During this time parents are scrambling to continue educating their kids while they're out of school. Unless you're used to homeschooling your kids, finding quality educational websites for elementary students can be difficult. I am eternally grateful for our school district for pointing us in the right direction and for some sites that I stumbled upon on my own.
Since so many of us are struggling right now to keep our kids learning while school is out, every little resource helps.
There are so many great sites that are stepping up during this time. Below I have created a list of my favorites that I have been using with my third grader. I have found these sites to be the most in-depth and the most interesting for my child.
I hope you are able to find good tools here to keep your kids busy and learning.
Educational websites for elementary students
Here you will find sites with a variety of subjects to choose from. If you are looking for reading, math, science, and social studies, you will find something that suits your needs in this section.
Khan Academy is probably the most in-depth site for learning on the internet. They even have age-appropriate schedule ideas to make this unprecedented time a little easier.
Scholastic has put together a fantastic resource organized into daily lessons for distance learning from home. The site is divided into sections from Pre-K through 9th grade to find resources that are appropriate for your child's grade level.
ReadWorks.org has loads of free content and curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th grade. You can find a variety of topics in categories like social studies, science, literacy, social and emotional learning, and more with just the click of a mouse.
Funbrain has both math and reading from Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Get online lessons in math, science, social studies, and language arts.
Get a variety of math lessons, this is one of the best math websites for elementary students in first through sixth grade.
YouTube lessons on many different subjects from World War II to Engineering to Statistics and more.
Read about science and social studies topics that are sure to keep your kids engaged and learning some really cool stuff from one of the leaders in educational content.
BrainPOP is a one-stop site for any subject you want your kids to learn. Reading, writing, science, social studies, art, music, health, engineering, math, and English are all here.
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Fun science websites for elementary students
Science is the name of the game with these sites. Chemistry, biology, geology, space, and more can be found here.
Get grade-appropriate lessons, worksheets, and activities on all kinds of science topics such as the human body, magnets, weather, rocks, plants, and more.
Take a virtual trip to the moon, read about storms on Jupiter, watch astronauts on NASA TV and more for your space fan.
Your kids (and you) can learn how to code for free! Codemoji has courses on CSS, HTML, Java, and more from beginners to intermediate learners.
If you have a question, How Stuff Works has an answer. Watch their extensive library of videos to learn about the world around us right from your kitchen table.
Download PDFs and look at their library of beautiful photos to learn about anything you want to know about space. Read and learn about the solar system, nebulas, gravity, stars, black holes, and more.
Learn and discover on the go with this science app from Discovery. Download on iOS and Android devices and learn anywhere.
From TIME magazine, this site aligns with state standards to bring you articles, multimedia, and teaching resources that are is broken down into age-appropriate sections so you know that your child is reading about topics that are appropriate for their age level.
Online art lessons for kids
Art is an important part of any good curriculum. Not only do kids benefit so much from art, they will also enjoy it so it will feel like a break even when they're learning.
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Mo Willems, the creator of the Pigeon books and Elephant and Piggy is hosting a daily lunchtime drawing session on YouTube hosted by The Kennedy Center channel.
Jarrett Krosoczka, the author of the Lunch Lady series, is hosting a daily drawing lesson on YouTube. All you need is a piece of paper and something to draw with.
Learn to draw by video instruction, print coloring pages or create your own, download crossword puzzles, and get ideas and instructions for crafts to keep the kids busy and learning about art.
Art for Kids Hub is a great YouTube channel with lessons that are perfect for beginners of all ages. Learn how to draw cartoon-like pictures of characters, flowers, animals, and more. Even Baby Yoda!
Take a load off and have someone else do the reading. Kids, especially the younger ones, will love to have storytime with authors and celebrities they will probably recognize.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible has launched Audible Stories where kids and teens can listen to free audiobooks.
Head over to Instagram to listen to Oliver Jeffers read one of his books every day until the kids go back to school. If you miss the story of the day on Instagram, you can find them all on his website.
Go here for a large library of books read aloud by celebrities. Where else can your kids have Harry the Dirty Dog read to them by Betty White?
Great books for elementary students
I am passionate about reading and have more great books for children to read. You will find lists of fantastic and fun picture books, middle-grade books, books for tweens and teens, themes, and more.
Elementary workbooks for at-home learning
I hope you have found some great educational websites for elementary students to get you through this time of distance learning. We are all in this together and doing the best we can to teach our kids while they aren't in school, so make it fun and do your best, which is all you can do.