Someone sent me a list of home learning resources through Whatsapp that I thought was particularly useful during this time of school closures. I’ve compiled the list along with some other resources I’ve found through the years that we’ve enjoyed using.
Free Resources for Home Learning
- Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
- Khan Academy – free learning program on a variety of subjects and grade levels.
- MIT Open Courseware – free audio and video lectures on a variety of subjects (for older students).
- Language Arts – free lesson plans.
- Geographic – learn geography.
- Free curriculum site with everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here.
- Quizlet – master any subject.
- Funbrain – educational games, videos, and books for kids up to 8th Grade.
- Literactive – games and printables on reading for kids up to Grade 7.
- Artsology – art games, printables, and educational resources.
- Literacy and Linguistics – multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester. It offers a variety of activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language.
- Memory – wide range of courses for learning just about anything.
- Kindle Unlimited – kindle unlimited subscription offers unlimited access to over 1 million kindle books on Amazon.
- GetEpic – online digital books (free access now available through your teacher during school closures).
- Audible Stories – available for free during school closures.
- Scribd – digital and audio books app
- World Book Online – available for free during school closures.
- Apps: Read Along Story Books for Children
- Reading Eggs – online reading program for kids. They offer 30 days free trial.
- Free Kids Books – ebooks for toddlers to young adults.
These resources are specifically focussed on Math:
- DrFrostMaths – free online learning platform, teaching resources, videos and a bank of exam questions.
- Prodigy – RPG Math Game for kids up to Grade 8 (full access available on learning content). We’ve written about this program before.
- Math Game Time – free math games for kids up to Grade 7.
- Free Online Math Sites for Kids
- Dreambox Learning – adaptive K-8 math program (requires subscription).
- CTC Math – online math curriculum for K-12 (requires asubscription; free trial available)
- Math Resources for Learning Times Tables
- Code.org – free online coding courses.
- Kano Resources:
- Tech Will Save Us – Supercharge Homeschooling e-Book.
- Wikisky – explore the constellations and galaxies.
- Free Science Lesson Plans
- Mystery Science – open and go science lessons for elementary kids. Paid subscription but they are offering a free first year. They are also offering free science lessons in the wake of school closures.
- Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students
- Periodic Table Videos
- The Biology Place – free biology lessons and lab animations.
- National Geographic Kids – games, videos, and educational information for kids.
- Science Kids – experiments, games, facts, quizzes, projects, lessons, and videos on science.
- ScienceTrek – educational science videos.
- Resources for Science Experiments
- Duolingo – free resource for learning another language.
- Polyglot – learning languages through games.
- Babbel – learn a new language.
- ielanguages – Learn languages online with free lessons and audio recordings by native speakers
- The French Experiment
- Speed Mandarin
- Learn Malay
- Learn to Speak Malay
- Learn to Speak Japanese for Kids
- Easy Portuguese
Keeping Active at Home:
- Go Noodle – keep the kids moving at home.
- Body Coach for Kids – workouts for kids to do at home.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
- Piano Maestro – App for learning piano at home.
- Music Play Online – paid program but you can get one month free.
- Tunelark – video chat music lessons with experts.
- Video Drum Lessons
- Justin Guitar – thousands of free lessons available. (See: more options on online guitar lessons)
- Major Music Theory – music theory workbooks and sheet music (some free, some paid).
- Music Theory Lessons
- DIY Musical Instruments
- DSO Kids – activities for music appreciation by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
- Virtual Visit Tours
- Scholastic Global Trek – Virtually travel the globe to 35 different countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
- 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World (Art, History, Science, and Technology)
- 101+ Virtual Tours of Popular Tourist Attractions Around the World
- 11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around The World
- Virtual Operas
- Buckingham Palace
- Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
- Nasa Space Station
- Visit Jerusalem – virtual tours of Israel
- More Virtual Tours
Free Home Learning Websites for the Younger Kids:
- E-Learning for Kids – Education website covering a variety of subjects for kids up to Grade 6 (Math, Science, Environmental Skills, Computer Skills, Health, Language Arts, Life Skills).
- Oxford Owl – Reading, English, and Math for kids age 3-11 years.
- Starfall Education – Kindergarten to Grade 3.
- ABCYa – Pre-K to Grade 6
- Splashlearn – Maths for kids up to Grade 5
- Storyline Online – Books for kids read aloud through video.
- PBS Kids – PBS videos and games for kids.
- Highlights Kids – games, activities, and educational videos.
- Cool Math 4 Kids – maths games.
- Unite for Literacy – online non-fiction books for kids.
- Switch Zoo – animal games.
- Seussville – Dr Seuss games, books, and videos.
- Turtle Diary – Word and number games for kids up to Grade 5.
- ABC Kids – ABC’s games, shows, apps, and activities for kids.
This is a list of educational youtube channels but they cover content for a wide age-range. I suggest you check these for age-appropriateness for your kids, especially if you have younger children.
- Crash Course Kids
- Mr. DeMaio
- Big Think – for the older kids; features experts communicating their expertise and knowledge.
- Elearnin – math and science topics for older kids.
- Science with Tom – science for older kids.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Horrible Histories
- Horrible Science
- Minute Physics – physics for older kids.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Science Channel
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School – famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science.
- Geography Focus
- Kids Learning Tube
- Geeek Gurl Diaries – programming, computer science, logic, electronics.
- Mike Likes Science
- Science Max
- The Quirkles – science experiments.
- ABC Mouse – for the younger kids.
- Book Box Inc – stories for younger kids.
Paid Online Resources for Home Learning:
- BrainPop – covers a variety of subjects and is currently offering free access during school closures.
- IXL – personalised learning from Pre-K to Grade 12.
- Curiosity Stream – paid subscription for documentaries online.
- Tynker – paid subscription for coding games.
- Outschool – pay per class, live online classes for kids 3-18 years.
- Udemy – paid courses online.
- iReady – paid programs for mainly for maths, reading, and writing.
- Beast Academy – Math program currently offering a promo for school closures (Promo Code: FlattenTheCurve)
- Creative Bug – paid arts and craft lessons (free trial available).
- Educational Apps List
- Mindfulness Resources
- Art Therapy – Art activities
- DIY Board Games
- Cardboard House Construction
- ChessKids – Learn to Play Chess
- Chatter Pack – A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
- Left Brain Craft Brain – 100 Invitations to Build
- Babble Dabble Do – cheap, easy, at-home crafts and activities
- Big Life Journal – Stay at Home Care Package
I wanted to add this here because it’s pretty relevant to what’s happening currently. Plague Inc is a game where you are the pathogen infecting the world. To win, you need to wipe out the world before it can come up with a cure for you. Through an immersive game-play, students can learn about infectious diseases, how they can evolve to become more infectious and deadly, and what global policies can be put in place to prevent its spread.
Can you infect the world? Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation.
Your pathogen has just infected ‘Patient Zero’. Now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.
Brilliantly executed with innovative gameplay and built from the ground up for iPhone & iPad, Plague Inc. evolves the strategy genre and pushes mobile gaming (and you) to new levels. It’s You vs. the world – only the strongest can survive!
Plague Inc is also available as a board game: