If there is one thing certain in life, it is that things are always changing. We are growing into one and out of another season. Our families grow and change, as does the world around us. These changes can sometimes leave us in times of uncertainty, but one thing remains: our kids are BORED and need/want to learn something! 

Whether you are looking for ways to supplement your children’s public school education, homeschool education or are simply looking for something to occupy your little people’s mind, this resource with over 200 {and almost all FREE} options is perfect for you!

Below you will find an abundence of options, from virtual field trips to science and math curriculum and live web cams from around the world. Enjoy!

A Child’s Introduction to Jazz

Art Appreciation/Lessons For Kids

Art Babble High definition videos of art that ranges from classical to contemporary

Art for Kids Hub – YouTube station channel with simple art instruction from a father and usually his son

Art Projects for Kids – step-by-step learn to draw lessons

ArtThink  Created by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this site offers theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history and social studies

Chrome Music Makerwebsite that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments

Classics for Kids  Introduces elementary and middle school children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way

Free Online Art Classes

Google Art Project Gives you access to more than 1,000 works of art appearing in 17 great museums across the world

Hoffman Academy – free piano lessons

K-12 Resources for Music Educators Valuable resources for music educators and music students at all educational levels

National Gallery of Art – an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages

Paris Musees – a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso.

The World Music Archive  Run by the BBC, this archive allows you to sample the musical traditions of more than 40 countries

American Museum of Natural History

Bad Astronomy – Bad Astronomy is all about astronomy, space, and science

HooplaKidz – This channel is dedicated to animated nursery rhymes and stories designed to entertain and educate children between the ages of 2 and 8

Khan Academy – thousands of videos that will teach students the ins and outs of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, finance, physics, economics and more

iTunesU – Apple provides hundreds of free courses, lectures and academic talks, mostly suitable for older students

Learner.org – Run by The Annenberg Foundation, Learner.org hosts multimedia resources for teachers, students and lifelong learners

MIT-K12  MIT is now producing ”short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering” for K-12 students

Minute Physics – Cool science videos that are all about getting people into learning physics

NASA Television – NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research

NeoK12 Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association

Peekaboo Kidz – specially designed for kids as they explore the world of kids educational videos

Pinkfong – Fun, musical, and educational videos

Periodic Videoschannel for all things chemistry

SpaceLab created by Google and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Schoolhouse Rock – Animated musical educational short films covering grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics

Super Simple – Kids songs, nursery rhymes, and more

TED-Ed The maker of TED Talks now provides carefully curated educational videos or “lessons worth sharing”

WatchKnowLearn – Over 33,000 educational videos from YouTube and placed into a directory of over 3,000 categories

ABC Jesus Loves Me – free curriculums for ages 2-5 years

Ambleslide Online – K-12 

An Old-Fashioned Education – uses classic books and textbooks available for free in the public domain. All of the main subject areas and several electives are included; however, you may find it necessary to add more modern materials.

Connections Academy – a tuition-free online public school for grades K–12

Core Knowledge – lessons plans lined up with the Core Knowledge Series, this site supports Common Core State Standards, PreK-6th grade

Curriculum Pathways – interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish for use in traditional, virtual, and home school

Discovery K12 – traditional curriculum education built on open source technologies

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool – K-8th grade curriculum using a variety of online resources, some courses also include downloadable workbooks

Georgia Virtual Learning  (6th to 12th) Georgia Virtual Learning offers all core subjects and several electives through the use of online textbooks and some videos

Homeschool College USA assists students earn their college degrees from home at a small fraction of the cost of going away to school. They also offer free plans for homeschooling high school

K12 – an online option for a high-quality, personalized education experience

Little House Kindergarten – full kindergarten curriculum that includes nature study, math, health, art, music, and English. The curriculum cost is based on how much your family can afford

MobyMax – K-8th covers all major subject areas through the use of interactive, adaptive lessons

Plain and Not so Plain – 1st-9th grade traditional curriculum offering downloadable workbooks or guides for most subject areas. All of the main subject areas, except for science, are available 

Under the Home – K-4th grades based mostly on materials available in the public domain

Free Christian Homeschool Curriculum – 1st to 8th grade free Christian curriculum suggestions for each grade

Free Audio Books – 450+ free audio books includes many children’s classics.

Free eBooks – This collection includes many children’s classics in ebook format. 

