This post will be a little outside of the norm for me. However, I wanted to share some fun websites that we used when I homeschooled my kids. I will also add a couple of podcast links. I hope some of these will help us all stay positive while we are in our homes waiting for the pandemic to pass. Remember what I always say in my podcast: be a lifelong learner. Find some ways to learn something new, read something you may not have normally read, or explore a subject you don’t remember much about from school.
Websites for All Ages
- The PBS Learning Media site has a lot of pages to explore. They offer something for a variety of ages. Click here to explore their site.
- I love the Smithsonian site. Click here to explore their pages. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is also a fun site to explore.
- STEM Rising, created by the Department of Energy, has sections for students, teachers, and the general public. “STEM Rising is our initiative to inspire, educate, and spark an upwards trajectory to lifelong success in STEM through sharing the Department’s National Labs, National Nuclear Security Administration, and program office’s programs, resources, competitions, events, internship opportunities and more.” Click here to view their site.
- The US Patent and Trademark Office also has a fun site that contains information for a variety of ages, including adults. Begin here to learn about what they have to offer.
- Want to take your thoughts even higher? Explore Space.com and skywatch or catch up with NASA through some new videos.
- National Geographics educational pages bring excitement into a classroom or home.
- I also enjoy the Biokids website. This site, run by the University of Michigan, lets you explore many species and have fun at the same time.
- Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) also has information and games to help us learn and have fun. This site is geared toward children, but it is fun to explore with them.
- Indigenous Mexico is a website that shares the research of John P. Schmal. Schmal is a historian and genealogist who specializes in the genealogical research and Indigenous history of many of the Mexican states.
- The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming productions at no charge while they are closed.
- NASA offers several online image galleries.
- Digital History is a fascinating site that contains primary sources on United States, Mexican American, and Native American history, and slavery; and essays on the history of ethnicity and immigration, film, private life, and science and technology. These are just a few of the options for you to explore.
- Do History is a site that helps you piece together the past by looking at fragments that have survived. The site was created by the Film Study Center at Harvard University.
- The San Diego Zoo has a really fun website to explore. It’s great for young kids and for older ones.
- You can take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park.
- You can also take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
- Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
- Cleveland Inner City Ballet is launching a free Virtual Online Ballet Instruction Program.
Websites for Younger Children
- Scholastic has set up a learn-from-home website.
- PBS Kids has a variety of games and learning activities.
- Starfall has a variety of activities for kindergarten through third grade.
- Squiggle Park has a section for 3 to eight-year-olds and a section for ages nine to 15.
- Prodigy motivates 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math.
Museums with Online Galleries
(not a complete list)
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery of Arts
- Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
- The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City
- The Field Museum has an exploration section
- The National Women’s History Museum has biographies online
- Memorial Hall Museum also has part of their collection online.
- The Louvre offers a few online tours.
- The Vatican offers a virtual tour of the grounds and a few exhibits.
- Paris Musées, a group of 14 museums in Paris have made digital copies of 100,000 artworks available to the public on their collections website.
Fun Podcasts for Lifelong Learners
(And All Who Like a Good Story)
Storynory (Stories for kids, but fun for anyone)
Some Interesting Book Lists to Consider
- Twenty books for teens to read
- Mighty Girl book list
- Parents, looking for something for you to read? Try finding a new author through the Author Gallery for Southern Writers Magazine.
- Looking for free poetry to read: Poets.org
- Free Kids Books has downloadable books.
- International Children’s Library has many wonderful titles from around the world.
- Many Books also offers free downloads.
- Project Gutenberg also has classics and books for all ages that are free to download.
Have fun, lifelong learners! Stay calm and stay positive.