The big bad boogie man that is the internet is something that many families with young kids shy away from. However, knowing which sites are best for learning and how to keep them safe on them in the process is part of equipping our children for life.
In fact, if they can’t get online, they can’t learn to be safe. So granting them bits of access and discussing the importance of internet safety and technology use is another life skill we should be implementing even with Kindergarteners.
List of 8 great FREE educational websites
Your kids can learn something new every day in a safe, free and fun online environment. In fact, the 21st century almost giving our young children access to technology and the internet being a part of their life is inevitable.
These 8 safe and educational websites for kids offer online teaching games, printable worksheets, videos and more and are a great way to use technology in your homeschooling environment. Plus, they’ll give you some time off or moments to focus on something else while they’re learning and enjoying.
CoolMath4Kids calls itself “an amusement park of math, games and more.” Children can play math games that teach addition, subtraction, money and more. This site is geared toward ages 3 through 12. Their sister site, CoolMath-Games.com, includes math games for preschoolers.
All of the educational shows your kids watch on PBS have their own learning section on this site. Try sing-a-long songs, sorting and counting games, and videos.
MakeMeGenius is a YouTube channel filled with videos that cover a variety of subjects, such as physics for kids, the solar system, reflection and refraction of light and electricity. All of the videos are cartoon-style and kid-friendly. They’ll keep even your youngest child interested for hours.
Your child’s favorite Sesame Street characters will entertain your kids while helping them learn. Let your child have fun with Cookie Monster, Elmo and the rest of the gang. They can choose from hundreds of video clips, make artwork and play games that help them learn letters, animal sounds, rhymes, colors and more.
When your child asks you why the sky is blue, how many people a farmer can feed or any number of other questions they can come up with on a daily basis, head over to How Stuff Works to find the answer. The articles are broken down into subjects like entertainment, science, animals, technology and more. Games, quizzes and videos are also available.
Watch animal cameras, see photos of nature, play games, learn about different countries and try science experiments. This site has endless learning activities for kids of all ages. There is even a “Little Kids” section for younger kids.
This is undoubtedly a site you’ll want to bookmark for your kids. Math, reading, and learning games are just a few of the great activities you’ll find here. Fun Brain is great for preschoolers through 8th graders.
The Kidz Page has thousands of learning games and activities for your child to enjoy. Coloring pages, puzzles and word games are just a few favorites. There are also sections for each major holiday with games and activities to enjoy.
More resources for homeschooling
- Outlining a homeschool year to suit your child’s needs
- Learning Themes (PK-2nd Grade)
- How to teach so your child learns through play
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!