Check out some amazing (often free) resources for students and parents! These are not affiliate links and I do not get any benefits from posting, but I want to pass along some useful places :) Last updated August 2020
Mochi Tech-free coding! "Mochi teaches children the basics of computer programming in a playful, hands-on way as they explore the universe and learn colors, numbers, letters, basic words and more! Montessori approved, LEGO Compatible." https://learnwithmochi.com/
Build Your Own Monument "Looking for fun ways to pass the time at home? The Archaeological Institute of America challenges you to build your own monument!" Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, the Colosseum, and more. www.archaeological.org/build-your-own/
Building Beats Building Beats provides DJ and music programs that teach entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills to under-served youth. The link below offers free online music tools for those who want to explore making music. buildingbeats.org/toolbox
Audible As of April 2020, Audible is providing more than 300 free stories! There’s no membership (Audible, Amazon, or otherwise) to sign up for, no fees, and no limits on the amount of books you can stream. To access the library, use this link, and you’ll be taken to the Audible Stories home page.
Believer Magazine On Fridays, Black Mountain Institute (BMI) and Believer Magazine partners with artists to offer free art workshops via Zoom for all ages. Check out one of the episodes here called "Draw a Cartoon You with Leslie Stein." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t9HxKEWeuU
Reading Rockets This website teaches kids how to read and helps those who struggle. Great resources for parents and their site is available in Spanish.
Families In Schools Their mission is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong student success. Get involved with their Million Word Challenge.
The Big Read The Big Read...inspiring people across the country to pick up a good book. Listen to radio programs, watch video profiles, and read brief essays about classic authors.
Ready. Set. Grow! Their vision is to create a future throughout our communities where all young children are born healthy and raised in a loving and nurturing environment so that they grow up healthy, are eager to learn, and reach their full potential. Check out theirevents page-- it lists many free family-oriented things to do.
Word Teasers These boxed sets include brain teasers, SAT questions and vocabulary builders.
LA Library Not only is the library a great place to find new books and quietly read, but it offers tons of other services and free events.
Culture LA Art, classes, events, workshops and more.
Free Little Library You can start your own free little library, or search for ones around you. Thrift shops are often a great place to find gently used books at a great price too.
Khan Academy Their mission is to provide free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Includes brief videos on introduction to grammar, music appreciation, US and world history, and more!
Brain Pop Started in 1999 by Dr. Avraham Kadar to explain difficult concepts to his young patients in a creative way, Brainpop offers fun, educational videos. Subjects include science, social studies, English, math, art, health, and more, and are offered at a subscription rate, although they feature 1 new video daily for free. Also available are Brainpop Jr for K-3 and Brainpop ELL for English Language Learners.
Common Sense Media A non-profit that provides age-based ratings and reviews so you can find the right movies, games, and apps for your kids.
Sweet Search A search engine for students (a safer alternative to Google).
Scratch Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Create interactive stories, games and more. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.