Now that all school is homeschool, parents are in need of help! You don't need to freak out -- there are so many amazing free things for kids and parents out there. Here are some of my favorite free online resources.
Free Resource Lists
Common Sense Media provides a ton of links to great resources, including schedules for live classes and activities, lesson plans, virtual tours and storytimes, and games.
We Are Teachers has put together a huge list of resources, including lists of the best educational TV shows, videos, and apps.
Excellent activities and videos, searchable by grade level, from PBS Learning Media. Their lessons and interactive activities are excellent for all grade levels.
YouTube Learn at Home (partnered with Khan Academy) lists channels for different ages, e.g. Families with kids 13 and older, families with kids 5 and up, families with preschoolers.
Look for your favorite authors and artists on Twitter and Facebook – many are doing read aloud or draw along videos and providing free activities.
For Younger Kids
Sesame Workshop offers free videos, activities, coloring pages, ebooks, and more.
Ranger Rick is offering free digital magazines.
Free super-fun videos and activities from Go Noodle for families. Highly recommended!
Here's a parent-friendly guide to the free Khan Academy Kids app, along with schedules, printable resources, and circle time videos.
For Older Kids
Khan Academy provides free learning resources and information for parents, including examples of daily schedules. It's the go-to site for students looking for help in any subject area.
This is cool: sign up to Skype a Scientist! You can also view their recorded events with scientists who study everything from bacteria to planets.
MIT Full STEAM Ahead provides activities, tools, and lessons for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) for kids, in partnership with the New York Times, offers creative writing tools and challenges.
Dealing with Feelings
How to Talk to Little Learners About Coronavirus from PBS
Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic from We Are Teachers.
Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more graphic novel classroom resources!
Tracy Edmunds is a teacher and educational consultant specializing in curriculum development, editing, and writing, focusing on the areas of comics and science.