Streaming and Learning

Not all that long ago, the only time I ever thought about using the TV (in any way) in my homeschooling, would have been if we needed a sick day for mom. And mom would have to have been really sick to default to that, lol.

But, how does that Bob Dylan song go? Times they are a changin’.

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Streaming video services have been on the rise. Why wouldn’t they be? They are cheaper than cable and you basically have everything on demand; you’re not looking through a guide waiting for something to air at a certain time or on a certain channel. Just as with so many aspects of technology, streaming video services are becoming valuable to homeschooling families, and not just for the latest season of The Flash! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do your kiddos have an interest in bees? There’s a documentary for that. Are they interested in cooking? There’s a TV show for that. Maybe as family, you guys are interested in learning about other world cultures? Yep, you can find films for that.

Here are a few links that have been recommended by other homeschoolers, covering many ages/grade levels:

**DISCLAIMER — only you as a parent can judge what’s appropriate for your kiddos. Goes without saying, but please understand that these suggestions come from many homeschooling families, each with different ideals and belief systems. ๐Ÿ™‚

Netflix

Amazon Prime Video

YouTube

Do you have favorites that you’ve discovered? Add them in the comments below and we’ll update our list to include them!

 

 

Free Trials, Giveaways and More…

Most homeschoolers are frugal. In this day and age, most everyone is frugal. If you can try before you buy, or win stuff, or find a way to get something for free, you’re going to. Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

In that spirit, and knowing many homeschooling parents are browsing curricula and programs/websites to use for their upcoming school year, here are a few opportunities to enter a giveaway or get a couple of free trials:

Science4Us is an excellent resource for elementary science. They have just launched their homeschool review program, which gives you free access for 30 days, in exchange for your review of your experience. Click on the image below to learn more. image001

Time4Learning is an interactive, online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. Homeschoolers can use it as a core/complete program, they can use it to supplement other materials, they can use as a way to prevent summer learning loss, etc. They are currently offering a free 14-day trial to a limited number of folks, so if you’re interested, follow this link to learn more and sign up: Time4Learning Forums – FREE 14-day Trials

Secular Homeschool has a great giveaway for July. One lucky winner will receive a prize package worth $75. To enter, just follow this link:ย Secular Homeschool July 2014 Giveaway – All About Spelling

Know of any other giveaways or free trial opportunities? Please chime in and share in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Elementary Science

If you’re here, then you already know we love all things electronic/techie/gadgety/online. ๐Ÿ˜€

Knowing that, it would make sense to share when we find something that appeals to us, and would more than likely appeal to our readers. With that, I’d like to let you know about a new elementary homeschool science program called Science4Us.

The Science4Us curriculum is a complete, standards-based, core science curriculum that delivers digital science experiences to early elementary students. While it would be a perfect addition to any homeschool, it would also be a great supplemental program for those in public/private schools.

They have some great interactive demos for both teachers/parents AND students! Head on over, give it a look, and come back and let me know what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