With a lot of schools being closed for the next few weeks, my daughter’s included, I wanted to put together a list of free online learning websites for K-12 so you can keep your kids on track during this time.
These are great to use during extended breaks like we are seeing with the Coronavirus or even during summer or spring breaks just to keep your kids engaged.
I know that a lot of schools are going to be having online resources available but I wanted to put this list together just in case your child’s schools is not or if you just need more lessons and ideas for them to do.
The first place you will want to check out is your local library’s website. See if they have a section called Learning Tools or Learning Resources and you should be able to find free access to a lot of great options there as well as those included in this list.
There are so many surprising things the library can save you money on besides having great books!
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Free Online Learning Websites for K-12
ABC Mouse: They have fun educational games for kids aged 2-8 in reading, math, science, and more. You can usually access this for free at your local library or you can sign up for a free 30 day trial.
Adventure Academy: From the makers of ABC Mouse, this is for kids aged 8-13. They have games for language arts, math, science, and social studies. You can also get one month for free trial.
PBS Kids: Great for preK-first grade. They have educational games and videos as well as daily activities and tips for parents.
PBS Learning Media: They have subjects for grades preK-12th. You can watch educational videos and have interactive lessons. They cover math, English, Social Studies, Science, World languages, the Arts, and more.
Scholastic Learn at Home: They are offering free access to everyone during school shutdowns. For grades K-9. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with their families.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy has a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support.
More Free Online Education
Duolingo: Learn new languages with free, bite-size lessons that feel more like a game than a textbook, and that’s by design: Learning is easier when you’re having fun. But Duolingo isn’t just a game. It’s based on a methodology proven to foster long-term retention, and a curriculum aligned to an international standard.
BreakoutEDU: For grades K-12, a collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!
Everfi: Offers free lessons for K-12 on real world topics like finance, Health and Wellness, Career Readiness, and more.
CK-12: Offers lessons on math, science, social studies, English and more for Kindergarten-College
Mystery Science: Free science lessons for Kindergarten-5th grade.
Mango Languages: Learn a language for free. You may need a library card or go through your local library website to get free access. They are also offering free access to schools that are closing.
Lynda: For high schoolers or older. A WIDE array of subjects to choose from. You may need a library card or go through your local library website to get free access.
Free Learning Resources for Older Students
If your high school student gets bored with traditional school work, they can check out the free courses offered from these sites to learn a cool new skill.
Udemy: Offer classes covering business, design, photography, marketing, and more. Type in “free classes” in the search bar and it will bring up all of the free courses they are offering.
Creative Live: Offer new free classes every single week on a wide range of topics. This week’s topics are art and design, money, photo & video, crafts, and more.
Bluprint: Offers free classes on photography, baking, sewing, cooking, decorating, drawing, and much more.
Skillshare: Offer 2 months for free. They cover topics such as business, design, photography, tech, and more.
With this list of free online learning websites for K-12, you should be able to keep the kids occupied without sticking them in front of Netflix all day.
I really hope this gives you a good place to start and takes a little bit of stress off of your plate during this difficult time.
If you have little ones at home as well, you may want to check out these Mess-Free Kids Activities to keep them busy.