The new YouTube Gaming app and website kicks off today, August 26! It is likely to be a huge hit among teens and preteens, so why not take advantage of your homeschooler’s avid interest in video gaming by integrating the new platform into your educational goals for this homeschool year?
We have spent a good deal of time discussing the use of Chromebooks to homeschool older students. But what about those who are just learning to read? Of course, we want these young learners to get a solid foundation on which to base a lifetime of learning. For this reason, one of my favorite phonics sites is Spelling City.
Not Just Fun and Games
At first glance, one might think that Spelling City is all game-based learning. However, with a few mouse-clicks you’ll soon discover articles meant to inform the educator and enable them to understand the way their students learn. There is also the ability to print handwriting worksheets based on the spelling lists you create. There are also plenty of fun games to facilitate the learning.
A Few Apps for You
We have a love affair with apps in our modern technology saturated world. So it’s not surprising that there are chromebook apps for even the youngest of tech users.
The Hungry Slug is a matching game that provides practice for early reading.
Kid Phonics is a game based app intended to teach kids beginning sounds on up to learning to read.
Max Phonics Games is listed under puzzle & brain. This app uses games to give kids phonics and reading practice.
Included are a number of phonics games, songs, videos and even printables. This site alone could keep your child occupied and learning for hours.
Vocabulary.co.il a sister site to Learning Games for Kids also has a wonderful variety of educational games geared specifically to all that relates to learning to read and build vocabulary. There is an extensive list of articles for vocabulary building resources on the right side of the site. This can serve as a go-to resource for anyone teaching reading and vocabulary.
Hopefully, I’ve convinced you that with Chromebook for kids even our youngest students can build a great foundation.
You may be wondering, how to use Chromebook to teach science? Well, that’s an easy one to answer! Educational apps! You can use them to supplement your regular online homeschooling program and do labs separately. Science Journal is a great app that can help keep track of observations and data collection. If your kids, like mine, who are reluctant to write all that information on the traditional charts, this app will help make the process fun.
For the Older Students
Most high school students take biology at some point. Biodigital Human can make this a more interesting study. It is a 3D platform of the human body. It has 1000s of interactive models to enhance your student’s learning.
Working on that Chemistry credit? Struggling to learn the periodic table? Useful Periodic Table can come to the rescue! This app has an elements quiz built in to help learn all those confusing elements.
Level Up in Math & Science is useful for students who need to brush up on their science and math understanding, perhaps in preparation for ACT or SAT testing.
Does your student simply need some extra homework help? Amazing Science by Eduvee could become their go-to resource. This app covers topics in the sciences of chemistry, biology, and physics.
Elementary Age Scientists
Elementary Age Scientists will appreciate the Kids Measurement Science app which teaches them to measure length, weight, time, and money.
There are some wonderful apps to get your little ones excited about science as well. Sorting for Early Science helps younger students learn to classify objects by living or nonliving, plant or animal, fruit or vegetable and so on. Pairing for Early Science is a similar app where children learn to match items with the appropriate label. Both of these apps are intended to build early science skills.
Everyone Can Have Fun With Science
Planetarium is an app that allows you to explore the night sky. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? You might even find yourself wanting to take over your student’s Chromebook so you can enjoy some of these apps yourself!