Learning from home

We have used Skwirk before with Zachery, Nicholas, Cameron and Kyle….a few years back.

Now we are more “Natural Learners” or “Unschoolers” I like to let Cameron and Kyle learn by what they are interested in – what they are passionate about….. that way they are actually learning instead of being forced feed information that they can’t remember.

This time we are having lots of fun because Cameron is now at the age where he can read the information all by himself, and his very into “Science and Technology”  and “History and Geography” – totally his passion!

Kyle is into learning all about Numbers and Skwirk has a wonderful game where he can learn about single digits, double digits and triple digits! The games are keeping Kyle’s attention for periods of time and for an outdoor type of kid that’s a good thing!

Kyle Maths Train

He actually finds this too easy because its only numbers one to 10, when the game goes to the bigger numbers that is when Kyle’s mind is being challenged, which I enjoy watching! At first he could not work  out where to place the trains to have them in order {especially when the number was written in words} but with practice he is getting the idea.

Kyle adding and taking away

The game is teaching Kyle how to add numbers {or take away numbers depending on the game} to reach a target! He has to learn that adding too many numbers at once will go over the Target, and he has 20 moves to complete the game. A huge challenge on many levels.

Using Skwirk at the Library

Kyle find a word

The find a word is perfect for Kyle – he can’t read big words as yet but by adding words here he is starting to recognize and pick out letters that form words.  Such a great way for “Natural Learning” to occur, and such a great boost to Kyle’s reading confidence.

Cameron Maths Game

Cameron is not big on Math’s….its not his strong subject, but this game is starting to get him interested! Yes this game is giving him a Challenge and one he is determined to bet.

Australia Wide is being used

School, Teachers Parents and Students {homeschoolers} Australia Wide are now using Skwirk. Its a learning game, at the same time its an educational game. One that I can see benefit many Children.

Find our more about Skwirk, http://www.skwirk.com.au.

Info of New Life on the Road. We are David and Lisa Wood and have been married for over 15 years. We have five amazing (loud) boys aged 16, 14, 11, 8, 5. For the last three years we have been on a journey looking for more out of  life. A better way of living. A better way of experiencing life – See more at: http://www.newlifeontheroad.com/about/#sthash.zX4jHIK7.dpuf

‘We home educate our children and use a variety or resources to facilitate learning for our children. Our two oldest children were at school for several years before we commenced our home educating journey. We home educate our three girls (aged 11,9 and 7). Since starting home education we have seen many educational resources come and go, mostly due to the kids not enjoying their work. Skwirk is one of the resources that is here for the long haul and gets the thumbs up from all three girls.

We use Skwirk as part of our daily learning activities. The layout of Skwirk and the entertaining way in which it is designed greatly increases the enjoyment the kids get from using it. Kacey uses Skwirk at grade level 3, Lauren at grade level 5 and Courtney at grade level 7. Each Skwirk level is appropriately designed and aligned with the age of the kids and the curriculum. The kids use all aspects of Skwirk, giving them a more rounded Kid on Skwirkapproach to learning. They read, complete the activity sheets, watch the animations, participate in the animated activities and watch the videos. These different learning approaches capture the attention of all of my kids. Courtney enjoys the reading, Lauren loves the animations and Kacey likes to watch the videos and do the exams.

The structured, progressive approach of Skwirk makes it really easy for me to set activities for our kids, as it does not require lesson planning and design from me. The lessons are already planned, designed and listed in a logical, easy to follow format. This means the kids are doing most of the learning, rather than me doing it all. Because Skwirk is laid out and clearly defined under core curriculum areas it is really easy for me to keep records and comply with the requirements of the NSW Board of Studies. I think Skwirk is also helping the kids to become independent thinkers and learners as they are now familiar with learning without me having to lead them all of the time.’

Homechoolers can get 30% off of Skwirk’s resources during July with the discount code ‘home’.

Join Skwirk as a home educator today, click here to get started.

