Sunday, March 15, 2020

(Mostly) Free Online Learning Programs

Suddenly, everyone is going to be homeschooling. Total freakout happening all over the place. Haha. But seriously, most of the families I've talked with say they'll be going to online teaching/learning. Teachers have to figure out how to teach remotely and kids will be having to learn the same way. It's great for the schools that have a plan in place.

For those of you who don't have schools setting up online teaching, this post is for you. Today, I'm going to share those (mostly) free programs available online to keep your kids learning. I've divided them up by first cross-curricular programs, then by subject.

First, I want to share this daily sample schedule that Quirky Momma shared on their Facebook page. It's awesome. I believe I used something similar whenever I first started homeschooling and needed some sort of structure for our days. I can't believe we have drifted away from it. Use this as your base and adjust it as needed. I'm going to!

Now, here are the great programs that are available to you online.


  • Scholastic Learn at Home - FREE (PreK & K, 1st & 2nd, 3-5th, and 6th+) This is really an awesome resource! I love it. 
  • Khan Academy - FREE (all grades) My favorite part about Khan is that you can scroll to the bottom of each page and find links to all the subjects they offer.
  • PBS Learning Media - FREE (all grades) Tons of videos and lesson plans
  • TED-Ed videos - FREE video playlist
  • ABCMouse - Free 30-Day Trial then $$ (AGES 2-8) offers lots of learning opportunities.
  • ***Ivy League MOOCs - FREE (I'm going to say 11th grade through college) This is the one I'm most excited about: A list of free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.
  • $3.50-6/month depending on subscription (PreK-5th) Lots of printables available through this one. But not free.
  • BrainPop Free version has limited materials/access. Subscriptions are pretty pricey. Free total access only through school. (Middle school) Also available in French and Spanish. It has great content, but can be expensive.





  • Big History Project - FREE (7th - 12th) this remarkable resource is by 
  • - FREE Amazing resources for history teachers by the British educator Russell Tarr including interactive simulations, quizzes, games that can easily be used for online learning.




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