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193 Exciting Free Educational Resources for Kids

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As we are all being urged to practice social distancing and self-isolation during this time of crisis, many parents are suddenly home all day with their kids. And because your children are missing school, I’m sure you’re wondering how you can both teach and entertain them during this time. Some of you may be working remotely and need to figure out how to get some work done with a house full of kids.

I suggest taking some notes from those who were already homeschooling their kids – they do have the most experience!

According to Kristy Finley, this is the perfect time for you to make lasting memories with your children. You can strengthen your bond while still educating them about things that go beyond the ‘normal’ school syllabus.

Use this time to learn more about your children and help discover their unique interests and passions. By taking the time to help them find their interests and encouraging them to use this time to learn more about it, you’ll inspire a love of learning in your children.

Luckily for you, there is plenty of technology, streaming services, documentaries and other resources that both entertain and teach. But, in order to survive this situation, you need to learn how to manage your responsibilities while still prioritizing your children’s education.

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Now is the Time to Get Organized

This is where the need for organization and time management comes in. You’ll need to plan your time accordingly to get your work done while the kids are busy learning. Then schedule free time for all of you to do something fun together.

Additionally, this is also one of the best times to start a home project that you have been avoiding. Since you’re home, it’s the ideal time to clean out your closet, teach your kids how to be organized or get creative together and let them help you redecorate your home.

As challenging as this situation is, make the most of your time together and you’ll find a positive side to it.

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Educational Toys for Kids (and Adults)

Personally, my family and I are taking this time of self-isolation very seriously. But we are still finding ways to bond and learn together. We absolutely love the game “Simon” that I purchased from Walmart. We’re playing it every day and it truly helps to improve concentration, memory, and focus. Who says learning can’t be fun?

Their wide selection of educational toys such as puzzles, activity books, and games to boost the mind are the perfect way to ensure your kids have fun while still keeping their minds active. While you’re browsing all that Walmart has to offer, why not check out the numerous educational toys for adults too. One of the best ways to remain calm and avoid panic is to stimulate your brain by focusing on trying to solve a problem.

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Educational Resources for Kids (and Adults)

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of 193 free fun learning resources suitable for kids of all ages ranging from toddlers to teenagers. There are even some that will be of interest to adults. Some of these are always free and some are only free during this current quarantine.

Thank you, Kristy Finley, for compiling this huge list!

Similarly, Varsity Tutors have a list of free resources available to students and parents. Varsity Tutors is the largest live learning platform in the United States and we have numerous free resources to help students and parents cope with school and summer camp closures. Check out their free resources:

  • Virtual School Day: Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students.
  • Virtual Summer Camps: Free half-day summer camps are a week-long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography, and more. These live, interactive camps will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform. We already have 300+ camps scheduled for the summer and 2,000 families per day signing up.
  • Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments: Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve.
  • Varsity Learning Tools: More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.

Please feel free to share this with other parents during this time of need!

Do you know of any other educational resources to add to this list?

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much! Please be sure to let me know if you find something special.

  1. Wowza – what a comprehensive list! I’ll have to take my time going through all of these, and perhaps pick two or three to enjoy this week. Thanks so much for taking the time to compile this!

  2. Ronni- This is an incredible list of resources. I don’t have young kids at home anymore, but just reading the list, there were so many sites I’d like to explore. Touring Yellowstone park, Mars, or the Canadian farm (love seeing animals,) are all top choices for me. I also like the foreign language learning sites and mindfulness sites. What an inspired list! I know that young families (and older ones too) will benefit from these ideas and will appreciate all the ways they can learn and explore together. Be well. Stay healthy and safe.

    1. I’m so glad you had a chance to read it. I hope you too stay well during this very challenging time in our lives. I see a silver lining in it all.

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    Amazing! I’m 23 and without kids, but there are great suggestions for everyone! 🙂

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    Wowza – what a comprehensive list! I’ll have to take my time going through all of these, and perhaps pick two or three to enjoy this week. Thanks so much for taking the time to compile this!

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    Ronni- This is an incredible list of resources. I don’t have young kids at home anymore, but just reading the list, there were so many sites I’d like to explore. Touring Yellowstone park, Mars, or the Canadian farm (love seeing animals,) are all top choices for me. I also like the foreign language learning sites and mindfulness sites. What an inspired list! I know that young families (and older ones too) will benefit from these ideas and will appreciate all the ways they can learn and explore together. Be well. Stay healthy and safe.

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