Early Learning Homeschooling Educational Links

Free Educational Activities, Games and Homeschooling Websites

This page contains a collection of useful links to information websites and sites with free resources on early learning, educational games and activities and homeschooling materials.

Learning the Alphabet

A site that helps children of all ages learn how to read by sounding out words and playing some great games. Excellent graphics, very well thought out and loads of fun! http://www.starfall.com

Alphabet Games from the www.PrimaryGames.com site (too much advertising but the games are simple and great):
A cute little game where animals need to be sorted in the alphabet order - who is first, Adam the Crocodile, Robert the Rabbit or Karen the Roo? Alphabet Zoo Game
Pick the picture of the object that starts with the letter shown at the top of each page The ABC Game

Flashcards On-line

On-line Flashcards in different categories - picture and label. Expand vocabulary, learn how to read, gain encyclopedic knowledge. http://www.mooneleaf.com/flashcards/index.php

Math

Totally FREE Math skills Development program for kids. Lots of exercises (split into weekly programs) to learn Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, etc. Learning to Count is based on the concept of repetition in this particular program.http://www.kidsnumbers.com /

Looking for age appropriate math exercises in a form of a computer game? This site has plenty of exercises to choose from - all games are split into age categories ranging from 6 to 11 years of age http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/. The exercises are simple in design yet challenging and fun to do. And best of all - they are FREE!

EXCELLENT math site for kids. Unfortunately, navigation is not very good, it's a bit over cluttered and the background is awfully black BUT the content is brilliant http://www.coolmath.com/. Check out the MATH GAMES, excellent way to get kids who are having a bit of trouble with it to really love it. http://www.coolmath-games.com

A page from the Developing Teachers Website with excellent ideas on how to use Cuisenaire Rods - from defining syllables and stressing words in a sentence to understanding concepts of time, past future and present, practicing narratives and learning about comparatives. There are also useful links there to other articles on cuisenaire rods and even a lesson plan incorporating this wonderful educational material.http://www.developingteachers.com/newsletterplans/cuisenaire_rods.htm

MATHS WRAP is a great educational tool for learning maths concepts such as addition, subtraction, times tables, fractions and many more. It utilises the concept of kinesthetic learning (learning through movement) to improve the child's memory of mathematical concepts. MATHS WRAP website has many amazing ideas, games, facts and fun learning videos and they all relate to learning maths. Check out these really great maths videos, fun and educational maths games, real maths tips and techniques and lots more!

MathSlice.com provides free math worksheets for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade children. Worksheets are also available for middle school and high school students. Topics include Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Money, Tables, Fractions, Sequencing, Rounding, Number Pattern, Percent Grid, Percentage, Place value, Scientific notation, Pre Algebra, Greatest Common Factor, Least Common Multiplier, Ratios & Proportions, Statistics, Area & Perimeter, Polynomials, Spanish words, Counting, Writing Practice, Tell Time, Draw Hands, Elapsed Time, U.S State Capitals, Country Capitals. MathSlice.com also provides fun games like math millionaire, math wheel, sudoku, hangman and many more.

Music

http://www.sfskids.org/tem plates/splash.asp

Science

http://www.csiro.com.au/resources/DIYScience.html - This section of the CSIRO website contains lots of fun and educational scientific activities for kids of all ages. The activities are Do-it-yourself and can be done at home with a little bit of help from parents. Split into sections such as Biology, Chemistry, Environment, Physics, Space & Astronomy and many more. Great stuff!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoo ls/scienceclips/index_flas h.shtml 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoo ls/ks2bitesize/science/ 

http://www.strangematterex hibit.com/ - Strange Matter is a website for kids about Material Science. Lots of activities, information and ideas about Material Science and what stuff is made of.

Geography for Kids

http://www.kidsgeo.com/index.php - Lots of information and games on all things geography-related. Topics like Atmospheric pressure, Biosphere and Hydrosphere are explained. Games include Map Match and Capitals Catch.

Baby Sign Language

http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi - Pick a letter from the alphabet on the left-hand side and then click on one of the words in the Choices frame. The video window will be activated to show the sign for the corresponding word.

Typing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ - An excellent website that teaches kids how to type in a fun and interactive way. It's not an easy task to teach kids to touch type but with the help of Dance Mat it's fun and straight forward. There are four levels with a huge variety of touch typing tasks. All tasks are set out in colourful pictures with easy to follow verbal instructions.

Arts and Crafts

Great website with loads of printable crafts for kids. Browse through many various categories, educational and fun..http://www.dltk-kids.com/ 

Lots of printable coloring in pages with popular characters like Dora the Explorer and Snow White. Some links are broken but Sesame Street Alphabet and Number Coloring Pages are wonderful. http://www.grandparentsmagazine.net/coloringpages.htm 

Worksheets / colouring sheets http://www.littlesheep-learning.co.uk/articles.php

Lots of Dot-to-Dot pictures.. http://www.kidsrcrafty.com /dot-to-dot.htm 

3D Paper Craft, huge number of categories. Files are downloaded in PDF, can be printed and cut out for folding. Great site.http://cp.c-ij.com/english /3D-papercraft/index.html

Printable play dough mats - just print out and stick playdough on these themed mats to make them come alive. The themes include: Carrots for the Rabbit, Dog Food and Cat Food, Feed the Giraffe and more.

Chess

Wonderful website that teaches kids how to play chess. Plenty of interesting resources for kids who already know how to play - strategies, puzzles, preparation for tournaments tips, and many more...http://library.thinkquest.org/6290/index.html

Crosswords for kids

This website has a number of great crossword puzzles for kids. The crosswords can be played online http://www.crosswordsforfun.com.au/kids-puzzles

A large number of word search puzzles on numerous topics. Match a picture to the word. Great exercise to improve attention and concentration as well as increase the child's vocabulary. http://kidsfront.com/cpuzzles/1.crosswords.html

Games for Toddlers and Babies

Bob the Builder website - lots of activities, puzzles, games (some educational word and spelling games), coloring in pages, etc. There are 2 versions of the site, US and UK. Very colorful and lots of fun. 
http://www.hitentertainment.com/bobthebuilder 

This is Pingu game site, also split by countries and also has lots of fun activities. 
http://www.hitentertainment.com/pingu 

A site created by a fellow Russian mum from US. There is a wonderful collecting of educational games for different ages. Wonderfully simple little fish tank and butterflies games that babies will love. An English version of the site is available.http://myfamilyschool.narod.ru/gamescollection.html

The Cbeebies website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies has lots of great games and activities on it.

Baby Smash! by Scott Hanselman - a free downloadable game for babies that allows them to bang on the keyboard keys without ruining your computer. This is a great little game, easy to run and control while bringing lots of interactive fun, visual and auditory stimulation for your baby. When the number and letter keys are pressed the corresponding letters and numbers in different colours "fly" onto the screen. All the other functional keys are locked so no harm will come to your computer from your baby smashing those keys. Although beware that your keyboard may need some sort of a protector. Other games of similar nature tend to have flaws and are often very difficult to quit because the keys are locked whereas this one only requires you to remember ALT+F4 combination in order to end the game.

Information Websites

Autism

Autism Spectrum Australia website http://www.aspect.org.au/. Information, Links, Forum.

Gifted Children

Excellent website on giftedness - lots of information for parents and educators, includes information about testing and identification.http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/index.htm