Ever consider homeschooling with Netflix? Here is a great list of shows to watch on Netflix for homeschoolers broken down by subject.
At the bottom of this article, you’ll find a homeschool lesson plan example that we use for how to write a report on a Netflix documentary.
Homeschooling is what you make of it. If you make it hard, it’s going to be hard… if you make it fun and exciting, it’ll be fun and exciting.
While we do follow a pretty advanced homeschool curriculum with our daughters, we like to mix things up with educational shows and documentaries to break up the monotony of book work.
So their homeschooling doesn’t turn into “just watching TV,” we have our girls take hand written notes that will help them write a report on the show after they watch it.
For example, let’s say a series has 1-hour episodes… I would make sure the report covers no more than 2 episodes or 1 documentary. I feel after 2 hours of screen learning, everything starts to become a blur and it can be confusing for kids to write a report because of information overload.
It’s amazing that you can find shows to cover almost any subject you may be covering in your homeschool curriculum. Under this list of shows, you’ll find the process of how to have your kids write a report based upon what they watch.
Homeschool Appropriate Shows by Subject on Netflix
Here are some great shows streaming right now on Netflix that will get your kids psyched about learning. Some shows listed are kids shows for a younger audience and some are geared towards older kids and teens.
Without further ado, here are some great titles on Netflix right now, organized by subject so you can find what you’re looking for easily.
Netflix is one of the best sources for educational shows with a focus on science. Everything from Earth Science to Physics, Biology and more are covered on these shows.
1. Project MC2
First off, it’s pronounced Project MC-squared. It’s all about getting girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The show follows 4 highly intelligent, diverse teen girls who love STEM.
It shows them working together to solve whatever problems they have. Rated TV-G. 6 parts available.
2. The Magic School Bus
If you’ve never heard of The Magic School Bus, you probably had a very sheltered childhood. It’s a cartoon that follows a class that goes on wild adventures on the magic school bus, learning about new things the entire time.
It’s really engaging and interactive for kids. It’s definitely a classic! Rated TV-Y. 4 seasons available.
Netflix also has its own additions to the classic show you’ll want to check out:
- The Magic School Bus Rides Again
- The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space
- The Magic School Bus Rides Again: The Frizz Connection
- The Magic School Bus Rides Again: In the Zone
3. Mystery Science Theater
Many parents remember this show from their childhood and now it’s back for today’s generation as a reboot. If your kid is into sci-fi or robots, they may like this show. Rated TV-14. 2 seasons available.
4. Unnatural Selection
This show is great for older children to get a grasp of how genetics works. Good information about today’s scientists are hacking biology and editing genes to do things like eradicate disease and select a child’s genetic makeup. Rated TV-MA. 4 episodes available.
5. Bill Nye: Science Guy
This young adult science show makes a great addition to the homeschool curriculum. It has a great focus on the scientific method. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 36 minutes.
Netflix has also created its own modern version of this show: Bill Nye Saves the World. Rated TV-14. 3 seasons available.
6. Our Planet
This limited series explores the different regions of our planet. Kids can learn about a variety of topographies, including the desert, oceans, jungles, forests and more. Rated TV-PG. 8 episodes available.
Be sure to watch Our Planet: Behind the Scenes to see more about how this series was made. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 3 minutes.
7. Untamed Romania
This is a fascinating look at Romania. It has one of Europe’s largest wilderness. This documentary is a great look at the nature and beauty of Romania. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.
8. Night on Earth
This is one of those addictive series that will draw you into your screen. It’s an amazing look at what happens in different parts of the earth at night. Rated TV-PG. 6 episodes available.
You can also see behind the scenes in how this series was made in Night On Earth: Shot in the Dark. Rated TV-PG. 59 minutes.
9. Chasing Coral
The coral reef is an essential part of the ocean’s ecosystem, and a fascinating topic to study in homeschool science. This documentary follows scientists who are attempting to document the disappearance of coral reefs around the world.
Beautiful shots makes you feel like you’re underwater with the divers! Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.
10. Emily’s Wonder Lab
Emily’s Wonder Lab is all about making STEAM subjects fun. This show is full of experiments, activities and demonstrations to get elementary age kids thrilled about science. Rated TV-Y. 1 season available.
11. Absurd Planet
Kids can learn about different animals in a funny, engaging way through Absurd Planet. They’ll discover animals they’ve never heard of – and you probably haven’t either! Rated TV-PG. 1 season available.
12. Dream Big Engineering Our World
Only one 42 minute episode, this short documentary showcases some of the world’s most impressive engineering feats. Great for asipiring engineers and designers. Rated TV-G. 42 minutes.
If your kids are tired of reading history books, an easy way to get them more interested in the history of our world is by allowing them to watch it. Here are some inspiring titles to try.
1. History 101
This series is packed with short lessons to get your kid interested in history! Includes lessons on scientific breakthroughs, world changing discoveries and important social movements. Rated TV-14. 1 season available.
2. The Who Was Show
This is a great show to watch on Netflix to supplement your homeschool history curriculum. The Who Was Show is a live-action comedy sketch that brings historical characters to life. It’s pretty funny and the kids like it. Rated TV-PG. 1 season available.
3. Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb
If you’re studying ancient Egypt in your homeschool curriculum, check out Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb! Your kids will get to watch archeologists explore a tomb that has been undisturbed for 4,400 years! Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 54 minutes.
