FREE Homeschool Resources
You probably need all the help you can get in finding ways to keep your kiddos interested, engaged, and learning new things. We hope this long list will help.
Before we share the free homeschool resources, we want to introduce something to you, if you haven’t heard. Google Cardboard is all about making VR (virtual reality) available to the masses. You can order the kits for as low as $10. We really think they’re absolutely worth it when you’re teaching kids at home.
Oh, and make sure you don’t miss our other list of cool remote learning resources for even more great ideas. You can’t miss it.
- National Gallery of Art – You can actually borrow materials from the NGA for a period of up to 9 months. For instance, you can borrow “Making Art” which is a DVD collection of six presentations filmed in studios, laboratories, and museum galleries, provide rare behind-the-scenes experiences.
- MetKids – via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, #MetKids has been inspired, tested, and approved by real kids ages 7–12. It’s loaded with incredible content.
- Duolingo – Learning a language on Duolingo is completely free.
- FluentKey – Amazing site to teach kiddos a new language. Choose the free option and prepare to be impressed.
- GoNoodle – It’s free and provides 100s of movement and mindfulness videos for kids! In fact, 4 out of 5 public US schools use it to keep kids moving during school.
- Coronavirus Comic – Print a super fun comic explaining what Coronavirus is and answering questions that might be on the minds of kids.
- Crawford Cat – Lots of fun teaching materials to teach health.
- e-Learning for Kids – This site is jam-packed with material your students will love. From learning about the digestive system to the respiratory system, there’s so much good stuff here (and more topics in other subjects.)
History – Free Homeschool Resources
- History For Kids – Games, videos, and worksheets on many historical events. Parent teachers can take advantage of their lesson plans.
- History At Home – A free video series of brief h- istory lessons designed to teach, inspire, and motivate children.
- Baseball Hall of Fame – Have a baseball player in the house? This is the place to learn about the history of the game.
- National Museum of Natural History – Take the kids here to teach them about all the important and cool things we can learn from natural history. And by taking them, I mean to take advantage of the wow factor at the NMNH. Very nicely done.
- Ellis Island Virtual Tour – What an important piece of history for us all.
- Nomster Chef – You’ll use this one over and over again because your kids will love it. More than cooking, it teaches vocabulary, cooking, math and more.
- Mint – Teach kids about investing, saving, budgeting, and planning for their financial future, with 42 printables and resources to teach your kids about finances at any age.
- Consumer Finance – Kids learn financial knowledge, skills, and habits that will help them forever.
- Better Me The Game of Growth – Better Me™ is totally new approach to relationships and personal development. It challenges people to take action to improve themselves and their life, and strengthens relationships by helping people understand each other in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Math & Money
- Bedtime Math – They inspire kids to love math. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas, or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. It takes only 5 minutes a day, and kids clamor for it.
- Financial Football – Run, pass, and score your way to financial success with a brand new version of the fast-paced interactive video game created by Visa and the NFL. Financial Football is designed to teach students personal finance skills by having them answer financial questions to earn yardage and score touchdowns. (Google Play and Apple.)
- Peter Pig’s Money Counter – Children learn to make purchases within a budget, put money aside for savings and are rewarded for good saving habits.
- PBS Learning Media – Fantastic. Kids will have a blast.
- Baseball Almanac – Teach some math skills by using this resource to learn about baseball stats.
- Musitude – Kids learn to play using only their computer keyboard. I just played Greensleeves!
- Chrome Music Lab – A website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Kids can even make their own songs.
- Mr. C’s Homeschool Music Academy – This is so great for kids who loved in-person music class.
- MixLab – Google never disappoints.
- National Geographic Kids – A stellar learning resource that kids everywhere love.
- Free Seed Packets – Your kids can help restore bee and butterfly populations by planting these Black-Eyed Susan and Butterfly Milkweed seed packs.
- Live Cams of Animals – Okay, this resource is seriously cool. Kids can watch animals from all over the world in real time in their habitats. From puppy cams, to gorillas, to elephants, to… well, basically any animal you can think of. You can schedule lessons around each of them!
- Coral Reef Live Cam – Teaching kids about preserving the coral reef will be must more powerful if you add this to your lesson plan. Perfect for visual learners. (And gorgeous!)
- FarmFood 360 – Your kids will be immersed in real working farms. With videos, 360 Tours, VR, and more, The tours here are really incredible free homeschool resources. From watching sheep be shorn, to checking out a pig farm, kids have a lot of goodies here to choose from.
Reading & Writing
- Biblionasium – The largest social book club for kids. Biblionasium blends technology with a personal connection to create a supportive, engaging space for reading success.
- Storyline Online® – Stream videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, and dozens more.
- 826 Digital – designed to captivate young writers and empower their educators—826 Digital aims to reach students everywhere, whether they are aspiring authors or reluctant writers.
- Thoughtful Learning – Jam-packed lessons homeschool parents will love. Each writing unit leads your students step by step through the process of creating a specific form, with models, examples, activities, assignments, audio, and much more!
- The National Postal Museum – There are plenty of really great resources for educators to be found here. (Love the Victory Mail lessons especially.)
- ReadWorks – Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
- Open Library – So many educational books you can use to teach all sorts of themes. For example, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is a story about a 14-year-old boy who is stuck at home with mono and learns about keeping a journal. And of course, you probably know Because of Winn-Dixie, a story of a ten-year-old girl during her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
- My Vocabulary – Guess what you’ll find on this website???
