Education.com Perfect for Homeschooling, At-Home Learning [+Win Membership!]
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This year my daughter will be in second grade; it is our third year of homeschooling. Halfway through our first grade year, I stopped using the curriculum I had purchased online. It wasn’t a bad curriculum, it just felt like it was limiting … and that definitely wasn’t the reason we were homeschooling. One of the reasons we decided to homeschool is that our daughter has a wide range of interests and we wanted to be able to keep her engaged in learning by incorporating her interests. So, I decided to create my own curriculum and have done so since then.
Developing your own curriculum sounds daunting and, I’m not going to lie, it can be super time consuming. You can spend hours and hours and hours (!) online searching for the right information to teach and printing out worksheets and other printables to accompany the learning. So, when I connected with Education.com, I was VERY excited. (TOTAL timesaver!)
What is Education.com?
Education.com is a one-stop education site where you can access many of the learning tools that you need for teaching at home, supplementing classroom learning or just additional worksheets for the kids during the summer. There are worksheets available for printing from preschool ages all the way through high school — which makes it different from other sites that generally stop their offerings after grade school.
And, get this, they even have a worksheet generator where you can create and customize your own worksheets! (My inner academic squeeeed a little with this!)
You can also download entire workbooks on a subject (by grade). The workbooks are generally $4.99 (which is still super cheap), but with your pro membership subscription you can download them for free.
Other Education.com offerings include:
Games: The games section allows you to sign up your kids (yes, each child can have an account with your membership subscription–3 students with the Plus membership and 35 with the Pro membership) and allows them to play learning games through the online software called Brainzy.
The games are professional and fun, but are currently only for ages 3 to 7. Like most kids, my daughter also loves playing games online, so I hope the site follows their other offerings and creates games for older ages and grades, too. (I will still use the first grade games for my daughter this year as a refresher of what we learned last year.)
Activities: Again, no need to leave Education.com to look for crafts and activities to pair up with your learning. Just head over to the activities tab and search for a topic or keyword. It is super easy to organize your learning from this site!
Science Fair: Because I’m a science geek, this is one of my favorite parts! There are tons (more than 1,500) of science project activities that you can do with your kids and students (again, by grade or subject). You can download and print the projects and they have easy-to-follow directions, pictures and diagrams.
Lesson Plans: Scared to create your own stuff? No worries, they have actual lesson plans that you can download (and are adding hundreds more). And, if you’re worried about common core requirements, no worries! Their lesson plans are aligned with common core standards and you can even get assistance with common core resources.
Learning Store: The site also offers a learning store where you can purchase extras (like books, arts and crafts, musical instruments and more). I have not taken advantage of this area yet, but I’m going to keep my eye on it because each week they offer new deals on learning tools.
Who should use Education.com?
Education.com is perfect for anyone who works closely with children. You don’t have to be a homeschooler or teacher to benefit from this site. If you are a grandparent who regularly watches the grandkids, a preschool assistant, childcare provider or even a babysitter, this site is well worth the membership. We’ve even printed worksheets off to take to our volunteer night for kids at a shelter and used worksheets, coloring sheets and projects during family gatherings at holidays!
Pros and Cons of Education.com
My favorite thing about Education.com is that they are meticulous in categorizing topics, which, for this amount of information, is a must. And, they’ve offered different ways to search — via grade/age, subject or keyword, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need.
The only disappointment for me on the site was that the Brainzy games are only up to age 7. They are adding second grade soon and I would love for them to continue expanding the game offerings; however, this is a minor disappointment considering everything else that this site offers!
How to use Education.com
Some of the resources on Education.com are free, so you can try them out without signing up for a membership. However, as someone who has used the free side and now has access to the pro membership side, I can verify that it is well worth the cost. The ability to have unlimited access to all worksheets, workbooks and activities with no limit on printing and using them, as well as the ability to organize and track progress, is a life saver for me in homeschooling. It means that I get to spend more time teaching and guiding and less time researching.
Free Basic Membership: Get free worksheets plus activities, articles, and science projects, but there is a limit on the number you can access and print each month.
Plus Membership: Get access to 15,000 worksheets, Brainzy games, science projects, learning activities and workbooks. Up to 3 students.
$47.88 if billed annually, or $7.99 if billed monthly
Pro Membership: Get all of the Plus Membership features, plus lesson plans, student tracking on skill-based learning, common core browsing, custom worksheet generator, ability to group and organize your content and they’re adding even more classroom resources for this level! Up to 35 students.
$71.88 if billed annually, or $9.99 if billed monthly
There is also a lifetime membership for a one-time fee of $198.00 for lifetime access to all features.
Win a 1 Year Education.com Membership!
Are you ready to win an Education.com membership? We’ve partnered up with Education.com to give one lucky reader a pro membership — that means you get access to EVERYTHING — for an entire year valued at $71.88!
What do you need to do? Simply:
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