Another worksheet. Another night of battles over homework.
What if there was a different way to help your child learn? There is!
Online sites are quickly becoming one of the absolute best ways for parents to help their children at home. If you need help, take a peek at these amazing resources!
Khan Academy: I have long LOVED Khan for everything. And it only gets better with every passing year. It’s 100% free to use and is perfect for students in kindergarten through college and beyond. I still use Khan to reteach myself some of the finer points of math. Plus, there is more than math here. Explore amazing art museums, brush up on history, or dive into science. My students routinely love the coding lessons!
XtraMath: This site is perfect for helping your child to practice basic math drills. The “quizzes” are fun, there are certificates at each new level, and your child can’t just skip over trouble spots.
Quizlet: Whether you are making your own virtual flashcards or using a set that’s already online, your child will be able to practice math vocabulary, review basic formulas, or study to tests.
MrNussbaumMath: This is perfect for supplementing work from school either online or with printable worksheets. I’ve used this in the classroom for years!
CoolMath Games: Yes, learning can be fun! These games are aligned to common and universal math concepts. Honestly, sometimes your children won’t even know they are practicing math skills!
These are the best free sites that I have used in my classroom and with tutoring clients year after year. I love these because they provide amazing value for no cost. For more math-specific resources, look at this post from the MilKids Ed archives. If you want even more options, including some paid sites, check out this list from We Are Teachers.
Starfall: There is a paid section to this website, but so much is offered for free. I’ve used Starfall resources in the classroom and with private clients for years. They are perfect for kiddos starting to recognize and write letters or an older child learning English as a second language.
PBSKids Island: I’ve used this for years, too! In fact, I’m getting ready to sign my preschooler up for this site pretty soon. The best part of Kids Island is that it tracks your child’s progress over time. For students that are struggling, this is the perfect tool to show trouble spots or successes.
StoryOnline: Does your child want one book read over and over and over? If you need a break, or want to help your child “read” via video, this is the perfect resource! StoryOnline has an extensive library of video books, some read by celebrities. You could also pass this information on to your child’s teacher. This would be perfect for literacy centers!
K12Reader: I have never used this resource, but it has been highly recommended. There are printable worksheets here for all grade level.
AdLit: Another site I’ve never used, mostly because I had resources at this grade level already in my classroom. However, for parents of older readers, this could offer great tools and insights. Definitely check the Teachers section for learning support tools!
For a bigger list, check out this post from the MilKids Ed archives!
YouTube: There are endless options here! You can learn anything from math to history. I really like Crash Course for history and science. Bonus: author John Green is the force behind this channel and it is amazing! Ms. Munafo is amazing at explaining challenging math concepts. I’ve used her in class or as tutoring homework before.
Just do a search for your child’s grade + subject + specific topic. Tons of videos will probably pop up! Before you show your child a video, watch it first. Some videos have language warnings or are hard to understand. It pays to check first!
Kids Health: Help your child learn about the human body and other health related topics here. They have great videos, fun activities, and easy worksheets. Everything is free!
TeachersPayTeachers: Don’t let the name fool you! This site is for everyone! And while there are thousands of downloads that cost money, there are also equal numbers of totally free resources. I’ve used the flashcard and task card games here for years. There are also so many experiments and activity ideas. MilKids Ed even has a small store!
What are your best learning resources? Share them in the comments!