www.worldology.com/Europe/index.htm

Europe History Interactive Map, Timeline and formation of European Nations.

History Teachers http://www.youtube.com/user/historyteachers

Innovative music videos taking songs and re-writing for historic subjects.

Mythology

Folklore and Mythology - http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

Scholarly site comparing different versions of folklore.

MythWeb - www.mythweb.com

This site is devoted to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology.


Languages

DuoLingo

Free interactive site, good for a few European languages.  Includes lessons, tests, and a competitive element.  May be better suited to teens than littlies as many of the sentences you have to translate are about drinking wine and beer!  As well as completing exercises and gaining points, you can help to translate the web via a crowdsourcing project.

http://duolingo.com

Busuu

Interactive site and language learning community - can put you in touch with other learners to practise together.  

http://www.busuu.com/

Conversation Exchange

Pairs you with another learner who wants to learn, say, English - you can meet, Skype, email etc.. to practise.

http://www.conversationexchange.com/

Zut!

Interactive language site, free outside school hours.  Covers French, German, Welsh and Spanish.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html

Memrise

Vocabulary building using fun mnemonics techniques in a game-like format.  Covers many languages including French, Mandarin and Japanese. “A world memory champion and a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines

mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently”

http://www.memrise.com

Online Tutors via Skype

Note that there are various online tutor sites where you can get one-to-one tuition over Skype, usually cheaper than face-to-face.  eg see The Tutor Crowd at http://www.thetutorcrowd.com or this French specialist tutor: http://www.myfrenchtutor.co.uk/

BBC Languages

Courses in a number of languages, all free online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

Art & Craft

Assignments This Week in Art

http://assignmentsthisweekinart.blogspot.co.uk/

Google Art Project

Access high-resolution images of artworks from 46 international museums and galleries. Virtual tours, create your own user gallery. Free

Sumo Paint  

Online image editor  Free

Art Junction  

Resources?

All Free Crafts  

How to guides  Free

Artists Helping Children  

Creative arts ideas for children  Free

Belladia Typepad - Crafty Crow  

Eduweb - Inside Art - Index  

How To Draw It  

Nature Detectives

Activity Downloads   Free

The Toymaker - Workshop  

Paper toys to print out.   Free

Community Live Journal - Naturally Living  

Simple Japanese Cloth Bags Tutorial   Free

Tux Paint

Open Source Paint Program  Free

Hippie NU – Unicorn

Art Tutorial. (Brilliant) Anatomy & Anthropomorphism Free

Origami

Origami diagrams .pdf downloads  Free

Uncle Fred  

Step by step drawing a cartoon.  Free

You Tube Playlist

Learn to draw portraits video  Free

Art Projects for Kids

Primary-level art projects, usually quite simple to organise.  http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/

Danielle’s Place

craft activities with educational themes, intended to reinforce other topics as well as just for fun.  Craft activities are indexed by topic so, for instance, you can find a butterfly or bee craft activity, as well as by craft type, eg felting

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/crafts.html

K’Nex science and maths:

http://www.knex.com/Educators/Free_Lesson_Plan.php

 http://www.knexusergroup.org.uk/acatalog/knex-free-downloads.html

 http://www.cs.bsu.edu/homepages/kirkwood/Knex/Knxndx.htm

 

Learning with Lego - ideas for activities here: http://www.frugalhomeschoolfamily.com/tag/lego/

How to utilize legos in homeschool


Music

Gigajam http://gigajam.com/ £3 a month

Learn to play guitar, bass, keyboard or drums with online web-based method.

Note Attack http://www.musicmasterworks.com/midi_video_game_sheet_music.html

Learn musical notes

Audacity - free download audio editing software.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


Special Educational Needs

Senteacher.org

Printables of all sorts, eg facial expression cards, describing feelings, customisable certificate maker.  www.senteacher.org

HE-Special: Information website and mailing list for home educators of children with SEN.

http://www.he-special.org.uk/

Do2learn

‘Background; The mission of Do2learn is to use technology and the web to provide special learning resources for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them.’ 


Free Podcasts

You can download podcast to any mp3 player or to a computer - you don’t need an iPod!  Good for on the bus/in the car on the way to home-ed trips!  BBC now do a free Android app to download podcasts and radio shows.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/ - you can download iTunes

free if you want it. Loads of free stories and educational/informative podcasts, and you can subscribe to automatically receive podcasts from regular programmes.

Science subjects - royal society podcasts downloadable from

http://royalsociety.org/page.asp?id=7476

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/

http://librivox.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts


Home Education Organisations, Mailing Lists etc..

Action for Home Education (AHEd) - http://ahed.pbworks.com/w/page/1552909/FrontPage  (Wiki)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ahedmembers/ (Yahoo Group)

AHEd is an action group with a focus on the defence and advancement of home education rights and liberties and of fair and equal treatment for all home educators.

Education Otherwise - www.education-otherwise.org.uk

UK home ed organisation - lots of info on law and how to go about deregistering etc..

