These FREE Online Resources Can Help Continue Kids’ Learning From Home

These FREE Online Resources Can Help Continue Kids’ Learning From Home

Across the nation, schools are closing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

During this confusing time dealing with unknown questions like—“how long will school actually be out?” or “how do we protect our kids while still ensuring they’re learning?” parents can be left wondering how in the world to try and continue their child’s education over a break with an undetermined length.

Maybe your child’s school sent home detailed lesson plans or a means for students to continue school online. However, for many, this isn’t the case. Therefore, it’s time to get creative. Luckily, some companies have provided online resources we love that can help!

1. Scholastic

This site has activities that strengthen “reading, thinking, and growing”. This is a great source for laid-back stories and fun projects that will encourage your child to keep their wheels turning. They have something for every age!

2. National Geographic for Kids

This one is great for a Science resource, and it has games! This is a great source for your animal lover, or for your gamer who needs a little educational content thrown into the mix.

3. ABCMouse

For ages 2-8, ABC Mouse offers a 30-day free trial, with fun activities in Reading, Math, Science, Art, and Colors. This would be my top pick for pre-school and early elementary teachers!

4. PBS Learning Media

With the elementary resources far outweighing the resources for higher grades, this one is great for any grade level! PBS offers activities in almost every subject: social studies, English, Science, Art, Math, Technology, Engineering, Health, and more.

5. Storyline Online

Storyline is a great alternative for youtube if you’re looking for safe, educational videos for your child. The website takes books and turns them into videos for children. 

6. Kids Discover

Kids Discover is a primarily History/Science website geared towards older children (think middle/high school). The site has a wide variety of topics to choose from with “visually appealing” articles on each topic, blending art and writing to create an interesting way to learn new information (and remember it!)

7. Wonderopolis

This is a fun one! Wonderopolis takes commonly asked questions and bases lessons around them. “How do you find a sunken ship?” and “Do birds get shocked when they sit on wires” are a few questions that are explored on this website.

In addition to the online companies offering resources, I want to reiterate, as a teacher, that there is no replacement for one-on-one teaching. We understand that the capacity to make this happen will vary greatly from one situation to the next, but if at all possible, take the lessons your child (or any child you are teaching!) is learning online and translate them into real life. 

Go on a scavenger hunt in the backyard. Plant a garden. Sing a song. Do a dance. Catch some bugs. Paint. Make flashcards. Count. Multiply. 

If you have an older child, ask them to be the teacher for once and explain a lesson to you. Let them problem solve. Encourage them to think outside the box. Use the online resources if you would like—but know that no resource will ever replace YOU.

Ultimately, remember that this is an unconventional time which calls for unconventional learning. Kids don’t need a structured P.E. class from home as much as they need to move their bodies each day and breathe in fresh air. Students don’t need to complete extravagant science projects as much as they need to learn the benefit of being knowledgeable and aware, especially in a time like this. 

When it’s all said and done, kids just need time and whether you’re a mom, dad, relative, babysitter, or caregiver, we already know you’re the best person for the job.


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These FREE Online Resources Can Help Continue Kids’ Learning From Home

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Whitney Ballard is a writer and teacher from small town Alabama. She owns the Trains and Tantrums blog, https://trainsandtantrums.blog/. Whitney went from becoming a mom at sixteen to holding a Master’s degree in Education; she writes about her journey, along with daily life, through a Christian lens on her blog. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her in the backyard with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

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