Family Resources

While schools are closed, PAL wanted to provide a variety of websites and apps, some free and some not, that can help make homeschooling more fun. Some include virtual lessons, others online games, experiments to make at home, or subscription boxes. We hope you enjoy this time with your family, as well as enjoy learning new things.

First, some FREE resources

30 virtual tours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

Video Lessons and exercises for all ages and all topics: https://www.khanacademy.org/  

Lessons, activities, and useful links for all subjects: https://www.exploratorium.edu/

Step-by-step activities, printables, and so much more for all ages: https://www.nasa.gov/stem

This former teacher has started a blog sharing ideas for projects and curriculum for children from infants to elementary school age: https://activity-mom.com/

For 30 days only, during the spread of COVID-19, BrainPop is allowing families, teachers, and schools free access to their site. Here there are fun videos, quizzes, games, and worksheets for all types of genres and ages: https://go.brainpop.com/COVID19?utm_source=covidhub&utm_medium=hero&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=free-access

Now for a couple of resources that cost a little

BrainPop is an amazing subscription with tons of videos, quizzes, games, activities and other educational resources for families and children of all ages: https://www.brainpop.com/

Reading Eggs is a subscription that sends your family books, stickers, workbooks, phonics lessons, sight words, spelling/grammar tools, and so much more: https://readingeggs.com/

ABCmouse is a learning website for children ages 2-8 to teach them reading, math, science, and art/colors. They learn through games, interactive lessons, and through a virtual teacher teaching them what to do: https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage?8a08850bc2=T1236538969.1585766542.5971

Finally, a few apps you might want to check out that are mostly FREE

Duolingo: This free app allows you and your children to learn a new language through pictures and games

Quizlet: This free app allows you and your children to create flashcards to practice sight words, colors, opposites, animals, etc. The use of an electronic make it seem like a game, and using the memory or game tool will make it even more fun.

DragonBox: This app has some free options, and others cost some money, but either version will help teach and improve your child’s math skills while making it fun and entertaining.

Quick Maths: This free app helps improve your child’s mental math, and getting confident in their numbers. This app includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.