Educational freebies are a priceless resource to have as a parent as we have shared our pick of the BEST educational freebies. There are a few categories we are willing to spend money on and they are: healthy living, sleep and education. If we need to sacrifice elsewhere to spend more in one of those three areas, we will.
However, it is even better when you can get some great resources for free, and save that money altogether. Educational freebies are all over the place. A quick google search or Pinterest search will generate some nice results, but since we have six kids 13 and under, we are always on the lookout for free stuff to save if we can.
We wanted to share some of the resources we have come across in the past year that have been very helpful supplements to encourage and grow our children’s education in every grade and every subject, including music, regardless of the form of normal education, skills, and weaknesses. Simply repeating important concepts or a new approach to an old topic helps to seal the concepts in their minds. With each resource, they are learning some amazing things!
So let me share with you some great freebies that we use all-year round, along with some reader recommendations. If you have a recommendation, please include it below in the comments for everyone to learn from (no pun intended).
30 of the Best Educational Freebies
For Preschool – 2nd grade: ABCmouse is one of our favorite online games resources. This is a free service for 30-days and totally worth every bit of free trial. Afterwards, you can get an amazing deal making this program less than $8 per month for up to three kids. We did a full review here and here.
For every subject, every grade: KahnAcademy is one of our “go-to” sources for anything and everything. It is an AMAZING FREE learning resource on most any subject, with very thorough, easy to digest, lessons. We started using this many years ago for the free math lessons.
For math: Homeschool Math site provides a plethora of worksheets, lessons, online math games and even math lessons (through her YouTube Channel) to help your child succeed in math. You don’t have to be a homeschooler to use this site.
For Geography: Sporcle. Sporcle is a quiz site, so you will find quizzes on many subjects, including pop-culture. But they have AMAZING geography quizzes of all types. This is our #1 go-to geography testing/quizzing site.
- Superkids.com – another site with great printables and resources. It is a little clunky to use, but once you find the resources, you have some great learning available.
- All in One Homeschool – complete curriculum in every subject through highschool. Pick a subject to reinforce or to help your child succeed/understand better.
- Arithmetic Zetamac site is simply fast-paced math drills. My kids really like these because they like to challenge themselves and compete against themselves.
- National Geographic Kids: National Geographic Kids has some good basic, fun, educational resources on geography, including extras like the animal facts and a bit of history from those places, so they go beyond just simply geography.
- GamePuzzles: For free online puzzle solving. It is a fun way to expand learning! Puzzles of all kinds are super important for growth and development.
- MathNook: a resource for tons of online math games. The site is a little clunky and reminds of the arcade games from like the 80’s and 90’s, but still a fun resource.
Ultimate School Planner: Grab a complete free school-year calendar printable for 2017-2018 from At Home With Holly
Calendar binder printables: You can also download free calendar binder printables with the resources on Motherhood on a Dime.
For printable math drills: Math-Drills.com is the resource! Print math drill style worksheets in different mathematical topics and grades and let your child practice. Even use a timer to challenge themselves.
For a bit of everything for everyone: Educents is a great website with educational materials of all kinds and of every kind. The prices for the paid materials are super reasonable, but even better is the fact that they have many free options, just search “FREE” on their site. The options change frequently, so it is like a grab bag of educational resources, but helpful nonetheless.
For elementary school: The Wise Owl Factory has over 350 printables for K-6th grade and covers printables in each subject.
More for elementary school in every subject: SuperTeacherWorksheets is a resource that I have used for many years. They have free printable worksheets in every subject for elementary aged kids. They also do have a paid membership site, which does open up more options, but we have found that most of the free printables have been sufficient for our needs.
Note: most of the websites listed in other categories, like Khan academy, also have video learning. The following list is a collection of just that.
PBS.org has a great selection of educational videos on all types of subjects to help solidify or understand concepts.
WatchKnowLearn provides and organized list of educational subjects taught by video from all around the web, most being from YouTube. It’s an easy way to quickly find educational videos that are truly kid-friendly fast.
Piano lessons by Hoffman Academy. We actually blogged about them many years ago and now it’s new and improved and the lessons are still free. They do have paid membership fees that gives provides additional resources, but still uses the free lessons. We are specifically showing an option for free piano lessons because many parents want their child to get a basic music foundation in piano to propel them into success into the future instrument of choice.
For music theory, a great website is MusicTheory.net. Easy, understandable and precise music theory lessons to emphasize a concept or to learn one from the beginning.
YouTube – YouTube is a non-stop resource for all things in the free music lessons category. A simple search on YouTube will return hundreds, if not thousands of results. The best thing to do is a specific search like “Free Clarinet Lessons” and then use the resources found in an entire playlist or channel as these lessons will build on each other and be consistent, as they are generally taught by the same person instead of randomly picking videos all over the place.
Note: there are a ton of free typing lessons websites. A quick google search will return many options. We are going to share our two favorites.
Typing Club is a great resource for free typing lessons in a lesson-type format.
BBC Dance Mat Typing is a great resource for typing lessons in a game format.
Project Gutenberg: This is an amazing site that houses over 54,000 free eBooks. The ebooks range from epub books and free kindle books that you can download or read online. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. That means some great learning tools as well!
LibriVox is a source for thousands of free audiobooks. No matter the age or interest, the audiobooks selection will likely never run out! It can be a great resource for kids for their homework.
Amazon Prime has an ever-changing selection of free ebooks for Amazon Prime members. The good news is that students can get a free 6-month Amazon Prime Membership HERE and everyone else can get 30-days of Amazon Prime free HERE.
Overall Best Choices:
YouTube – let me just be honest. YouTube offers it all. Anything and everything from lessons on a subject, music lessons, learning shows, audiobooks, documentaries, short video clips on subjects, learning songs, math lessons, etc. It’s all there and it is a resource you can utilize all day, everyday.
Amazon Inspire – This is a new sub-site of Amazon. It is a place where they are providing educational resources of all types (worksheets, printables, online games, video learning etc.) all in one place. They say it is your destination for resources for K-12.
Library – your local library is still one of the best resources you could possibly use for any educational subject. Most local libraries across the country also have some great online ebooks and audiobooks, so you can take advantage of what your library has from the comfort of your home.
Honorable Mentions of our overall favorites:
Amazon Prime – We have found so many great educational resources from our Amazon Prime membership from free audiobooks, free learning apps, free ebooks, free movies/shows that are documentaries or educational in nature. The selection changes all of the time, but if it is not YouTube we go to, it is something available on Amazon Prime.
Kahn Academy – Can’t rave enough about this resource for my older elementary up through high school students!
ABCmouse – Because of this program, I have amazing readers and kids who had a great educational foundation for future success. This is my #1 pick for pre-school-2nd grade.