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By request, I created a list of (free) online educational resources for parents as they spend more time at home with their school-aged children.

I majored in Elementary Education in college and dreamed of being a teacher since the second grade. Life took me in another direction, but I will always will have a passion for kids and the classroom. New to my website? Read about my journey.

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This website lists HUNDREDS of resources with great descriptions of what you’ll find on those pages. You can narrow your search by grade level. Best of all, there are no ads.

Over at the Travel Tomorrow Podcast, they have planned a Social Distancing Vacation with many classes, workshops and at-home experiences.

Help me add to this list! Send me a note with an online resource you and your kids love. Thanks to Katie for the inspiration to help me start this list.

ABCya! (pre-K – 6th+)

All Digital School (all subjects)

American Chemistry Society (elementary – college, science)

BrainPOP (all subjects)

Codecademy (science)

Funbrain (pre-K – 8th: games, reading, math zone)

Good Calculators (variety of online calculators)

Google Earth (NOT Google Maps!)

GrammarCheck (English)

Hello Kids (coloring pages)

HowStuffWorks (parents may want to filter: the front page has an article on “How nude beaches work”)

I’m a Puzzle (jigsaw puzzles)


Math Game Time (pre-K – 7th: math)

Math Playground (1st – 6th: math)

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (social studies)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Eagle Cam (science)

Most common grammar mistakes and how to fix them (English)

NASA Kids’ Club (science)

National Geographic Kids (social studies, science)

Phoenix Zoo (science)

Prodigy (1st – 8th: math)

San Diego Zoo (science, don’t miss their live web cams!)

Scholastic Learn at Home (pre-K – 6th+: reading)

Sesame Street

Smithsonian for Kids

Solitaire Bliss

SplashLearn (1st – 5th: math)

Storyline Online (children’s books read by celebrities) — learn more about Storyline Online

Time for Kids (K – 6th)

Who Was? (social studies)

Virtual Tours

Great Wall of China


Mars via Google

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Yellowstone National Park

Want more virtual tours? Check out this post from Maps, Memories and Motherhood.

YouTube Channels

CrashCourse (social studies)

Dude Perfect (more entertaining than educational)


The Kennedy Center: LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems

Netflix Jr. (you don’t need to have a Netflix account! Start with StoryBots)

Phone Apps

Duolingo (language arts)

Continuing education

Free online courses from Harvard, Stanford, and other top colleges

Hubs (3D printing tutorials)

Facebook Groups & Pages

Amazing Educational Resources

Emergency Homeschooling

MN Parents of K-12 COVID-19 Support

Teaching During COVID-19

Resources for Parents

National Geographic Family

Don’t forget about your child’s school library’s website!

Check with your county library for additional online resources

Resources for Teachers

Distance Learning Ideas from Google

More COVID-19 Resources on Give Me The Mike

A growing list of programs and restaurants offering food to families in Minnesota

Minnesota nonprofits and businesses delivering meals to those unable to leave their homes

Contact me with educational resources you love!

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