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#1 Chris in VA

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:39 AM

Anyone have a list or know of one posted somewhere? This is for sil who is just starting homeschool. They don't have tv. She's looking for things she can get from netflix or at the library. I told her about United Streaming.

I found a list at Paula's, but it's too advanced.

#2 whitestavern


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:16 AM

A great book for her to look for would be "Learning with the Movies" by Beth Holland. It lists all types of educational movies by subject. I have a 1st & 3rd grader and there were quite a lot of choices for that age range. There is also this website:


These may be too old for elementary age, but she can wade through and see.


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:38 AM

Nature documentaries. There are zillions on Netflix and my dc and us grownups always enjoy them. It is a lovely way to fill a long car ride (if you have DVD) or spend a quiet evening. The kids love them so much. The reviews on netflix help me pick promising ones and we are rarely disappointed. The Galapogos Islands ones were a recent lovely find. Soooo cool!

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:42 PM

- Let's See How They Grow series
- Schoolhouse Rock: Science
- Magic School Bus series
- Eyewitness series

- Sonlight Curriculum: "Discover and Do" -- experiments from Usborne science books done live

Schlessinger Media at www.libraryvideo.com:
- "Animal Life for Children" series
- "Earth Science for Children" series
- "Ecosystems for Children" series
- "Energy for Children" series
- "Health for Children" series
- "Human Body for Children" series
- "Physical Science for Children" series
- "Weather for Children" series

- Schoolhouse Rock: History
- Liberty's Kids
- Nest Family videos/DVDs (Bible, History, Biographies) -- www.nestfamily.com/ (expensive, so look for these used on ebay)

- There Goes a Bulldozer series
- a video/DVD that teaches you how to do something (ex: how to rollerskate)
- a video/DVD that teaches you how a skill (ex: sign language)
- a video/DVD that shows you what something is like (ex: how something is made, or life on a farm, etc.)

- Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever
- Leapfrog: Math Circus
- Schoolhouse Rock: Math

- Richard Scarry's Best ABCs Video Ever
- Richard Scarry's Best Learning Video Ever
- Leapfrog: Letter Factory
- Leapfrog: Talking Words Factory
- Leapfrog: Talking Words Factory II
- Leapfrog: Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory
- Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

It may sound silly, but my kids (and I) have learned a lot from the Magic School Bus DVDs. The kids LOVE them. After we watch an episode I ask them to tell me two things they learned, and the retention is amazing.

:iagree: Both of my girls love MSB. I use the episodes to add on to science and even history sometimes (like All Dried Up).

They also adore the School House Rock DVD.

#6 Angela in TN

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:34 AM

From netflix I have to give a big plug to the "Popular Mechanics for Kids" series. They are the greatest thing science wise and the boys watch them over and over before we send them back. You can check them out here for a list of titles. My boys are 9 & 5. :)

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:44 AM

My kids have loved Bill Nye videos from the library. It's a shame they're so expensive or I'd buy them to have at home.

Another big hit here is the Electric Company. It's a blast from the past, but it does reinforce reading skills beyond the K/1 level and who can resist the clothes!?!

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:46 AM

Netflix has lots of episodes of the PBS show Nature. My kids love that one. They also have a bunch of BBC documentaries, such as Walking with Cavemen and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.


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Posted 24 August 2008 - 08:55 AM

Questar's "Getting Ahead" series is fabulous. My son loves watching the math ones, and the Life Science (in the Primary Science set) one is amazing.


My library carries them. Ask your about carrying them.

Or, Amazon has them for $53.99 a set (a little pricey).

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:53 PM

My kids are loving the BBCs Planet Earth and The Blue Planet that we've borrowed from our library:) We plan to buy both series eventually.