As homeschoolers, we are very lucky to be able to use a variety of resources to teach our children, and as science already tells us, we all learn differently. Some kids are very good at picking up academic knowledge the way it is being taught at schools, and others need much more to learn that just a teacher and a blackboard.
My son, a dyslexic, loves watching educational videos and listening to songs. Ever since we started homeschooling a year ago, I have been using videos and songs to teach him. That way of learning allows him to retain information and with consistent and steady revision he can remember the lessons we are learning. I’ve decided that sharing some of our YouTube finds with other homeschooling families would be an excellent way to kick off 2019:
Peekaboo Kidz – Little M. loves this channel and Dr Binocs. Easy to follow animations and Dr Binocs’ calm voice is what attracts him to this channel making my homeschooling job so much easier.
TED-Ed – of course not all lessons are appropriate for all the age groups, but man, don’t I love TED-Ed. The animations we have watched so far are innovative and nicely scripted, which makes them fun to watch. Kids, who resonate well with visual learning, will surely respond well to this channel.
Now You Know About – it is not a channel that we use often, but now and then, when we try to find information about famous people that have changed the course of our world, we look for videos on Now You Know About. It is a very good resource when you are covering history lessons and want to know a bit more about famous historical influencers ☺
Hopscotch – I think this is my son’s favourite channel; he loves the songs and that is the way he always learns the most. If your child, just like mine, learns quickly through music, this is undoubtedly a channel you should subscribe to.
MocomiKids – we use this channel for geography and environmental videos, but the channel offers much more than that. I would strongly suggest visiting this one, especially if you are teaching your child about the environment and the Earth.
SciShow Kids – if your child is interested in science and experimenting with science, this channel will help you in your pursuit of scientific knowledge. There are plenty of videos you will find useful. My son likes the channel but sometimes finds the presenter talking way too fast and he has a hard time following her. But surely still worth checking up.
Ten Minute History – if you are covering history with your child, you may want to check out Ten Minute History channel. I have not seen all of the videos, as we are still doing the Ancient Rome, but I think it’s worth having this channel on your resources list.
BBC Teach – I have not been using BBC Tech for that long, but it’s BBC, so you can expect good quality programming. What is surprising though, is that the channel doesn’t have as many subscribers as some of the indie channels do. Not all videos are going to be suitable for every child so make sure you watch them before you introduce them to your younger students.
Learning Junction – Little M. and I have just discovered this channel and haven’t watched more than two videos. However, from what I can see, there is a variety of subjects covered, so always worth checking out when you are preparing your lessons.
National Geographic – if you are looking for one of a kind videos to make your lessons more interesting, I would recommend checking out National Geographic channel. It’s National Geographic so no wonder that the quality of the footage is going to stand out, and you will be able to find videos about unique and unusual subjects because National Geographic has mind-blowing access to places.
Free School – Free School has a pretty comprehensive selection of videos. The channel runners have created playlists, which will make your life easier while looking for recourses.
Also, use YouTube as your search engine (just the way you use Google) to find the subjects you are after. In our case, the past year shows that we usually stick to the same channels, while working through our lessons. But this is what works for our family. You may find that having multiple of various channels is what you need for your child to stay focused.