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Sometimes you’re stuck at home with the kids with nothing to do. Whether it’s summer, spring break, or a week-long blizzard, we all have those times where our routines get thrown off because our public school kids are home unexpectedly from school.
Those of us that homeschool know what that’s like! We can’t imagine having it suddenly thrust upon us with no preparation (although that’s what happened when our family decided to homeschool).
To help you out, here’s a huge list of free resources that you can use to help teach your children when they’re home from school!
And if you need a break and want some screen time, check out these educational TV shows.
We get it, being cooped up at home is hard. Feel free to adjust the times based on how early/late your children wake up and go to bed.
You an now fill in those school times with any of the following free resources.
Don’t let the name fool you – there are many free activities and lesson plans designed by professional, licensed teachers available on this website! You can search by subject, grade level, etc. We’ve found so many fun lesson plans on here for co-op that are completely free and very involved!
Homeschool Share (HSS) is a on-line cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources.
This site holds preschool (getting ready 1), kindergarten (getting ready 2), and first through eighth. (They also have a separate high school site.) You choose the courses. Set it and forget it. Then your child just clicks on the lesson link for each course (found on My EP) and starts clicking through the assignments. It will track what lesson they are on and their days.
And yes, it’s all free. You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online.
The engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform loved by over 50 million students, teachers and admins. No cost, ever.
Easily motivate 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math. Accessible at home or in class!
Prodigy determines your child’s skill level using a placement test, giving your child harder or easier questions as they play to figure out where they stand.
The placement test starts immediately and runs in the background as the game is played. It begins at one grade below the grade that you or your child selected when setting up their account, and then works upwards to determine your child’s actual grade level. After the test ends, the difficulty level continues to adapt, revisiting pre-requisites or jumping ahead depending on how your child performs.
For the first time, a learning game for students that is so much fun they chose to play. This engagement means kids practice their reading skills independently and while being challenged ultimately making the skills they need to be strong readers automatic.
Each world has a defined curriculum that players practice and master as they play through the stages within the world. At the end of the world, players will complete a final stage where they must combine all of the skills they practiced throughout the world. As the worlds build upon each other, players are continually reinforcing their mastery of earlier skills as those skills will re-appear in later stages.
Unlike other EdTech games where players answer a few questions after being introduced to a new skill before moving on to the next, Squiggle Park requires players to demonstrate mastery of each skill as it’s introduced and reinforces that mastery by constantly building upon the skills the player has already mastered.
Mystery Doug (run by Mystery Science)
Mystery Doug is a free program with a video every week that inspires your children to ask questions. Perfect five-minute breaks for your home.
Mystery Science is also offering their most popular science lessons for anyone to use for free. All of the lessons below are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. We have short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
Harness the curiosity and creativity of your middle and high school students with a supercharged social studies curriculum that gets beyond facts. Big History Project is a free, online social studies course that emphasizes skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future. What can you expect to see? Amazing gains in student writing and critical thinking.
BHP delivers a big picture look at the world, and helps students develop a framework to organize what they’re learning both in and out of school. After they leave your class, students will have a better understanding of how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. It’s a place that was 13.8 billion years in the making.
TypingClub is the most effective way to learn how to type. It is web based and highly effective. TypingClub is (and will always be) free for both individuals and schools. There is an optional paid school edition.
Keep practicing each lesson until you get all five stars. It really doesn’t take much to learn, a few minutes a day for one to two weeks and you will be a pro!
The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.
Their mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and they put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.
The series takes children on a journey through the graphemes; rehearsing recognition, blending and segmenting with each one. Children rehearse tricky words, plus reading whole sentences and captions. Can be played independently by children either in school or at home. Each child has their own login so the game can track their progress over time.
Khan Academy Kids was developed in collaboration with learning experts at Stanford and aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core Standards.
The personalized learning path dynamically adapts, ensuring each child is presented with activities, books, educational videos, and creative lessons that allow them to learn at their own pace, creating an individualized experience for every learner.
Kids can also learn independently in the Khan Academy Kids Library—a curated collection of activities, books, videos, and coloring pages. The book reader allows kids to follow along with recorded audio narration or read on their own across our fiction, non-fiction, and fiction leveled books.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
To help you paln truly unforgettable Field Trips with your kids, Scholastic has listed all of the topics that Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus has explored.
When you click on the theme you will see a listing of all the materials on this web site that relate to that subject. This is only a guide to suggest some interesting journeys for you and your kids. The topics are endless once you learn to take chances, get messy and EXPLORE! Wahoo!
CK-12 Foundation is dedicated to increasing access to high quality educational materials for K-12 students all over the world. They offer free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects. By providing these free resources, CK-12 is working toward educational equality for all.
CK-12 Foundation is a leading open educational resources (OER) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to high-quality K-12 STEM education materials. CK-12 offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects through an integrated set of tools for learning including digital textbooks, concept-based learning resources, simulations, interactive practice and more. All content is created and curated by teachers, for teachers and students.
All CK-12 products and services are 100% free and are being used by students and teachers across thousands of schools both in the US and rest of the world.
Circletime provides interactive “Mommy and Me classes” that are convenient and engaging for parents and fun and educational for children ages 0-6. Every group session is led by a certified subject-matter expert. The hands-on sessions are evidence-based and promote healthy play activities that continue beyond the class.
Most classes are free, but if needed, you can use the code homefun1
A novel, world-class, online, interactive high school computer science curriculum that is entirely free.
A free app and website to learn almost any foreign language.
If your kids have been watching DIY Sci on Amazon Prime, this is the same guy! He has a free YouTube channel with new science experiment videos every week. Our kids absolutely love this show – even more than Wild Kratts, believe it or not!
Curriki revolutionized the way digital learning content is distributed and shared. For over 10 years we have made the best curriculum, lessons and on-demand content free, open, and accessible to all.
Curriki originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide—the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Curriki helps bridge this divide by providing free and open resources to everyone.
They have free resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides!
You can join live streams, watch replays, play live trivia, practice past trivia, read study guides, review slide decks, and use the Q&A library. It’s all free and open for every student to use!
Freckle.com has a free level access where students in K-8 can access Freckle for free. Freckle can be used by parents or teachers to provide lesson plans at each kid’s own level, even if they’re in the same classroom!
Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas.You can create a free account and create customized playlists too.
A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum!
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