Home Education UK - http://www.home-education.org.uk/

Mike Fortune-Wood’s site, full of intelligent and detailed articles about law, rights and education in the UK.

Schoolhouse UK  (Scottish Home Education) - http://www.schoolhouse.org.uk

The law in Scotland regarding home-ed is different from the rest of the UK.

HEAS

HEAS is a national home education charity based in the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to the provision of advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home in preference to sending them to school. Interest in home education is increasing and HEAS recognises that reliable information should be available for everyone. http://www.heas.org.uk/

The Home Education Network UK

THEN UK is a voluntary run, not for profit, non political membership organisation;  aims to be a one stop shop for home educators or anyone wishing to find information and resources; focussing on the need to provide a friendly family type environment on their groups and web site.

http://www.thenuk.com/welcome.html

HESFES is an annual Home Educators’ Summer Festival - the world's largest gathering of home educators. This is the highlight of the year for many home-educated children and teenagers. www.hesfes.co.uk

Home Education Exams

Wiki with information on obtaining formal qualifications as a home-educated student - www.home-education-exams.org.uk

HE - Exams Yahoogroup:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HE-Exams-GCSE-A_AS_Levels-OU-Others/ email support /information group for those considering exams, including GCSEs, IGCSEs, A-levels and OU

HE Resources: Yahoogroup for sharing information about good websites etc.. -

Choice in Education: An independent monthly publication, edited by a different HE family each month.

 http://www.educationchoice.org

HE-Special: Information website and mailing list for home educators of children with SEN.

http://www.he-special.org.uk/

UK-HOME-ED Mailing List: The longest established Home Education support mailing list in the UK, with a wealth of experienced members and new members always welcome.

http://netpals.lsoft.com/SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?SUBED1=UK-HOME-ED&A=1


Other lists of home-ed links!

http://www.homeschoolspot.com/archive/index.php/f-12.html

http://weblist.me/user/janep

http://weblist.me loads of useful links

Unsorted links - please add a description if you can!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/digger/5_7entry/5_7.shtml

9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=194

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/index.htm

Coloring pages, kids crafts, home school resources, puzzles, printables, jigsaws, sudoku and lots of free activities

Awesome Stories

http://www.awesomestories.com/

Stories, literature, lesson plans. Historical context.

‘We provide free site access to individuals, but site membership (free) gives you unrestricted use of everything at AwesomeStories - including all resources, narrations and assets site-wide.’

http://www.happychild.org.uk/ifs/wordsearch/index.htm

Free educational resources to link up children across the World.

25960!! pages on-line.

http://www.tooter4kids.com/classroom/Worksheets.htm

lots of worksheets. writing and spelling and more.

http://www.filmeducation.org/

Film education. a charity supported by UK film industry. It promotes and supports the use of film within the curriculum

http://www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/default.htm

The Rudiments Of Wisdom encyclopaedia by Tim Hunkin. Thousands of cartoons covering almost everything there is to know! Full of quirky and fun facts.

http://storynory.com/

Free audio stories for kids

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

A digital library. Just click and read!

http://www.uksafari.com/index.htm

Wildlife in the UK

http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys.html

Toys from trash, some great easy make your own toy ideas

http://www.allfiberarts.com/

Over 1000 pages of information, free patterns, resources and instructions for weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting, crochet, felting, papermaking, needlepoint, sewing, and other textile handicrafts

http://www.jacksonpollock.org/ 

A paint like Jackson Pollock fun site. Splash by moving mouse and click to change colour. Not as fun as throwing real paint though.

http://medtropolis.com/VBody.asp

The virtual body, about how our bodies work.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/runes.html

Write your name in runes

http://www.ss42.com/toys.html

Free Paper Toys & Paper Crafts Directory, lots of it inspired by origami.

Freeway Plus

http://www.freeway.plus.com/

Lots of worksheets. have only used language translation but seems pretty vast.

E Z Learn Chinese

http://www.ezlearnchinese.com/1stclass.html   

On-line mandarin lessons. we used this to help with Chinese character writing.  

Curriculum Bits

http://www.curriculumbits.com/index.php

Curriculumbits.com offer free online access to a growing range of interactive multimedia e-learning teaching resources. The online teaching resource library contains educational games, quizzes, animations and videos in a variety of subjects.

Alien Language

http://www.alienlanguage.co.uk/alienlanguage/index.htm#

KS3/4 modern foreign languages. but I think it’s for all ages. covers french, german, spanish

Classics For Kids

http://www.classicsforkids.com/index.asp

Loads of resources about classical music and composers

Eduweb

http://www.eduweb.com/

Award winning digital learning games about art, history, science and technology. links to educational games. have only tried wolf quest. which we liked.

bout art, history, science and technology for the web,

museum exhibits, and mobile devices.

Whole Movement

http://www.wholemovement.com

*the previous link showed an error message but the site is still available at the above URL

Geometric paper folding

‘The purpose of this site is to promote the importance of folding circles.’

Enchanted Learning

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.htm