For some, working from home is a great way to be more productive. For others, it's a constant tug of war between work and kids. Especially when it comes to figuring out an effective home learning approach.
Trust us, we get it.
The current pandemic might have thrust you into a new role; the involuntary parent-teacher. Home learning for kids has skyrocketed and could be here to stay. Parents are frazzled. We've never seen this many kids learning at home - ever. Overnight, we've had to adjust.
If you find yourself juggling parent-teacher responsibilities, we're here to help.
In this article, we are sharing free home learning resources online to help you help your kids learn from home with success. And not just that, leveraging these free resources will help you save a ton of money too that you can put towards other things!
Free printable online learning resources
1. All Kids Network
All Kids Network provides fun activities that kids can do with parents or teachers. Their program has thousands of pieces of content that will keep your kids happy while helping them learn. Online learning resources include includes craft ideas, kids worksheets, and fun printables.
This is perfect for little ones!
Cost: They offer tons of free downloadable lessons. For their full library, a monthly membership is available.
2. Worksheet Fun
Got kids in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade? Worksheet Fun has you covered! The site is filled with free printable worksheets that you can easily download. Topics include math, patterns, brainteasers and so much more. No login required just hit download to get started; Your kids will love it!
Audiobooks for kids
If you thought Audible only has content to help your morning commute, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The audiobooks giant has everyone covered - including little kids.
Right now, Audible is generously offering free streaming to kids everywhere. They are committed to helping kids grow, dream, and succeed during this time when schools are closed. Their collection of stories contains titles in 6 different languages.
Cost: Free for as long as schools are closed.
Free online reading resources
True to its name, Scholastic Magazines is dedicated to helping kids learn at home. It offers day by day projects to keep kids engaged, thinking, and happy. The program has something for everyone from Pre-K through 9th grade.
Their learn from home page has day by day projects to keep your kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Cost: Paid subscription for the magazine but they are providing free resources during school closures. Visit their learn from home page for more information.
5. Storyline Online
Have you ever imagined a Daytime Emmy-nominated and award-winning children's literacy website? If you can't, you're in luck because it does exist! Storyline Online is the go-to destination where top celebrities read storybooks to children all over the world.
Reading aloud to children is important. It improves their communication and thinking skills and inspires them to fall in love with books. The content is mostly geared towards K to 4th-grade children and is available on YouTube, SchoolTube or Vimeo.
6. Read to Me International
Founded in Hawaii, Read to Me International has a clear mission: to help raise children who love reading. Read to Me's main method of achieving this is by promoting the importance of reading aloud to children.
They've created valuable information and a printable sheet on why and how to read aloud which is available for free. Additionally, they have an online learning resource library packed with information that will keep your kids busy all day long!
Resources include educational lessons and activities, virtual travel adventures, virtual museum tours, and educational videos.
They also have a recommended reading list for toddlers all the way up to Grade 4 and above.
Cost: Mostly free resources; donations welcome.
As a child, Steven Schutz struggled with reading. As he grew older, he wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids who struggled just like he did.
And that is where Starfall Education was born. Today his organization has one goal; to be a place where children have fun learning to read.
Perfect for Pre-K and Grades 1,2, and 3.
Cost: Animated reading materials and games are free. A paid option exists to join the community.
Fairy tales, myths, educational, poetry -there's no shortage of things to find on Storynory. Storynory is a website and podcast for kids. The goal of the site is to give free stories to the world. Their content is high quality and their stories, original.
The content on the site is suitable for kids from kindergarten to 8th grade. The key goal is for the content to help enhance vocabulary.
Cost: Completely free.
9. National Geographic Young Explorers
Your kids will love this one - National Geographic Young Explorers. Through online and video materials, kids get a taste of what explorers, scientists, and writers experience as they discover new and fascinating corners of the world.
The big idea behind their platform is to bring the world into the classroom. They share real stories that help increase children's knowledge of the world we live in.
And you can rest assured that all their materials are visually stunning and will be sure to keep your kids engaged and intrigued. This material is perfect for K-12.
Cost: They offer free reading content.
10. International Children's Digital Library
It's no secret that we live in an increasingly globalized world. A family moves to a new country with little kids to start a new life. However, this sometimes comes at a cost. The kids become disconnected from their heritage. They have to learn a new culture, language, and way of life.
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) was built to solve this challenge. The library contains historical and contemporary books from all across the globe. The library contains 4,619 books in 59 languages. Content is primarily for 3 - 13-year-olds.
Cost: Completely free.
