Electronic Resources for Kids – Free with your library card:
Kids can get free tutoring and homework help! Be sure to have your library barcode ready AND mention that you are a New York State student, and they will put you through to a Common Core-Trained Tutor. There is live homework help, a writing lab, and even assistance with your Spanish homework.
*As of Wednesday, September 1st, the hours will return to their original schedule of 2pm to 11pm.
Encyclopedia articles, full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools just right for grades K-6.
Concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
This database has primary sources and both cultural & statistical country reports. There are maps, videos, photos, interviews, biographies, recipes, flags, graphs, tables, and more!
Click here for a great tutorial on all that CultureGrams offers.
Explores ordinary life through time and across the globe, bringing the past to life through details and insights that turn flat descriptions of historical characters into real, “just like me” human beings.
Contains age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts, graphs, and videos to support STEM topics.
Muzzy Online Language Learning
Kids can learn another language with this award winning program! *You will need to enter your patron barcode located on the back of your library card (no spaces) in order to access Muzzy.
Videos, pictures, books, & magazines. Fun and substantive, all you need is your library card for free adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space! Engage your kids and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, and child-focused content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen it before.
Contains thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities.
Educational Websites for Kids (and their parents):
ABCya! offers game-based learning, providing options for grade levels Pre-K to 5. With family as well as classroom login access, it facilitates game-based learning via classroom or parental collaboration.
At Home Storytime Guides from the New York Public Library
A non-profit organization that provides free, fun, curriculum based quality primary education to all children world wide.
Highlights @ Home is a new, free service for families and teachers that delivers themed content bundles twice a week from the well-known children’s magazine creator, Highlights.
A digital Social Studies learning tool for elementary students funded by the Library of Congress. It offers 8 interactive “episodes” designed for children in Kindergarten-5th grade to engage in age appropriate historical inquiry. KidCitizen is always free to use and works on PCs, Macs, tablets, and Chromebooks.
MetaCoders is a nationwide, non-profit coding education group that is offering daily coding lessons to beginner through intermediate coding students of all ages. Curricula in these lessons cover everything from computer science concepts to thinking like a coder. You can also view the Medacoders YouTube Channel.
PBSKids is an incredibly rich and vivid site with a focus strictly on game-based learning. Featuring both original games and those based on popular PBS series, the site demonstrates a good balance between games that solely serve to entertain and those with educational value. The site takes it a step further by allowing students to create their own virtual avatar. The most progressive feature on the site is the PBSParents section, which allows parents to see the new games in development, as well as real-time feedback on their child’s activity.
Get game-based learning in math for kids from first to eighth grade. The site offers lots of how-to articles to make distance learning effective and fun. The basic Prodigy site is always free.
Sesame Street Everyday Learning
This toolkit helps parents turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities. Developed in 2008, this project is part of the Happy, Healthy, Ready for School program, designed to help children develop the physical, emotional, and academic skills they need to prepare for school. Learning Is Everywhere encourages parents, grandparents, and caregivers play an active role in their child’s learning.
Helpful links for homeschooling parents:
The New York State Education Department offers information regarding state laws, regulations, and requirements for home instruction, and provides answers to commonly asked questions.
This non-profit homeschool advocacy organization supports the rights of homeschooling families and provides answers to many questions about homeschooling, what homeschooling is, what is needed to get started, and what is required. This site also provides valuable information such as “What to Teach”, “Grading”, “Recordkeeping”, as well as links for finding local homeschool groups.
Education Resource Center (ERC)
Located at the Middle Country Public Library, these resources are available to all home schooling families. You can obtain an ERC card to utilize the library’s Educational Resource collection, which features science equipment and kits, math manipulatives, curricula and educational games, online resources including subscription databases and ERC specific programming. The ERC collection and programming is funded with support from the Long Island Community Foundation. For more information, please contact Deborah Hempe at (631) 585-9393 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents make a free account for this comprehensive video-based curriculum that covers math, science, reading, social studies and SAT prep from PreK through college in 40 languages. It is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Click this linkto learn more about what is offered.
Click here for Khan Academy Kids Early Learning videos on YouTube.
Through the Learning Resources website, families with kids as young as 18 months old can discover a wide variety of easy-to-implement, hands-on activities — whether they’re working on their ABCs and 123s, trying to keep up with classwork, or focusing on learning language or reading. They offer 2500+ FREE activities, workbooks, games, and DIY activities by age/grade and subject.
Educational activities that can be done in mere minutes! Topics include reading, science, social studies, study skills, and problem solving. Simple Solutions provides their wide variety of resources at no cost.
Study.com’s Temporary Home School Resource page for Covid-19
Study.com’s Top 30 Homeschool Websites for Free Printables
A nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all with activities for achieving math fact proficiency.
Top-rated math content available via online or paper-based materials that can be used without a device. Zearn also contains extensive distance learning resources created to support educators and parents/caregivers in getting started quickly. Webinars, video tutorials, and step-by-step guides on their Distance Learning Center are also offered through the website. Their entire K-5 math program — including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation — is available for free, thanks to donations from the community.
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