Reading and writing are critical skills for all kids to learn. Here are some shows to help them learn the basics.
1. Leap Frog: Phonics Farm
We have been teaching our girls the basics at home since they were little in our own version of homeschool preschool. Leapfrog shows have always been great for helping with letters and phonics concepts. Rated TV-7. 34 minutes.
2. Leap Frog: Letter Factory
Another fun an interactive show in the Leap Frog early learning series lineup, Letter Factory introduces kids to letters and their sounds. Rated TV-Y. 35 minutes.
3. Alpha Blocks
Little kids can watch the alphabet come to life as they read, write and spell in a fun and imaginative way. Rated TV-Y. 5 seasons available.
4. Books Turned Into Series’
Another way to get kids interested in reading is to read the book together and then watch the movie or show. Netflix has been turning popular kids’ books into series. Some to check out are:
- Llama Llama (Rated TV-Y; 2 seasons available)
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That (Rated TV-Y; 1 season available)
- Green Eggs and Ham (Rated TV-Y; 1 season available)
If your kids love reading and books, check out the Bookroo subscription box to discover new age-appropriate titles.
Math is fun when you make it fun! These shows make learning numbers and counting into entertainment.
1. Leap Frog Number Land
Another cute pre-school series, Leap Frog Number Land introduces youngsters to counting skills one of the key concepts behind math. Rated TV-Y. 32 minutes.
Watch Number Land on Netflix (leaving 4/14/2021).
2. Number Blocks
Also targeted at toddlers and pre-schoolers, the Number Blocks show tries to make math fun with colorful blocks that focus on adding up numbers. Rated TV-Y. 5 seasons available.
3. Monster Math Squad
Cute furry monsters work together using their math skills to overcome a variety of challenges. Rated TV-Y. 2 seasons available.
If your kids love learning lots about a variety of subjects, these are some of the best series to add to your homeschool day.
This show teaches the science of our everyday world in ways that kids can understand. Some topics covered include Social Media, Germs, Dreams, Space, Oceans, Motivation, Emotions and More.
Very relatable. Not only that, Brainchild does a wonderful job at promoting self-esteem and being your best you. Rated TV-G. 1 season available.
Most kids can ask a million questions a minute when they’re interested in something. Explained is a series on Netflix that explores a variety of different topics to give your older kids the answers they seek.
Rated TV-MA. 2 seasons available.
Other titles in the Explained family:
- The Mind Explained
- Sex Explained
- Whose Vote Counts Explained
3. Ask the Story Bots
Ask the Story Bots is a great show for younger kids that always have lots of questions about everything. Why do we have to brush our teeth? Why do we have nighttime? Kids burning questions answered by cute creatures. Rated TV-Y. 3 seasons.
“Both my 6-year-old and 3-year-old love it! Definitely keeps both of them engaged the whole episode. Every show has a different topic.”Happy Mothering reader
How to Write a Report with Netflix
- Pencil or pen
- Lined paper
- Computer or Typewriter - optional
- Any documentary
- A screen to watch said documentary
The notes they take are done with a pencil and paper.
- With note-taking, we have our girls pause and/ or rewind when they need to finish writing a note or need to hear something again.
- If they don’t understand something we ask them to watch it twice.
- If they still don’t understand, then they can Google the answer.
- This helps them learn how to solve their own problems. And we’re always available to explain things they don’t understand.
- If they don’t understand it after they tried their best to solve the problem on their own… at that point we’ll step in and explain it.
After the show, they handwrite an outline based on the notes they took.
- If they take bad notes, they have to watch the show over and do notes over again while their sibling gets to have free time.
After the outline, they then handwrite the rough draft of their report.
- We encourage nice, legible handwriting… even if it takes longer to write.
After the rough draft is handwritten, they then type the report.
- Kaylee (4th grade) has to type a minimum of 1 1/2 pages.
- Zoë (6th grade) has to type a minimum of 3 pages.
- The reports usually take a solid day or 2 after the show to write.
- They’re always allowed to rewatch the show while they’re writing if they need to.
Once their report is typed out, we review it for content, structure, typos and grammar.
- Then they go back and fix it until it’s all correct.
After their report is good to go… we have the girls stand up and read their report out loud to the family.
And here’s a solid tip for you.
The report doesn’t have to be that long, though it could be. When you’re starting out with this, what’s important is the writing conveys what they learned in a manner that shows they comprehend it… as well as it’s important the language arts aspect of it is proper. At first, their reports may only be 1/4 page if that typed out and that’s okay.
Both you and your child are learning a new way to learn, it takes time to get to where they’re busting out a report a day. Count every word they type of their report as a win and you’ll both always be winning. As more reports are done, they’ll get better, longer, more in-depth and start reading out loud very well.
And the BEST TIP ON HOMESCHOOLING EVER… If you or your child is not getting it, feeling frazzled, stressed or any other negative emotion. Stop and take a break, maybe even until tomorrow. If the show is just too much, forget about it and go to another one. And if that doesn’t cut it, go do something fun, like watch a sing-along show or movie. There’s no need to ever stress out about homeschooling.
And after all of that… boom… you have just homeschooled and had the kids write a report that’s based on what they learned from a screen and the lesson is done.
There are many shows streaming on Netflix that you can use the supplement your homeschool curriculum. I hope you found a new educational show or documentary to watch this week!
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