Singlemum.com.au has a look at Skwirk online, with SingleMum’s own Miss Six taking it for a test drive…

When I first sat down at the computer with my Kindergarten-student daughter to have an introductory look at Skwirk, I had allowed myself some time to help guide her until she felt she was able to navigate it herself – so much for that plan. I was immediately rendered redundant by her squealing “I want to do it myself Mummy, it’s easy!” whilst mugging the computer mouse – another “Skwirker” was born. Wandering off to make myself a consoling mummy-isn’t-entirely-useless-really coffee, I then strayed back to quietly observe just what it was that had her so hooked from the get-go…

Skwirk

Skwirk (pronounced “Schoolwork” said really, really fast, for those of us in the know) is basically, a parents educational-support dream…

An online program that actually follows your child’s Australian school curriculum to a “T”, right through primary and on to secondary school. It’s kind of like your child’s own private online tutor!

The Skwirk system is split into “Stages”, with Stage 1 being Foundation (Kinder) to year 2, Stage 2 covering Year 3 and 4, and so on. Your child’s login-in profile is based upon their educational Year, and the main menu of subjects that they are presented with upon log-in covers all of the main subjects on offer for their Year at school, according to the current Australian curriculum.

In our case with Kinder, the main menu offered the expected Reading and Maths, but also Human Society and It’s Environment and Science too – just as they do at school. Once your child clicks the subject that they like, they are offered a more detailed selection of different topics, which in turn offer options such as “Read Along” (a colourful article-type page with lots of bright cartoon illustrations), an “Animation” (a short cartoon clip) or a game.

Big, easy to read and click buttons make the usability of this program a real winner for the computer-beginner…

with logical, easy-to-follow step by step progression through the subjects, and an encouraging “everybody wins in the end” philosophy for the games and puzzles.

Certainly for the Kindy kids one of the major draw-cards would have to be Skwirk’s cute “Animations” – short tutorials cunningly disguised as cartoons, complete with wacky sounds that engage and entertain. The clever “carrot and stick” format has each Animation ending with the reward of a fun game to play – again with it’s own lesson built in – a double bonus!

Skwirk

For the later-Stage primary kids, there’s still the same winning format of Animations and other features, with additional Quizzes, Projects, Videos and even Exams. A points system provides further incentive to learn, and for the parents a separate log-on reveals a reporting facility that lets you see how your child is progressing along the way.

The Secondary School Stages offer, again, a syllabus-specific variety of subjects. All this within a media-rich learning environment that serves as an excellent resource and support for students as they move towards those most vital of educational years. Here, as in the other Stages, Sqwirk comes into it’s own as a great learning advantage.

All-in-all, Skwirk is a valuable learning tool, and a highly relevant supplement to Australian school curriculum.

Back at Kindy level, it’s easy to see that little kids regard this introduction to online learning as a lot of fun, and that can only be a good thing. It’s hard not to feel smug with your sheer parenting genius (said with tongue firmly in cheek!) as you watch your kids laughing and giggling their way through puzzles and games that can’t help but support them in their school work. Indeed, Skwirk is so valued in our household now, that Miss Six bargains for extra Skwirk time as a treat, and all I can say about that is – nice one, Mummy!

Get a 25% discount to Skwirk in September. Use the discount code ‘education’ when subscribing. Click here to get Skwirking!

The Skwirk program is used by teachers, students and parents Australia-wide. For further information on how you can access Skwirk for your child, you can visit www.Skwirk.com, or telephone Skwirk on (02) 9438 3637.

For the first time, Aussie Product Review will be reviewing a service, but I would describe Skwirk more as a community. Skwirk, pronounced school work quickly, is an interactive learning website. One of the great things about Skwirk is that all the content is Australian and the content has been written specifically for the syllabus in each state therefore making it a wonderful aid to help children all around Australia.

We have reviewed the Skwirk system through three year levels Years 2 and 4 and high school Year 10. Here is what our reviewers thought of Skwirk;

My little one is in Year 2 at school and things have to be interesting to keep this age focused for any period of time. I can say with the bright pictures, colourful animations and games, Skwirk kept her involved for her whole computer time quota. I think children, particularly at this age, learn more and/or quicker visually so to have the animations and colourful pictures throughout kept her interested and focused on the task. Quite honestly I didn’t have to ask her to get on Skwirk she was asking me. As all the activities are targeted at her age group I really don’t think she realised that she was learning while ‘playing’ on the computer. Also, I could jump on after her and check her progress. Skwirk was wonderful and I think it has been invaluable help for my daughter.

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review the Skwirk system with my daughter who is currently in Year 4 at school.

Once we accessed the site with our login details we were happy to find a huge choice of lessons to choose from in many subjects. My daughter loved being able to choose what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it. I found she spent a lot more time learning this way than conventionally with her set homework. The activities kept her amused and interested literally for over an hour, easily and without any coaching by me.

