15 Free Homeschool Resources for Parents
Many parents have been preparing for the ramifications of the coronavirus for weeks. But if your child ordinarily attends school in person, all of your coronavirus prep may not have prepared you for the reality of helping your kids learn from home. This may be especially true if you are simultaneously trying to adjust to working from home.
While the sudden changes and current uncertainty may seem stressful and overwhelming, there are resources that can help take some of the burdens off your shoulders. These 15 free homeschool resources can help you educate and entertain your child, even if you still need to work.
- Scholastic Learn at Home – This resource by the popular children’s publisher combines articles, videos, audio, and activities neatly organized by grade level. Plus, the materials are broken down into days, so you don’t need to put any thought into what order to cover them. Read more about it in our article.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab – The Smithsonian Learning Lab is chock-full of awesome free material, including images, audio, text, and videos. You can put together your own lesson plan using materials on the site or just use an existing collection. Because the format and materials are a bit more advanced, this may be a better option for older children.
- American Archive of Public Broadcasting – This collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH has a catalog of thousands of audio and video files covering diverse topics, ranging from politics to history to humor.
- World101 – Junior high and high school students can learn more about world regions and issues with this free resource from the Council on Foreign Relations. Modules include videos, charts, infographics, and text.
- 123 Homeschool 4 Me – Still have a working printer and enough paper? This website has thousands of free worksheets organized by grade level. They also have tons of activity ideas, many of which use materials you probably have in your house.
- Walkabouts – With kids learning from home, they may be moving a lot less than usual. Walkabouts is offering a free trial during COVID-19 closures. This program is designed to help children from pre-k to second grade get up and move while they learn.
- Beanstalk – Need learning resources for kids between 1.5 and 6? You can sign up for Beanstalk for free during the COVID-19 threat and enjoy access to live and on-demand classes for little ones.
- Unite for Literacy – If your kid didn’t have time to stock up on library books before school got canceled, don’t worry about it! Unite for Literacy has lots of free online books for younger children. Plus, optional audio can help children with pronunciation.
- Biology Simulations – Designed for older children, this site has a number of different simulations to teach kids scientific concepts about topics like cell energy, heredity, and more.
- Code.org – Coding is such a valuable skill, but many schools don’t cover it. Now is a great opportunity for your child to develop some basic skills! Code.org organizes activities by age ranges so that even young children can learn skills that might help them down the road.
- Duolingo – Whether your child is already studying a language in school or you hope to give them a headstart, Duolingo is an excellent free option to teach them the basics. Plus, the gamified approach may make kids more eager to learn.
- Louvre Online Tours – Just because you might have to cancel your spring break trip doesn’t mean your children can’t visit important sites. The Louvre has online tours to help them experience the museum without leaving home.
- San Diego Zoo Kids – The San Diego Zoo Kids page has lots of great information on different species of animals accompanied by beautiful pictures. Looking for a fun break? The site also has some activities and games!
- Arcademic Skill Builders – Since kids are so accustomed to having fun at home, it can be hard to hunker down and study. This website makes it easy by using games to teach important skills. A day of gaming can be a day of learning!
- Breakout EDU – Breakout EDU offers a selection of free learning games kids can play at home. There are options for students ranging from kindergarten to high school.
How are you helping your children learn during their time away from school? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below!