CK-12This non-profit provides “open textbooks” for K-12 students all over the world

ePubBud – Makes available free children’s books for the the iPad, Nook, Kindle and other ereaders

International Children’s Digital Library – Provides free access to high-quality children’s books from around the world in different languages

Project Gutenberg  The mother of all ebook sites hosts 40000 free ebooks, and makes them accessible for Kindle, Android, iPad, and iPhone

Project Guthenberg Children’s Books – free ebooks

Free Textbook Collection – a meta collection of free textbooks available on the web. It covers everything from Art History to Biology, Math, Physics, and Psychology

Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan – serves Michigan students in grades K-8. Students are offered the same core courses that are available to students in a brick-and-mortar school. Textbooks and instructional materials are provided for the student. Virtual students are invited to participate in school outings and field trips and other social events.

Insight School of Michigan – a full-time only free virtual public school authorized by Central Michigan University. Currently, the Insight School of Michigan offers grades 6-12.

Michigan Connections Academy – a free K-12 virtual charter school. State-certified teachers provide instruction with support from trained counselors and administrative staff.

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy – serves students in grades K-12. Parents do not pay tuition for their students to attend an online public school. The academy offers core, comprehensive, honors and AP courses.

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy – offers full-time enrollment for grades K-12. Because Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is part of the public school system, there is no charge for the curriculum.

Michigan Virtual School – offers two free classes per academic term at no cost to parents of students in Michigan. Additional courses require payment of a fee.

Virtual Learning Academy Consortium – serves students in grades K-8. The Virtual Learning Academy Consortium serves students in Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. VLAC also serves students in grades 6-8 in Kalamazoo county.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Museum (CDC) PDF downloads of curricula on health and food safety for students grades K-12.  Worksheets, fact sheets, and coloring pages are also available.

Cosmic Kids! – YouTube channel with videos that promote yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation that are designed specially for kids aged 3+

Eat Smart. Play Hard – PDF sticker book and guidelines for ages 6-8 from the USDA.gov

Food Safety Education For Kids & Teens – activity book, food safety at home podcasts, food safety mobile game and more

Food Is Elementary – a unique and vibrant curriculum introduced into schools and communities that teach children about food, nutrition, culture, and healthy living

Go NoodleYouTube channel and available downloadable app to get kids moving

Jack Hartman Kids – YouTube channel with featuring fun, movement songs for children

Kids Health in the Classroom

Learn to be Healthy.org – students can play health science education games and activities, explore interactive webquests, and learn ways to make their body strong and healthy

National Eye Institute – website provides a variety of fun learning tools about the human eye, ranging from optical illusions to video interviews with scientists

National Institutes of Health – resources for kids to learn about the importance of staying healthy

Publications and Educational Resources – Fruits & Vegetables – From the Virginia Cooperative Extension

Staying Healthy – Find out how to take care of your body, eat healthy, and stay fit!

The Learning Station – YouTube channel with fun and educational videos for children with active participation

50States.com Offers copious information about the fifty United States of America

A Crash Course in World History  a playful and highly visual crash course in world history, taking you from the beginning of human civilization 15,000 years ago through to our modern age

Ancient Web  destination for information and resources related to the Ancient world

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government – A primer on American government for grades K-2

Bridging World History  Created by Learner.org, this site offers multimedia materials designed to help learners discover world history. The material is organized into 26 thematic units, which include videos and an audio glossary

Google Cultural Institute  Google has built a robust, umbrella Cultural Institute to house 42 new online historical exhibitions

Google Historical Voyages and Events  This site is dedicated to the explorers, voyages, events, and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the world

iCivics  Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable and engaged 21st century citizens by offering free and innovative educational materials

Liberty’s Kids An animated educational historical television series originally broadcast on PBS Kids

National Geographic  Provides facts, photos, videos, and more about countries around the world

Soft Schools – free social studies worksheets, games, and activities

Soft Schools – 100s of free, interactive timelines

Teachinghistory.org This site is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom

The Internet History Sourcebooks  This site features collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly for educational use

The History Channel Classroom

Visualizing Emancipation  A map of slavery’s end during the American Civil War

World History for Us All a wealth of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources

World Wonders Project – famous sites on earth

World Atlas  An educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information

World Data Atlas Great source of world statistics on every country

50+ Free Emergent Reader Printeables

Alphabet Coloring Book – The Alphabet Soup’s Alphabet Coloring Book has a page of images to color for every letter of the alphabet

Alphabet Preschool Activities and Crafts – Visit a letter in the Alphabet Activity Index to find activities that include easy instructions and a list of materials needed

Arcademic Skill Builders – Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills

Duolingo – free, fun foreign language education

Google Lit Trips – provides free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth

Handwriting Worksheet Maker – Make full-page custom handwriting worksheets in seconds

Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes Coloring Pages – Familiarize your children with Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes while they color. Here you can choose from 48 different rhymes; each page includes the rhyme itself as well as an illustration for your child to color.

