At-Home Education & Activities
Whether you're seeking sites to supplement your child's school work or exploring resources to build your own curriculum, we hope some of these resources will be of use!
General & Cross-Curricular
Expert-created and always-free content for every level (pre-K to college). Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.
Learn with Smithsonian
Smithsonian offers digital tools, activities, and lesson plans support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity in science, history, art, and more.
STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, & Math)
This website and app works to make math part of the family routine. Caregivers can sign up by email, on the website, and on the free app. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. Activities are geared towards kids in grades K - 5.
Movement & Exercise
GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home
Teachers often use GoNoodle to get the wiggles out between lessons. This site now provides ways for kids and families to move and learn together at home with videos and activities featuring yoga, dancing, and more.
Reading & Writing
Puppets & Theatre
Craft and paint your own puppet theatre, make puppets, and write your own skits. Find instructions for a simple cardboard puppet theatre or just duck under a table. Adapt a classic folk or fairy tale for your script or make up your own stories. Your puppets can be paper, fabric, pipe cleaners, foam, or almost anything. Have fun and get creative!
Growing Up & Puberty
Proctor & Gamble offers free and easy-to-follow puberty education programs for educators and caregivers with children in 5th or 7th grade.
KidsHealth offers articles and videos geared towards kids to help them understand their changing body.
Scarleteen offers a gender-inclusive guide to puberty with articles and an extensive glossary for curious readers.
Podcasts for ages 2-14
- KidNuz: News to Grow On: Five minutes of today’s top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more — all nonpartisan and age-appropriate.
- Ear Snacks:* Science, art, and culture served up with catchy songs and kid participation. The award-winning children’s musicians connect ordinary things with extraordinary ideas. (Ages 2–5)
- Little Stories for Tiny People:*Original tales featuring animal characters tackle topics from school to new siblings. Warm, funny, and pitch-perfect. (Ages 2–5)
- April Eight:* Songs and fairy tales for kids of all ages that also feature family-friendly crafts and recipes. (Ages 3+)
- Circle Round: *The stellar host curates global folktales in this podcast from WBUR: Boston’s NPR news station. (Ages 3–10)
- Story Pirates:* Actors perform kid-written sketches that are weird, funny, and original. (Ages 4–10)
- Buttons & Figs:* Nonsense literature, from jokes to tongue twisters, helps kids make sense of the world around them and create nonsense of their own. (Ages 5–10)
- "What if" World:* The narrator spins comic tales out of kid questions, like “What if Santa were an elephant?” or “What if sharks had legs?” (Ages 5–10)
- Peace Out:* Perfect for getting kids to relax and breathe while sneaking in mindfulness lessons. A great way for kids to wind down. (Ages 5–12)
- Tumble:* Crack science reporting and interviews with experts on new scientific discoveries, from biofuels to black holes. (Ages 6—12)
- Short and Curly:* An Australian podcast examines serious ethical questions (“Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?”) with plenty of time for students to interact and share views. (Ages 6–12)
- The Past and the Curious:* History with a side of fun, this features stories about such figures as Nellie Bly and Henry “Box” Brown. (Ages 6+)
- The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel:* Middle grade kids script and voice this mystery show in a high-quality cross between The Goonies and Stranger Things. (Ages 8–12)
- The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian:* Sci-fi adventures starring an eight-year-old on a space station who explores the galaxy with friends. (Ages 8–13)
- Brains On!:*Kids submit questions; scientists answer them. Music, wisecracks, and decoding a mystery sound every episode keep things lively. (Ages 9+)
- Book Club For Kids:* Middle schoolers discuss books and sometimes hear a celebrity read or answer questions. (Ages 10–14)