My thoughts go out to you, the parents, as you look for ways to provide quality educational options for your children at home during these difficult times. I hope you can find these resources helpful.
Free Resources to Educate Children at Home
The website for children’s programming aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States.
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History
Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institutes Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, offers this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial.
National Geographic Kids
Child-focused resources about animals, science, history, people and places from around the world from The National Geographic Society.
Colorations educational craft ideas
This is a website we maintain with hundreds of educational and grade appropriate craft ideas that you can do at home.
Storytime From Space
Videos of astronauts reading STEM themed books from the International Space Station brought to you by the non-profit Storytime From Space.
Steve Spangler Science experiments you can do at home
This is a site established by science guy Steve Spangler, who’s been on ‘The Ellen Show’ over 20 times, with close to 400 science experiments you can do at home.
A Children’s Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales
Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey, treats you to dynamic, theatrical, and engaging tellings of cherished tales from around the world, through this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial.
Really Good Stuff student activity printables
There are about 40 free printable student activities on this page from K-6 company Really Good Stuff, which you can do at home, especially if you have limited resources.
Kidomi digital education appropriate for children
This is a 2018 National Parenting Product Awards Winner from Fingerprint Play, and is a subscription app for kids 6 – 12 with thousands of hours of games, books, and videos. You can sign up for a free trial.
ABCmouse digital education appropriate for children
This is a digital education program from the award winning company The Age of Learning, with subjects covered include reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music, and art. You can sign up for a free trial.
Free STEM Activities
Creative STEM activities for innovative approaches to learning. Discover innovative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and math basics through creative activities.
Free Educational Resources sorted by age
Pre-School and Early Elementary School
Oxford Owl – Free e-books and math games and activities for ages 3-11
BrainPop Junior – Learning tools for STEM, social studies, reading/writing, health and arts for grades K-3
The Space Foundation Discovery Center – STEM lesson plans for ages PreK-20
Mystery Science – Science lessons for grades K-5
Children’s Museum Houston – Weather and Science videos and activities for grades PreK-5
Elementary, Middle School and Above
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy – Interactive middle and high school computer science curriculum
ABCYa – Reading and math games and activities for grades PreK-6
Zearn.org – Math lessons for grades K-5
Disneynature – Movies and complimentary educational materials for grades 2-6
Scratch – Interactive story, game and animation design from the MIT Media Lab, designed for ages 8 to 16 but available for anyone
STMath – Math lessons for grades PreK-8
Prodigy Math – Math programs for grades 1-8
Curriculum Associates – Math and reading activity packs for grades K-8
DK Find Out! – Lessons in subjects such as history, science and coding
Listenwise – Non-fiction audio stories covering ELA, social studies and science for grades 2-12
CommonLit – Reading and writing lessons for grades 3-12
Codecademy – Data science and coding lessons for high school and college students
National Geographic Kids Science Lab – Science experiments, videos and articles
National Ocean Service (NOAA) Kids – Science activities and resources for kids and educators
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! – Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems explore ways of writing and making with kids of all ages
Scholastic Learn-At-Home Resources – Learning experiences for K-9
Greg Tang Math – Math games and resources for all ages
SciShow Kids – Videos explaining scientific concepts for young, curious minds
Frontiers for Young Minds – Science articles written by scientists and reviewed by kids
The Kid Should See This – STEAM, history, and culture-focused videos for kids of all ages
Imagineering in a Box – Lessons on theme park design and engineering via Walt Disney Imagineering, Pixar and Khan Academy
BBC Bitesize – Lessons covering math, English, science and more for ages 3-16+
BrainPop – Learning tools covering a variety of subjects
BreakoutEDU – Immersive learning games for grades K-12
Wonderopolis – Educational articles for grades K-12
XtraMath – Math programs for students, parents and teachers
How Stuff Works – Educational videos exploring the world around us
Code.org – Computer science lessons for grades K-12
Typing.com – Keyboarding, digital literacy, and coding lessons for all ages
IXL – Lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies and Spanish for grades PreK-12
Greatminds.org – Math, ELA and science for grades K-12
KCET At-Home Learning – Educational resources from PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations for grades PreK-12
California Academy of Sciences – Apps, immersive interactives, and engaging videos covering a variety of science topics
Bill Nye the Science Guy – Educational videos covering life, physical and planetary sciences
NASA STEM @ Home for Students – STEM articles and activities for grades K-12+
Gizmos – Simulations exploring concepts in math and science for grades 3-12
PhET Interactive Simulations – Interactive simulations for science and math
Khan Academy – Lessons on grammar, science, history and math for grades K-12
Professor Egghead Science Academy – Interactive lessons on science and engineering
Quill.org – Writing and grammar activities for grades K-12
Quizlet – Flash cards, quizzes and games for languages, arts and humanities, social science, computer skills, science and math
Duolingo – Language education for 35 languages
OnlineFreeSpanish – Spanish learning games, coloring pages and interactive activities for all levels