Here’s a quick review of the free resources on education.com plus a free winter math worksheet and answer key for you.
I’m all about free and low cost resources, and the people who have put together education.com have truly done a lot of work to make a lot of resources available. They have a few things to try for free, so we checked them out. We downloaded a great worksheet on the structure of the earth and our twelve year old played three of their games to give me a review. We hit the paywall after that, but it’s not too expensive for the resources and organization available. They even have lesson plans ready to go! And they’re secular. Evolution is not a dirty word on this site, although there wasn’t a specific section on it.
What does it cover?
Education.com goes from preschool to fifth grade in their materials, and covers fine arts, foreign languages, math, reading & writing, science, and social studies. They have adult-led activities and independent study lessons, stories, exercises, games, and printable workbooks and worksheets. We’ve got a free worksheet for you at the end that would otherwise only be available to members.
These guys aren’t paying me anything, they just offered me a free worksheet if I liked them and wanted to post it for you.
Our experience so far:
You have to sign in as a parent to get access to the free resources, which gets you one email a day from them about their offerings. That also gets one worksheet and three free games a month. That doesn’t get you very far but it does give you a teaser preview so you can decide if the kids will like it. Mine did.
The site is extremely well organized, easy to navigate and easy to search for specific parameters. It only goes up through fifth grade, so we looked up fifth grade writing and played a couple of games.
The first game was a detective game with a lot of reading on each page before you put in the correct adjective to describe one of the people. It was a bit slow and long-winded, and would be tough for people with dyslexia, but my super reader breezed through it. And of course, figured out the surprise at the end before the protagonist did, which may be the point.
The second game was set up more like a video game, with an archaeologist running down a corridor dodging obstacles and getting coins and having to stop and solve sentence fragment questions every so often. That one was a winner.
Finally, we tried out a first grade addition game that I thought my youngest would like. But he never got a chance to play because his older brother was having too much fun! Secret Agent Addition was definitely a winner.
Since our youngest isn’t quite ready to jump in to this kind of learning and our other two are too old, we’re not buying a membership at this time. I like what I’ve seen, though, and will keep them in mind.
Bonus: They’ve got a 50% off sale on memberships right now for all their levels, for both families and teachers. It’s on through the 11th, so if you’re interested better check it out now.