When I was a kid, watching a new movie required convincing my parents to take me and my sisters to a video store, agreeing on ONE move to watch together, and popping it into our DVD player at home. Nowadays, streaming websites, like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, make watching movies and TV shows much more accessible. Netflix has also been a game-changer in the world of home education, making it easy to homeschool using educational movies, shows, and documentaries. Homeschooling with Netflix can be an exciting way to learn, and make good use of screen time as a reward. Plus, it’s summer, and sometimes you just need some lazy days! Why not enjoy some cuddling around the screen while you learn as a family? Here are some of our top Netflix educational picks to make homeschooling with Netflix fun for all ages!
Homeschooling with Netflix: our favorite picks for each age
Super Why: age group 3-6
This is an animated PBS TV show that is designed to help children learn basic reading skills! Join Whyatt and his friends on their adventures in literacy. This is great for pre-reading and emerging reading skills, and just plain fun for little ones to watch.
Sid the Science Kid: age group 3-6
Sid the Science Kid is another PBS show, geared towards teaching viewers about basic science concepts! The main character, Sid, uses comedy and games to tackle science principles. Sid himself is a little on the energetic side, something that will appeal to all youngsters, but especially those with ADHD.
The Story of Maths: age group middle school and older
It’s even possible to learn math while homeschooling with Netflix! Have you ever wondered why math is the way it is? Where did zero come from? Why do we learn geometry? What’s up with fractions? In this documentary, Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy walks you through the history of math and tries to answer the tough questions.
The Bible: age group high school
This is a mini-series that covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It consists of only 10 episodes and tells biblical stories through live-action imagery. It includes major stories, like Noah’s Ark, the exodus, and the life of Jesus. It is a great way to bring the Bible to life.
Brain Games: age group high school
Brain Games is a science television series that explores how the brain works! It explains how we perceive our surroundings, respond to stimuli, and more! This is a very educational and fun show, but there is some *bleeped out* language and mature content, so parents beware.
Are you planning to homeschool with Netflix this summer or this coming school year? If not, consider adding one of these educational programs to your summer homeschooling routine, even as a reward for hard work. Your kids will enjoy learning while vegging out, and you’ll get a break in your day!