FREE Online Education Resources to Help Teach Kids at Home

March 17, 2020
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A list compiled by home educators that might help those affected by school closures due to Coronavirus.

Broward Schools Online Educational Resources

BCPS Supporting Young Learners

BCPS Early Childhood Education

BCPS Homework Help

Florida Department of Education Resources

Florida Office of Early Learning Activity Plans: Based on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

Broward Libraries Youth Resources: (FREE Online Library Card Required)

Broward Libraries Many Other Resources: (FREE Online Library Card Required)

Homework Help and Online Tutoring: Sponsored by Broward Libraries (FREE Online Library Card Required)

Munchkin Fun at Home A collection of crafts, STEM, distance learning, recipes & volunteering projects families can do at home. It’s a completely free resource for parents!

Khan Academy: Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning: From language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV license required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn: Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca: For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher-level material.

Frost Museum of Science Online: In unprecedented times like these, science is more vital than ever and we are committed to sharing the power of science with our community.

Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) Scientastic Discovery: Access to high-quality award-winning documentary films

Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) Virtual Camp Discovery: All type of fun science activities for kids and parents.

Harry Potter at Home: some new ways to bring the magic closer to you at home

Adventure Academy: Learning games and videos for reading, math, science, and more

Twig Education: A series of grade-level independent learning packets

Sora: A reading app with 170 curated school titles

Pebble Go: Log in for free during school closure periods using username: engaged and password: learning

Openlearn: Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Dream In Green - Green SchoolsChallenge: Activity guides and projects for children of all ages to learn about environmental education

We-Lab: Resources on conserving water and energy while at home

30 Days of Families Learning Together: provides a month’s worth of family literacy activities designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together

Family Time Machine: loaded with inspiring ideas and activities to help families make the most of their time together

Drawing Lessons: Online Drawing Lessons for Kids, Led by Favorite Artists & Illustrators

cK-12: Online School Lessons for Kids

Talking is Teaching: Helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions

PBS Kids: Includes curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for families and students.

Unite for Literacy: Comprehensive library of books that cover a wide variety of science, math, and social studies topics in multiple language.

VROOM: Provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments.

Blockly: Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Audible: FREE audiobooks while schools are out.

KIDVISION PRE-K: Online Portal showcases over 100 video field trips, instructional videos, and vocabulary videos.

Scratch: Creative computer programming

We Are Teachers: 150+ Amazing Online Learning Resources

Ted Ed: All sorts of engaging educational videos

Google Arts & Culture: Virtually visit more than 1,200 museums around the world

National Geographic Kids: Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

National Geographic Country Explorer: Explore countries through photos and facts

Duolingo: Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science: Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This: Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course: YouTube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids: As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards: Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards: Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges: Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Healthy Family Habits: online resources and ideas for families seeking to extend healthy habits into their homes

Tinkercad: All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths

CBeebies Radio: Listening activities for the younger ones.

Open Culture: Schoolhouse Rock Classic Videos

Nature Detectives: A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council: Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home: Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project: Aimed at Secondary age. Multidisciplinary activities.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Geography Games: Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges: If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent: Good, free art activities 

Red Ted Art: Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree: Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater: Educational online games

DK Find Out: Activities and quizzes

WatchKnowLearn: Educational Videos

San Diego Zoo: Animal facts & fun and LIVE webcams

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Webcams

Twinkl: This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Wonderopolis: 2,000+ Wonders of the Day (and counting!), covering a vast range of topics—you're sure to find something that interests you!

Camp Wonderopolis: Online learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)30 free family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together.

WEDU At Home Learning (PBS):  resource page featuring information about a new statewide PBS initiative to broadcast weekday At-Home Learning programming for grades PK-12

Read2Achieve: Closing the achievement gap, by equipping Educators and Parents with strategies and techniques to support and empower struggling beginning Readers.

