Distance Learning: Free Online Educational Resources for Kids

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COVID-19 has led to widespread school closures in the United States, with eleven states closing through the remainder of the school year.
While schools are transitioning to distance learning, many educational companies have stepped forward to help kids stay on track.

Here’s a list of fantastic resources to keep kids learning and engaged at home.

Public Library Resources

TumbleBooks Library is a curated virtual library for grades K-3rd. The collection includes e-books, read-alongs, videos, audiobooks, and games.

Hoopla is a digital media service that provides digital e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows. Instantly borrow up to three items per month.

Overdrive lets you borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks.

Freegal Music is a free music service that offers access to about 3 million songs.

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming service that provides access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films.

Free Multi-Subject Resources

Wide Open School, launched on March 31st by Common Sense Media, is a one-stop-shop for educational resources. It features the best resources from educational companies such as Scholastic, Khan Academy, Time for Kids, and much more.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is providing free learning activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos for grades K-12.

Bamboo Learning offers Free Alexa skills that focus on fun, home-based, family-friendly learning. Visit the links below to give permission and enable this service on your Alexa device.

National Geographic Learn at Home provides a curated collection of activities to keep kids engaged in social studies, geography, science, and more.

National Geographic Kids provides articles and videos that explore science, geography, history, and world culture.

TED-Ed offers daily high-quality video-based lessons that are informative and engaging.

Free Reading Resources

ReadWorks offers free remote learning resources to improve reading comprehension for grades K-12th.

Teach Your Monster To Read is an award-winning program that offers free phonics and reading games to help kids ages 3-6 learn to read.

Story Online is an award-winning literacy website that features videos of actors reading children’s books.

DreamScape combines reading passages and interactive questions to teach comprehension skills.

Stories.Audible is offering a collection of stories for kids and families as long as schools are closed.

ReadWriteThink provides online resources to help kids develop their reading and writing skills.

ReadTheory offers personalized reading comprehension exercises for grades K-12 and ELL students.

Loving2Read connects readers with an online library of good fit books.

Unite for Literacy provides digital access to picture books that are narrated in different languages.

Flyleaf Publishing provides a digital library of leveled e-books and comprehension checks to help students develop the skills and habits of competent readers.

Free Math Resources

Math Playground offers a variety of games to help kids practice math facts.

Prodigy uses engaging standards-based math games to help students practice math skills.

CoolMath4Kids is an amusement park of math games. The site is designed to make learning math engaging and fun.

Math Game Time offers games, worksheets, and videos for kids, parents, and teachers.

Arcademics provides multiplayer games in math, language arts, and geography.

SplashLearn provides highly engaging math games to help students learn and study math.

Math Games offers games and worksheets to make learning math fun. Kids can practice math skills by Common Core Standard.

Free Science Resources

Mystery Science is providing its most popular science lessons for free. These easy at-home lessons are designed to help kids develop a love of science.

Discovery #Mindblown lets students play games, experience augmented reality, and watch videos.

USGS contains a curated collection of earth science resources for grades PreK through college.

NASA Kids’ Club and NASA at Home provide games and activities to help kids learn about space.

Steve Spangler Science offers amazing science experiments and videos that make people of all ages fall in love with science.

Science Bob provides easy science experiments and videos.

Free Social Studies Resource

History for Kids is an online history network packed with articles, quizzes, games, videos, and worksheets on historical events.

Free Music Resources

Hoffman Academy provides free piano lessons online.

Chrome Music Lab makes learning music fun through hands-on experiments.

Classics for Kids introduces kids to classical music.

Free Art Resources

Art Projects for Kids provides directed drawing activities for kids.

Tate Kids provides games, quizzes, and art activities for kids.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! invites kids to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. 

Free Typing Program

TypingClub is an interactive typing program that teaches kids how to type.

Free Educational Videos

Brain Pop Jr provides animated movies and developmentally appropriate on- and offline activities to support distance learning.

GoNoodle provides educational videos to get kids up and moving.

Sworkit Kid Workouts provides exercise and fitness videos for kids

Amazon Prime Video is streaming kid-friendly movies and tv shows for free. Prime membership is not required.

Free Coding Program

Scratch is a programming language that lets kids create interactive stories, games, and animations.

Free Printables

PBS Learning Media offers learning packets for grades PreK-12th.

Curriculum Associates provides activity packets for grades K-8th.

Education is offering independent study packets for grades PreK-5th.

EdHelper is providing learning workbooks, while school is out, for grades PreK-6th.

Virtual Field Trips

Houston Zoo tune in to enjoy a live look at the following animals: elephants, giraffes, gorillas, rhinos, flamingos, chimpanzees, and leaf cutter ants.

Yellowstone National Park lets you virtually tour some of the main attractions around the park.

Monterey Bay Aquarium tune in to one of ten live webcams to experience the wonders of the ocean.

Georgia Aquarium tune in to view the following webcams: Ocean Voyager, Beluga Whales, Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef, African Penguins, California Sea Lions, Jellyfish, Underwater Puffins, Southern Sea Otters, and Gators Crossing.

Farm Food 360 takes you on a real-life expedition of a farm and food processing facility in Canada.

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3 Comments

  1. April 3, 2020 / 10:10 am

    This is such a great and useful list. Thank you!

    • Jeanell
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      April 15, 2020 / 5:57 pm

      You are welcome.

  2. April 3, 2020 / 10:08 am

    That is what I love about our lifetime – there are so many resources and of so many types that you can reach any learning style! I love the abundance of options!

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