Free Online Resources to Keep Kids Learning, Engaged and Curious

By South Charlotte Macaroni Kid and Union County Macaroni Kid March 15, 2020

This week has been a doozy. I think we are all sitting in utter disbelief that schools will be closed for any length of time and that, gasp, we will be responsible for ensuring our children continue to learn. Further, the idea that we may need to stay home - away from crowds in what is being called “Social Distancing” - is, frankly, terrifying. 

And whether you are for or against school closures, it is entirely out of our hands. So Union County and South Charlotte Macaroni Kid have compiled some educational resources for you to use while the kids are home from school. 

Full disclosure: we haven’t tested any of these, but we have collected them from readers, friends and other homeschooling publishers around the country and hope that, should the schools close or you chose to pull your child(ren) from school while Covid 19 is circulating, these are helpful.


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Variety of educational games and activities for Pre-K to 6+. 

Free with premium upgrades


Albert has resources for both middle and high school, through AP level.

Schools forced to shut down can get a free, extended pilot for as long as they are impacted.


Alchemie makes chemistry learning resources.

They are offering Mechanisms (software for modeling organic chemistry reaction mechanisms) and ModelAR (a virtual molecular modeling program) for free.

All in One Homeschool

This is a Christian-based homeschool curriculum 


American Chemistry Society

The American Chemical Society has ChemMatters magazines, targeted for high schoolers, available online. In addition to chemistry, there are article that are biographies of chemists and historical articles.

Free All The Time

Backpack Sciences

This is a free video series on how to teach science without the overwhelm.

Free Video Series


This is HIGHLY recommended by many

Completely free resources and they even have a lesson plan on COVID-19.

Busy Teacher

A database of 17,300 free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English


CircleTime Fun

Learn and bond with your 0 - 6-year-old. Follow and interact with an expert instructor.

code: homefun1

CK-12 Foundation

Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom and it puts the grade in that students got on the practice questions (students must get 10 practice questions correct to get 100%).

Always Free

Common Core Sheets

Access to common core worksheets


Common Lit

Common core reading programs


Cosmic Kids Yoga

Awesome online yoga resources designed to help kids move and find stillness. 

Always Free

CMU CS Academy

We provide a free, online, interactive textbook for high school and middle school teachers to use to teach computer science in their classrooms

Always Free


Curriki revolutionized the way digital learning content is distributed and shared. For over 10 years we have made the best curriculum, lessons and on-demand content free, open, and accessible to all.

Always Free

E-Reading Worksheets

Reading worksheets for all grades K-8


Easy Teacher Worksheets

This is the largest collection of free math worksheets complete with answer keys. We have just over 18,000 printable pages just in this section alone.


Resource for all grade levels

Free with premium upgrade


Reading resources for all grade levels

30 days free


We have free resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides!

Always Free

Freckle Education

Differentiation instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science for grades K-12.

Always Free

Curriculum Associates

This company has resources available for extended school closure for grades K through 8! They are printable packets for math and reading.

Always Free


It is a platform where anyone can find or create their own simple learning games and the version we have now are always free for schools.

Always free.

Great Schools

Worksheets and other resources


Helping With Math is for anyone who needs help with math or who wants to help others with math at the K-8 level. It provides math resources that help students to practice what they are learning at home and at school.


Home Spelling Words

Home Spelling Words is the leading spelling website for high-quality spelling words and lists for Kindergarten through 9th grade. You can also use your lists from school, or your own curriculum to make online spelling tests with your own words



Math for K-12

Check with your school for log-in information

Go Noodle

Free movement videos to get kids up and moving. 



Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas. You can create a free account and create customized playlists too.

Always free


Free online access to iCompute's Learn Programming and Computational Thinking resources. Designed for independent work, pupils can work through activities and exercises online at home.

Free Access to All Services

We offer FREE, high-quality educational materials to educators: teachers, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, scout troop leaders – to anyone interested in learning/teaching!

Free Always

Kahn Academy

Free online resources for all ages! AND They have a page specifically for COVID-19 

Always Free

KET's PBS Learning Media

Videos, games, lesson plans, and supplemental materials can be searched by grade level, subject area, keyword, and standard. And PBS LearningMedia's Google Classroom integration makes it easy to share resources with your entire class. Content contributors include KET, PBS, PBS Kids, NASA, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and many more.

Always free

Libby App

for digital books and audiobooks. Anyone with a library card (at least in whatever cities/states use Overdrive) can access it.

Always free

Minecraft: Education Edition

A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment.

Always free.


MusicFirst Classroom is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for K-12 music education.

We are offering MusicFirst Classroom and the full suite of integrated software for free to any school during a closure.

Mystery Science

To help all these teachers during school closures, we at Mystery Science just finished going through all our lessons, pulling the easiest ones to do from home, and putting them all up for free on a page to make it easy. No signup required, no student login—we just want to help.

Free Access

PebbleGo by Capstone

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.

Free Access

PenPal Schools

PenPal Schools connects more than half a million students from over 150 countries to learn together through collaborative online projects! Students collaborate through online projects ranging from human rights and the environment to fake news and robotics, all while practicing literacy, technology and social-emotional skills. Teachers can assess student work and support student growth by providing customizable and personalized feedback.

At PenPal Schools we are offering free access to our programming to all teachers and schools affected by the virus.


Great quizzing resources that kids love

Always free


Schoology brings together the best K-12 learning management system with assessment management to improve student performance, foster collaboration, and personalize learning.

Has a free, basic version


On the front page, there is a section called 'Free Teaching Resources', the topics are listed by subject and exam board. Each section then has ppt, exam questions, videos etc - really useful.

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Storyline Online
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Sign up for Free


Free learning games that can be used on the computer or a tablet!


Vroom App

Free educational tips and scientific explanation for parents of children 0 to 5 available by app, text, and printables.

Always free.


Top-rated K-5 curriculum builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students

Always free.

There are also a number of paid resources you can employ when considering ways to keep your children busy:

And these Museums are offering free virtual tours - either on their own or via Google Arts and Culture -  that you can use in your home-based learning

Here are some other fun resources to check out! 

  • Get artwork texted to your phone from a number of Museums around. Click here for more information
  • And if you’d like to explore cultural heritage and historical sites, Google Arts and Culture can help with that here
  • And here and here are some virtual field trips if you want to go e-exploring!