Free Educational Resources
Are you looking for free educational resources now that schools are closed? COVID-19 has caused quite the disruption, hasn’t it? Schools are closed and parents have been thrown into the world of school at home, maybe you call it homeschooling or distance learning whatever you call it, your children are at home and it is your responsibility to fulfill any gaps in their learning or possibly, just find good ways to keep them busy.
I have seen tons of amazing free resources being made available from some pretty amazing companies. I will be sharing these all in one place so you can find what you need as simply as possible. I am going to try to keep this post updated as new resources become available. Before we begin, share this post with your fellow parents who are looking for some fun, free resources to help during this difficult time.
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
Free Audible Books for Kids & Teens
Now, kids of all ages can stream hundreds of free audiobooks across 6 different languages. Totally free. No sign-ups. No personal information required. No strings attached.
Other Goose is offering its charter school-approved curriculum 100% free for the next 3 weeks.
Adventures in Odyssey Club
Your kids can currently access Adventures in Odyssey stories for FREE right now! Just sign up for this free trial, no credit card required!!
BrainPOP’s animated movies, creative thinking tools, interactive quizzes, and playful assessments have made a difference for millions of students.
Free, unlimited use of the full BrainPOP suite during the period of closure. Also providing additional on- and offline activities and ideas to support distance learning.
Age of Learning
With hits like ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ. Try them for free and keep your children busy learning and having fun.
Learn and play chess with other children online.
FabuLingua teaches Spanish through magical interactive stories on mobile phones and tablets. Its unique method is designed to introduce the new language in a way that subconsciously develops the child’s ear, comprehension and reading skills. This approach leads to the natural wiring of the brain to the new language in a way that is effective but feels effortless (and fun!). FabuLingua adds a new charming interactive story from Latin America or Spain every month, along with associated games and a Magic Sticker Book where kids get to create their own compositions!
Scholastic offers projects and at-home learning for kids of all grades. These are projects your child can do with you or on their own.
Funbrain offers educational games and books for kids K-6. Offering full texts of popular books including the Harry Moon Series(in English and Spanish) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Also well known for simple and fun educational games.
Some More Tools For Learning While You are Home
- Some more fantastic tools for online learning: Scholastic Parents – Printables, Scholastic Parents – Activities, Seussville, TinkerLab, BrainPop, KiwiCo, and Khan Academy – Math.
- Drawing Resources: Art Hub for Kids and Hello Wonderful.
- KQED is offering free at-home learning resources for children and youth in the state of California. This includes television broadcasts with time slots dedicated to each grade level.
- If your kids are asking you questions about the coronavirus, you’ll love this comic and podcast that NPR just released for kids to learn and enjoy.
When in doubt, turn to YouTube! There are channels for:
- Educational songs: Singing Walrus, Jack Hartman Kids Music Channel, and Harry Kindergarten Music.
- Science: The Dr. Binocs Show, SciShow Kids, and Crash Course Kids.
- Movement: Cosmic Kids Yoga and GoNoodle.
Focus on a few
While there are a ton of free resources to help you teach and entertain your children, focus on your child’s needs and interests. This is the best way to ensure they provide what they need without getting overwhelmed. I have recently been on the lookout for all the FREE programs going on right now and came across a great list from Amazing Educational Resources, however as I went through this list I found myself completely overwhelmed by all the options out there. My list is comprised of resources I am familiar with. For even more educational and fun ideas to keep your children busy while you are stuck at home, check out our post here which also offers some advice on how to schedule your day.