Virtual Science: The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is taking its mission VIRTUAL

Club Oasis: OASIS is our FREE online STEM club for those interested in STEM learning

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Scripps Community Teaching Lab: an open laboratory space where in-house training courses and STEM outreach programs come to life

Florida Institute for Neuroscience: resources for students to learn about the brain

Manatee Lagoon: manatee masters invite you to take a virtual step into the world of manatees 

Jungle Island Homeschool: Explore different themes of animals and habitats that can be found right here at Jungle Island

Fair From Home: Digital experiences, activities, and recipes that kids can enjoy from home courtesy of the 2020 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair

Storytime from Space!: The Global Space Education Project sent children’s books to the International Space Station to be read by astronauts.

Emily Arrow Live: Broadcast from YouTube every day at 1:00 p.m.

WLRN At-Home Learning: featuring age-appropriate programming blocks for students Pre-K through Grade 12

Draw everyday with JJK: Jarrett Krosoczka is an author/illustrator offering drawing lessons

Capstone Interactive eBooks: Log in for free during school closure periods using username: continue and password: reading

Pinna: a resource for podcasts, audiobooks, science shows, mysteries and music for kids. Use code: PINNA4KIDS to get it free for 60 days

Free Code Camp: Coding resources from Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia Universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

KidLit TV: a virtual library of free read-aloud, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, art activities, and reading resources for kids

Lunch Doodles: A Kennedy Center arts and drawing show presented weekdays at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Michaels: Michaels craft store presents a live, family activity every Wednesday at noon

Live Stream Events During the Great Staycation: a Google Calendar of event resources

Mad Science: Family friendly experiments that can be tested with common household items

Liv Bits Interactive Read-Alouds: Ongoing list of live online author events

Skype a Scientist: Mostly scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.

Metropolitan Opera: Nightly live performances from a catalog of recorded events.

Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Free live stream performances.

Learn with Dr. Groff: STEM lessons for K-12 students

Hour of Code: Coding tutorials

Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

Jbrary Storytime Online Resources

Florida Library shared Author Permissions

Monterey Bay Webcams

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam (And More)

Zoo Atlanta Home Lessons

Flamingo Gardens Video Tours

FAU Brain Institute

PBS Learning Media

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Young At Art (YAA) Museum: At Home Art Activities

NCFL Read Aloud Thursdays

Pinwheel Coloring Sheet

New York Public Library

Boredom Busters (South Florida Family Life)

Crafts for Preschoolers

Stranahan House: Virtual Tours

Bonnet House Museum & GardensA Virtual and Vintage Tour

Virtual Museum Tours

Virtual Field Trips

Broward County Library: Sunsational Storytime

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami

6000 Historical Children's Book: Digitial Archive

Greater Fort Lauderdale: Junior Ambassador Program

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

 

More Educational Resources

A comic for kids exploring the new coronavirus

More PBS News Hour: Resources and lesson plans for grades 6-12

National Center For Families Learning Resources

 

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Why Are People Wearing Masks?

Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Corona Virus 

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Scholastic Coronavirus Guide

PBS Kids guide for talking to younger kids about the coronavirus

PBS Kids guide for talking to younger kids about tragic or scary events in the news

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) guide for talking to kids about COVID-19

Alton Brown explains why handwashing works better than hand sanitizer

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing

NPR guide for talking to kids about scary events in the news

Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus, Zero to Three

How to Prepare for Extended School Closings—and Not Lose Your Mind

Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute

What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus

Morningside Center guide for talking to students about the coronavirus

Morningside Center guide for addressing bias and bullying in response to the novel coronavirus

Supporting and Reassuring Children around the World (in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, and numerous other languages)

Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A HOPE-informed Guide for Parents

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

Coping After a Disaster (Ready Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cómo sobrellevar los desastres o eventos traumáticos (Read Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Ready Wrigley Prepares for Flu Season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LISTO CALIXTO se prepara para la temporada de influenza, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Caring for Children in a Disaster (CDC)

A Germ-fighting Superhero, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood/PBS Kids

Step-by-step Handwashing with Elmo, Sesame Street/PBS Kids

The Man with the Yellow Hat Explains How Germs Work, Curious George/PBS Kids

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

HOPE, Engagement, and COVID-19, HOPE

Healthy Families America website

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