Below are the best educational resources online that are free, easy to use, and widely available for all kids. When Working From Home as a parent there are different stages of how to engage with your child depending on your level of support and additional care and the age of your child.

Are you the primary teacher? The babysitter? Or the parent working while your kid is supervised from another room?

If you are a working parent, we know you have different needs. You need to keep your career on track and your child fed, educated, and happy. 

We can’t advise on every aspect of WFH parenting but we can provide guidance on WFH educational content to help enhance your child’s learning so that you can focus on work while your kiddo advances through core academic content.

The resources that follow are sorted by age and estimations of time and educational outcomes. This list is a friendly guide that parents can leverage to learn from other educational leaders and teachers to best prepare your child to improve their learning at home while you work.

Grade 1

Grade: 1Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & ReadingOnline educational games for your kid45 minutesGame
MathFirst Grade Math45 minutesArithmeticPlace ValueAdding and SubtractingMeasurement
WritingCreative Time60 minutesWriting down letters of the alphabet
ArtBuild an Object60 minutesDraw or build your favorite household item
ExerciseRun Around Time60 MinutesTake your First Grader for a walk or run around a local track

Grade 2

Grade: 2Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & Reading2nd grade games60 minutesBar GraphingNouns and VerbsPlural Nouns2D and 3D
MathSecond Grade Math120 minutesAdd and subtract within 20Place ValueAdd and subtract within 100Money and TimeAdvanced Measurement
WritingMatch Opposite Words120 minutesReading and pattern matching
ArtDrawing and painting60 minutesWatercolors and finger painting
ExercisePlay a Sport!60 minutesKick a soccer ball, throw a baseball, shoot a basketball

Grade 3

Grade: 3Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & ReadingReading Games for 3rd Grade120 minutesIrregular Plural NounsComplete SentencesContext and MeaningComma Fun
MathThird Grade Math120 minutesIntroduction to multiplication1-digit multiplicationEstimation of valuesIntroduction to divisionBasic fractionsIntroduction to Quadrilaterals
Writing180 Day Writing Challenge60 minutesWrite one poem, short story, or paragraph every day for 180 days
ArtSketch and Tell60 minutesIdentify landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits.Robust Shapes and Colors
ExerciseRunning: Form and Fitness60 minutesLearn how to keep the body in shapeRun your first mile and try to beat 12 minutes!

Grade 4

Grade: 4Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & Reading4th Grade Reading and Introduction to Critical Thinking120 minutesUsage of CommasSorting and Building ParagraphsTransition Techniques and WordsProper Nouns
Math4th Grade MathEducational Sports Games Online for Counting and Measurement60 minutesPlace ValueMultiplication Continued2-digit numbersAdvanced Counting and DivisionFactors, patterns
WritingEssay Time60 minutesWriting of first essayPrompt: Describe things that matter to you and why?
ExercisePick a Sport or Two60 minutesWhat sports does your child like the most?Find one or two sports they can do deeper into.

Grade 5

Grade: 5Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & Reading5th Grade Liberal Arts Literature and Reading120 minutesSubject Verb AgreementTyping: How to Type on a ComputerSemicolon Love
Math5th Grade Math60 minutesDecimal Place ValueAdding and Subtracting DecimalsMulti-Digit MultiplicationFractionsIntroduction to Powers of TenVolume
WritingFree Form Essays60 minutesSelect Topics and Use a keyboard to type complete sentences, longer paragraphs with topic sentences, and explain interesting historical events.

Grade 6

Grade: 6Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & Reading6th Grade Critical Thinking and Analysis120 minutesMapsCoordinate Planes and GraphingStorytelling based on dataUsing words to determine meaningIntroduction to research and making logical arguments
Math6th Grade Math60 minutesRations, rates, percentagesOperationsNegative NumbersNumber propertiesVariables and expressionsEquationsIntroduction to geometry
WritingFree Pages Tool for Writing and Online Editing60 minutesCuration of ideas and arguments into logical structucturesWriting on new and more advanced topics based on research

Grade 7

Grade: 7Link to Learning MoreTimeEducational Outcome
General & ReadingIntroduction to news publications (WSJ.com, New York Times, Cnn.com)120 minutesApplying news and current events to critical thinking related to reading, writingUnderstanding of news and social context
Math7th Grade Math60 minutesFractions, decimals, & percentagesRates and proportional relationshipsExpressions and equations

In addition to academic content, there are a host of online and free educational experiences that you can leverage to increase your child’s exposure and imagination.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland, for example has free virtual tours. As does the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a #metkids section. The art is made for, with, and by kids. The free content can inspire your little one to get busy creating paintings, sketches, and art that other kids can see as well. 

There is a fun time machine that you can view with your child to explore different time periods, geographies, and big ideas. The British Museum partnered with Google to create an incredible virtual playground for your child to explore different continents and historical artifacts.

If you are in the mood for a virtual field trip with your child during a WFH break in your day, here are free resources you can’t miss.

Virtual Museums for Educational Remote Tours

Virtual Museum NameWhy It’s Educational & Fun
Virtual Museum: Chicago’s Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other.
Virtual Museum: Chicago’s Shedd AquariumHome to sea otters and seahorses, beluga whales and bluegills, reef sharks, stingrays, lake sturgeons, Pacific white-sided dolphins
Virtual Museum: National Museum of Mexican ArtThe National Museum of Mexican Art stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States.
Virtual Museum: IIT Institute of DesignIIT Institute of Design (ID) is known for pioneering human-centered design and systems design.

If you want general guidance on software and online tools that you can use with your child – and that is somewhat age agnostic, here are resources games, educational advancements, and learning core academic concepts.

Educational Software and Resources

Name of ResourceAudience
Scholastic Learn-At-Home ResourcesK-9
SciShow Kids (on Youtube)All kids
Frontiers for Young MindsAll kids but skews olderFocus on STEM education and science
BBC BitesizeMath & English focus Ages: 3-15
WonderopolisK-12
California Academy of SciencesWorld class science and STEM contentEngaging content for all ages
NASA STEM @ Home for StudentsAll agesSTEM focusedMath and science and science for the future

Bringing It All Together: Education at Home

If you are stuck at home as a result of Covid19 and your kid is running around your home office, you are not alone. If you want to enhance learning outcomes when your child is doing remote schooling, the resources outlined here will help. 

These tools are free to use, on the internet, and easy to understand.

Most importantly, these tools align with good learning outcomes. These are not tools for entertainment or mindless screen time. 

These educational resources are there to help your kid learn and to help you feel confident that your child is progressing across core concepts – reading, writing, critical thinking, science, physical health, and art – as you are working from home.