Getting on the Web to do homework is a double-edged sword for many kids. Whether they are looking for guidance on simple math homework or material for a semester-long science project, the Internet provides a universe of information. But once a kid opens the browser and starts searching, there are fascinating things in that universe to distract them. So we’ve done our homework and found a number of websites that are so informative and distracting (in a good way) that your kids will want to stay there for hours and learn. Here’s a list of the best sites for getting homework done.
General Library Sources
National Science Digital Library This site is a hub that directly connects users with a variety of sources on history, science, social sciences, physics, technology, politics. The site features a tool to keep students up-to-date with their research. Content is aimed at a diverse audience, from pre-K to adult.
Multnomah County Library Intended for use by elementary, middle, and high school students alike, the Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center is organized by topics such as history, people and places, and politics and government. This Oregon-based library even offers live online homework help — no library card needed.
ABCya! Games based on spelling, reading, skill building, mathematics provide the tools needed by kids from kindergarten to 5th grade. These necessary building blocks are the basis for higher levels of education.
BrainPOP Jr. This interactive site for children from pre-school to third grade is accessible through a yearly paid subscription. BrainPOP Jr. provides resources for classroom instruction, district, virtual, and home schools, as well as general family-based learning. There is also free content for those looking to test the site’s effectiveness for a student with specific needs. A variety of topics covered include math, sciences, health, and English.
1XL Math This website evaluates a child’s skill level and provides exercises to build off this foundation. Kids are able to work at their own pace on math skills from pre-K to pre-calculus (as well as 2nd to 12th grade language arts).
ABCMouse Reading, phonics, math, and science are the categories on this site focused on the cognitive development of children ages 2-7.
Discovery Education A science- and math-based homework site from the well-known Discovery Channel. The site provides instant step-by-step math assistance to homework help in a variety of subjects, including English and social studies.
National Geographic Kids A trusted journalistic leader in all things nature, geography, and humanity, National Geographic has put its kid-friendly magazine online. Kids will find age appropriate articles and games that teach them about wildlife and the history of many nations.
PBS Kids Kids pre-school through middle school will find learning from their favorite PBS characters particularly engaging. PBS Kids’ online content includes games that address cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth, and videos from shows like Wild Kratts, Arthur, and The Odd Squad.
Spelling City A spelling and grammar based site with exercises that build the necessary functions needed for advanced learning. The site also covers literature, math, science and social sciences.
Scholastic’s The Stacks An interactive site for ages 3-12, Scholastic’s The Stacks utilizes kids’ favorite books and characters to help nurture a love of reading with games, videos, a blog, and message boards. Kids can learn about the illustrator of the Harry Potter series or watch a greeting from R.L. Stine, look for books based on what they already like to read, and talk about their favorites with other kids.
TIME for Kids Popular news magazine TIME has designed this site to keep kids up to date with current events, as well as provide Writing and Rhetoric homework help.
Middle School-High School
Bill Nye the Science Guy The beloved nerd who gained popularity on PBS nearly 20 years ago continues to promote science to young and old alike. His personal website includes educational resources, and the whole family will enjoy watching clips from Bill Nye’s fun and informative 90s show at his official YouTube channel.
How Stuff Works: Science An up-to-date site providing video resources to help students understand their immediate surroundings as well as the vast universe they are apart of. Middle school students might be particularly interested in the Science vs. Myth category, and can find science videos on anything they are learning in school, from engineering to life sciences and everything in between.
IXL Math This website evaluates a child’s skill level and provides exercises to build off this foundation. Kids are able to work at their own pace on math skills from pre-K to pre-calculus (as well as 2nd to 12th grade language arts).
Khan Academy Used by families as well as schools, Khan Academy is one of the most popukar knowledge-building sites on the Web. Math and science are the key subjects covered, with content provided for kindergarten through high school.
BrainPOP This interactive site for 4th- through 12-graders is accessible through a yearly paid subscription. BrainPOP provides resources for classroom instruction, district, virtual, and home schools, as well as general family-based learning. There is also free content for those looking to test the site’s effectiveness for a student with specific needs. A variety of topics covered include math, sciences, health, and English.
Shmoop Online courses for students from early middle school to college prep. The site is accessible through a paid subscription and covers math, English, science, physical and psychological health, history and social sciences, computer science, and test prep.
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