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6 Free Online Tools for Back-to-School

6 Free Online Tools for Back-to-School

If you’re a parent of school-age children, you may find yourself starting another semester of distance learning at home with the kids. And even if your students will be attending school in person this fall, one thing’s for sure: This school year will require a lot of flexibility. Trendmaker Homes has gathered six free online resources for students of all ages, as well as some home organization tips, to help ease the back-to-school transition and give young minds (and parents) a little help.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Art projects that fuel creativity are an important part of pre-K and kindergarten. Tune in to watch Draw Together with Wendy Mac on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. Central Time on weekdays, or watch anytime on YouTube. Wendy teaches a 30-minute live drawing class for kids of all ages. Each class includes a warmup exercise, a how-to lesson and even some occasional dancing.

For some guided playtime, little ones under the age of 5 can take free virtual classes through State of Kid at Home. Choose from Zumbini With Vivi, Jam With Jamie or State of Sing. New classes are added each week.

Elementary and Up

BrainPop is a lesson-planning tool that’s a great resource for parents of both big and little kids. Many of its lesson plans can be used for kindergarten, all the way up to high school. You’ll find pre-made lesson plans along with helpful resources that span subjects like arts and music, English, science and technology.

Ready for a screen break? Along with movement exercises for younger kids, elementary-age children can access GoNoodle’s free resources such as mindfulness videos, downloadable learning resources and ideas for outdoor activities. 

Middle School and High School

With HippoCampus, middle schoolers and beyond can explore more than 7,000 free videos in 13 different subject areas. Choose from math, natural science, social science or humanities.

Seneca is another resource for middle school through high school students. Subjects include pre-algebra, biology, physics, English, Spanish and more. There are even learning materials for AP classes, and SAT and ACT exam prep.

Designate a Workspace for Everyone

Having a dedicated learning area helps kids stay focused, productive and ready for success. Let your child pick where they’d like to work so that they feel more involved in setting up their school space.

Kids aren’t the only ones who need a space to work. If you’re working from home, make sure you also have your own workspace. With many of us spending more time at home these days, having spaces that are specifically designated for work or school can help everyone in the family leave those places at the end of the day and create a clearer line between work and the rest of home life.  

Trendmaker homes are thoughtfully designed for the ultimate at-home experience, with spacious kitchens and flex rooms that can easily become school or homework spaces. Plus, our HomeSmart® technology features ensure every room is blanketed in Wi-Fi.

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Ready to find your new Trendmaker home with plenty of workspaces for the whole family?

One of our New Home Specialists would be happy to help.

Jenn Hickman
New Home Specialist – Austin

Aricka Giles & Kim Bennett
New Home Specialists – Houston


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