Looking to use videos to supplement your child’s school? Here are the 7 Best Places to Find Educational Videos for Your Kids.
In the last few weeks, I made the decision to do something that I have put off doing for several years.
I finally broke down and got the boys a phone.
Am I the last Mom on the planet with tweens to do this?! According to the boys I am.
I gave into computer games and video games years ago, but I’ve held off on the phone until now.
I’ve had some concerns, but it was time to address them and move on.
All Moms want to make sure their kids are safe online. We’ve talked a lot about phone safety and what is ok and isn’t for them. There is no perfect system, but I do feel like they are responsible in this regard.
My next concern was the cost. I really didn’t want to add another $150+ cell phone bill to our family expenses. (Especially since there are two of them!)
I was thrilled when I learned about Straight Talk Wireless, which has reasonably priced plans that are ideally suited to children.
Straight Talk Wireless has nationwide coverage on America’s Largest and most dependable networks. If you are looking for a smartphone for your child and want to stick to a budget, the Straight Talk LG Premier LTE smartphone is on rollback at Walmart for just $99. Or, if your child has a phone they love and you want to bring your own phone to Straight Talk, you may be able to do this. (Straight Talk’s Bring Your Own Phone plan requires a compatible, unlocked phone, activation kit and Straight Talk service plan. User may need to change the phone’s Access Point Name Settings.)
My final concern was that they would end up spending all their time on their devices playing games. Ever the negotiator, Alex pointed out that they had watched quite a few educational videos on my iPad as a supplement to our school the year before, and that if they had their own phones they wouldn’t have to borrow.
That got me to thinking about how many amazing resources must be out there beyond what we had already explored.
After a little digging, here are the 7 Best Places to Find Educational Videos for Your Kids.
This is a truly amazing resource where you can sort by grade, subject and media type. I love that they have videos that explain math concepts – especially now that the boys are getting older and math was never my strongest subject.
National Geographic Kids has a wide variety of exciting videos that your kids will love. It is an excellent way to get your kids excited by science, whether they are interested in space or animals! They also have a curated Nat Geo Kids YouTube channel.
3. Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary is a fabulous resource with videos for preschoolers through 5th grade. It covers Math, Science, and Language Arts.
NeoK12 is a subject driven database filled with educational videos, lessons and games for K-12 students. I really like the wide variety of subjects covered – life science, geography, history, math, english and more! One of my sons is particularly interested in geography and we will be using this resource a lot!
In addition to a wide selection of educational games, Learning Games for Kids also offers educational songs and videos. They have preschool and kindergarten videos, science songs, slow motion science and science experiments.
6. Brain Pop
We have used Brain Pop with the boys for years and I can’t say enough great things about it! When we were homeschooling and they would give me grief about getting started, it would always smooth things over to start with Brain Pop. They still remember things that they watched years ago! There is free and paid content.
Kids.gov has a wide variety of videos geared towards students from K through 8th grade. In addition to all the standard topics (math, science, etc.), they also have sections on art and mustic, online saftey, exercise and eating healthy, government, healthy and safety and money.
I’ll have to say, the cell phone journey hasn’t been nearly as bad as I had expected. Between the educational websites and getting sweet texts like the one below when I’m out running errands, it is a leap I am glad that I made.
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