Science & Tech
- Explain That Stuff – By a British science writer with over 25 years of experience in explaining science and technology to kids. Fantastic lesson plans and real-world studies.
- Science Buddies – The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.
- Google Science Journal – Choose from a long list of experiments designed to open your mind to new discoveries in many different subject areas. And, after conducting a few experiments, you can create a few of your own, then submit them to be featured on our site.
- National Geographic Kids – Free site to learn about everything from animals to space.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Online – MetKids has been inspired, tested, and approved by real kids ages 7–12.
- International Space Station Tours – So incredibly educational and interesting for all ages, including adults.
- Code.org – This is a nonprofit that is beloved all over the world. Kids can code a dance party, have an hour of code with Minecraft, and oodles more. It’s one of our favorite free homeschool resources.
- Crash Course Kids – This YouTube channel is amazing. So, so much fun and powerful education can be found here. It’s a wonderful addition to any homeschool curricula.
- SciJinks – All about the weather! This is a must-bookmark site.
- Science Friday – Love this site. Science Friday partners with educators and scientists to create free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for all learners.
- SciGirls Connect – Millions of girls LOVE this. The goal of SciGirls is to provide media and education to change how girls think about STEM and how the world sees girls! I strongly encourage you to check this out. It’s an impressive collection.
Social Studies & Civics
- Whitehouse Virtual Reality Tours – These are very cool virtual tours of The People’s House that all Americans should see.
- Google Expeditions – Expeditions explore history, science, the arts, and the natural world. Whether you’re roaming with dinosaurs or taking a look at Renaissance sculptures, there’s something amazing to explore for every subject.
- Bill of Rights Institute – Get a pocket-size copy of the United States Constitution along with teaching lessons.
- Holidays & Observances in the USA – You can use this site to plan your homeschool themes.
- iCivics – It challenges kids to build a campaign and simulate a presidential election.
- Social Studies for Elementary Learners – From PBS.
- Constitution Center – A must-see free homeschool resource that goes over the Constitution, article by article, amendment by amendment.
- National WWII Museum – Join The National WWII Museum for a cross-country virtual expedition to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb.
- K12 Reader – Spelling worksheets by grade, along with grammar and vocabulary and much more.
- Power Spelling – Collect treasure, fight dragons, read sentences, and spell the missing word correctly! You can get 2 months free, and then decide if you want to pay the $19 a year. Power Spelling is the first educational spelling site to use powerful analytics with fun and engaging gaming to identify spelling miscue patterns.
Virtual Field Trips – Seriously Cool, Free Homeschool Resources
No need to skip field trips during Covid-19! Here are some truly fun “getaways” for your kids. TIP: Make it even more educational by coming up with foods, crafts, etc. for each “trip.”
- Marineland Dolphin Adventure
- Bright Farms Virtual Field Trip – “BrightFarms Virtual Field Trip is an interactive tour that’s designed to teach kids, parents, and teachers about indoor farming! Our Grower Charlie will take you through our greenhouse as you discover how BrightFarms brings fresh, tasty, and delicious local produce to your neighborhood supermarket.”
- Yellowstone National Park – What kid wouldn’t want to see a live video of Old Faithful?
- Live Shark Cam
- Live Jelly Cam
- Google Earth – There are countless ways to use this mind-blowing resource. Here are some Google Earth lessons to use.
- M&Ms – Learn how the candy we all love is made. This is fun to see.
- Discovery Education Field Trips – No permission slips required. These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom.
- Stellarium – An impressive online planetarium for stargazers.
More Free Homeschool Resources
Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) – TPT creators frequently offer free school related goodies. Really, really good stuff! While you’re there, look around a bit at the paid offerings. Thank goodness for teachers, right?
Worksheet Place – Worksheets and teaching ideas and lessons for math, language, science, social skills, behavioral, social-emotional learning, media literacy, and setting goals. Thousands of worksheets, activities, and printables.
MLB – Major League Baseball has plenty of activities and lessons for kids.
Teachnology – 46,000+ lesson plans, 10,200 free printable worksheets, rubrics, teaching tips, worksheet makers, web quests, math worksheets, and thousands of other great materials.
Education World – LOADED with templates. Oh my gosh. So much stuff here.
DLTK – Features a variety of printable children’s crafts, coloring pages, worksheets, and activities including projects for holidays, educational themes, and some of our children’s favorite cartoon characters.
Teacher Created – Over 400 lesson plans by keyword, subject, and grade level. Each lesson plan includes the objective of the lesson, directions, and a list of resources. A downloadable PDF version of each lesson is also available!
Textbook Revolution -This is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors.
Dover Publications for Teachers – It includes helpful teaching tips, advice from fellow educators, free classroom activities, and more ready-to-use resources.
Outschool – A paid site that’s very well-regarded is now offering help to folks who are struggling financially during this public health crisis. When you click to enroll in an eligible class, you will see its price reduced to a minimum of $1. (Which will be refunded, so ZERO.)
Review Game Zone – A unique way to use online games to teach.
Jeopardy Labs – Turn learning into Jeopardy games. Your kids will think it’s a blast! There are over 6,000 Jeopardy Templates ready to use.
Now That You Have Plenty of Free Homeschool Resources…
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Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.