Updated: Sep 15, 2021
There are many educational resources and websites available that are fun, safe, and helpful in teaching your kids. Here is a list of the ones that I have used to kind of mix up the learning environment with my kids while they are at home for school.
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“Free educational programs and resources available to help with your kids!”
1. CHILDREN'S BOARD
Many times as parents we are not aware of the many resources available to us in our own backyards. When I had my first child, we only consulted the pediatrician for anything that she knew of or recommended to us.
It was not until later on while he was in daycare that the principal recommended a local government-sponsored children screening program that was available for anyone who wanted to have an idea about their child's developmental growth. This opened the door to so much information about the many free resources that were available to families at whatever stage in your child's development that was needed.
If there were any developmental delays found in your child, you could get free access to tutoring, speech sessions, behavioral training, etc. They also offered many free programs and resources to help with anything you needed, even if your child was doing great and another plus is that it does not depend on your income.
These places are designed to help families grow stronger in whatever stage of development that they are in. Please research the programs available with your local children’s board. You will be surprised!
2. SCHOOLS ACCESS TO RESOURCES
What better place to get the info you need than from the school or program itself. Most public, charter, or private schools offer free access to popular learning websites and resources that you can access.
Even though the websites may or may not be free for you, they are free to use when accessed through your school. For example, my son has access to www.myon.com which is available through his school for free.
Otherwise, I would have to pay a monthly amount for the membership. Therefore, please research this option first before paying for anything, later on, only to find out that you had it for free to use through your school.
The library is another great place to use for access to free educational resources. This is my favorite go-to for reading books and free local access to popular kid's museums and events.
With my kids, I have joined the reading programs that are available at the library that challenges you to read books to your kids frequently. They have the read 1000 books before kindergarten challenge etc. that is something fun to do with your family.
They may also have crafts, musical events, painting, free books, etc. It differs in every state or even country, so please check with your local library about what's available for you. Another popular thing they may have, is access to museums as well that can be done for free.
I had no idea that this was even available. I went in to find out about children's books and saw a brochure with places that you can visit through the library for free. Therefore, do visit your library and get to know what resources and programs are available to you for free.
Check with your local museums or kids museums for programs and events that are free to the public and are tailored for kids. For example, some kid's museums in our city may offer free access to the public on special days in the week or weekends.
The general art museums also may have a program for kids to do art projects or painting etc. Look it up and see what is happening in your own neighborhood and head out for more adventure and engagement with your family.
Worksheets are a great way to help your child in the world of education. They are actually fun and engaging for all kids at any stage of learning. My kids are familiar with worksheets and find them enjoyable. They look forward to new activities that I may have weekly.
There are many websites that offer free printables and worksheets that be accessed quickly and printed for teaching. For example, my son who is in kindergarten is learning site words now. To help them to learn and retain the site word, you can search online for free printables that are available and give them to your child for practice.
A website that I have visited that has both free and paid printables for any stage of development for homeschoolers is www.teacherspayteachers.com. It is also a great resource for moms who are homeschooling their children as well.
If you need information on how to teach kids sight words, read my blog on 12 ways to teach kid's sight words
There are a lot of programs and apps that are available for purchase, which is great for helping your kids to learn in every stage of their education. There are however free ones also available as well that are just as effective.
This is one that I recommend that my kids love. If you are like me, you prefer to stay off the actual video games but still want an alternative, then this is something to consider. It is interactive in a game-like setting, but it teaches letters, numbers, math, etc.
My kids think it's fun, but at the same time, I am actually seeing an improvement in number and letter recognition.
7. WWW. KHANACADEMY.COM
This is another free website that is available to help with learning as well. It is not as game-like as others, but it is more straightforward in teaching. What I like about it is that it will help you to identify gaps in your children's learning that will help you to know what to target first as they learn in each stage.
This is a popular resource for many parents and teachers. If you are familiar with the television station, PBS, they offer so many resources as well for kids and families. During the summer, they offer summer activity books that are full of things that kids can do to keep them entertained. They are also known for providing good family programs and learning videos for children.
This is another website that also offers free educational videos and games for children. The games are super fun and interactive especially if you have a child that is a visual learner. They also read books as well to your children. It is a great resource to use for screen time access.
10. LOCAL BUSINESSES
There are local businesses that actually offer free educational resources or programs for children. Home Depot, for example, use to offer free art projects on the weekend. My kids have learned to build birdhouses etc.
Also, Bank of America has free access to museums, etc. as well every 1st weekend of the month. Check locally and see what you can find with a quick google search. There is always something free happening around that is entertaining or educational for your children.
Did you find the strategies listed in this article helpful? What were some of your favorite tips? How have they worked for you? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think.
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