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Homeschooling With Netflix

Updated on May 4, 2017

Many people think of Netflix as a great way to watch movies through streaming or DVD deliveries. You may never have thought of using it as part of your homeschool curriculum. But Netflix is actually a great homeschooling tool. If you look on their Just for Kids menu, you will see links to Science and Nature, Dinosaurs, Ocean Adventures and Wild Kingdom. You'll find shows that cover math, language arts, science, nature, geography and history.

If you are currently a Netflix subscriber, you already have access to their educational content. If not, it costs $7.99 a month for streaming and another $7.99 a month for DVD deliveries. I currently only have streaming but I still find it very useful. Netflix offers a free trial, so you can try it out and see if it would be useful to you.

Educational Content

Netflix offers both documentaries and TV shows. Several educational shows like Dora the Explorer, Dinosaur Train, Blues Clues, and Super Why are available. Several Leapfrog shows like Math Adventures on the Moon and Numbers Ahoy are available for preschoolers. Older kids will enjoy shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy (science), Beakman's World (science), Martha Speaks and WordGirl (language arts), CyberChase (math) and Gadget Boy's Adventures In History.

For teens, you will find documentaries from the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery and NOVA. There are also episodes of shows like Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, How It's Made, Dude What Would Happen, and Walking With Beasts. You can also find some Shakespeare performances and operas to expose older kids to classic literature and the arts.

You can try searching different keywords like science and nature, math, geography of China, vocabulary, etc. to find shows. You'll find even more options if you go with both a DVD and streaming plan.

Netflix has many great shows for homeschoolers
Netflix has many great shows for homeschoolers

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      JoanCA 4 years ago

      Thanks Daughter Of Maat. The science offerings are the strongest in my opinion. It's a great way to supplement what's learned in books.

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I use Netflix all the time for science class. It's a wonderful resource and keeps my daughter engaged which is difficult since she has ADHD! Great Hub!

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      JoanCA 4 years ago

      Thanks pstraubie48. It really is a great resource for the price.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right. Netflix is a great source for nonfiction subject matter that can be a jumping off place for discussion, research, and writing assignments.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Sending Angels your way today :) ps