Learning at Home

When students are out of school, learning doesn’t have to stop! There are lots of online resources to help you keep your kids learning while they’re at home.

Please note: we’re updating this page regularly, and we’re happy to receive your suggestions for links that might be a good fit: info@bookharvestnc.org.

Here are some resources we recommend:

Reading and literacy

Scholastic Learn at Home: special cross-curricular journeys; every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.

First Book Open E-Books: access to a digital library of thousands of popular and award-winning children’s and YA eBooks for free

Starfall: children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play.

Scholastic Story Starters: children can write their own digital storybook.

Weird Enough Productions: using comics featuring diverse superheroes for social good.

30 Days of Families Learning Together: family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together.

Squiggle Park Dreamscape: combining strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.

National Center on Improving Literacy: Kid Zone: build literacy skills in a fun and interactive way.

KidLit TV: fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

NC Kids Digital Library: digital library of downloadable books for children.

Teaching Mama Preschool Alphabet Packet: downloadable alphabet packet for little ones.

What Do We Do All Day?: looking for screen-free fun and lots of good books?

Live read-alouds
Storyline Online: streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Global Space Education Foundation: storytime from astronauts in space.

Storynory: free audio stories for 1st through 8th grade.

Just Books Read Aloud: children’s books read aloud via YouTube videos for all ages and grade levels.

Audible: listen to audiobooks, now for free.

STEM and other subject areas
Durham Public Schools Ignite at Home: strengthening the connection between DPS teachers, students, and families and expanding the availability of learning material.

Time for Kids: authentic journalism to motivate curious minds.

ABC Mouse: more than 850 lessons across 10 levels.

UNC-TV At-Home Learning: UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access.

Fluency and Fitness: reading and math lessons incorporate learning and movement, while keeping your child engaged and having fun.

National Geographic Young Explorer: electronic issues of National Geographic Young Explorer magazines.

National Geographic Kids: amazing facts about animals, science, history, and geography, along with fun competitions, games, and more.

BrainPOP: curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.

Science Mom: engaging science activities for kids of all ages.

Code.org: dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.

Bedtime Math: help kids access a fun story that can be used as a routine at bedtime, bathtime, or anytime.

ABCya!: Over 400 free educational games that will keep kids engaged and having fun.

CoolMath4Kids: designed to teach math and make it fun.

Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids: videos, games, articles, activities, and even live video streams of animals. Content includes science and history.

Art and the arts
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems: draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually at 1 p.m. each weekday.

Nasher Museum of Art Words & Pictures: brings artwork from the Nasher Museum’s collection into your home to teach English Language Arts and visual literacy to K, 1st and 2nd grades.

Let’s Color Our Way to Calm: children’s book illustrator Rafael Lopez is posting daily black and white line drawings that didn’t make the final cut for his books so that children can print them out and color them.

Tests and quizzes
Khan Academy: providing a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

IXL: personalized learning with a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics.

Quizlet: master any subject, one success at a time.

Exploration and play
Wonderopolis from National Center for Families Learning: a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages.

Project Enlightenment: 25 engaging non-screen activities to do at home.

Go Noodle: movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

Virtual Field Trips: over 30 different virtual field trips.

Highlights Kids: play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes.

Everywhere Book Fest: virtual gathering of kidlit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone (May 1 and 2)

KinderCare: at-home activities for babies.

Texting services

Ready4K: receive three age-appropriate texts per week with tips for parents/caregivers of 0-8 year olds

Bright by Text: free tips by text to help give your child a bright beginning for parents/caregivers of 0-8 year olds

Vroom: weekly brain-building tips for parents/caregivers of 0-5 year olds

Resources in Spanish

The Spanish Experiment: well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker.

Flamboyan Foundation: daily read-alouds in Spanish.

Story Place: digital library for children in Spanish.

Discovery Kids Plus: videos, games, activities, and books in Spanish.

Talking with children about COVID-19

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus, from NPR: a downloadable comic to help kids understand the news about COVID-19.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule: a printable PDF for kids to color and fill in to help them process and mark this moment in history by recording important details about how they’re feeling and what they’re doing during the virus outbreak

Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), from the National Association of School Psychologists: a guide for parents about how to talk with your kids about the outbreak.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019, from the CDC: a guide for parents about how to talk with your kids about the outbreak.

Talking to kids about the Coronavirus, from Child Mind Institute: video and tips for talking to kids, text also available in Spanish

And of course, keep reading! Many local libraries offer ways to check out books online for free while you’re not able to come to our office or head to your local library to get books. If you’re a Durham County resident, visit the Durham County Library page to find out how to check out e-books and how to get a temporary library card, if you don’t already have one. If you don’t live in Durham, check your local library’s website for details.