In light of the sudden school closings and quarantining, hundreds of educational sites and programs are making available their resources to parents, families, and teachers for FREE! With kids home all day, learning has become more difficult. Yet, thanks to technology, and the generosity of empathetic educational programs, students can still practice their reading, math, and science skills from home. There's even a handful of sites with videos and lessons focused on physical activity and movement.
Below are a list of just a few of the sites that have offered free subscriptions and content for students and families. As future teachers, it might be helpful to breeze over these sources now, while they are available, to see which ones you might want to invest in or promote to your schools in the future! Take advantage of the resources educators have shared with the online world!
Storyline Online- Listen to quality children's books read out loud by famous actors and actresses.
Common Lit- "A nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students (grades 3-12), graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond" through a collection of literacy units, resources, and books.
Epic- A digital library with access to hundreds of children's books, videos, quizzes, and more!
Age of Learning- A collection of reading programs for all ages!
Kodable- A collection of coding games for children and a whole curriculum of coding lessons for teachers only available until June!
STMath- A PreK-8 visual instructional program that strengthens children's spatial-temporal reasoning ability through puzzles, games, and problem solving activities.
Cool Math Games- A collection of fun math games to keep your kids entertained while strengthening their math skills at the same time!
Mystery Science- A collection of hands on, interactive K-5 lessons that meet NGSS and Common Core standards on cool science topics! Made for teachers, by teachers! There's only a limited number of free memberships left, so hurry and sign up!
Frontiers for Young Minds- An open access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids and teens on a variety of sweet science topics!
NASA Climate Kids- Interactive games, activities, videos, and more exploring the big questions of global climate change!
Music Lab- A fun way to explore different components of music online (rhythm, chords, sound waves, and more!)
Walkabouts- "Walkabouts are on-demand adventures that transform math and language content into short, movement-rich activities for Pre-K through Second Grade students."
Go Noodle- A collection of movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts that are fun and entertaining!
Khan Academy- "Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers."
Brain Pop- Get free access to fun, interactive lessons in all subjects across the board!
Star Fall- A program for PreK-3 students that "emphasizes exploration, play, and positive reinforcement (through games, videos, songs, and activities)—encouraging children to become confident and intrinsically motivated."
Scholastic- Day to day activities and resources for PreK-9 students!
More Interactive Sites for Education!! Check out this awesome site that has collected a variety of free interactive sites for all subjects and areas!
Good luck with your search! Enjoy these awesome free resources in your quarantine!