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Educational YouTube Channels for Children

The boys and I have started a YouTube channel filled with educational material. We called it FreeSchool – the unofficial name of our little homeschool for the past five years or so.

FreeSchool

So far we have famous artists, classical music, and videos about animals and nature. Basically,we make videos about whatever the boys or I find interesting. All of it is clean and safe, and I very much hope you will check it out.

So, to celebrate, here are ten more educational Youtube channels for children!

10 Educational Youtube Channels for Children

Here we go!

Animals and Nature

Houston Zoo's Youtube Channel

As you might expect, this channel focuses on the animals of the Houston Zoo. There is a wide variety on diverse animal topics!

BBC Earth's YouTube Channel

Most of the videos on BBC Earth are nature documentaries. There are also dinosaurs! CAUTION: if you have sensitive children, keep an eye on which videos they select from the channel. Some of these videos deal with life and death.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This channel is perfect for bird lovers. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has absolutely gobs of footage of many kinds of birds.

Science

Sick Science YouTube Channel

Great, engaging science experiments, many doable by children, many with household objects.

Minute Earth
Minute Earth has short, animated videos about the earth and how it works. Most videos are very kid-safe, but there are ones that deal with sickness, death, and sex, so use your judgement.

 

Social Studies

Mr. Roger's Neighborhood YouTube Channel

Full episodes of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood – because we all need to be good neighbors.

Various Topics

Socratica

Socratica has videos on a variety of topics: chemistry, science, art, grammar – even brief profiles of the 50 states. They also have a sister channel, Socratica Kids, that addresses basic arithmetic, phonics, and children’s stories.

Crash Course YouTube Channel

History, psychology, literature, chemistry, biology and more in a fast paced, live/animated format. Probably best for adolescents or teens. CAUTION: some videos handle themes or topics like sex and violence and death. (That’s history and literature, for you.) Be aware of what your children are watching.

Great Museums Television

From the National Zoo to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is so much quality content on this channel. We can’t all travel to these museums around the world, so why not take in some of the collections via YouTube?

 

I hope you enjoy these channels, and once again I’d like to invite you to check out FreeSchool. So long till next time!

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Conference Weekend!

I love all the great talks we have heard so far at conference! When I heard this quote I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it, and here it is for you. Click on the picture for a nice large version.

Resenting the law of gravity won't keep a person from falling if he steps off  a cliff! Elder D. Todd Christofferson

(Original photo credit: lavishlylush / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA)

I hope you enjoy the rest of conference! I can’t wait!

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Homeschool Shopping in Target’s Dollar Spot

I’ve written before about how much I love shopping for school supplies at Target’s Dollar Spot during all the back to school sales. (Confession: I am a homeschooling parent but I love LOVE love back-to-school shopping season. School supplies are fun!) Here’s what I got from my local Target in fall 2014:

Target Dollar Spot: Foam Clock and Blocks

I buy foam clocks pretty regularly. They don’t survive more than 6-12 months. Still, for $1, I’ll buy them over and over. This one had a special feature: it’s double-sided with the numbers of minutes arranged next to the hour numbers. Useful! I also love the little foam blocks, great for counting, graphing, sorting, and categorizing. They will also make good math manipulatives as well as being useful for building.

Target Dollar Spot: $1 Classic Adaptations

Next up: books! My jaw dropped when I saw that these illustrated adaptations were only one dollar. As you can see…I went a little nuts. I regret nothing, though, except perhaps that I didn’t pick up the little dictionary, thesaurus, rhyme dictionary, and a few other books that were there. One dollar! Obviously these don’t replace the original texts, but for the two older boys who have really only started on chapter books seriously this year, they’re the perfect level and a great way to get them exposure to some classic literature.

Target Dollar Spot: Cheap Educational Reading

I’m fortunate in that I usually only have to provide educational material to the boys and they’ll just suck it right up. When I saw small $1 books about the 50 states, all US presidents, American historical figures as well as “cool” plants and insects, I didn’t even blink. Into the cart they went!

Wipe off Cards and Workbooks

Finally, I picked up these dry-erase workbooks and cards. They had a variety of regular workbooks there as well, but with four of the boys I’d have to buy four of each one I wanted to use! Dry erase works better for my budget, because each boy can do whichever ones they like (and more than once) with only one book.

There were also flash cards (alphabet, phonics, math facts), cardboard frame puzzles, small books for early readers (I believe I saw Disney princesses and Lightning McQueen), pens, markers, pencils, notebooks, square blank books (for kids to make their own stories in), dry erase boards with lines for writing, and more. If you’re looking for some fresh supplies and inspiration for your homeschooling, check out your local Dollar Spot.

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…No, I haven’t been paid or compensated in any way for this post. Too bad, too.

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