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Checkout some of the great free databases offered by the Atlantic City Free Public Library on the sidebars this page. For a full isting of all the premium eResources offered by the library click here.

Look below for links to some great homework help sites outside of acfpl.org

General and Reference

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary & Thesaurus:  Aside from access to a great dictionary, this resource also offers word quizzes and games, word of the day, trends and interesting videos about language and more

Factmonster: Great online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, research guide and reference source; includes research guides, writing guides, games and kid-friendly articles on all topics

Smithsonian Education: A place for kids to explore, discover and learn about all topics, published by our national museum: browse through Everything Art, Science & Nature, History & Culture, People & Places

EDSITEmentThe best of the Humanities on the web; Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides web access to some of the worlds great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities. Lesson plans are also available for educators. (Gr. K-8)

All Safe Sites: A safe and kid-friendly directory and search engine with visual aids for even the youngest researchers; sites personally curated by a team of experienced elementary school teachers

Kids Click: Designed for kids by librarians, with kid-friendly results; searchable by topic or keyword, with suggested reading levels on all sites.

InsideStory Flashcards: An exciting and visual way to learn words; downloadable, printable and appropriate for kids of all ages

Pics4Learning: Free copyright-friendly images for education

World Almanac for Kids

Current Events

DogoNews:  Award-winning news and information resource for kids, including recommendations for kids websites

Scholastic News Online: News stories for big and little kids and their teachers

ChannelOne News:  Encouraging young people to be informed citizens; daily shows, news, and a video library

New York Times Learning Network:  For educators and their students

KidsPost:  News for kids from the Washington Post

News Bites:  National Geographic news for kids of all ages

BBC Kids Newsround:  For a global perspective on the news

United Nations News Centre:  Breaking news on a global scale, for all ages

Government and Civics

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government: A web portal for Kids, includes links to federal web sites designed for kids and students on topics from Animals to Transportation (Gr. K-8)

Animals | Agriculture | Arts & Recreation | Business & Money | Careers
Communities & People
 | Computers & Internet | Crime & Justice
Defense & National Security | Education | Environment | Foreign Affairs | Geography
Government & Law | Health & Safety | History | Science | Transportation

State & Local Government on the Net:  A very useful and frequently updated directory of links to government sponsored resources on the Internet.

iCivics: Educational video games about citizenship and government, founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Congress for Kids: The Senate, The House and Making Laws

U.S. History

America's Library: Multimedia & primary sources from Library of Congress (Gr.2-8)

American Memory: The official site from the Library of Congress, with lots of educator resources

Smithsonian Education: History & Culture for Students (Gr. K-8)

Ellis Island: Includes family histories, timelines and links to other great resources about immigration

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday & Today from Scholastic, includes interactive tour of Ellis Island

The Tenement Museum of NYC: Resources for Educators and their Students about the immigrant experience

Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Resources for Students - provides online and onsite research assistance for your project (Gr. 6-8)

Native American Heritage

National Museum of the American Indian: A virtual field trip for kids and educators

Geography and Countries

Atlapedia Online:  Each country profile provides facts and data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, and economy (All Ages)

CIA World Factbook: Country data, maps, flags and more (All Ages)

National Geographic Kidsone of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife; plus awesome map tools and activities (All Ages)

Great STEM (STEAM) web resources

General and Earth Science

Little Shop of Physics: A hands-on science outreach program from Colorado State University

Jefferson Labs Student Zone: Science Education Site featuring Science and Math Resources for Students and Teachers.

Smithsonian - The Dynamic Earth/A Multimedia Resource

Earthquakes for Kids: From the US Geological Survey (includes Science Fair projects)
Engineering and Space Science
NASA Education for Students (K12) (Gr. K-12)
Strengthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce, by attracting and retaining 
students in science, technology, engineering and math

NASA Kids Club (Gr. K-4)
Games-based web site that stimulates interest in science, technology, engineering 
and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels, national education standards and NASA content

Engineer Girl
– Website designed by the National Academy of Engineering to provide information on exciting opportunities that the field of engineering represents for girls.

