Freebie Friday – Resources to use during Covid-19 School Closings

With the current situation around the world and families of all kinds facing the new challenges in place from school closures and self-quarantining, we are creating this Freebie Friday post to host free resources that may be available only for a short time and may be of special interest to temporary homeschoolers. While this is currently a short list we expect to update as more are brought to our attention, so you may wish to bookmark this page and check back every now and again. If you find a great resource to share during this time, put into the comments and we will check it out.


From Edmentum:

K-12 Printable Worksheet Bundles

Resources for Successful E-Learning Days

Live Webinars: (Please note that some of these have filled up/or have passed but Edmentum is archiving them to be available after the live presentations)

Best Practices for Teachers Making the Switch to Virtual Instruction - Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 PM Central
How to Support Your Students During School Closures - Wednesday, March 25 at 2:30 PM Central
How to Support Your Students During School Closures, Part 2 - Thursday, March 26 at 2:30 PM Central
How Educators Can Support Parents & Other Caregivers While Making the Transition to Online Learning - Friday, March 27 at 11:00 AM Central
How Teachers Can Support Special Education Students in Online Learning - Tuesday, March 31 at 11:00 AM Central

TIME for Kids Digital Library - For the rest of the school year, get access to grade specific editions of TIME for Kids digital magazines plus find teaching resources here

The Critical Thinking Company - Free ebooks, apps and Online Playroom

Apologia – Free Mars Science Activity e-Book

Scholastic Learn at Home

Audible Stories - Daily Free Learning Workbooks for Teachers to Share with Parents while Schools are Closed


On YouTube:

P.E. with Joe - Daily LIVE workouts for kids - The Body Coach

Todd Parr – Ongoing book readings by author and illustrator

Authors Everywhere – Read-alouds, activities, crafts and more

Mark Kistler – Live and free drawing lessons

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Home Safari Facebook Lives - 3/24-3/11

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - You can also go the Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems page at The Kennedy Center website to find the day's activity page.

Good Night with Dolly - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Dolly Parton will be reading appropriate book from the Imagination Library.

On Facebook:

Peter H. Reynolds – Daily author Live read-alouds

Riverbanks Zoo (Columbia, SC) – Z-Learning – Live Facebook events that teach about the animals in the zoo

Home School in the Woods – Literary Genes Lapbook

Other Sources:

Instead of duplicating information out there, here are few web pages with lists of other free sites during the COVID-19 situation. You will need to review offers carefully as some restrictions may apply, but these are great lists recently compiled.

We are Teachers - 130+ Amazing Online Learning Resources

Tech & Learning - Free Online Learning Resources For Schools Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19