ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best Educational Websites for Elementary and Middle School Students Available in 2021

Updated on January 2, 2021

Educational websites can be a great supplement to workbooks and worksheets for both homeschoolers and schoolchildren. And with many kids out of school during the Coronavirus pandemic, they can provide much-needed help to parents trying to assist their kids with school at home. They can also be a great alternative to tutoring for kids who are struggling in school. Tutoring centers like Kumon can expensive. These websites are possible alternatives that can be done at home at a lower cost. Some of these websites are free and some require paid memberships.

Time4learning is a "Homeschool Curriculum, After School Learning, Summer Use" option for pre-k through High School. It can be used as a full curriculum or to supplement a homeschool, public school or private school curriculum. Subjects like Math and Language Arts are interactive animations. Much of the Science and Social Studies content is text based. It costs $19.95 a month for one student and $14.95 for each additional student. The High School option costs $30 a month. If you homeschool through a public school or charter school homeschooling program, find out if they'll pay for it. There isn't a free trial but you can pay month-to-month, so you can cancel if you don't like the program.

Overview of Time4learning

BrainPop and BrainPopJr and offer animated education content appropriate for preschool through 8th grade. The videos are entertaining but also very educational. Subjects covered are Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Technology, Health, and Arts & Music. Unfortunately, it's quite expensive. A subscription to BrainPopJr costs $99 a year. BrainPop is $115 a year. If you homeschool through a public school or charter school program find out if they offer these websites or if they'll pay for them. Both BrainPop and BrainPopJr provide free videos, so you can sample them before buying a subscription.

Sample BrainPop Video

IXL provides tests for math and Language Arts that are aligned to Common Core Content Standards. Skills are broken up by grade. Each grade is then broken up by category. IXL is useful for testing how well your child understands the material they're learning. If they get an answer wrong an explanation is provided. The free option offers a maximum of 20 questions per day for each subject. Membership is $9.95 a month for unlimited use per subject. Both subjects cost $15.95. You can pay month-to-month and cancel at any time.

NEWSELA provides news articles for students in third through 12th grade. Articles include comprehension questions. You can assign articles through the parent account and see how well your kids scored on the comprehension tests. This is a great way to improve reading comprehension while also exposing your kids to current events.

This video explains how to set up Newsela. The video is focused on teachers but the steps are similar when you choose the I'm a Parent option.

What Is Newsela?

Reading A-Z provides leveled reading material covering multiple topics for kindergarten through 6th grade. They provide 2,500 books (including English, Spanish, and French versions) that can either be read online or downloaded. It's a great way to provide homeschoolers with lots of fiction and nonfiction books. It's also a great way to provide a struggling reader with additional material to supplement their school's curriculum. A subscription costs $99.95 for a year. There's a 14 day free trial available.

Khan Academy

Videos are available on YouTube and at The website offers tutorials in multiple subjects all the way from pre-K to college. For math, choose your child's grade on the Khan Academy website to see all the concepts they have to master that year.

"We’re a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. In a recent study, students were over twice as likely to meet grade-level standards with Khan Academy. math, grammar, science, history, SAT®, AP®, and more."

Starfall and Reading Bear and are two free websites focused on teaching children to read. is more colorful and interactive with games and animated stories. is great for showing kids how to phonetically sound out words. Both websites are free.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2014 LT Wright


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)