Keep this list of educational websites close at hand. Great for “I’m bored!” days or for keeping the summer slide at bay. Make learning fun again!
Ever have one of those days where all the kids are whining (“I’m boooooored!”), a gallon of milk got spilled on your hardwood floor (better than the carpet??), and when you went for your secret chocolate stash…it was empty! (Gasp!)
Then you must be a Mom! And every Mom has a limit to her patience.
You hate to resort to more screen time.
But some days, that break is well worth it.
How do you use some screen time without feeling the weight of Mom guilt? Well, what if you could keep the kids occupied in a fun, but educational way?
Mama, I’ve got you covered. Today, you can put the kids in front of a screen without the guilt. Let’s call it keeping the summer slide at bay. You want them to remember their lessons when school starts again, right??
Each of our kids owns a Kindle Fire. We love that they’re affordable and easy for the kids to use.
I don’t love leaving them with unfettered internet access.
It’s a scary world out there, but sometimes it can be even scarier online. There are too many bad guys that know just how to take advantage of young kids.
Bark sends us alerts for things like violence and sex. But they also track things like bullying, grooming (when adults are training kids before they abuse them), and more.
Both my husband and I get alerts to anything concerning, and we get to decide what to about each alert. The kids don’t even know we’ve been alerted unless we tell them.
We love it.
Your New Favorite Free Educational Websites for Students
This site is so great that you might decide to use it yourself! Duolingo is a totally free site dedicated to teaching you a new language. You can choose from Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and more. It is available online as a website and also as an app for Kindle Fires and other tablets. Get started learning a new language here.
2. Kids Discover
You’ll be amazed at the beauty of Kids Discover. It’s so fascinating that kids can’t help themselves. They have to learn more! They offer 200 free lessons.
If you want access to the rest of the lessons (including a break down into appropriate Lexile reading levels) it’s just $4 per month. Learn more about the beautiful lessons from Kids Discover here.
If you need fun (educational) games for your child in pre-k through 5th grade, they’ll enjoy ABCya! This site has a great variety of games that reinforce math, reading, and strategy skills. It’s also available as an app for tablets. Learn more (pun totally intended!) here.
4. ABC Mouse
This website is built for kids ages 2 to 7 to get a jump start on learning. Topics covered include reading, math, geography, art, and music.
This site will give your young kids a great foundation for learning.
Try it for free for 30 days.
You can get an annual membership for less than $60 right now! Your kids will get tons of value for this price (it breaks down to about $5 per month!).
5. Lego Games
I don’t know too many kids that don’t love Legos.
I love that it teaches kids about strategy and creativity.
Best of all, it encourages your kids to be more active and creative with their own Legos when they aren’t having screen time.
6. Khan Academy
According to their website, Khan Academy “believes learners of all ages should have unlimited access to free educational content they can master at their own pace.” What parent doesn’t want that for their child?
At Khan Academy, you’ll find a wealth of resources for everything from math to science; arts to computer skills. Your child can learn to program or code (which are awesome computer skills to have).
They can focus on the type of history that is most appealing to them (art, United States, world).
Of course, I love that they can also learn about finance and entrepreneurship. Older kids can get a test prep boost for SATs, MCAT, and more.
Heck, you might even find lessons there you’ll want to try yourself! And it’s all completely free.
If your kids tend to have a hunt and peck style of typing, they would definitely benefit from typing lessons.
8. Hoffman Academy
As a former elementary music teacher, I have to include music in a list of free educational websites for kids!
Hoffman Academy is an excellent free resource for learning how to play the piano.
So you can finally get your kids to play the one that’s been gathering dust in your dining room for years.
My 8 year old insists that this list is not complete without adding code.org. This site teaches kids how to code on computers using fun themes like Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, and more.
It’s free, and if you’d like to save your progress you can do that by signing in using a free Google account.
These free educational websites for students will end boredom.
More importantly, it will stop the summer slide so your kids can begin the next school year with new learning rather than reviewing things they’ve forgotten. Bookmark these sites so your kids can easily access them when they’ve earned some screen time.
Now, let’s do something about those messy bedrooms.
Do your kids have a favorite educational website that they makes learning fun? Tell us about it!