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Big List of Online Learning Opportunities for Kids

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Say goodbye to the era of heavy textbooks, worksheets and 3 ring binders.  One of the hottest things in education right now is online learning.  There are so many options within disciplines or across disciplines for apps, videos, tutorials, online courses, and online learning communities that you really can go crazy looking through them all.  Here, I’ve listed some of the one’s that I have used personally with my children or have repeatedly heard others recommend.  I tried to list them by subject, with the general education sites first.  Good luck and if I’ve missed out on anything, please comment or email me and I will add it to the list!!

General Learning Opportunities (multi-subject)

ABCMouse-  www.abcmouse.com

  • For younger kids, learn to read, math, etc.  Free trial then subscription based.


ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) – www.aleks.com

  • Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.  All grades, all subjects.


Ambleside Online – www.amblesideonline.org


Brainpop – www.brainpop.com

  • Subscription based, various ages, various courses.  Homeschool plans and Family plans.


Center for Talent Development (gifted and talented)- www.ctd.northwestern.edu/courses

  • Various online programs, tuition based and semester based.
  • The Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) Family Program is a series of engaging online enrichment courses for bright children in kindergarten through grade 3 developed by the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University.
  • Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) Core Essentials courses at Center for Talent Development (CTD) allow students in grades 3 through 8 to master essential subject-area content that goes above and beyond what is traditionally offered at their grade levels.
  • Center for Talent Development’s (CTD) Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) gifted enrichment courses allow students in grades 3 through 8, with occasional special programs offered for older students, to explore interesting and exciting topics beyond the core curriculum typically provided by schools.
  • Also offers honors and AP Level courses


Coursera (13+) – www.coursera.com

  • Various online courses by top level universities. From about $29-$99.


DIY.org – www.diy.org

  • Skill-based lessons, portfolio based learning.  Kids have their own portfolio and can share, receive peer feedback on projects.


Ed2go- https://www.ed2go.com

  • Career training and online classes.


Future Learn- https://www.futurelearn.com

  • Free online courses designed by universities.  Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with peer supported guidance rather than teacher/ advisor supported.


Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.com

  • Free online classes.  Global learning, various languages.  Countless subjects.


Jam- https://jam.com

  • Specifically designed for kids.  Fee based.


Kids Discover- https://online.kidsdiscover.com


Moby Max- http://www.mobymax.com


OnlineG3 – http://www.onlineg3.com/OnlineG3/Home.html


Outschool- https://outschool.com

  • Small, online group classes by independent teachers.  Fee based, various subjects.


Take Lessons- https://takelessons.com

  • Tons of different subjects, rates vary depending on teacher.  Can choose from a list of online academic mentors in different subject areas or find teacher by location.


Time 4 Learning – www.time4learning.com

  • A monthly subscription based online curriculum for homeschoolers.  Homeschool advice on website.  Classes are by subject and completed as student-paced online work.


TIME for Kids (K-6) – timeforkids.com



Subject Specific Learning Opportunities


Dragonbox – www.dragonbox.com


Reflexmath – www.reflexmath.com


Dreambox Learning – www.dreambox.com


ProdigyMath – www.prodigygame.com


Math-U-See – http://mathusee.com/


Redbird Learning – http://redbirdlearning.com


Go Figure with Jen- www.gofigurewithjen.com




Duolingo – https://en.duolingo.com


Lifeprint (ASL) – www.lifeprint.com


Starfall (reading) – www.starfall.com


LexiaCore5 –http://www.lexiacore5.com




Biodigital (anatomy) – www.biodigital.com/education


Next Level Homeschool- http://www.nextlevelhomeschool.com

  • Run by a homeschooling mom, courses are secular and very specific.  She offers a few in marine biology such as Marine biology: A virtual tour of Costa Rica, and one in French history (also a virtual tour) and one in genetics called Harry Potter genetics.



History for Kids – www.historyforkids.net 


Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/


Dream Spires Home Learning (Literature and Classical History for teens).– http://www.dreamingspireshomelearning.com/p/literature.html




CODE – www.code.org


Scratch – https://scratch.mit.edu


Harvard Edx. www.edx.org


Shaw Academy- http://shawacademy.com



Educationally Themed Youtube Channels


Atlas Obscura




Crash Course


Curiosity Stream


Horrible Histories


Math Antics




National Geographic


Pixar in a Box (Khan Academy Labs)






Ted Ed


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