I’m always looking for fun educational videos and apps to supplement my homeschooling efforts. Sometimes I feel such a huge load on my shoulders when homeschooling my kids. I’ve learned to take advantage of all the awesome resources out there. I’ve found Youtube to be very helpful when teaching certain lessons, but it can also be a little time consuming trying to find the “good” ones. You have to be careful too using youtube for kids because you never know what you’re going to get. I’ve done some looking around over the past year or so and have found some great educational videos, apps and websites. Here are my top ten favorites.
I love the Veggie Tales DVD’s. Cute and fun cartoons that teach valuable lessons right out of the Bible. Their most recent one is called: Lettuce Love One Another! comes out just in time for Valentine’s Day, as it explores valuable lessons about love and putting others first!
This is such a great website, full of educational videos on animals, nature, science and space. The kids could spend hours watching these videos and I wouldn’t mind one bit.
Kids learn best by seeing and doing. This website has an amazing selection of educational videos, lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles. Categories include: physical science, life science, earth and space, human body, geography, social studies, history, math and english.
With a Netflix membership you can get instant access to hundreds of educational shows from Sid the Science Kid, Word World, Leap Frog, to Documentaries and anything and everything. My kids really the the TV series, How it’s Made.
This is one of my most favorite apps.
TeachMe: Kindergarten is an educational iPhone app which teaches four different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling. Parents can select which subjects they want, set different difficulty levels, and even choose specific questions. Parents can review performance history for each subject to check how their child is doing.
TeachMe: Kindergarten keeps children engaged with a rather unique reward system where children earn a coin for every three correct answers. Coins can then be used to purchase stickers to place in fun sticker scenes or to purchase items for the new virtual aquarium. Sticker scenes can be exported as wallpaper or emailed to family and friends.
The simple and intuitive user interface is designed to be child friendly, which allows children to play without help from an adult. An animated teacher (Mimi Mouse) gives verbal instructions and feedback to the child which makes learning fun.
This is a great website for pre k and kindergarten. They have a few apps too which is always nice.
Starfall is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.
Oh Pinterest… how I love thee…
Seriously, I would say that Pinterest is probably my favorite website these days. I could spend hours on there. It has been the best homeschooling resource for me by far. I use Pinterest for everything now. Meal planning, school activities and craft planning, hair styles for Lily, science experiments, ect. Decorating, organization tips, which of course I can’t get enough of, and so many fun ideas for the holidays. The list goes on and on and on. That’s why I need to start limiting my Pinterest usage. It can be way addicting.
Here are some of our recent school projects, inspired by Pinterest.
Ice cube tray, label maker, and candy for preschool math.
We were learning about habitats and dioramas.
We made a parking lot for Oliver’s cars. It’s a fun way to help your preschooler recognize letters and site words. I would just call out a letter and he would drive one of his cars into the parking space. He really enjoyed this one.
I just love Signing Time. I’ve been using these DVD’s since Lily was a baby. It’s so fun to be able to communicate with you baby. Brooklyn watches these videos and is always signing now. She can say, “more”, “eat”, and “drink” so far. Cutest thing ever!
American Sign Language stimulates learning through different senses. Sign language is a blessing for children that are “visual”, “spatial” or “tactile learners.” Learning a second language raises your child’s IQ. One in ten Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Knowing a few signs can give your child the confidence to engage and interact with a deaf child rather than both children feeling awkward and helpless.
The Quirkles is a fun website that explores science through phonics. They have a fun youtube channel which shows a ton of different science experiments you can do with your kids. They also have a website where you can buy all kinds of different things to go along with the experiments. Such a fun way to teach science.
In most classrooms there’s not much science happening. For one thing, in the early elementary years, so much time is devoted to reading and literacy development, there’s little time for everything else. And because most elementary teachers do not have a strong science background themselves, they are often afraid to tackle the subject. Finally, to make science hands-on and interactive, it takes a lot of time to research and gather materials.
Research suggests that by fourth grade, most students say they hate science. Why? Their exposure has been limited to reading assignments in traditional texts and then answering questions at the end of the chapter. How boring is that? Learning about science is like driving a car or learning to ski! Granted, you need to study the subject, but it’s not fun or often meaningful until you get in and do it!
The Quirkles® were created to address all these issues. These 26 imaginary scientists help children every day, all over the world, develop a love and appreciation for science. They offer a fresh new way to integrate literacy and science at school, for educational programs, or at home. Vocabulary builders, two related science experiments, and a character education lesson are also included in each of the 26 alphabet-series books. The Quirkles® create excitement for reading and science through whimsical illustrations, alliteration, and fun hands-on science.
The Quirkles® offer a multitude of differentiated learning opportunities for older/more advanced students too. These science concepts are robust! From an introduction and shared reading experience for the youngest learners, to an independent reading or mentoring experience for older children, the Quirkles® offers something for everyone.
-Lovable animated monkey helps kids along as they play the games.
-Dozens of sounds and voice recordings of colors, letters, fruit names, and more.
-Animated Stickers! Kids get a sticker reward after every other game they win.
-Designed for preschoolers — no confusing menus or navigation.
-Unlimited play! Each game flows right into the next.