Tips to Find Online Camps, Activities, & Learning Resources
With the reduced availability of in-person learning, consider some high-quality online adventures for kids of all ages.
If you are currently homeschooling your child or you are looking for learning opportunities beyond what his or her school is providing, consider some of the many resources available for kids to experience virtual visits to museums, learning support, and enrichment activities.
Online learning resources:
General / Multiple Subject Areas
- Homeschool.com– Information and advice on how to get started, curriculum ideas, printable lessons, and links to local resources and support groups.
- Discovery Education – Provides 190,000 resources and ready-to-use digital lessons and activities for K-12 students in social studies, science, math, and technology.
- Khan Academy – Free online lessons and activities in a wide variety of subjects.
- Learn at Home by Scholastic – Provides online courses and day-to-day projects for students.
- HippoCampus – Offers over 7,000 videos in 13 subject areas for students in middle school, high school, and college.
- TED-Ed – Allows you to build a lesson around any TED talk, TED-Ed resource, or YouTube video. Access pre-existing lessons on a variety of topics.
- K12 – Online curriculum and learning programs with teacher-led courses for grades pre-K–12.
- Clickschooling – Get one free, web-based curriculum idea every day, Monday through Saturday.
- The service covers math, science, language arts, social sciences, music, art, and foreign languages.
- The PBS Kids Newsletter – Sent out daily, every issue includes tips for parents and suggested projects or activities to help kids learn at home.
Reading & Language(s)
- Reading Eggs – A comprehensive learn-to-read program that includes songs, videos, activities, and games for children ages 2–13. Offers a free 30-day trial.
- Starfall – A free online service designed to teach children to learn to read.
- Project Gutenberg – Provides access to 60,000 free e-books, including a large collection of classic literature for all age groups.
- Duolingo– An app that helps kids learn foreign languages. Lessons adapt to individual learning styles and offer motivational rewards in the form of virtual coins and the ability to unlock new levels as skills are mastered.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- XtraMath – Free videos, lessons, and activities that can be used for in-depth standalone work or homework supplements across age groups. Provides progress reports for parents and teachers.
- Mystery Science– Offers easy science projects that elementary school children can perform at home. Projects are broken down by grade level.
- HowtoSmile – Offers nearly 3,500 free math and science activities from all over the web, including museums, public television stations, universities, and education organizations. Filter activities by age and learning time to find what you need.
- Exploratorium – Free math and science videos and activities (both printable and/or interactive) from this San Francisco-based children’s science center.
- NASA for Students – Free catalogue of videos, activities, games, and articles for students in grades K–12 on a variety of STEM topics, including aeronautics and space exploration.
History, Social Sciences, & Humanities
- The Learning Network – Free daily lessons in history, social studies, and civics from the New York Times (NYT). Access activities, quizzes, and a student version of the NYT crossword puzzle.
- Google Arts & Culture – Makes it possible to view art collections from over 500 museums around the world.
- Schmoop – Offers clever, humorous lessons for older students (middle / high school) in history, social studies, civics, art, music, culture & religion, literature & writing, English as a Second Language, and Advanced Placement exam prep. Free resources includes videos, articles, biographies, timelines, and study guides; other features, such as quizzes and essay writing, can be unlocked with a paid subscription.
Virtual Field Trips:
- Smithsonian– Offers a 3D look at some of the museum’s most fascinating treasures. Additionally, the Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free, interactive platform that gives children access to millions of digital resources and projects.
- Yellowstone National Park– Offers a virtual tour of the park’s main attractions.
- MetKids– A site from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that lets children explore the museum with an interactive map.
- The San Diego Zoo– Offers a virtual tour for children along with educational activities and games.
- The Louvre– Offers an online tour of the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries.
- The Great Wall of China– A virtual tour that allows online visitors to learn about China’s most famous attraction.
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