As I was sitting down with my 6-year-old son, doing a free online piano lesson, I started to think about when I started doing piano lessons with my daughter when she was his age.
I still feel much the same way about these free online music lessons from Hoffman Academy even now, 3 years later. I love that the lessons are free and we can choose to buy the supplemental materials (which are inexpensive) and I love that we can do the lessons in the comfort of our home and not have to spend time running around.
The only downside is that we tend to go in streaks with piano lessons. Since we are not paying for these lessons we tend to let them take the back burner if things get too busy and we have too much going on that we did pay for. I do find my kids are better at learning from these lessons when I sit with them to pause the video or help clarify anything.
My experience with these free online piano lessons got me wondering what else we can do for free online lessons. I was surprised at how much I could find.
Maybe you want to learn a different instrument, perhaps guitar. In that case you should check out the Free Online Guitar Lessons from Gibson.
Or check out this list of Free Music Lessons that include recorder, fiddle, saxophone, harp, flute, drums, as well as piano and guitar.
Have you wanted to learn to paint? Then check out this article of Free DIY Beginner Painting Lessons. It has links to hundreds of tutorials and videos in a variety of paint mediums.
Or maybe you have always wanted to learn how to sew and envy those that have that ability. Try out these Free Sewing Lessons that have started new in 2016 and get started on your newest hobby.
While many kids may be learning to type in school technology classes, many parents and grandparents did not have the luxury of such classes and may be interested in Free Typing Lessons.
Or maybe you never learned to play chess and shy away from it when your kids want to learn, like me. I am going to check out this list of Free Chess Lessons that also include a link for a free printable chess board and chess pieces.
In that case you’ll want to check out the Standford University online courses. They offer some free classes each session.
Coming up in April 2016 you can take the following course for free: “Using Communication-Focused Activities in Designated English as a New Language Lessons ” or a self-paced course offered year round called”Adventures in Writing.” While that course is geared towards teachers in New York, it may be of benefit to others.
You never know what they may be offering, so check back. My husband has taken one of these online courses from Standford before.
Another idea would be to learn a new language with Free Online Language Classes. Choose a place you are or want to travel to, or just any language you think sounds beautiful or have wanted to learn.
If you don’t want to take an online class or tutorial, then check out Christina’s post on How to Learn Stuff for Free of Cheap to get other ideas.
Your turn: What kind of free online lessons have you taken? What do you want to learn?