Tuesday, March 17, 2020

FREE Websites for Home Learning

There are so many FREE educational websites out there for children. But sometimes it can be difficult to find ones that provide good content, and that are free with no strings or trials attached. Or ones that are free for parents, not just teachers. Today I'm sharing a list of my favorite, gimmick free, parent friendly websites that you can trust. They are all available for home use. No trials, no limitations on use, and they're all FREE! Click on each laptop to visit each one. 

I love Xtramath. This is a math fact fluency website that allows students to practice their math facts each day. You can set it up for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or mixed. It's very easy to use and I love how it progresses with my students, repeating the math facts that they get wrong until they master them.

99 Math is a new fave! It's a fun, engaging, and competitive math fluency game for students in grades 1st - 8th grade. What makes 99 Math so fun for students is that they play against other students and can even play against students across the globe in online tournaments. There are now 23 countries on the site. Students love competition and it encourages faster advancement! 

This is a great site that my students love! It is an online library with popular book titles that are read to the students by popular role-models.

Freckle, formally known as Front Row is a K-12 standards-based site that targets Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies. This site offers so much that I cannot believe it is free! Don't be confused when you go to sign up. It looks like it's for teachers only, but you can also sign up as a parent too. Choose teacher and then parent from the "role" drop down menu and then in the bottom right hand corner select "I don't have a class."

Khan Academy is another wonderful standards-based site for K-8 where students can learn at their own pace and parents and teachers can personalize assignments. Reports are also available for free to monitor student progress. 

Sheppard Software is another site my students enjoy and is very appealing for children. They have hundreds of educational games and activities for every subject area.  

Starfall is a fun site and a great tool for children working at a KG to 3rd grade level. It features lots of basic skill activities, phonics, holiday themed activities, and lots of songs. Some activities do require a paid version, but there's an abundance of activities for free! 

Another favorite is ABCYa! ABCYa is geared for K-6 and provides a wealth of educational games in ELA and Math, as well as holiday games and strategy games that are very engaging for students.

A collection of free, easy to read books on a variety of topics. Books can be speech enabled and set up to use on touch screens, Intellikeys with overlays, or switch devices.

Learning Games for Kids is a very enticing, kid-friendly website loaded with educational games and activities for reading, phonics, spelling, math, typing, and more! 

Reading Bear is a fun and engaging site for students just learning basic phonics sounds and learning how to read. It is easy to navigate and very student-friendly. 

This is a cute site that offers games, videos, books, and songs that primarily focus on teaching children life lessons, and how to feel good about themselves. It is a great site for building character and classroom community.

Math Playground is a great and easy to navigate site for providing children in grades 1-6 math skills practice in a fun way. It is very inviting and engaging for students and another one that my students love!

This site is a lot like Sheppard Software. Kids love it! It offers tons of games, activities, coloring pages, puzzles, and themed activities for every holiday!

Fun Brain is a popular site and is geared for students in PK-8. This site offers educational videos and games in reading and math, digital books to read, and a playground students can just have fun in. You might also like Fun Brain Jr for younger children. 

This is a fabulous site and allows young adventurers to explore the world and learn how it works. They can watch videos and read all about the earth, planets, plants, animals, and more.

I hope these websites will ease your home learning. Don't forget you can click on each laptop above to be taken directly to each site. 

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