Great online resources for parents, caregivers and teachers:
Academic Earth Online courses from the world’s greatest scholars. Academic Earth offers video lectures from elite universities, and it allows viewers to grade the professors. Academic Earth also offers a “Playlists” feature based around themes such as “Laws of Nature,” “Wars Throughout History,” or “You Are What You Eat.”
A Platform for Good– A Platform for Good is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute designed to help parents, teachers and teens to connect, share and do good online.
Born Learning Born Learning helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. Web content is available in English and in Spanish.
Common Sense Media –great site for parents who want to know about what their children are reading and watching and how to guide them to age appropriate media. Common Sense media believes in “sanity not censorship,” and is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Curriki -Curriki helps connect educators, parents, and students in the development of curriculum and other educational materials. With its open-source curriculum format, Curriki allows anyone to post their teaching ideas for others to view, download, use, reformat, and reshare.
Education.com Advice, reference articles, and an online community for parents of preschool to high school students.
Edutopia Success stories about what works in education in the six core concepts of integrated studies, project learning, comprehensive assessments, social & emotional learning, technology integration, and teacher development.
Family Fun A resource for arts & crafts, recipes, outdoor games, planning child-friendly activities and parties.
Family TLC Parenting tips, family activities, articles on child development, and many child-friendly and age-appropriate activities are featured on this site.
First Palette First Palette is an art site with ideas for educators and parents who share an enthusiasm for art, who recognize the value of doing meaningful and fun activities together with kids, and who have a passion for nurturing creativity and the love for learning.
FREE (Federal Registry for Educational Excellence)- FREE is a U.S. Department of Education website that compiles free teacher resources available from dozens of federal agencies. Educators can sign up for the FREE RSS feed, which notifies users when new resources are added. Otherwise, they can browse by topic, from music history to life sciences.
Great Group Games Your ultimate game group resource for free and fun youth party games, icebreakers, outdoor games, and more! Searchable by size of group, age of group, playing area, and type of occassion.
Great Websites for Kids This site has a selection of fun and educational websites for children that have been reviewed for content and excellence. Subjects like Animals, the Arts, History, Biography, Literature, Language, Math, Computers, Science, and Social Sciences each have a variety of websites with content for preschoolers up through high-schoolers. Games, videos, and informational content are all included. Many sites have features for classroom and/or teacher use. Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALA / ALSC).
How Stuff Works Excellent tool for kids with nuts-and-bolts questions.
iCivics Founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens. iCivics provides the nation’s most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web. It features educational video games as well as vibrant teaching materials used in classrooms in all 50 states.
International Children’s Digital Library a multicultural library that features carefully selected, age-rated and age-appropriate books. It includes children’s books from more than 40 countries and in 55 languages. An excellent resource for parents who want to expose their kids to diverse cultures and languages, and for families who speak more than one language.
Jim Trelease Home Page – author of the internationally bestselling The Read Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease’s official web site offers information on all things related to connecting parents, kids, and books.
Library of Congress for Teachers – The Library of Congress’ “For Teachers” page highlights ready-to-use classroom materials that are aligned with state standards and take advantage of the Library’s primary sources. It includes access to primary source sets around topics such as U.S. presidents; short facts or activities for class starters, such as “Today in History” and everyday science mysteries; themed lesson plans for dozens of topics; and even professional development curriculum.
Mr. Schlytter’s Mathematics Site Mr. Schlytter, math teacher at Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA, shares links to his favorite algebra, geometry and graphing sites. Don’t miss the links to the Jeopardy-style math review pages.
NASA for Educators –The NASA for Educators page includes featured articles with information about NASA’s various missions; image galleries on a wide variety of topics; information about NASA careers, internships, fellowships, and scholarships; NASA-produced multimedia materials; and more. An Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate NASA resources that can be used in the classroom; users can search by keywords, grade level, product type, and subject. With hundreds of publications and websites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources, the agency says.
neoK12 – Need an educational video to share with your students? This sites has hundreds of video clips, covering the subjects of science, math, health, social studies and English.
NSDL (National Science Digital Library) -NSDL is the nation’s online library for education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It provides free math lessons and activities aligned with the Math Common Core Standards, as well as STEM-related blogs and other free teacher resources and lesson plan ideas. Targeted for K-12 teachers, higher-education professionals, and librarians, NSDL also provides science literary maps and iTunes multimedia files.
