Young Kids Taking Online University Courses

I came across the ‘How Things Work’ University of Viriginia FREE course, offered by Coursera, when I was going online for my FREE ‘Critical Thinking’ course presently being offered by the University of Edinburgh. I was delighted to find that the ‘How Things Work’ course is also suitable for primary-aged children! So I started doing it with Edward, aged 9, and it’s going really well. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to continue their own learning or to introduce their kids to physics in a fun but challenging way – a way that will make them feel really grown up! I also love the feeling of the two of us huddling in front of our laptop, learning together, trying to make a go of the little quizzes during the course – TOGETHER! It’s the 21st century version of cuddling on the sofa and reading a story to your kids! But I wouldn’t do this as a nighttime wind-down!

Edward and I started off doing the preliminary quiz which comprises 25 questions about physics in everyday life. It was a bit tough and we didn’t quite finish it. I’ll knock off the last five questions tonight. The idea is that you do the quiz before and after the course to see your improvement; clever as long as it works and we see a huge jump in our physics knowledge! Given we’ve only watched a couple of lectures and it’s all flooding back to me whilst being thoroughly entertained, I have high hopes, for us both.

I would love to hear of more courses like this, any subject, that are suitable for kids. If anyone knows of any, please do tell me!

About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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