A comprehensive list of educational resources during this challenging time

by Kay Lamb

Special to Nation Valley News

They say it takes a village… Hello folks! My name is Kay and I’d like to welcome you all to the comprehensive list of educational resources for all ages during this challenging time. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but I’m willing to bet that no one told you that that village can come in all forms! Luckily, we have so many hardworking and smart fellow parents, teachers, and entrepreneurs who strive to mold the way we receive education each and every single day! Please enjoy and explore all of the links below, there are sections for pretty much everything I could think of, however, if I have left something out, or you come across a resource you feel others could benefit from that happens to not be listed here, please feel free to email me at: kklamb1114@gmail.com

Hub for all ages!

www.Scholastic.com/learnathome  (find your grade level and each day will include four learning experiences surrounding thrilling stories and videos!)

https://www.artsy.net (online university art courses)

https://www.activehistory.co.uk/    (British educator Russell Tarr offers tools and resources for teaching history including interactive simulations, quizzes, and games. A one-month free trial is available on request due to school closures.)

https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools (Age of Learning provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to  digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school.)


www.starfall.com (practice phonics skills with read-along stories)

www.storylineonline.net (have your favourite stories read to you by movie stars)

www.seussville.com (everything Seuss! Games, reading and more!)

www.reading.ecb.org (play games and get “into the book” while practicing reading strategies)

www.highlightskids.com (reading, science experiments and games!)

https://stories.audible.com/discovery (discover endless amounts of books with audible)

https://www.activelylearn.com/post/remote-learning  (This web-based reading platform aims to help students read deeply and think critically, offering thousands of texts and instructional aids in ELA, Science, and Social Studies.)

Did someone say Disney!?

(These are virtual rides on Youtube for kids to experience the magic of Disney from home)

Space mountain Ride (Virtual)


Slinky dog dash


It’s a small world


Frozen ever after


The little mermaid:Ariel’s undersea adventure


Peter Pan’s flight


Mickie and Minie’s Runaway Railway


Pirates of the Caribbean Ride


Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin


The Seas with Nemo and Friends!


K-6 Math

http://www.mathstorytime.ca/en (read along online or on the app to learn about numbers and math!)

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCxNAcNMKHCXHY9dwVOElKpQ (Adventurous episodes with TVO friends while learning math)

https://www.tvomathify.com/students (TVO mathify is online math tutoring grades 6-10)

www.abcyacom (practice math and reading while playing some fun games)

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.albert.io/try-albert&sa=D&ust=1584203318468000&usg=AFQjCNGAydtqjP8t_SXlkGr70315iMkuFw (Albert offers ELA, math and science learning resources for middle and high school, including advanced test preparation. Schools forced to shut down can get a free, extended pilot for as long as they are impacted.)

https://ascendmath.com/coronavirus-offer/  (Ascend Math offers K12 math instruction providing an individual study plan for each student. Free service is offered from now until the end of April for schools new to Ascend Math.)

http://bedtimemath.org/bedtime-math-for-families/ (Bedtime Math helps families introduce math as a fun part of their daily routine, like a beloved bedtime story.)

K-6 science


www.Binogi.ca  (animated lessons, interactive quizzes and more!)

www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/?fbclid=lwAR1NP0AeirD68T5l0jwgmH2pOV77mKQfEFelobg2mDu-_c1LpJ4kMbKyWiU (STEM activities for kids by Nasa)

https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/ (for children aged 3-11, offers tools for coding, animation, publishing, art and also applications for math, spelling and grammar, e-books and more.)

http://info.activedinc.com/covid (ActivEd, Inc. offers Walkabouts, standards-aligned web-based lessons for pre-K to second-grade students that integrate movement with language arts, math, and reading content. The Walkabouts platform is temporarily available at no cost to any classrooms impacted by school closures and remote learning needs.)

https://www.alchem.ie/ (The Mechanisms app allows students to learn and practice reaction mechanisms by moving and manipulating individual bonds and electrons. Alchemie is offering the Mechanism App for free from now until the end of the spring semester. June 30th)

K-6 Language

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCdZLh7XMeNmm7B1unPIv49A (TVO kids Language channel on Youtube provides fun adventures and exciting learning)

https://www.tvokids.com/school-age (TVO provides tons of vocabulary lessons for kids!)

https://boomwriter.com/ (Educators can create student accounts before then directing them to engaging fiction, nonfiction and/or vocabulary-focused personalized writing activities in any subject. Enter instructions (with or without vocabulary), upload resources, and then share.)

