Home Education Links

What is Home Education?

Some great links for anyone curious about home education and want to know more about what it is we do.

Comments and questions are all welcome..

Please feel free to add anything you find interesting!..

I started this page with all good intentions but it soon became obvious the links where going to outgrow the page so instead I will do a link find of the month and add them here so you can go and explore them, unfortunately they are not categorized into subject but that may be something for me to think about in the future but for now it is something I do not need to spend time doing.

July 2014 link Find of the month.
August 2014 link Find of the Month
September 2015 Link Find of The month
November 2015 Link Find of The Month
March 2016 Link Find of the Month

*UPDATE* I did find time to categorise the links and there are now over 100+ mostly free sites added to the list and it is still growing... You can find that here Link Finds (mostly Free)

The Law on Home Education:-
Education Act 1996..
Compulsory education - 7 -  Duty of parents to secure education of children of compulsory school age.
The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable—
(a)to his age, ability and aptitude, and
(b)to any special educational needs he may have,
either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

Though education is compulsory in the UK for children between the ages of five and sixteen, school is not.

Many families prefer to educate their children otherwise than at school, and it is their right under UK law to do so.

Home educating families do not have to follow the National Curriculum and there is no single 'right' way to educate a child at home.

Home Education Legal advice and support services.

Book List on home Education that are worth a read
  • Free Range Education: How Home Education Works [Paperback]- Terri Dowty (Author)
  • One-to-one: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home Age 0-11 [Paperback] - Gareth Lewis
  • Teach Yourself Home Education' - Deborah Durbin
  • 'Those unschooled minds' - Julie Webb
  • 'Educating Children at Home' - Alan Thomas
  • How Children Learn at Home' - Alan Thomas and Harriet Patterson
  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook'- Grace Llewellyn
Home Education Facebook Pages and Yahoo Groups that offer support and advice and a place to meet like minded people.
Some great blogs of other home educating parents
Curriculum ideas and resources

Educational resource links for lesson plans and activity ideas in  subject category.


  • 13 different languages to chose from Babbel
  • French Freeway French  -(Project Happy Child)
  • Duolingo  - Learn a language completely free
  • Busuu - Free for basic learning and a paid option for more of an in-depth course
  • Foreign Services Institute - Though the site is basic, bear in mind that these materials are high-quality, designed by professional linguists with the goal of learner fluency. 
  • Memrise - Learn over 200 languages and FREE. This site uses ‘mems’, which are mnemonic flashcards that use your pre-existing knowledge to help remember new vocabulary.
  • Futurelearn Languages & Culture - Learn a new language or teach one for free, your choice. 
  • Language Exchange - Team up with a Pen Pal and learn a new language.
  • Word 2 Word - An incredible array of languages to learn, this directory has everything you could ever want to learn a language of your choice.

Art and crafts
  • Some fabulous craft ideas with pictures and printables all kids network.
  • Arts for different ages Art for small hands .
  • Free Kids Crafts - lots of crafting ideas for most occasions.
  • Allcrafts net - Loads of crafts including some great recipes for things like play dough 
  • National Galley of Art - Interactive and fun
  • Funny Colouring - These are for adults but we used them to find a paining and learn more about it by searching online and have a god go at colouring them in. There are a lot of famous coloring in paintings online specific for kids too.
  • Tate on Khan academy - Tate has teamed up with khan academy for this fabulous resource learning about art.
  • PPPST - Art history powerpoint presentations from art history to architecture.
  • Jan Brett how to draw - some great how to draw videos from a childrens author.
  • Hodgepodge - 50 free art lessons chalk pastels, acrylics and video art tutorials for all ages
  • Dick Blick - Lesson Plans and video
  • Draw Space -  Free lessons
English Grammar & Literature

Science & Nature
  • To take part in some real science, hands on Zooniverse is a place to take part in real life science.
  • Simple, safe and easy to follow science experiments and science projects can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around your house.  Kids Science Experiments.
  • ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi. the very best films and photographs of the world's species into one centralised digital library, to create a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi.
  • Woodland Trust Nature Detectives discover nature great links and downloads and activities for the kids.. Nature Trust.
  • Grow your own potatoes sends out a potato kit to make potatoes and the site had educational downloads. Grow your own potatoes.
  • Fabulous site on kids health topics  Kids health from Nemours.
  • Science with some free stuff Science with me .
  • Science in society BBSRC Science for the future
  • Free Science Lessons - Free GCSE lessons 
  • Bill Nye Science - Also has a you tube channel that my kids adore.
  • Open Learn - Free science courses
  • Sheppard Software - Games
  • Science Museum - Science games
  • Explain that Stuff - Free online book that explains....
  • Shodor - Science education 
  • Scitable By Nature - Science education
  • Oh Eddie - Electrical Science
Culture & Religion
Home Economics

Multi Educational Topics
  • Children University with regional centers covering most topics and places to visit and organised classes for 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) Childrens University
  • Donna Young a home educator sharing links and resources Donna Young
  • Kids Know It Network with lots of educational free resources, fabulous site covering from astronomy to history and languages and has worksheets, videos, songs, games etc. Kids Know It Network
  • STEM teaching and learning resources - Science, Maths, Technology, Engineering National Stem Centre
  • Primary Resources free downloads and lesson plans etc..Primary resources
  • Tess Largest network of teachers in the world offers teaching resources  Tess 
  • Teaching ideas with downloads Teaching ideas
  • Play Chess
  • Core Knowledge - Curriculum help 

First Aid Education for Kids
  • Red Cross First Aid Education for kids resources.

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