With schools in many countries closed down and kids at home, parents are finding themselves in a unique situation. Keeping kids both entertained and educated while at home for the long haul may seem daunting, but there's actually quite a lot available to help parents make the most of this time. Most of these resources are available free of charge, making it a breeze to find educational solutions for children of all ages.
So, where to begin? Scholastic's Learn at Home is a website filled with projects for pre-K through 9th grade, in addition to resources for parents and educators. With lessons on everything from astronomy and anatomy to mythology and world history, Crash Course is a YouTube channel filled with videos aimed at high school students. If you have young learners at home, don't worry. Crash Course Kids is focused on grade school science.
TIME for Kids is doing its part in this time of crisis by making its grade-specific editions free of charge. All parents need to do is register online to gain access to the material for the remainder of the school year. Meanwhile, PBS Media and PBS Kids are fantastic resources for educational videos, games, and offline learning activities that will keep kids of all ages engaged.
If your child loves science, you'll want to tune into the California Science Center's Stuck at Home Science live stream. Available in both English and Spanish, these science experiments make perfect at-home activities and can be carried out using ordinary household items. Those in love with space will want to check out NASA's new Teachable Moments website, which is filled with STEM lessons and activities for K-12 learners. For little ones, the animated show Space Racers is aimed at pre-schoolers and their website not only has fun games, but lesson plans and activities for the whole family.
Still haven't found what you're looking for? Here are even more free resources to keep your kids educated and entertained while at home.
- BBC Bites – Daily content to support learners aged 3 to 16+.
- Ranger Rick – Free access to the National Wildlife Federation's kids magazine, as well as educator guides, activities, crafts, videos, and much more.
- Khan Academy – Remote courses in a wide variety of subjects suitable for all ages. They've also created a daily schedule to keep your kids on track and in a routine even during this time of change.
- Classroom Cereal – Free printable stories that provide grammar practice.
- Phonics Play – Now free, this site helps young learners improve their literacy skills.
- Eduprintables – Aimed at pre-K through 3rd grade, parents will find plenty of printable math, reading, and writing activities.
- Babbel – This language learning website is offering 3 months of free lessons to students located in the United States.
- Get Body Smart – Learn more about the human body through animated narrations and quizzes.
- P.E. with Joe – Keep your kids moving and burning energy with these daily 30-minute YouTube lessons.
- Hippo Campus – Geared at students in middle school through college, this site has over 7,000 video lessons in 13 subjects.
- Bedtime Math – Get your young learners (ages 3 to 9) to fall in love with numbers through fun activities.
- Smithsonian Game Center – These games are geared towards children ranging from Kindergarteners to middle schoolers, and they make STEM learning fun.
- Activity Village – Keep young minds engaged with coloring pages, puzzles, and crafting ideas.
- Big History Project – Middle and high schoolers will appreciate these free online courses about the history of our world.