Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, but weren’t sure where to turn? Are you looking for amazing electives for your homeschool kids? Then it’s time to explore the world of online classes! From photography to history and graphic design to writing, there are courses to meet all kinds of interests. Build new skills for fun or to eventually use in a new job.
Most of these online classes are free or very affordable. I love taking online classes and have developed my ability as a photographer exclusively through online classes and practice. Browse the sites yourself or with your kids to find the classes that you want to take!
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Online Classes for Homeschoolers & Parents
For Both Kids & Adults
CreativeLive is an amazing education platform for creatives. They cover photography, videography, sound and music engineering, running a business, art, design, and craft. The live classes are free and you can find their live class schedule here. They also offer paid classes that you can work through at your own pace. While these classes are geared toward adults, kids 10 and up could also take them and learn new skills or dive deeper into current interests.
CreativeLive also offers an incredible monthly or yearly subscription called the Creator Pass which gives you access to 1500+ of their top classes.
Want to take a class taught by a celebrity? MasterClass is the answer! Let Neil Gaiman teach you how to tell a story. Take a cooking class taught by Gordon Ramsey. Learn conservation from Dr. Jane Goodall.
There are classes on many different topics: acting, filmmaking, games, sports, music and performance, writing, culinary, design, photography, fashion, business, politics, and society. Kids could join you in taking many of these classes!
Go find your favorite celebrity teaching a class on something you’re interested in to get started! You can choose to purchase just 1 class or go with the awesome All-Access Pass – which is an incredible deal!
Clickin Moms was the first place that I turned to to learn photography. The community is supportive, helpful, and really pushes you to grow and learn. They have photography classes and break-out session for everyone from the beginner to the advanced photographer. Learn composition, how to shoot in manual mode, edit your photos beautifully, find your voice as an artist and so much more!
These classes are geared toward moms, but anyone age 10+ could take them.
Coursera offers online classes that are more academic in nature, taught by instructors from top universities and schools. These classes would most suit teenagers and adults. From math and science to the arts and humanities, Coursera offers courses for a wide variety of interests.
Udemy offers classes that would suit both adults and kids 10+.
Skillshare offers many courses covering these topics: business, creative, technology, lifestyle. Check out their website to learn more!
Online Classes for Kids
Brave Writer is one of my favorite curriculums, but it is so much more than just a curriculum. Julie Bogart offers tips, advice and encouragement on the Brave Writer Blog. You can also find the curriculum and online classes at the Brave Writer Store.
We haven't taken any of the online classes yet, but definitely will when our kids are a little older. They do offer a couple classes that you can do with kids in early elementary school. Most of the classes are geared for ages 9 and up though. Many of the classes are designed for families to do together.
Looking for one-of-a-kind fun and educational online classes for your kids? Outschool the place to go! Find all kinds of classes: lego, fairy tale art, foreign languages, Harry Potter chemistry, and hand-on engineering. You're sure to find a class that your child will enjoy.
Techie Homeschool Mom
The Techie Homeschool Mom has about 20 online unit studies for homeschoolers! They are made for upper elementary and above, though with assistance lower elementary students can do them as well!
I'm currently doing the Solar System unit study with my 5 year old, and we're both really enjoying it! You can try samples of some classes for free before you purchase.