Right now my family should be on a road trip to Florida to enjoy a much-anticipated, long-time-in-coming Spring Break vacation. Instead, we’re at home, putting away all our vacation clothes and supplies and making plans to hang out around the house (and outside) for the next few weeks, just like so many other in the nation and around the world, thanks to the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
With three weeks (at least) of limited excursions out and about and our first taste of “homeschooling” our boys (which we’ve considered in the past) because of the mandatory school closures, I’ve been collecting links to free educational resources from all over the internet as friends, family members, and teachers pass them along.
And I figured as long I was making a list, I’d pass them along to you as well because we’re all going to need a little help over the next few weeks to make the most of this unexpected time at home.
Some of these are ones my boys are already using at school or home, but some of them are completely new to us. (Also, this post may contain affiliate links, which means that, at no cost to you, I may receive a small commission when you use those links. See my full disclosure for more details.)
Prodigy – Prodigy is an online game where players solve math problems to defeat their opponents. Elijah has enjoyed this one since 1st grade.
NASA has tons of activities and videos for students to explore, set up by grade levels.
Nitro Type teaches typing with a fun racing game that my boys like to challenge me on. Since I’ve kept my typing skills rather sharp, I tend to beat them pretty soundly, but they are too impressed to be upset.
Scholastic offers free day-to-day projects to help your kids keep learning.
Amazon also offers lots of free and low-cost ebooks for all ages. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can use the free Kindle app to access them. You can also sign up for Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans
Colonial Williamsburg – This just requires the creation of a FREE account (you don’t have to be a teacher). They have tons of videos with web activities to go along with them.
Artist at Heart will be doing daily live videos with free art lessons online over the next few weeks via their Facebook.
From Travel & Leisure, here is a list of 12 museums that offer free virtual tours of their galleries.
Additional Educational Resources:
Our boys absolutely love ABCMouse.com, and they are currently offering free access for schools during this time, but it does need to be requested by a school administrator. (https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools) However, they also have a free 30-day trial if you can’t get it for your entire school.
ABCya.com is another favorite site that has free options and covers all subject areas.
Meet Penny also shared a huge list of educational companies offering free subscription services right now.
NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) has good advice on how to make the most of this time to truly benefit your children.
Have a site to add to our list of online educational resources? Let me know! We love finding new ones to share.
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