Highschool 9-12

https://lah.elearningontario.ca/ (Access to online e-courses through this link for highschool students)

https://educators.brainpop.com/2020/02/19/free-brainpop-access-for-schools-affected-by-the-corona-virus/?utm_source=organic&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=free-access (BrainPop is offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure. BrainPOP offers animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for elearning, projects, homework and more.)

https://blog.buncee.com/supporting-remote-student-learning/ (In order to assist schools experiencing closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company is offering free Buncee Classroom accounts during the period of their closure. Buncee is a creation and presentation tool for students and educators to create interactive classroom content.)


https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home (resources for how to teach at home)

www.typingclub.com (get your typing skills up to par!)

https://m.facebook.com/groups/HowToHomeschoolForFree/ (Facebook group for support on how to homeschool)

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR2nNBoeBzPdafg9uC9DwpDtT0bIrSNKM5zxdrJsOWEo3eozA0ba6GJPbvM (list of all of the education companies currently offering free subscriptions)

https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/   (printable worksheets)

https://www.accessibyte.com/stay-safe (free access to cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students.)

https://www.3plearning.com/distance-teaching/  (3P Learning provides learning resources for schools and families, with topics such as mathematics, spelling, literacy, and science.)

https://circletimefun.com/ (Early childhood development site to help parents learn and bond with their kids. Follow and interact with an expert instructor. Offering live free beta classes. Use code: homefun1)

https://www.beed.world/ (BeED is a Finnish certified platform that provides curricular and teaching needs. Features include a mobile experiential learning app, multi-blocking Curriculum Builder and interactive mapping. BeED will extend its services to schools affected by Covid-19 with a complimentary free six months’ subscription to the mobile learning platform.)

https://www.beelinereader.com/  (BeeLine Reader helps students read on-screen more effectively. It is used both by skilled readers (including high school and college students) and readers with dyslexia, ADHD and autism. The technology is backed by educational research and has won social impact awards from the United Nations and Stanford University. Free access to the BeeLine Reader Browser plugin for Chrome has been added.)

https://goboardmaker.com/pages/activities-to-go (Boardmaker is a collection of standardized picture symbols used for communication with students who are strong visual learners, including those with autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, speech and language disorders, and behavioral disorders. A thematic series of units called Boardmaker Activities to Go are free, and ready to download, print, or copy.)


https://mobile.tumblemobile.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f (ebooks for kids!)

https://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories?fbclid=lwAR1QNBFwA3pYJ_JL8kx3qsLHM5qeMnkjD0ZtwAGqZ-pflG0HMW7Q0toOgps (Learn French with French Children’s stories!)

https://chalkacademy.com/ (Offer multilingual, Chinese and Korean learning resources.)

https://www.difusion.com/campus (Provides free resources for Spanish teachers. With a free account, students and teachers can access videos, online activities, printable materials for the classroom, and sample units and audios of all books.)

https://conjuguemos.com/ (“Use without account” option has vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.)


www.thehappyevercrafter.com (caligraphy)

www.debbielynn.net (Huge coloring sheets for cheap!)

www.broadwayhd.com (get a 7-day free trial and watch broadway for free!)

https://artsandculture.google.com (explore thousands of museums virtually!)

https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games/?fbclid=lwAR0ev3kkNwETL6nw5t_M61wJqY5VcvkX7aFtrlELSgg2ZX_zkmH3_h24GLU  (16 card games that’ll turn your kids into math wizzes!)

https://images.nasa.gov/ (explore thousands of images straight from NASA’s very own gallery!)

https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours?fbclid=IwAR03rCYOmTCYxXtDOqMEwry_kZI8rnOlpI7ixaK9z6oj39fX_CH3Hjjbd5Q (Museum virtual tours)

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF (Daily doodles with Mo Williams!)

www.funbrain.com (play games while practicing math and reading skills)

www.pbs.org (have fun with your favourite tv characters while learning)

Get Moving!

https://ymca360.org (Free exercise classes from yoga to Tai Chi)

https://youtube.com/watch?v=BPK9WNtpBgk (Yoga from your own livingroom)

https://join.skype.com/invite/zJNnpRi59oaU (Virtual Zumba through Skype)


https://www.sporcle.com  (trivia for apple and android devices)


https://www.facebook.com/OceansInitiative/videos/569940997207590 (A look at ocean life!!)

https://virtualschoolactivities.com/ (virtual tours, zoo webcams, read alouds, and much more!)

https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/videos/152751482590378  (Livestream zoo educational videos!)

http://howtohomeschoolforfree.com/huge-list-of-virtual-field-trips/?fbclid=lwAR0ou-V2In2CfhRFu6-r3jq-6bBMstMzxu_asC4FAdw4NN5WoHGX9exZ5po (a massive list of all kinds of virtual field trips like mars!)

www.switcheroozoo.com (all kinds of educational games to learn about animals!)

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com (All about geography and neat animals)

https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/ (This free digital atlas of America uses online GIS to explore and visualize data with maps.)




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