Welcome to the World of Home Education and Learning Without School!
We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
History and Cultural Studies Online Self-Education
Anyone can learn anything they want or need to with the amazing amount of courses and information available online. The following list is mainly sourced from USA and the UK and was inspired by a blog by Marc and Angel Hack Life. See also links to science resources and providers. See also Open Learning Links.
- University of Washington's OpenUW - Explore a variety of learning in several free history-centric online courses from the University of Washington.
- Notre Dame OpenCourseWare - Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
- Bio's Best - Biography.com's most popular biographies on notable historical figures.
- UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Social Science) - Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
- Boston College Front Row (History) - Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
- MIT OpenCourseWare (History) - The MIT History Faculty offers about 70 subjects in the areas of Ancient, North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern history.
- Wikiversity School of Social Sciences - Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
- OpenLearn (Arts and Humanities) - The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
- A Biography of America - A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative of America's story.
- Have Fun with History - A resource for students, educators and all lovers of American History.
- The USGenWeb Project - Free genealogy and family history resources online.
- MacroHistory and World Report - Tell without illusions or ideological restraints the story of our ancestors, our parents and us.
- World History HyperHistory - Navigates through 3000 years of World History with links to important persons and events of world historical importance.
- American Digital History - Online American history textbook. An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.
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