Hands up if you’ve suddenly become a homeschooler.
Us too. But don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite free resources that will help keep the kids busy, entertained and learning while schools are closed.
ABCya.com – Educational Games for Kids PreK – Grade 6. Topics include math, reading, typing, logic games and more. Free subscribers get access to regular games on desktop, videos, six mobile games and three ‘favourite” games per week on one device.
Gonoodle.com – Cabin fever anyone? GoNoodle gets kids up and moving with fun, engaging content including dance parties, yoga sessions, mindfulness activities and games.
Khanacademy.org – Created by experts, Khan Academy is a library of trusted, standards-aligned practices and lessons, covering math K-12, science, grammar, history and more. Free for learners and teachers.
Mysteryscience.com – In light of the recent school closures, Mystery Science has collected its most popular K-5 science lessons and is offering them for free, no login required. All lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes and for ease of use.
Mystery Doug – How is a rainbow made? Could a turtle live outside its shell? If these are mysteries your kids would like to explore, get a free account to access videos exploring hundreds of fascinating questions.
Raz-Kids – An award-winning website for students K-5 to improve their reading skills. Enter your email address for access to a library of free interactive ebooks, or enter a little more information and get access to a free 14-day trial of additional resources.
Scholastic Learn at Home – Offers day-by-day projects for elementary-aged kids to keep them reading, thinking and growing. Each day includes four separate learning experiences built around a meaningful story or video. Little learners can discover things like why Zebras have stripes, or take a trip back in time to the American Revolution via virtual tour.
STMath.com – Now available at no cost to anyone affected by school closures, ST Math is a PreK-8 visual instruction program with a unique, patented approach that allows students to learn through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving and informative feedback.
Typing Club – A ‘masterfully designed’ typing and keyboarding website with lessons and incentives to help kids learn to touch type (ie. using all fingers without looking at the keyboard.)
Xtramath.org – A free program that helps students master the building blocks of math education – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – to help prepare them for more advanced work in fractions, decimals and higher-level math. Sign-up is quick and easy and includes instructional videos to help kids and parents get started.
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ABCmouse – An award-winning learning program for kids age 2-8 that covers reading, music, math, art and more. Created by teachers and education experts, ABCmouse offers more than 10,000 learning activities for kids at all levels and has been proven to significantly increase reading skills with as little as 45-minutes a week. Free 30-day trial, then $9.99/month.
Epic! – Epic! Offers unlimited access to 35,000 of the best children’s books and videos from leading publishers like National Geographic, Smithsonian and more. $7.99/month after a 30-day free trial.
Libby – A free app that will allow kids and parents to borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from their public library. Stream with wifi or mobile data or download for offline use.
Lightbot: Code Hour – A short teaser meant to introduce kids to coding and get them hooked, even without any experience. Appropriate for K-12. Free with no in-app purchases.
Squiggle Park – The #1 reading game for early learners, Squiggle Park helps improve the reading skills of students all over the world. The platform features personalized reading skills games that push learners to succeed at a pace that works for them.
The Four – A math app for kids age 7 and older, The Four offers kids simple and fun games and activities to help with math fundamentals. Kids can compete to see who gets the highest score.
Education.com – enter your email address and create a password to unlock access to hundreds of free worksheets and printables for kids.
123Homeschool4me. – Access more than 300,000 free printable worksheets for kids up to Grade 12 in subjects like math, language arts, alphabet letters, history, geography and more.
For comic books, drawing prompts and much more check out these terrific free printables from jarrettlerner.com
We’re hoping to see more Canadian museums, zoos and aquariums increase their virtual tour capabilities in the near future but in the meantime, the Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a Home Safari Facebook Live event every day at 3 pm EDT. During this time the zoo will highlight one awesome animal and include an activity kids can do from home.
Finally, here’s a list of 10 Famous Museums Offering Virtual Tours.
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