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This post is written by me as a member of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are my own.
New year, big changes. That’s how it always goes, right? At least it does in our house. This year we decided to make one major change – pulling Zoë out of the charter school she was attending and bringing her home for independent study.
We have gone back and forth on the idea of homeschooling since she was born so it wasn’t a major shift in the way we think about education. She just got to a point where she was bored in class and felt like she wasn’t learning at a fast enough pace.
Fortunately, her charter school offers an independent study program. You meet with a teacher once a week (or more if you need it) to check in and you do your work at home. We’re a few weeks in now, and it’s going well. It allows us to help her learn at a faster pace, and Brian gets to teach her to snowboard too since our schedule is more flexible.
Brian works with her 4 days a week, and I work with her 1 day a week when he’s at the mountain attending his snowboarding clinics. We have a lighter curriculum on the day I work with her since I still have to work. She has reading, typing and art on her schedule, which gives us some flexibility.
Sometimes I like to turn something on in the background while she works on her art projects. I try to choose educational shows. We watch a lot of documentaries. Netflix has a good selection of educational shows for kids streaming too. Science is one area that I think is left out of school too much these days, so we like to choose science-based shows.
Do you homeschool? Do you ever use TV shows or movies to supplement your homeschool curriculum?
Here are some great shows streaming right now on Netflix that will get your kids psyched about science.
Zoë recently introduced me to Brain Games. It covers all sorts of experiments, illusions and games to show you how the brain works. We’ve watched a few episodes so far, and she really enjoys watching it.
My girls love this Netflix original. It’s all about getting girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Unfortunately there are only 3 episodes of it. Hopefully Netflix will make more soon. We’ll definitely stream it if they do!
TEDTalks: Let Your Mind Wonder
We like to have our girls watch TEDTalks that they can relate to. Netflix currently has one season of Let Your Mind Wonder. From the science of stage fright to the nature of invisibility, this TED-Ed collection tackles perplexing questions and intriguing theories. Great for kids with inquiring minds!
Magic School Bus
We love this series for learning about science. It’s really engaging and interactive for kids. Both girls said their teachers would even play it for science lessons. It’s definitely a classic!
Sid the Science Kid
This show is for kids that are a bit younger than Zoë, but she watched it all the time when she was Pre-K age. It has a lot of fun science lessons in it for younger kids. Just be aware that there is one episode that is pure vaccine propaganda if you try to screen your kids from that. It’s easy enough to skip that episode.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Do you remember Bill Nye? He is a very energetic character that is great at getting kids interested in all areas of science. It’s a great choice for exposing your kids to different areas of science.
PBS and BBC Documentaries
I’m going to lump these all together rather than call them out individually. I have found a lot of great science-based documentaries from PBS and BBC streaming on Netflix. Kaylee is watching Blue Planet a lot right now, but you can also check out titles like Planet Earth, Nature’s Weirdest Events, Life, Nature’s Greatest Events, Life of Mammals, Frozen Planet, The Whale, Owl Power, A Sloth Named Velcro and more.
Do any of these shows streaming on Netflix get your kids psyched about science? What other educational Netflix titles does your family love?
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