Poetry Archive – Search the Poetry Foundation’s archive of over 10000 poems

Preschool Alphabet Activities and Crafts – Free coloring pages, color posters, flash cards, mini books and activity worksheets to present the alphabet, reinforce letter recognition and writing skills

Printable Alphabet Letters – excellent worksheets for preschool and kindergarten kids to learn to recognize and print the letters of the alphabet

Progressive Phonics – free online 

Shakespeare’s Plays Animated – Brings to life 12 famous Shakespeare plays

Soft Schools – free handwritting worksheets

Soft Schools – free language arts games and worksheets

Spelling City – Spelling & Vocabulary Website with over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions

The Good and the Beautiful – paid curriculum with free PDF downloads for Language Arts for levels (~grades 1-5)

Tracing Preschool Printables and Worksheets – Preschool printables, including tracing worksheets, for children to learn to trace and print letters, numbers, shapes, and their name

AAA Math Features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons

Algebra: In Simplest Terms  A step-by-step look at algebra concepts

Arcademic Skill Builders – Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills

Convert-me.com  Provides instant conversions for thousands of various units and measurements

Free Printable Kindergarten Math Coloring Worksheets – These are very basic number recognition worksheets

Illuminations – Resources for teaching Math. Funded through a grant sponsored by Verizon this site offers more than 600 online resources (lessons, activities and games) for free

IXL  Site features thousands of exercises designed to help young students (K-8) practice math

Khan Academy Math  You can dive into the Khan Academy’s math tutorials

Math Drills – Includes over 11,000 free high-quality printable math worksheets with answer keys

Math Fact Cafe – Free math worksheets for elementary school and home use

Math Worksheets for Kids – over 100 printable kids math worksheets designed to help preschoolers and above learn everything from early math skills (like numbers and patterns) to their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills

NRICH – The Nrich Math Project (based at Cambridge University) offers mathematics resources for children, parents and teachers to enrich learning

Prodigy – easily motivate 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math

Soft Schools – free math games, activities, and worksheets

Sumdog – Sumdog’s math games are always free to play. They cover 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels.

XtraMath – A free web-based math fact fluency program that is designed to help students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts

Bartleby.com – Gives you access to free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction

Busy Toddler – tons of great play and learning ideas for littles

Ducksters.com – An educational site covering subjects such as history, science, geography, math, and biographies

Education.com – free printable worksheets in all subjects areas for grades prek-5th

E-Learning for Kids – fun and free digital kids world wide

Free Learning Games for Kids

Free Typing Lessons

Google’s Be Internet Awesome – Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world through a fun, interactive game

Krazy Dad – thousands of free printable sudoku, logic puzzles, mazes and more

Lakeshore Learning – free lesson plans, resources, activities, and worksheets

Learning Is for Everyone – This non-profit has created a valuable collection of web resources

National Geographic Kids Online Learning

Scholastic Learn at Home

Starfall K-3rd Online Learning

Student Handouts – free educational materials for K-12 teachers and students of all subjects

Tot Schooling – free preschool printables and packets

360 Degree City Tours Across the World

3D Interactive Journey into the Great Pyramid of Khufu

Aquarium of the Pacific Live Cams – penguines, sharks, reef, and more

Bald Eagle Live Cams Northeastern Florida Dollywood National Arboretum Bald Eagle Nest Cam

Buckingham Palace Virtual Tours

Canadian Farm and Food Tours

Canadian Space Agency Northern Lights Live Cams

China’s Great Forests Virtual Field Trip

Deserts and Grasslands of Africa Virtual Field Trip

Discovery Virtual Field Trips

Easter Island Tour and Information

Eiffle Tower Live Cam

Explore Live Nature Live Cams – the largest live nature cam network on the planet

