Free Educational Resources for Kids During School Closures

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It’s been only four days since the schools closed and we are scrambling to suddenly figure out how to homeschool our kids. I’ve always been curious and have considered virtual education for my kids over the years, but being forced into it didn’t give me enough time to really do the research I needed to do. I’m not ready. I’m not even sure I’ll be ready in a month. I need direction. I need educational resources for my kids.

I’d love to just sit my kids at the kitchen table and tell them to do whatever it is they do in school. But we all know that a 7, 10 and 14 year old are probably going to grab their phones and start watching videos on youtube or tiktok or whatever it is they spend most of their unsupervised time doing these days.

I’ve been getting a number of emails from teachers, from the school, from local organizations and educational sites that we signed up for over the years. It was all so overwhelming for me. I reached out to a couple of my friends who are teachers and they are all just taking it easy right now and gathering what they need to start teaching in a couple of weeks (since we would have been on Spring Break anyway).

If you didn’t appreciate teachers up until this point, you are going to start to. It’s impossible to realize how much they do in a day and with way more than just your one child that won’t sit still long enough to learn anything. GIVE THOSE TEACHERS A RAISE! A BIG ONE! And thank them more. I know I will.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve spent some time online trying to find the best educational resources for my kids and wanted to share in case you are in a similar position. If you know of any free educational sites I haven’t listed (especially for high schoolers), please share in the comments below so that I can add it! At this point, that village we are always looking for is right here, on the internet. Virtual high fives.

Educational Resources for Kids

Elementary School

ARCADEMICS: arcademics.com/
BREAKOUT EDU:
breakoutedu.com/funathome
CK-12: ck12.org/student/
GREAT SCHOOLS (worksheets): greatschools.org/gk/worksheets/
HELPING WITH MATH: helpingwithmath.com
HOME SCHOOL MATH: homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/
HOME SPELLING WORDS: homespellingwords.com/spelling-worksheets
JUMPSTART: jumpstart.com/parents/worksheets
KHAN ACADEMY:
khanacademy.org/
LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS: kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
MATH GAMES:  
mathgames.com
MATH GAME TIME: mathgametime.com
MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION: education.minecraft.net
MYSTERY SCIENCE: mysteryscience.com/
OUTSCHOOL: outschool.com
PBS KIDS:
 pbskids.org
PRODIGY (math): prodigygame.com
READ WRITE THINK: readwritethink.org
SCHOLASTIC: scholastic.com
SCRATCH (coding): scratch.mit.edu
TYPING CLUB: typingclub.com
VARSITY TUTORS: varsitytutors.com

Middle School

BREAKOUT EDU: breakoutedu.com/funathome
CK-12: ck12.org/student/
HELPING WITH MATH: helpingwithmath.com
HOME SCHOOL MATH: homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/
HOME SPELLING WORDS: homespellingwords.com/spelling-worksheets
KHAN ACADEMY:
khanacademy.org/
MATH GAMES:
 mathgames.com
MATH GAME TIME: mathgametime.com
OUTSCHOOL: outschool.com
PRODIGY (math): prodigygame.com
READ WRITE THINK: readwritethink.org
SCHOLASTIC: scholastic.com
SCRATCH (coding): scratch.mit.edu
TYPING CLUB: typingclub.com
VARSITY TUTORS: varsitytutors.com

High School

BREAKOUT EDU: breakoutedu.com/funathome
CK-12: ck12.org/student/
KHAN ACADEMY:
khanacademy.org/
OUTSCHOOL: outschool.com
SCRATCH (coding):
scratch.mit.edu
TYPING CLUB: typingclub.com
VARSITY TUTORS: varsitytutors.com

Don’t forget to share any free educational resources for kids that I’ve missed. I will continue adding to this list as I find new ones, so bookmark in your favorites! If you’re looking for fun craft ideas to keep the kids busy, check out our favorites.

While schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, these free educational resources offer help for parents and kids.

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  1. Some awesome resources here, thanks for sharing the list with us.

    I’d add that BBC Bitesize is a great site for all ages. It has loads of games, guides and activities you could do at home with your little ones.

    It’s based on the UK curriculum, but there’ll be loads of crossover if you live elsewhere in the world.

    Keep up the good work!

    Ash

  2. This is a beautiful resource. Many parents will need it since we are all self-quarantined in for a while.

  3. wow. thanks for making an effort to compile this list. a lot of resources online and are really helpful for kids especially during this crisis.

  4. While it’s a hard time for everyone to not able to going out, you have offered some good ideas and thanks for sharing. I will take note of some of these tools, too!

  5. There are so many more! For Elementary, try: Learninglynx.com, abcya.com, Mathabc.com, storylineonline.com, turtlediary.com, easypeazyhomeschool.com, (might not be correct web address), BrainPop.com (some free content), and so on, just do a search for what you’re looking for, , such as “free common core”, “free homeschool curriculum”, “free online math games”, etc.

  6. nice list. i’m sure parents are very grateful! i just heard that Pacific Marine Mammal Center is to Offer Free Virtual Field Trips to the Community. So cool what these companies are coming up with.

  7. These are great resources. I used to homeschool my kiddos year ago, so this is not a huge transition for us. Having said that, I remember the first week and how overwhelmed we felt. Therefore I completely understand what people are going through. This is a great time for everyone to bond. This too shall pass.

  8. This is a great resource, especially during the pandemic of what we are going through. This is very helpful!

  9. Good resources. My sons a senior in high school so he is in the middle of finishing up his year.

  10. This is a great and useful list. Many parents are struggling right now with having to homeschool their kids, so this will certainly bring relief.

  11. All of these resources are so great! With my kids staying home for school I want to make sure that they’re still getting the best education!

  12. Great ideas and good list. With schools closed, its really tough for the kids to spend time. Mine was asking a few days before what to do mamma, your post will really help.

  13. This is a great list of educational resources. It’s also a good time to give them some hands on learning as well.

  14. I love that they have all these. It’s great for all the kids. Our schools gave us a few ideas for websites too.

  15. I can understand your dilemma. My daughter is also finding ways to keep her son busy with learning materials. We are on community quarantine for a whole month and although I know it is for everyone’s safety and well being, it can be very stressful. I had to endure standing in line for an hour to get inside a grocery store, only to find out that they don’t have the items I need. Ugh.

  16. I love how there are so many resources out there right now, ready for use by any family. It’s so heartwarming to see companies and organizations building community like this. Must share with my friends with school-aged kids.

  17. Thank you for these. We will be checking some out for sure. My daughter is going a tad stir crazy.

  18. I was wondering about this this morning, I’ve never heard of most of these resources. Thank you so much.

  19. This is just what I needed. My kids need some learning and I will be looking at these links to start teaching them

  20. Thank you so much for this fabulous list! I am going to forward this to my brother in law as he has several little ones home right now. Got to keep the busy 🙂

  21. This is an awesome list! I’m loving the Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. It’s such a fun treat for kids!

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  22. THE MASTER LIST!! Thank you for this!! 🙂 My son is currently still in daycare which I am very happy with because they stimulate his brain way more than I can at home!

  23. This is such a useful resource. thank you for putting it all together. Thankfully my family here in Aus havent been affected by this (yet) however, my cousin in England has so I shall have to send her your post.

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  24. Wow. Thank you for the list of free educational resources for kids. Looking forward to using some of them.