Inclusion in the list may not be interpreted as the library’s endorsement.
- Back to School
- Needham Local
- Math and ELA
- Language Learning
- Art, Music, and Culture
- History and Geography
- Physical Education
- I’d like to learn a little bit of everything, please!
Back to School
- Are you ready for kindergarten? Complete the workbook designed by the Berkshire Museum! Read the digital book with your child, or enjoy our In Kindergarten Read-Along video time and time again as you prepare for the days and months ahead. Also available in Spanish!
- Head on down to Redwing Bay in Needham and complete our outdoor scavenger hunt! Learn a bit about the area and local flowers (flora) and animals (fauna) as you walk the trail!
- You can grab a hunt either at the library or print one yourself
- Mystery Science: Science lessons that teach how to think critically, how to solve problems.
- Woods Hold Oceanographic Intuition (WHOI): world’s leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education.
- Smithsonian for kids: Learn with Smithsonian!
- Skype A Scientist: watch lessons from REAL scientists on all sorts of topics, from space, to pet domestication! Want to learn about something not on the channel? Fill out the form here!
Math and ELA
- Scholastic is offering free resources and printable worksheets
- k-5 learning: offers free math worksheets covers math skills from numbers and counting through fractions, decimals, word problems and more. All worksheets are printable files with answers on the 2nd page.
- Save with Stories: let some of your favorite celebrities read the bedtime story tonight!
- ReadWorks (requires free account*): k-12 reading comprehension tools and skills driven by cognitive science to move students to deeper understanding of the written word
- Greg Tang’s website has math games and challenges
- don’t forget to see his books at the library!
- Khan Academy Kids: Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with a free, fun educational program for children ages two to eight.
- Storyline Online: more online story videos, this time read by the authors and other famous people!
- Through the Boston Public Library, all Massachusetts residents have access to their online resources, including learning language programs like Mango Languages.
Art, Music, and Culture
- If you’ve never checked out the tiny desk series on NPR, it’s awesome.
- Museums with virtual tours
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s daily live home safaris brings the zoo to you!
- How to draw! You’ll find everything from how to draw cupcakes to how to draw sharks. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a marker and follow along with us!
- Super Simple Draw! – How To Draw for Kids
History and Geography
- Fact-Monster: Get help with math, science, government questions, & play some trivia on this educational homework help website.
- Info Please : Need a little bit of information on a lot of different geographical or historical questions? This is the website for you. Find an interactive Atlas and world disasters all on the same site. Check their “Top Ten” list for gems such as “Best Countries for Mothers”.
- Three Branches of the United States Government: Information on the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches.
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids : Find information about the different aspects of the U.S. government. This site is organized according to grade level from K-12.
- The U.S. Legal System: The Three Branches Of Government: What are the branches and how do they work? What does a government representative do? Learn this and more!
- Ranger Rick at Home with the National Wildlife Federation: Find information about wildlife, global warming, and nature. There are also educational games and activities.
- GeoGuesser: A geography game using Google Maps—super fun!
- Bokskids.org has lots of fun physical activities for kids
- Go Noodle has great movement and mindfulness videos.
I’d like to learn a little bit of everything, please!
- BrainFuse HelpNow: Brainfuse HelpNow offers one-to-one live online tutoring sessions with an expert tutor for all ages, Kindergarten to adult, in English and Spanish. Brainfuse offers homework help, writing lab assistance, targeted skills building, test prep, video lessons and study tools. All for free with a Needham library card!
- Multnomah County Library Homework Center: Browse through the homework topics that provide links to informative websites.
- Kid Space @ the Internet Public Library: Look up reference questions, browse different subjects, learn how to make crafts, and lots more.
- Kids Infobits* (*can only use inside the library) Search for information about a variety of subjects, including animals, plants, transportation, and more.
- PBS Kids: uses the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity.
- ABCya! is a free educational games website that’s organized by grade level and subject area. With a bit of help from adults, it’s easy for kids to access tons of games.
- MrNussbaum.com offers dozens of interactive games specifically designed to pinpoint one or several essential concepts taught in elementary years, and dozens of research themes designed to make the process of gathering information interactive and enjoyable.
- CrashCourse: learn history and biology (and lots of other neat stuff) from John and Hank Green!