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Written By: Mandi Johnson
The first thing that I learned about Homeschooling is that every parent is ultimately a “Home Educator.” Whether you are personally teaching your children their formal lessons, assisting in a child’s classroom, helping with homework, or simply teaching your little one how to tie his shoes, you are educating your child.
Hi, I am Mandi Johnson. I am a blogger here, for Time2Save Workshops and I am a wife, mommy, and educator. I homeschool my children and I am a Tutor and a regional Director for Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Homeschool program.
Education can be very expensive but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many free and inexpensive resources for parents and Home Educators. Here is one of my favorite online resources:
Zoodles is a child-friendly browser that allows your child to browse thousands of on-line educational and fun resources without worry. All of the hand-picked content is age appropriate and can even be tailored to your child’s educational needs. The browser takes up the entire screen so your child can not get to your files! To exit the program you have to type the word “quit.”
The free version is great and even sends you an email each week with a breakdown of what each of your children has done including what areas of study they have practiced. (Homeschoolers tip: Print these emails out for your portfolio and they count toward your education time!)
Family members can even send video messages and record stories to be shared with your child!
The FREE version includes:
- Child-friendly browser interface
- Age appropriate content based on the parents settings
- History shown for up to the past 7 days
- Ability to personalize for each child in your family
The PAID version includes all of the above AND:
- Full History
- Parent is able to promote subjects
- Parent is able to block content or characters
- Block ads shown on individual websites (the free version shows the ads but the child is still not allowed to go to the ad site. If a child does click on the ad, they are directed back to the game browser!)
- Set time limits on usage
- Add content to the site for your child
For more details about the differences between the FREE and PAID versions go HERE.
For a list of the games and content offered to each age group go HERE.
The browser is available for Mac, PC, iPad, Android, iPhone, and iPod.
I hope to share MORE things that will aid you and your family in getting the resources you need to successfully educate your children. We are thinking of doing a weekly, education-based post with reviews and free and cheap education resources! Let us know if you are interested!