Google Arts & Culture – Explore collections from around the world

Grand Canyon Live Cam

Great Wall of China Virtual Tour

Houston Zoo Live Cams Chimps, elephants, gorillas, rhinos, and giraffes

Hubble Space Telescope Virtual Tour

International Space Station Live Cams

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – livestreams many of the performances and later posts the videos online

Africam – Live African wild cams

Lock Ness Live Cam

Louvre Virtual Exhibit Tours

Mars Surface Tour

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

National Park Services – Archeology for kids

National Park Services – Live bear cams

National Park Services Teaching With museum lesson plans

Ocean Explorer – follows scientists and underwater cameras as they explore the depths of the ocean and investigate sea creatures

Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin Live-Stream Webcam

Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Tour

Rome Colosseum Live Cam

San Diego Zoo Live Cams – pandas, penguins, koalas, giraffes, elephants, tigers, and more

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo Live Cams – pandas, lions, elephants

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours

Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour

The British Museum’s Online Collection

The Coral Reefs of Palau Virtual Field Trip

The Museum of the World – Online world historical information provided by The British Museum and Google

United States Antarcic Program – South Pole live cam

Virtual Field Trips – Virtual field trips for grades k-12 across multiple subject areas

White House Virtual Tour

Willard Library Ghost Cams

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour

100,000 Stars An interactive visualization of more than 100,000 stars

All About Birds – Covers 585 species of birds, gives quick run-downs of four keys (Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, Habitat) for bird identification, offers a large collection of beautiful photos of birds in different places/poses, and offers a video to correspond with each bird

Ask an Astronomer  In video format, scientists answer questions about the universe

Atlas of the Universe – Contains maps of the universe zooming out from the nearest stars to the entire visible universe

BioED Online An online educational resource for educators, students, and parents, dedicated to biology

Bugscope  Lets K–12 students view bugs under a scanning electron microscope over the web

BuiltByKids Encourages next generation of makers to tackle the do-it-yourself projects of their dreams. Engineering very 101

CELLS Alive!  Brings together 30 years of computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research

CODE.COM – a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science with FREE coding activities for preK-9th+ grades

Chemistry Activities for Kids  Features chemistry demonstrations, crafts, and projects that are suitable for kids

Dynamic Periodic Table – An interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, and isotopes

Exploratorium Museum – activities from this public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception

Eyes on the Solar System  A 3-D environment lets you explore the cosmos from your computer, hop on an asteroid, fly with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, see the entire solar system moving in real time

Encyclopedia Smithsonian – The Smithsonian provides a set of handy online resources across many disciplines

Eric Weisstein’s World of Science Contains encyclopedias of astronomyscientific biographychemistry, and physics.

Google Science Journal – transforms your device into a pocket-size science tool that encourages students to explore their world

Kids Astronomy – An absolutely free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space

National Park Service (NPS)
Kids in Parks The NPS offers kids the chance to go on field trips, examine fossils, observe wildlife up close, and even become a Junior Ranger
Every Kid in a Park – this online activity allows your fourth grade student to earn a free pass to any National Park for a full year
Teachers Homeschool educators can plan field tripsview multimedia, and browse the extensive teacher resources library for lesson plans and more.
Distance learning – Grand Canyon National Park offers free distance learning programs for students of all ages
Smokey the Bear teaches kids how to prevent forest fires

National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationEducators, students, and curious people everywhere — come explore the ocean and atmosphere

National Weather Service – learn about weather safety, science, forecasts, weather partners, and more

NASA for Students  America’s space agency provides educational media for different age groups

Paleontology Portal this site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the student in the classroom, to the interested amateur scouting for fossils

Physics to Go – A collection of websites where you can learn physics on your own, through games, webcasts, and online exhibits and activities

Robotics web site is designed to help K-12 teachers and other educators in developing or improving courses that use robotics as a tool for teaching STEM topics or robotics itself

Science Kids – Provides educational resources for teachers and parents to help make science fun and engaging for kids

Smithsonia Kids

Smithsonian Open Access – initiative that expands the ways educators and students may use Smithsonian digital assets

Soft Schools – free science activities, games, and worksheets

STEM Learning UK thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects 

Teach Engineering – K-12th – Teach Engineering is a digital library collection of engineering lesson plans and units

Teach Preschool Science ​a free science curriculum for early childhood 

The Good and the Beautiful – paid curriculum with free PDF download for a Marine Biology unit

Try Science  A science education resource for children, parents and educators, featuring information for kids on science, science museums, and science fair project ideas

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