Online Educational Resources

Online Educational Resources for Caregivers

Richmond Heights Memorial Library is committed to connecting caregivers with educational resources they can use in the home during school closures. All of these resources are currently available for free.

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math provides a new activity daily for children and caregivers to work through together. Activities include interesting facts and math-based riddles and challenges at three different difficulty levels so children of various ages can participate and work together.

BreakoutEDU

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that brings the challenge of an escape room to the classroom.  All Breakout EDU games require players to use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. They are providing a collection of digital games that k-12 students can play at home for free.

Demco Early Literacy Calendar

The Demco Early Literacy calendar provides daily activities for parents to do at home with their young children in order to enhance reading readiness. Color-coded by type, activity categories include reading, rhymes, sounds, writing, science, math, play, songs, and stories.

Elementario

Elementari engages students to write their own story, working at their own pace.  The platform provides illustrations to inspire stories, develop analytical thinking, and provide a source of pride for students in their personal writing and coding projects. The platform is currently offering free access to teachers and caregivers.

KidsGardening.org

Get everyone outside with the various gardening projects available through this site. With K-12 lesson plans on topics including nutrition, pollination, arts and culture, and plant science, the entire family can work together and learn. This is a great resource for those anticipating the Year of Gardening @ Richmond Heights Memorial Library beginning this summer.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. In addition to the many resources that are always available for free through Khan Academy, the site is providing resources specifically for caregivers in areas with school closures including at-home learning schedules and webinars. 

Little Bins for Little Hands

This website is an incredibly useful resource for teachers, librarians, and caregivers. In addition to offering some more complex project ideas, the website has several DIY crafts and projects that can be done with things found around the home including basic kitchen ingredients and recyclable materials. Kids in preschool through grade school will enjoy the projects on this website. 

Mystery Science

Mystery Science has pulled their most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed. Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. All of the lessons are expertly designed to engage students and achieve learning outcomes. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.

PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips that can be used to help kids play and learn at home. In addition to this newsletter, PBS KIDS offers a variety of free resources including their video and gaming apps and PBS KIDS for Parents which includes the resource “How to talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus.”

Prodigy

Prodigy is an engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform for students and teachers from 1st – 8th grade.  The platform encourages self-paced math practice for both in and out of school that is leveled based. Prodigy meets ESSA Tier 3 in partnership with John Hopkins University. Students can work through topics based on their levels.

San Diego Zoo Kids

The San Diego Zoo offers a variety of educational and fun stories, videos, games, and other activities for free. In addition, the “for grownups” section has free animal curriculum guides for grade school educators to use with kids.

Scholastic Learn at Home

From the Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines: “Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!” Includes five days of content for Pre-K through 6th+ grades.

Science Buddies

Science Buddies provides hands-on resources for home and school. In addition to compiling a special list of resources for engaging kids during school closures, the site offers a variety of stem activities and lesson plans as well as science fair project guides that can easily be translated to fun home projects.

Starfall Education

This free public service includes reading, language arts, and math resources for pre-K through 3rd grade. Activities are research-based and align with individual and Common Core State Standards. Online programs emphasize exploration, play, and positive reinforcement to encourage children to become confident and intrinsically motivated. The site also provides resources for teachers or caregivers including lesson plans and customizable worksheets.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each selection is paired with a guide for a target age group including learning objectives and hands-on activities.

Varsity Tutors

Take advantage of free live classes led by subject-matter experts each day of the week for K-12 students. Curriculum spans math, science, reading, literature, writing, and enrichment. The site also boasts a variety of practice tests and resources for caregivers.

This list was last updated on March 17, 2020.