Great Educational Websites List

There are plenty of educational websites around, but finding the good ones can be time consuming, so I thought I’d keep this “gems” list for easy reference:

  • Whyzz – for the kids that asks a lot of hairy questions we struggle to find the answers to. They also have a free app for your iThing.
  • FAQ Kids – more questions and answers for kids (also free).
  • Sheppard Software – games, activities, articles, quizzes and more (and it’s free).
  • Free Rice – Multiple choice questions on a range of topics. Answer each question correctly and your child will help to donate rice through the World Food Program to help end hunger.
  • National Geographic Kids – I’m sure almost everyone will have heard of this one but just in case you haven’t…
  • The Happy Scientist – what else but science? This is a paid site but the fees are very affordable – US$20 for  year’s subscription.
  • Smithsonian Education – lots of great stuff for free here by the Smithsonian Institute.
  • Britannica Pathways: Science – recommended for Grade 6-8. It’s a paid subscription but it looks pretty good. You can check out a sample lesson and sign up for a free trial subscription to test it out first.
  • BrainPop Junior – for K-3 (there is also BrainPop for older kids) which covers science, health, math, social studies, arts & technology, reading & writing. Price is a bit steep though – BrainPop Junior is US$85 for 1 year; BrainPop is US$99 for 1 year. You can purchase a combined membership for the two sites for US$175/year. They also have a mobile app so you can use it on the go (you’ll need wifi/3G access, though). You can trial BrainPop app with limited access for free. Hercules really enjoys watching the videos on BrainPop Junior.
  • Khan Academy – you can’t miss this one. “Learn almost anything for free” – it covers all sorts of topics, although the subjects are probably more appropriate for older kids.
  • Science Friday – audio and video recordings on all sorts of interesting science stuff.
  • Elementary Ed has a good list of subject specific websites, such as volcanoes, Mars, paleontology, chemistry, etc.
  • Kids.gov also has an extensive list of useful websites by subject.
  • Exploratorium – digital library, homeschool program, and hands-on activities.
  • Blue World – on ocean science
  • NASA – on space science
  • New York Philharmonic Kidzone – on music
  • British Council Learn English for Kids – games, stories, activities and other resources to help children learn English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar).

Resources for older kids:

  • Learn Genetics – genetic science learning center
  • Coursera – free online courses
  • Udacity – free, interactive courses on Math and Science
  • Open Culture – free online courses
  • TED-Ed – educational lessons on various subjects communicated through video
  • MentorMob – learning playlists of quality resources from the net
  • Memrise – interesting system of learning that will help you remember more. Covers a variety of subjects including languages
  • Learnist – collections of learning materials and educational content organised into learning boards

See our earlier list: Great Homeschooling Resources

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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