At-home Learning Online

Teresa Mills-Faraudo

With the shelter-in-place order, in some ways our world has contracted and in other ways it has expanded. Now, with schools closed, parents don’t have to limit educational choices to whatever their local school or city is doing.

We can look to the vast offerings of the Internet to design the educational flow we think best suits our children. The problem isn’t going to be finding content or managing cost since so many services are free, it’s going to be wading through everything to find the best fit. Here is a list to get you started (all listed here are free; * indicates this is an especially good site).


*Cleveland Inner City Ballet (online ballet class)

*Center for Puppetry Arts (five shows, great for young kids)

*Doodles With Mo Willems (Author of Don’t Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus teaches drawing)

Draw Every Day (Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka shares his creative process)

Mark Kistler’s Kid’s Special Webcasts (daily zany art classes)

Metropolitan Opera (full operas streamed daily)

*San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score Show (documentaries about influential composers)


America’s Test Kitchen Young Chef’s Club (recipes, general instructions on making food)

*Raddish (cooking classes, recipes for kids)


Earth Day Challenge 2020 (A citizen science challenge has been launched and it’s easy to take part. Available on an iPad and iPhone)

WWF Together  (Learn about different species. Available on iPhone and iPad)

Our Planet (A self-guided tour of the planet.)

NASA Climate Kids  (Fun and useful for parents trying to understand questions their children might have.)

General instructions

Schooling at Home Free Webinar (a free homeschooling webinar for beginners April 4, 10-11am)

Discovery Education (standards-based digital curriculum resources)

Brain Pop (activities for a variety of subjects)

*Khan Academy (suggested schedule and lessons for K-12)

Varsity Tutor Virtual School Day (live online classes for K-12)

General ideas for learning

Beanstalk (Offers interactive classes online for kids ages 1 1/2 to 6. Free during COVID-19 threat)

Wide Open School (This one-stop shop for online learning puts many resources all in one place)

Financial Literacy Classes for All Ages Via Zoom (Tips on budgeting, banking, credit, debt and more every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. throughout April)

Scholastic Learn at Home (day-by-day projects for preschool through ninth grades)

100 Plus Screen-Free Activities (keep kids busy)

4Kids (learning games and videos)

75 Educational and Entertaining Ideas for Indoor Learning (short simple activities)

Commonsense Media Tips for At-home Learning (includes links to helpful apps and games)

Netflix Educational Shows for Kids (topics include animals, nature, the earth)

PBS Newsletter for Parents (how to keep kids playing and learning)


DuoLingo (learning tools in 36 languages)

Panda Tree (daily storytime and games in Spanish and Chinese and a paid virtual camp)


Prodigy Math (uses videogame-style interface to engage users)

YouCubed (games)


*Aquarium of the Pacific (live webcams, guest speakers, lessons for K-12)

Bozeman Science (videos on chemistry, physics, biology and more)

*Exploratorium (science activities on COVID-19 and other topics)

Mystery Science (open-and-go lessons inspiring kids to love science)

National Geographic (articles and videos on nature and science)

*The Tech Interactive (lessons for different grades, virtual field trips, IMAX films)

USA Science & Engineering Festival (STEM videos)


Children and Young Adult Authors Read Books Aloud

Toddlers and Infants

*Center for Puppetry Arts (five shows, great for young kids)

Playfully App (activity ideas, video activities for 0-3; free through March 31)


New York Times Writing Prompts (For ages 13 and up only; daily writing prompts based on articles)

No Red Ink (Writing and grammar resource)


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