Getting the kids back to school signalled the end of the worst of the pandemic for plenty of mothers and fathers. Still, it’s hard not to wonder just how effective all that home learning was, and whether a little bit of catching up might be worthwhile. These home learning tools are certainly worth trying if you want to keep some of that home school spirit going, as painlessly as possible.
Libby, free. Ages 4+
If you’re not comfortable with visiting physical libraries right now, or if your kids prefer digital and audiobooks to the physical titles, then you really need to get Libby. This free app connects users to public libraries, allowing you and your kids to access a huge range of titles for free. And, because Libby controls the lending periods, you’ll never get any library charge.
Time4Learning.com, from $19.99. Ages 4-18
If you want to go all in for homeschooling, this service is worth taking a look at. Time4Learning has been offering an online education to kids since 2004, and currently provides a comprehensive, interactive curriculum for students in PreK-12th for homeschool, afterschool, and skill building. You can sign up without a contract, and the billing goes month-to-month, so you can pause it, if it’s not a good fit.
Yoto Player. $99.99. Ages 3+
Is your parenting style suffering from a little screen burn? Then maybe try this screen-free speaker. The Yoto Player is made for children, operated via physical cards and only plays the audio content you want them to listen to. There are no cameras, microphones or ads. It might look novel, but there’s plenty of familiar content, such as Enid Blyton and AA Milne audiobooks, as well as math tuition recordings, and even music to soothe a child’s sleep.
Kiwico, from $15.50. Ages 0+
Crafty kids and creative learners can benefit from this subscription box service, which provides plenty of opportunities for interactive education, and messy fun. Each month ToucanBox sends subscribers the material and instructions for a set of new artsy activities, each themed around educational topics, such as Kings and Queens, bees or prehistoric animals.
DIY.org, $8. Ages 4-16
Think of this US video course service as an educational Netflix for kids. DIY has a huge variety of online tutorials and activities on everything from coding to archery to zoology, and it also offers scouts and guides style badges, so children can show off their new skills.
Of course, you can help your kids improve their financial literacy via RoosterMoney’s app. Take a look at our educational resources here.