If you’re anything like me, this coronavirus outbreak caught you a little off-guard. More like, having the kids home from school for an extra week after Spring Break with the possibility of long-term distance learning caught you a little off-guard!
RGV Moms has put together a list of online educational resources that are offering free access or free trial access to parents and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak. If you have found a great one that we’ve missed, please comment at the end of the post, and we’ll be happy to add it in.
Educational Resources with Free Trials
- Create Learn: Free trial of interactive classes in coding
- Fluency & Fitness: 21 days of unlimited access to K-2 content around reading, math, and movement
- Othergoose: Homeschool resources available free for 21 days
- Learning A-Z/Raz Kids: 14-day free trial to leveled books and quizzes
- Scholastic: 20 days of thematic content separated by grade level.
- Virtual Museums: These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
Free Educational Resources
- 123Homeschool4Me: 200,000 pages of free printable worksheets, organized by grade level and content area
- All Kids Network: Printables, activities, crafts and more
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: Access to videos broken down into life science, physical science and planetary science lessons
- Classroom Cereal: Grammar practice in free, printable short stories
- CIRCLE Family Activity Collection: Hands-on activities for families organized by areas of child development research, such as: Language & Communication, Reading & Writing, Math, Science, Social & Emotional, Physical Development, and Art & Sensory
- Club Oasis: Online STEM club allows you to connect with other parents, teachers, and STEAM kids interested in STEM activities, lessons, and collaboration
- Discovery K12: Homeschool platform and curriculum for grades K-12
- Duolingo: Language learning platform
- Dreamscape: Literacy games combining strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages for grades 2-8
- Edhelper.com: Learning workbooks organized by grade level
- GoNoodle: Free access to movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
- Have Fun Teaching: Free relief packs by grade level
- Highlights Kids: Access to games, quizzes and more
- HippoCampus: Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas (grades 6+)
- iCivics: Educational online games to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens
- iReady Practice Packs: Printable At-Home Activity Packs for grades K-8
- Izzit: Free videos and resources on a range of educational topics
- Khan Academy Kids: Free app with educational games & books
- Little Twisters Yoga: Free at-home kids yoga
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: doodle along-side author and illustrator Mo Willems
- National Geographic Kids: Videos, games and lots more to learn
- Nomster Chef Recipes: Access to free recipes for families to work together in the kitchen
- PBS LearningMedia: PBS-created content, shows, games and more
- Prodigy Game: Engaging math games for grades 1-8.
- Real Time Curriculum Project: Curated access to current events
- Sciencewerkz: 5 free downloads of interactive middle school science content
- Storyline Online: streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
- Storytime from Space: hear astronauts read-aloud space-themed books while they’re actually in space!
- Typing Club: Touch typing tutorials
Live Webcams & Virtual Tours
- Cincinnati Zoo
- Ellis Island
- Georgia Aquarium
- Houston Zoo
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- National Park Virtual Tours via Google Earth or National Park Service
- Metropolitan Musem of Art, New York City
- Monterey Bay (CA) Aquarium
- San Diego Zoo
- Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
- The Great Wall of China
Educational Television Shows
- Listings on Disney+
- Listings on Hulu
- Listings on Netflix
- Listings on Prime Video
- 26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions
For a complete listing, please visit amazingeducationalresources.com. We are not partnering with any of these companies, but are glad to make this resource list available. Please make sure to read the fine print for details and cancellation deadlines.
Coronavirus Wisdom from our Sister Sites
As a City Mom Collective Sister Site, we’ve also compiled a list of helpful resources from our sister sites nationwide.
- The Level-Headed Mom’s Guide to Coronavirus
- Coronavirus… Schools Closed? Just Staying In? The Mega List of Sanity-Saving Ideas for Families
- Your Coronavirus questions answered by Pediatrician Dr. Julia Getzelman
- Books and Movies: Surviving the School Closures
- Resources for an Uncertain Time
- Coronavirus Conversations with Your Children