Oh Noah! The creative approach of Oh Noah! turns the typical teaching method for language learning on its head. Instead of the model — in this instance, Noah — knowing Spanish well enough to teach it, he’s learning and making mistakes right along with all new-language learners. Noah shows kids that learning language is about more than just memorizing words. He learns by body language, situational context, and trial and error. The simple but wise message of this interactive video and game site: Jump in and learn! Nobody’s perfect when learning a new language.
On Air: the History Channel Classrooom – The History Channel Classroom provides television programs that middle school, junior high, and high school teachers can videotape and keep for up to a year—along with support materials to help with lesson plans and class activities.
PBS Teachers –Online professional development, TV programming and multimedia web content, lesson plan ideas, and ways to connect with other educators are all things featured on the page. The website also features news and and webinars for teachers to view.
PBS KIDS Lab kids get to play creative, innovative, and really fun games that teach skills they need to be successful in school. For preschool & up.
Primera Escuela – Primera Escuela offers parents who speak Spanish a wide variety of learning activities in Spanish to teach their children basic school readiness literacy skills such as the alphabet and basic shapes. Primera Escuela ofrece a los padres, guardianes, maestros y otros actividades en Español para enseñar a sus hijos las destrezas básicas que requieren para entrar a la escuela primaria, tales como el alfabeto y las formas geometricas básicas.
Read Aloud Dad – great blog about Dads reading aloud to kids – includes book reviews
Reading Rockets – All kinds of resources for parents & teachers on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. This site has everything imaginable to guide you and your child in the world of reading from birth on up.
ReadKiddoRead – Author James Patterson’s web site dedicated to making children readers for life. An authoritative resource for finding the best, current literature for children of all ages. It includes summaries, read-alikes, reviews, and links to related activities. Find the books with links to Library Finder and various booksellers. Join the newsletter and the ReadKiddoRead Community to access author interviews, blogs, lesson plans, and more!
Story Bird Kids can learn to use their reading and writing skills — as well as use their creativity and imagination — to create brand new stories by themselves or with family members and friends.
Study Jams Math & science lessons in videos, quizzes, and even karaoke! — StudyJams! accommodates kids with various learning styles and reinforces information. The math lessons are particularly helpful, guiding kids through each step of a problem with a detailed voiceover and virtual blackboard. (Parents who can’t remember how to convert decimals to fractions will get an excellent refresher course.)
Teaching Books – A free resource center that has originally produced multimedia resources to explore popular elementary series books through audio clips of authors along with discussion questions and activities. Ever wonder how to pronounce some authors’ names? There are even clips on this site of the authors pronouncing their own names!
TeAchnology –TeAchnology provides free and easy-to-use resources for teachers, including “Teacher Timesavers” to help educators better organize. The site also features 42,000-plus lesson plans, 9,000 free printable worksheets, rubrics, teaching tips, web quests, and other free teacher resources.
Vroom – Help your children, birth to five, build their brains! Sign up for a newsletter or download the app for daily tips and activities.
Wondermind Explore the brain! Wondermind introduces kids to concepts in neuroscience through four Alice-in-wonderland themed games. Kids ages 8-12 who are curious about how the brain works will find much of interest here.
Wonderopolis where the wonders of learning never cease. Anything and everything you could possibly wonder about is explored on this site. A daily wonder is offered for families to learn and explore together.
Word Central an educational site that offers a full children’s dictionary, word games, and daily buzzwords. The exercises included on this site give kids an opportunity to better their vocabulary and to learn about the origin of language. Word Central does a great job of catering their definitions to a younger audience and has clearly placed effort on providing appropriate terminology. A “Build Your Own Dictionary” section allows users to create their own words, parts of speech, and definitions.
Your Commonwealth older kids and teens can visit to start exploring the big questions facing our world. As a news and story-sharing site written for a younger audience by budding journalists from Commonwealth countries, Your Commonwealth hosts videos and articles submitted by writers aged 15-29 on the subjects of their choice, specifically what life is like in their country and any issues that they hope to bring to light.
Zero to Three – Lots of information on infants and toddlers for both parents and professionals.