I’ve arranged these learning websites by subject. We have either used these websites or I’ve looked at them enough to be confident in recommending them, but parents should always preview sites and be aware of what their children are doing online.
A Little of Everything
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offers a selection of free videos, games, quizzes and activities that covers different subjects. The rest of the site requires a membership subscription.
Learning Games For Kids features educational games covering multiple subjects, plus some songs and videos.
Art & Music
Classics For Kids introduces kids to composers, instruments and music.
Tricia Hodges offers free art lessons at Hodgepodge.
Duolingo is somewhat similar to Rosetta Stone’s approach to learning a second language. I’ve used both and while I loved Rosetta Stone, it’s quite expensive. Duolingo is free, fun, easy to use, and works just as well.
Geography & Science
lizardpoint has free geography quizzes and in study mode, offers facts on individual states and countries. Your child can register for free.
National Geographic Kids features games, animal facts, videos, etc. Your child can create a free account.
Switcheroo Zoo lets kids create funny new animals, as well as offering several other educational games and activities, all related to animals.
Science Monster offers free science lessons and games.
MakeMeGenius offers free science lesson videos, categorized by grade level.
The following sites offer free science experiments/labs. All you do is add the supplies, usually common household items or easy-to-find, inexpensive items from the store:
Science Bob features demonstration videos.
Steve Spangler Science also features videos. This website is my son’s favorite.
TOPS Science has free labs for science activities.
Have Fun With History features free history videos, timelines and activities. I recommend that parents preview the content on this site before showing it to younger children, but I think this would be great for the middle school range.
Cool Math 4 Kids offers free math lessons and games.
Phonics & Reading
Starfall features phonic activities in four steps to help your preschooler learn how to read.
Storyline Online features videos of storybooks read by celebrities. Very cool!
If your family has a favorite free website not listed here, I’d love to hear about it in the comment section.