The lessons we tried were very easy to use and challenged her at every step, which she enjoyed. She felt liked she had achieved something at the end of each step and told her Dad all about what she had learnt when he got home that night.

I’d recommend this system to anyone who has school aged children whether their child is having trouble with learning or not. It is a great way for children to learn at their own pace and support their own learning at school.’

‘Year 10 is a bit beyond me at times so it was great to have Skwirk pick up my slack! While I didn’t hover over my son while he was on Skwirk I did get to go on at the end of the week and view his progress. While we were doing our Skwirk trial, I did notice that should my son not understand something he was studying he would head to Skwirk to get the extra help. My son just loved using Skwirk and even he said “it has been a great help to me mum.” I would consider Skwirk an investment in the son’s education. I was very impressed by this online schooling system.’

Well, what a rave review! I would have to agree; anything to help further education or teach children in a different way to what the school teacher has taught them is a great thing. All children are different and learn in different ways, so if your child cannot quite grasp something in the classroom maybe you should visit Skwirk, it might just be the help your child needs.

Parents grab a free trial by clicking here. Watch a video below to find out more about Skwirk.

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As a homeschooling mum, finding the right curriculum for our children is a top priority. Skwirk, an online curriculum, is aligned with the Australian curriculum and is loved by kids. It is a program that encourages independent learning in Maths, English, Science, Geography and History for all grades from foundation to Year 10.

Skwirk has been having an overhaul and added an awesome option purely for homeschoolers. Now, homeschooling parents have access to all the tools, all the year groups, all the subjects on Skwirk, everything that is available to teachers. I particularly love that I am now able to access the National Curriculum code search and lesson planning functions.

My boys are currently completing Grades 2 and 4. The K-2 lessons are animation based, which our boy loved. The videos are bright, colourful and easy to watch and understand. After watching the video, there are interactive activities to complete. After completing these activities, there are games that can be played.

The lessons for Grades 3-10, include content that is to be read, a short animation, and activity and a worksheet which is all completed before taking the assessment.

As a parent, you are able to create your own lessons from the lessons provided and by adding your own images or YouTube videos and assign these lessons to your children. You are also able to assign your child lessons from the database as well. You are also able to print out any worksheets or design your own quizzes, which I think is very useful for homeschoolers.

Progress reports are available weekly and are easy to print out. These are great for showing assessors how your child has been learning.

We have found Skwirk to be a great supplement to our lessons, so if you are looking for a new online program for 2015, why not try Skwirk today? Click this link to get Skwirking.

Stacey is a homeschooling mum of two energetic boys. Due to her hubby’s shift hours, they decided it would be better for her to stay home and homeschool the boys.  She has homeschooled their two boys from the start. Her blog, A Moment In our World, was started as a way to share their homeschooling journey with their family and friends, who nearly all live far away. Now it is a fabulous resource for everyone, comprising of fun activities, crafts, lots of free printables and yummy recipes.

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Home education is on the rise according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The number of children being taught at home in NSW alone has ballooned by 65 per cent in four years. We here at Skwirk have certainly noticed an increase in home school access over the past few years, and that got us thinking… We have always had four main users. Schools; teachers; parents; & of course the students. In the past when home educating parents contact us asking which option is best for them, we have pointed them towards the Skwirk parent subscription. However we always felt we could offer more to the home schooling community. After all, when you add up the number of resources (whether books or online), across the number of subjects (Maths, English, Science etc), it is not going to be a cheap process to be educated from home. And that is why we have created our brand new Home Education option on Skwirk. This is a combination of a parent subscription (weekly reporting, multiple subjects, student access), with the added tools from our teacher portal (multiple year groups, lesson assigning, immediate reporting, National Curriculum search functionality, and our lesson editor). So you can essentially use Skwirk as your one stop shop online resource. Of course this option is not just available to Home Educators, but to all parents. If you already a parent subscriber (or your email address is already registered with the site), then contact the Skwirk Team via email or phone and we will switch your accounts. Plus, exclusively for homeschool families, you can get 40% off with the promocode ‘school‘.

If you would like to subscribe to this option, click this link. You can also trial by clicking this link. Find out more by watching the home educator tour.

Happy Skwirking,

The Skwirk Team