Majik Audiobooks (free!)

Majik Audiobooks (free!)

My daughters love audio books and I love seeing their imaginations expand as they listen. One thing they love to do is paint, or draw, whilst listening to their latest adventure. We discovered recently MajikKids. MajikKids says its audiostories help inspire kids imagination, creativity and joy sparkle.  Each month MajikKids releases a new story with an adventure to enjoy. You can listen on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube.

There are many things that I have enjoyed about MajikKids stories:

  • My girls love them (even though at age of 11 they are a little ‘old’)
  • They are narrated by multiple voices which makes it so engaging to listen too
  • They are fun to listen to as adults. My absolutely favourite is ‘Beyond the Wall: The untold story of Humpty Dumpty’. Honestly, you must listen and understand what ‘actually’ happened, this clever story had me smiling all day! Another one that has brought delight for us all was ‘The Other Side: the Untold Story of why the Chicken REALLY Crossed the Road’ – perhaps a question you may have wondered yourself?
  • They are a fair-trade publishing company which means all their staff get paid well
  • Bradley, the founder, writes the stories with his unschooled five year old son!
  • The stories use real words (not ‘little people’ words) which is refreshing, and they have good values embedded into them which are inspiring and rich.

I haven’t signed up for a subscription, as I feel my girls are a little too old, but for a $11 Canadian dollars a month (£6.90 at the time of writing this review) you can join the Majik Club and receive downloadable activity books and colouring books, to name a few of the benefits.

It is always a winner in the home ed world when you find a new FREE resource and this one with worth checking out.

  • 0-4 years | 5-7 years | 8-10 years | Parents
  • https://majikkids.com
  • free OR $11/month
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Doodle Maths / English

Doodle Maths / English

My 9 year old son has just starting using these and so far, he’s doing really well.  The apps work well on his iPad and they seem quite engaging.  Once you’ve logged in, there is a short assessment so the program can analyse the level your child is at and provide the right level work for them.  It then gives a new set of questions each week and then provides him with ‘7 a day’ questions to reinforce what he has learnt.  There’s a couple of games he can play on each one too.

With DoodleMaths, you also get DoodleMultiply and with DoodleEnglish, you get DoodleSpell.  On top of this, there is a parent app called DoodleConnect where you can track their progress and see how they are improving.  After the initial assessment, your child is given a Doodle age which the level that the program thinks your child is at. My son is enjoying it, he collects stars as he completes questions and then you can use the stars to ‘buy’ parts for your robot. Designing and building his robot has been a big motivator for earning stars.

You can monitor how their Doodle age improves on the DoodleConnect app.  It goes up to Year 9 in Maths and Year 6 in English. Just Doodle Maths is £12.99/month as is just Doodle English, however if you buy a subscription for them both is costs £16.99/month.

  • 5-7 years | 8-10 years | 10-12 years | 12+ years
  • https://www.doodlelearning.com/
  • £12.99/month each or £16.99 for Maths & English
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Conquer Maths

Conquer Maths

My 11 year son has been using Conquermaths for three months and has already worked his way through the Year 6 syllabus.  He does around 3-4 hours a week broken into small sections.  The website works really well and has videos that explain the topic and then questions for the child to answer to make sure they understand.  As a parent, you can get weekly reports to keep track of what your child has been doing and many other features too.  This is the first online program that my son has actively engaged with that hasn’t led to him having his ‘maths face’ as we call it!!  If you have a problem or a question then the team at Conquermaths are really quick to reply. They have family plans for payment so it gets cheaper with more children. It starts at £19/month one child, £32/month two children etc but is cheaper if you pay for an annual subscription.

  • 8-10 years | 10-12 years | 12+ years
  • https://conquermaths.com/
  • cost varies depending on how many children and if you pay monthly/annually
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TES Resources

TES Resources

TES is a brilliant website that I use regularly. It’s a platform where people share their own resources. Most of them are free and there are some that are only accessible for a one-off fee (usually around £3-5). The resources vary in type (worksheets, powerpoint presentations, explanatory videos, etc.) and quality, but there are so many, that everyone can find something for their needs. You can find complete packs that teachers use in their classes, with presentations and activities, which might prove really useful if parents are not so familiar with the topic they want to work on with the children. On the other hand, if people just want some extra worksheets they will find that too. The best thing about it is the sheer quantity of resources that makes it possible to compare, combine or choose the best. And as it is a shared platform, age is no restriction here.

 

Review written by Nandor and submitted by Streams.

Twinkl, My Go-to Resource

Twinkl, My Go-to Resource

Twinkl has been my go-to resource since we started home educating over three years ago. My first thought when starting to plan group time (IMHO Twinkl works best for groups) is “What does Twinkl have about this subject?” For almost whichever subject we’ve been looking at, Twinkl has had a teaching resource to go with it. PowerPoints, activities, worksheets, colouring pages, interactive resources… the list goes on. It is such a comprehensive set of resources, we’ve hardly scratched the surface during our home educating time.

There is a dedicated Home Education section on the site which is pretty thorough as it includes guidance on home educating, planning resources, curriculum overviews (if that’s the style of home education you’re following), as well as projects and lapbooks you can use and subject specific lessons and activities. 

The down side to Twinkl is that there is so much on the site – sometimes it’s overwhelming! And, of course, you need to adapt the resources for your children. 

In summary, Twinkl is probably my most-visited resource for when we’ve been looking at learning something in a group. It’s excellent for that.

  • All ages
  • https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
  • From free to £9.99 per month (Ultimate Package £8.49 per month with a yearly subscription)
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