Free online math resources
If you've ever been devastated by sites for kids that were outdated and full of inappropriate ads, then you're in for a treat. ABCYa! combines games with educational lessons to come up with a truly fun and engaging experience for kids.
The site features over 400 games for Pre-K through 6th grade. The games were created by teachers and parents who are committed to making the learning process fun!
Game topics include typing, pattern recognition, multiplication and so much more.
Cost: Free. They also offer paid family or classroom versions.
Prodigy is a curriculum aligned Math platform that is fun and engaging. Perhaps that might sound too good to be true, but the numbers speak for themselves. Over 50 million children are using the platform!
The site features a ton of resources including over 1,300 Math skills for 1st to 8th grade. The end goal is to help your kids feel confident in Math. Another plus? The site promises no cost ever.
Cost: Completely free.
13. Adapted Mind
If you're looking for kindergarten to 6th grade reading and math, Adapted Mind could be just what you need. The site is filled with over 300,000 Math problems and other content.
The best part? The site personalizes each child's learning experience. Their powerful algorithm is able to figure out each child's strengths and weaknesses and create a learning plan! Each child also takes a pre-test and then mini-assessments throughout the process.
Cost: One free month trial. Membership cost thereafter.
Virtual field trips for kids learning at home
If you want to switch up gears a little bit, you can check out these virtual field trips and tours that your kids will love.
14. San Diego Zoo
Want to go to the zoo but feeling stuck? San Diego Zoo Kids has a mind-blowing site with some amazing features.
The site has live cams of animals your kids will love to see; baboons, pandas, elephants, koalas, penguins, and tigers to name a few. It's not just live cams that make this site great.
They also have videos, activities, stories, and games. Your kids will be so fascinated, they'll completely forget they never left the house for the experience!
15. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Another great way to keep your kids (and yourself) entertained is with a virtual visit to the aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium has fun and engaging learning activities for kids of all ages and they offer free online classes.
You can also find daily science activities to do right from the comfort of your home. If you like some quiet time, you can download their coloring pages too!
The best part? They have live cams so your kids can get a front seat view of their favorite sea creatures.
Cost: Free; donations welcome.
16. FarmFood 360
FarmFood 360 does an excellent job of giving a sneak peek into life on Canadian farms. Their site has a ton of videos that cover farm and food tours in Canada.
Your kids will get to see egg farms, sheep farms, grain and pig farms, apple orchards and so much more! The content is perfect for children of any age.
17. Yellowstone National Park
You can log on to the Yellowstone National Park's website and participate in virtual tours. Each tour shows you some of the main attractions around the park.
Tours include the Mud Volcano, the Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone in 3D.
18. Access Mars
True to its name, Access Mars lets you do just that - access Mars right from the comfort of your home! We always talk about Mars without ever expecting to experience it, but now you can experience it first hand.
NASA and Google collaborated on this project to record the real surface of Mars using NASA's Curiosity Rover. Their mission? To discover if life forms exist on Mars. The project was launched in 2011 and is perfect for grade school kids with adventurous minds!
19. Discovery Education
Discovery Education is a powerful resource for educators. It's packed with over 190,000 activities and resources for kindergarten to 12th grade.
What's most fun on this site is the virtual field trips! The trips are divided by subject area and cover topics such as health and wellness, tech and manufacturing, sports, science, stem and exploration, agriculture and so much more!
20. Boston Children's Museum
Known as one of the most influential children's museums in the world and the second oldest of its kind, Boston Children's Museum is worth visiting! The Museum maintains amazing collections including Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls & Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts.
The museum has 3 floors and has virtual tours of each available on demand.
Interactive sites that make home learning fun
21. Brain Pop Jnr.
Specifically built for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade, Brain Pop Jnr. is a fun, interactive learning platform that is trusted by millions. The site covers a multitude of topics such as science, health, reading and writing, math, social studies, arts, and technology.
Each course comes with an interactive voice-prompted lesson with fun animations and quizzes to keep your little ones engaged.
The goal of the site is to help explain difficult concepts to young kids.
Cost: During COVID-19, the site is offering all animated movies and accompanying lesson plans as well as quizzes, games, and activities for free.
22. Go Noodle
Go Noodle offers videos and games to keep your kids happy and active. The platform features fun dance parties and game sessions to keep your kids engaged and performing at their best.
All their content is curated by world-class pros - from athletes and choreographers to developers who specialize in content for kids.
If you're looking for a fun, interactive site that will get your kids to get up and move - this is it!
Bonus tip - this is perfect for both kids and adults.