This guide was curated with parents, caregivers, and educators in mind to provide at-home learning for children. These resources were researched by our Children’s Librarian and are organized by age group: Children, Middle-High School, and Adults/All Ages.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides standards-aligned lessons for K-12 (and early college) in math, grammar, science, history, Advanced Placement classes, and SAT practice. Content is free for students and teachers. Khan Academy also offers resources for parents and caregivers providing at-home learning for children, including a webinar to help you navigate Khan Academy. Click here to view the webinar.
Ben’s Guide offers information about the U.S. government for children ages 4-14, families, and teachers. The American Library Association selected Ben’s Guide as one of its Great Websites for Kids.
This Common Sense Media article for parents and caregivers explains the benefits of children’s podcasts and how to get started incorporating podcasts in the classroom or in a child’s daily/weekly routine. The article covers the pros and cons of podcasts for kids and provides links to popular listening options.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s education department offers prepared lessons with Martha’s Vineyard-based topics such as lighthouses, heath hens, and the MVY Train.
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child offers this Activities Guide to enhance and practice executive functioning skills for children ages infancy to adolescence. The guide offers PDFs of activities for each age group.
Middle-High School Resources
History At Home offers free educational videos lessons about various topics in history. Each lesson is accompanied with a worksheet for learners. Video lessons are presented by journalists, historians, and authors.
This Common Sense Media article provides a list of popular podcasts for tweens and teens, including a podcast hosted by bestselling author John Green and his brother Hank.
PBS Learning Media offers a collection of resources, including videos, documents, and primary resources, about the Civil Rights Movement. The collection is intended for grades 6-12.
Hippo Campus is a free resource that offers videos and other multimedia content to middle school and high school learners. Teachers can create a free account to get access to more customizable features for students and classes. Subjects include math, natural science, social science, and humanities. Hippo Campus is part of the NROC Project (Network, Resources, Open, College & Career), which strives to make education more accessible by providing free, web-based educational resources to parents, teachers, and learners.
The Cornell Note Taking System was developed at Cornell University by professor Walter Pauk. The notes system is designed for notetaking in class, reading textbooks, and for reading online resources. The system is laid out to provide space for facts, questions, and a summary of the learner’s understanding. Cornell University provides several resources to help learners understand the notetaking system.
Brainfuse offers a comprehensive website of educational resources to support student learning, including live tutoring, 24/7 help center, a foreign language lab, writing lab, test center, and more. Tutors are trained and certified through Brainfuse, have at least a four-year degree, and have prior teaching experience. These resources are available for learners of all ages, including adults. Brainfuse is free with your CLAMS library card (any Island or Cape library card).
Adults/All Ages Resources
The Massachusetts Home Learning Association offers this quick start guide for families interested in homeschooling their children, including Massachusetts requirements to homeschool.
The Massachusetts Home Learning Association provides free curriculum resources for several age groups: all ages (general), Prek-kindergarten, elementary-middle school, and high school/college bound/continuing education.
Crash Course offers more than 15 free educational video courses for high school and college students. Crash Course Kids offers science videos that support the 5th grade science curriculum. The videos are fast-paced with engaging visuals. Each video provides credits to the individuals who write, edit, and consult with Crash Course to provide viewers with accurate content.