While you’re home with your kiddos trying to keep them entertained AND keep their brains working, you might have wondered once or twice how teachers do it.
Yes, we have learned that keeping kids happy and engaged all day is not as easy as it looks. So we’ve gathered 30 great websites to help your family learn cool stuff while having fun! There are thousands of amazing sites offering free help during the pandemic, so these are just a few, but they all have quality “programming” and offer a wide variety of lessons for learners of all ages.
We hope these sites help your students’ minds stay active and keep your families from going stir crazy!
Learn just about anything at Khan Academy, for FREE. During the COVID crisis, Khan has daily schedules for students ages 2-18 to keep them learning, as well as resources for parents and teachers.
This website has great animated videos and related activities on just about every topic your kids want to learn about. Fill out a simple form for free family access during school closures.
The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher.
Ellen J McHenry’s Basement Workshop
This site has a TON of great free downloads on topics from biology, art and reading to math, STEM and geography.
History for Kids
Free online history network with extensive topics, plus worksheets and quizzes.
Kids can learn to touch type with fun games and tutorials.
Let the kids have fun while they’re learning with tons of great math, reading and strategy games for kids.
Life Skills Bingo
Learn about taxes, sewing, tipping, and laundry. Includes clickable how-to links with lessons, and student worksheet to complete each activity.
Explore children’s literature with great videos, read alouds, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, craft projects and reading resources.
This family-favorite early learning website has thousands activities, games, music, videos and virtual experiences for kids ages 2–8. Right now the site is offering a 30-day free trial.
Cool courses taught by teachers from around the world via live stream. Courses feature topics from writing and the arts, to STEM topics like coding and robotics, often with fun themes like Harry Potter potions, LEGO and Fortnite.
Freckle was designed for teachers, but you can sign up for a teacher account so that your child can learn at home. To set up your teacher account, go to www.freckle.com and click “Sign up free.” Lessons include adaptive math lessons, an ELA library, grammar, sight words and science activities.
National Geographic Education Resource Library
Learn about the world with National Geographic with lessons on weather, globalization, engineering, physics, earth science and social studies.
Anne Arundel County Public Library
AACPL is offering a wealth of e-learning materials for free to kids, including ebooks for children, Kanopy kids movies, InfoBits resources for elementary schoolers, and its BrainFuse service, which connects kids to one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Celebrities and SAG actors read children’s books aloud for kids.
Kids can work on their own books, from poetry to DIY projects to teaching others about their interests.
Looking to get the kids off of their screens? K12 reader has a ton of great printable resources for kids of all ages.
What Do We Do All Day?
Looking for books for your 12-year-old boy, books on gender equality for elementary school kids, or the best picture books for toddlers? What Do We Do All Day has an enormous catalog of book lists, with something for every kid, reading level or interest available. Plus there are games and activities to boot.
Mystery Science lessons come in short (15–20 minutes) to full (45–50 minutes) lessons on a wide variety of fun science and STEM topics for elementary school kids
This Northern Va. company offers free instructor-led online lessons, in which kids can learn to code, build, invent and animate!
Hour of Code
Free coding lessons for pre-k to high school grade levels, with fun themes from Frozen to Minecraft and Flappy Bird.
NASA Kids Club
NASA’s Kids Club teaches kids all about space, NASA projects like the Mars Rover and International Space Station with fun videos, activities and downloads.
How to Toon
Internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos is teaching kids of all ages how to draw cartoons with step-by-step live videos.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
What’s more fun than learning to draw with Mo Willems, creator of Elephant and Piggie books? Check out his Daily Doodle series at 1 p.m.; catalog of videos at kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
Art For Kids
This YouTube family of artists draws together while teaching your kids how.
Kitchen Table Classroom
Veteran art teacher and mom runs the show here, with free, fun art lessons, videos, printables, and activities, most of which require few supplies.
Learn 30+ languages in as little as five minutes per day, for free through the website or app.
This website and app teaches 70 languages. You can login with your Anne Arundel County library number.
This well-known language program is giving kids free access for three months.
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