FREE At-Home Educational Resources

Are you looking for additional resources to support your students' learning while they are at home? The following resources are just a few of the many free options that we have come across:
 
  • The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk has created a series of helpful videos for parents to learn more helping their children learn at home. The videos include resources for teaching fractions, reading, vocabulary and more. 
  • Playworks provides activities for students that supports learning and physical health by encouraging safe and inclusive play. Playworks will be highlighting a series of games on their social media channels throughout the upcoming weeks that can be played at home and families can follow along using the hashtag #PlayworksAtHome and #PlayAtHome. For now, students can learn how to play "Crack the Code" here.
  • Mad Science provides educational and entertaining science enrichment programs that present visual and interactive concepts. Families can go here to try out a number of at-home science experiments using ingredients that you most likely already have in your house!
  • Scholastic is currently providing four separate learning experiences to families a day, each built around a story or video. Students can do these activities on their own or with their families. Go here, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and select the grade level you're most interested in.
  • Kids Activities is a blog that provides numerous family-focused ideas for activities. They have compiled a list of all the educational companies currently providing free subscriptions to at-home programming during school closings.
  • Families Empowered, a state-wide organization that helps families gain access to schools of choice, has also put together a list of additional virtual learning opportunities for students.
  • We have also compiled an enormous list of at-home learning opportunities. From "touring" Yellowstone National Park to coding with Star Wars to exploring virtual musical instruments, there is so much to do and explore!
  • While schools are closed, Audible is providing their collection for free, allowing students to instantly stream books and stories on desktop computers, laptops, phones, and tablets, including titles across six different languages. Go here to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • RobotLAB has joined forces with Amazon Future Engineer to provide free, online virtual robotics and coding courses. Students will even be able to program their own virtual robots through the Engage EDU Lite platform. Go here to get free access to these courses.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin has created a YouTube resource for families called Boys & Girls Clubs On the Go! Go here to browse videos that have been created so far. 
  • NYOS Charter School's TAFE and PALs students have created educational resources for NYOS families, including videos of at-home learning activities and a e-newsletter of activity ideas. Go here to browse these resources! 
  • Beginning the week of April 20th, Austin PBS is offering educational programming on their main channel, 18.1, from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM with the following breakdown:
     
    • PreK-3rd Grade: 6:00 to 8:00 AM
    • 4th-8th Grade: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • 9th-12th Grade: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
     
    Additionally, for PreK-3rd graders, Austin PBS is also offering 24 hours of educational content on their PBS Kids channel, 18.4. PreK-3rd grade families can also engage with these programs through the use of conversation cards and other activities available on the Austin PBS website here: