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Summer Enrichment & Learning

Free resources for use while hanging out and learning at home this Summer. 

Technical Help (How-to for Distance Learning)
  • Discovery Education – Information on structuring and conducting virtual learning experiences

  • Teq – Professional Development helps educators successfully integrate technology into instruction. When teachers sign-up for basic and they will be automatically upgraded to a full subscription for free

  • Zoom – New to Working from Home? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Meet Like a Pro article

  • Zoom – Joining and Participating in a Zoom Webinar

Websites & Online Activities
  • Arcademics – Arcade game activities for grades 1-6 to improve knowledge in math, geography, typing, spelling, and language arts

  • Boardmaker Activities-to-go – Designed for little kids who are visual learners, Boardmaker offers free printable activities that are especially beneficial for children with special needs, such as those with Down syndrome or autism.

  • Cox Campus – Video-based learning experiences and activities for K-3 grade students to support reading skills and emotional growth; 4-week exploration in English and Spanish

  • English Media Lab – Free English Exercises for English language learners at all levels, including older learners; Games, puzzles, English TV, animated videos, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, spelling, and SAT practice activities

  • Entertain Kids on a Dime – 100 Activities to do at home using household items or dollar store finds

  • Epic! – Digital Library for children 12 and younger of 40,000 books, learning videos and more

  • Hand2Mind – PreK-5th grade learning activities and manipulatives for math, science, and literacy

  • Hippocampus – 7,000 videos across 13 subjects for middle school to college-age students

  • Izzit – Educational videos for K-12+ children in 9 subject areas

  • Minecraft – STEM educational video games that teach problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity

  • NASA Kids Club –  Games that support national education standards in STEM for children PreK-4

  • Nature Lab at Home – Week-long thematic family teaching guides to explore nature at home

  • Storypark Blog – Video library of creative activities to do at home

  • Time for Kids – Time magazine for children grades K-6 in English and Spanish

  • Touchable Earth – Designed for children ages 8-11 to let kids teach each other about the world using short videos; Promotes tolerance for gender, culture, and identity

Educational Apps
  • NSF Science Zone – (Android/iOS) National Science Foundation app available at App Store for iPhone or iPad;  Hundreds of exciting videos and photos about science discoveries

  • Science Journal – (Most Chromebooks, Android & iOS) More than 70 hands-on science activities from education experts and documenting science tools

  • SkyView – (Android/iOS) Stargazing experience to aid in identifying planets and constellations

  • WWF Free Rivers – (Android & iOS)  Virtual world interactive storytelling experience that teaches how people, wildlife, and landscapes depend on healthy flowing rivers

  • Vroom – Brain building activities for children 6 and younger in real-world settings

Hands-on & Off-screen Learning Activities

  • Fender Play – 3-month offer for free guitar, bass and ukulele lessons

  • Go Noodle – Movement exercises for elementary and younger children to stay active and mindful in English and Spanish

  • Mystery Science – K-5 video lessons with hands-on activities to develop scientific knowledge

  • Osmo Kaleidoscope – Hands-on STEAM collaborative and creative learning tools for PreK-4th grade children

  • Scratch –  Learn coding to create stories, games, and animations

  • Take Lessons – Online classes for children and adults in world languages, music, fitness, and cooking

Virtual Field Trips
  • Discovery Education Eggs in School –  K-5 and 6-8 grade 30-minute videos that teach about conserving and protecting natural resources to produce eggs and explore the ecosystem and food webs of an egg

  • Stingray – 14-minute video of stingray feeding

  • Great Lakes Now – 5-minute videos targeted towards grades 6-8 students on Coastal Wetlands, Algae, and Lake Sturgeon

  • Mission Census –  16-minute video that explores what the census is, how information is collected, and how it informs the future alongside students in grades 4-12

  • Nickelodeon Slime in Space – 15-minute video that explores sending slime into space experiment

Educational Videos & Television
  • PBS Parents – Guide to free resources for learning with PBS KIDS programming themed activities

  • Seeker Learning – Exploring the universe, planet, and new innovations

  • Sesame Street – Videos, games, and art for young children with fun muppet characters

Social-Emotional Support
At-Home Independent Learning 
  • English Media Lab – Free English Exercises for English language learners at all levels, including older learners; Games, puzzles, English TV, animated videos, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, spelling, and SAT practice activities

  • Entertain Kids on a Dime – 100 Activities to do at home using household items or dollar store finds

  • History at Home – A collection of HISTORY’s educational shows for middle and high school students with study and discuss guides

  • International Children’s Digital Library – Digital picture and chapter books in multiple languages

  • Imagineering in a Box – Exploration of different aspects of theme park design with Disney’s Imagineers

  • Ivy League Free Online – Free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale

  • Khan Academy – Free lessons in math, science, and humanities for kindergarten through early college

  • Khan Academy Kids App – Free, no ads app for ages 2-7 to learn reading, writing, math, social-emotional, problem-solving, and motor skills through activities, games, drawing, and coloring

  • Make Beliefs Comix – Create comic strips, books, or greeting cards with 13 languages available

  • Microsoft Education – Home and family resources that can help families connect, work, learn, and play at home;  Staying in touch, enjoying cultural activities, and create social activities

  • Starfall – Activities to help students in grades K-3 learn how to read and do math better;  Especially helpful for English Language Learners and students with Special Needs

  • TEDEd – Video-based lessons organized by age, subject, and themes