Amazing Space: Learn about astronomy, space, telescopes, stars, discoveries. Includes “Tonight’s Sky” constellations, deep sky objects and planets; from the folks at the Space Telescope Science Institute

Space Science Institute (Teachers & Kids Gr. K-8)
Creating new and far-reaching models for earth and space science research, and 
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Building Big: Explore large structures and what it takes to build them; a companion to the public television series (Gr. 5-8)

Bob the Builder: Kids learn about machines and construction

STEM (Continued)

Design Squad Nation:  PBS Kids (Gr.3-8)
Showcasing ways to teach kids to solve real-world problems using science, math and technology

Design Squad for Parents and Educators (Grownups)

Try Engineering (Gr. 7 & up)
A web portal about engineering and engineering careers, to help young people better understand what engineering means, and how an engineering career can work for them; sponsored by engineering professionals

Discover Engineering (Gr. 3-8)
Where imagination meets reality; try engineering activities and learn about careers in engineering.


Energy Kids - All About Energy by the Energy Information Agency (Gr. K-8)


Bedtime Math: Making math stories part of a daily routine

Coolmath and Coolmath4Kids: Drill, Instruction, Number Crunchers, Games on all math topics

WebMath (Discovery Eduation)

Mathfact Cafe: Worksheet and flashcard generators and math games

Calculation Nation:  Challenge others, challenge yourself, using the power of the web to investigate math content and practice skills

Visual Fractions:  Fractions are better understood when seen!

Internet Resources for Homeschoolers

State of NJ: FAQ about Homeschooling


Official state government information on homeschooling in NJ

NJ Homeschool Association


Primary advocacy group for homeschoolers in NJ



A subscription service with helpful information, links & tips for Homeschoolers in New Jersey.



Like a virtual children's art museum, Artsonia is an online collection of kids' artwork from around the world. Kids can take the masterpieces they've created and upload them onto the website. Family and friends can then visit the artwork and participate in activities that allow them to take an active role in a child's art education, even if they live far away. There is no cost to participate, and Artsonia currently has artwork from children in over 100 countries.

A to Z Home's Cool


A to Z Home's Cool community website provides help for parents which will help them to homeschool their children from preschool, kindergarten, through homeschooling high school with free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top homeschool programs, books, materials, and curriculum.

Eclectic Homeschool Online

This is an online magazine for homeschoolers. It contains articles and resources for parents who homeschool their children, including lesson plans.

Growing Without Schooling

This is the website of homeschooler pioneer John Holt. He is a sought after speaker and supporter of school reform. Holt developed the idea of "unschooling," a curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling.

Homefires Journal of Homeschooling

The Journal of Homeschooling online; this website was created by Diane Flynn Keith, who homeschooled her children from Kindergarten through high school. The site provides helpful tips and tricks for homeschoolers, as well as links that lead to additional resources.

Homeschooler's Curriculum Swap

This website claims to be the oldest continuous used curriculum site on the internet. It offers lesson plans and resources for parents of homeschooled children.

Homeschool Diner

The Homeschool Diner offers articles, curriculum ideas, and links to online resources. It also offers support to homeschoolers through helpful suggestions and friendly advice.

The Virtual Schoolhouse

Although they are in the process of updating and creating a new school site, this one still functions with good learning opportunities.

Language Arts

Storybird Artful storytelling; a platform for readers, writers and artists of all ages. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards.

Starfall: Learn to read with Phonics; award winning resource for emerging readers, from ABCs to full text, audio-enabled readalongs

Between the Lions   This early literacy site, for children ages 4-7, is a tie-in for the award-winning television program. Appealing characters, terrific songs and fun games combine to offer great on-line experience

Amazing Kids Magazine  An award-winning online publication showcasing the creative work kids and teens can do.  Take a look and get inspired to write your own stories or articles!

Chillola  A free foreign language learning site for children. Simple games, activities, and resources for learning vocabulary in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Turkish, German and Portugese.

Little Explorers English-Spanish Picture Dictionary with links to Swedish, Portugese, French, Japanese and German

Full Text eBooks and Audiobooks

International Children's Digital Library  Read world literature for children and young adults in digital format, available full text in multiple languages. An amazing resource for young readers!

Project Gutenberg: Children's Shelf  The original e-book reader, Project Gutenberg has been archiving and digitizing books in the public domain for three decades. An amazing, completely free treasure trove of literature in full text.

Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project  A wonderful online library of illustrated, antique children's books, available full text. Many titles are translated into various languages.

StoryNory: Full Text Stories with Audio for Kids; enjoy fairy tales, classics, original stories, mythology, non-fiction and more;  nicely read, completely free and downloadable to your device; very few ads

Tumblebooks   E-books for e-kids; storybooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, math stories, non-fiction, videos, puzzles, games and more; includes great classroom resources and lesson plans.

Bartleby Great Books Online, for the fluent reader; A growing collection of full text reference works including dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, and style manuals in addition to works of poetry, folk and fairy tales, essays, and classic fiction.