“I came to parenting the way most of us do —knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.”
— Mayim Bialik, actress and neuroscientist
Spanish Fort Public Library staff members know parenting is hard.
We have compiled a collection of free online resources we have found to make it just a little bit easier.
Let us know if any you have a problem with any of the links below. 251-410-7323
Homework is tough.
SFPL Staff have gathered a few resources to help make studying a little easier.
All students in grades K-12 with a library card can use HomeworkAlabama to get help with homework, class projects, papers and test preparation. HomeworkAlabama would like to help your child be better prepared for class each day by providing one-to-one assistance right when they need it most, at homework time. Tutoring is available in all core K-12 subjects – math, science, English, social studies and writing, including AP level assistance.
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.
Finding safe, educational online video content that you and your child can agree on is tough! Try one of these selections!
This series from the producers of Crash Course is all about grade-school science. We'll look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz. This series is beginning with 5th grade science, so we'll be delving into Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy.
SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask "why?" Jessi and her robot rat, Squeaks, answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds. Whether conducting experiments, researching new questions, or talking with experts, there's always something new to discover with SciShow Kids, no matter what your age!
These sing-a-long videos cover a vast array of educational subject matters including the solar system, geography, the human body, and much more. People of all ages love Kids Learning Tube's fun and unique approach to education, and teachers and parents most often comment that their students, children and they themselves are smarter for watching.
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. Kids also can get a virtual tour of different countries, featuring fun facts and other information. Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.
Duolingo believes that anyone should be able to learn a language. Duolingo offers free, bite-size lessons that feel more like a game than a textbook, and that's by design: Learning is easier when you're having fun. Duolingo was created so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.
The Code.org website includes free coding lessons and the initiative also targets schools in an attempt to encourage them to include more computer science classes in the curriculum. Code.org offers all of the curriculum and course content completely free worldwide, without any sort of needed partnership to use the materials.
Big Brown Bear is a UK based organization offering interactive software programs developed in support of the National Literacy Strategy, an initative of the UK govt aimed in particular at improving the low levels of reading and writing skills. It features a free Pre-K typing program and phoneme-based literacy learning tools that can be used at home.
Parent Toolkit includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Also covers important topics for navigating life after high school.
"Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing."
- Madeline Hunter