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Disclaimer-ish Greeting: Welcome to the grand pooh-bah of link lists! :thumbup1: I decided to post a list of educational programs for children that are currently available on YouTube (and a few bonus links to content available on other sites) as of 2/4/2014. Most of these were verified as working between 1/20/2014-2/4/2014. I cannot guarantee that these will always work or remain active. Some may be removed due to copyright violations, or due to the original posters removing the content from their channels. I tried to select programs that are currently unavailable through other sources such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, or WorldCAT (digital catalogs for inter-library loan). If you have an internet wizard in your life, you may be able to find entire seasons or other related content available for download or streaming online. However, I did not want to post things that may of questionable legal status here. All of my links are to things are legally posted under the educational clauses of the US and British copyright laws (to the best of my knowledge, anyway.) Some of these programs aired on PBS or other public television venues here in the US during the 1970s-2000s. Others were/are being made especially for YouTube by different groups and institutions or individual educators, hobbyists, collectors, or enthusiasts. Some of the audiobooks and radio shows are posted for archival purposes and are of mediocre quality. This list is geared towards younger children, pre-k and grammar stage mostly, with some logic stage friendly links mixed in. I may make another list for older children/teens in the future. This list is not perfect nor is it exhaustive. It has many gaps and I left a lot of content off. I wanted this list to be full of general reference points for other media-conscious parents and homeschoolers to consult for educational and entertainment purposes. Please be aware that some of this content may not be available to users from outside of the United States. There is nothing I can do about that, sorry. :( Happy viewing and listening! :D ~Nerdy H. Bird PS - This is an ongoing project for me. I am an extreme link hoarder with multiple computers and YouTube accounts. If you have a request or are looking for a particular resources in the YouTube-a-verse, shoot me a PM and I will try to help you find it somewhere on the interwebs. I will be adding to these lists periodically and doing my best to keep it current for now. !!!!!!!IMPORTANT!!!!!!! - Click "show" below to view complete lists of updates and additions. The actual lists will begin in the following posts. ;)
A little background: I have two kids. DS6 is now in PS 1st grade and actually doing well after homeschooling until Dec of last year (I agonized and still do over PS). DD4 (almost 5) will go to K next year and we are homeschooling pre-K like I did with DS. I know any mom of many would smile and tell me they could have told me all kids are unique and their own person. And of course I know that. But sometimes it is so clear!! So I just started on lessons 1 and 2 of AAR1. Yesterday we were doing a little activity with ice cream cut outs. She was supposed to read the words, find the rhyming pair (tan-Jan) and make a two scoop ice cream cone. Well - while I started DS half way through RR1 - I know he would have made the ice creams with glue and that would have been it. No coloring or real relish. DD??!?!? She created an ice cream stand. Each set of scoops was its own flavor. It was colorful and took her longer than 30 minutes to finish all the different combinations. We did not "finish" what I had planned for us to do. We couldn't finish! She was too excited to go to her room and use her plastic ice cream food and plastic donuts and create an ice cream stand for her dolls. She had a great time. However, it was SO MUCH FUN for her, that the words were an annoyance she had to go through to make the ice creams. It became a super fun craft. We are certainly not "done" with lesson 2. And that is ok. I am not complaining. I am just remarking that kids are so different and adorable in their own ways. She is learning at her own pace and I just hope to make sure that academically she is like the kids who are going to fancy all day preschools around here. And now that I have one kid in PS I have a pretty good idea of what she is expected to know (use scissors, read some CVC words, write all letters, her name and numbers to 10). We are good :)