Online Educational Resources for Students
Over the past few days, many parents have found themselves in a position they never imagined — homeschooling their children.
With the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, most U.S. schools are either closing outright or moving to online learning for an indefinite time. Instead of celebrating spring break, we are “social distancing” in an effort to “flatten the curve.” It’s an unprecedented time for education in our nation’s history. And there are plenty of challenges to overcome.
We’ve compiled a list of fun and safe online educational resources for your children to visit and explore. If we missed your favorite, please send an email to [email protected] and we’ll add it.
Art For Kids Hub is a family YouTube channel. We love doing art together and hope you follow along with us. Many of our lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies!
Art Projects for Kids is a collection of fun and easy art projects that include hundreds of how to draw tutorials, and many other engaging art lessons for kids.
Audible has launched Audible Stories, a new service through which the company provides free audiobooks for small children and teens for the duration of the novel coronavirus pandemic. For as long as schools are closed, they are open.
Children can instantly stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more.
To assist area students, parents, and teachers, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries has created a page of educational resources that can be used remotely WITHOUT A LIBRARY CARD during this time. Live online homework help (powered by Brainfuse) with expert tutors are available daily from 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. to assist students in grades K-12 with Math, Science, Social Studies, English, SAT/ACT Prep and more.
Do2Learn is a resource for individuals with special needs. They provide thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Duolingo is a free, web-based way to learn a new language. They offer personalized lessons in a fun and exciting way that kids enjoy. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and more.
Fluency And Fitness incorporates learning and movement. Their site is typically used in classrooms for review purposes, but they are giving families 21 days of free access to their content, including reading and math topics, 900+ video library, and more.
Funbrain, created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, offers hundreds of free interactive games, books, videos, and printables that help kids develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving, and literacy.
Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments! Highlights Kids is the place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes from Highlights.
Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor. Tutors are available 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. The Tutor.com SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7. The services can be accessed from an Alabama public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.
Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.
Learn In Color is a blog started by a student to help kids get excited about education. It includes lists and links for free online museum tours, kid podcasts, historical movies, music education apps, and more.
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The National Geographic Kids website is the online component of their print magazine. While some sections of the site require a subscription, there are free games, videos, and information about animals.
Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning.
There are many sites available to you as resources for learning. I recommend Reading A-Z. It covers all grade levels Pre-k-12th. Scholastic has a free site. These sites will give you ready-made lessons for your younger kids and provide information for the older ones that could help them complete a research paper on a person in their future career field.
This site is now the home for a remote learning experience for our students with moderate and severe disabilities. Until this current crisis ends, this site will be a source for quality lessons and activities for teachers and parents to utilize.
Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories! On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play.
Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars. Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends!
Watch, listen, and play games to learn all about amazing animals!
Typing Club is a free, web-based instructional site to learn touch typing.
WeAreTeachers is an online media resource for educators. You’ll find practical classroom ideas and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.
**A quick Google search of “screen-free activities for kids” will result in literally thousands of options!
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