We love to watch educational videos while we eat lunch. It's a fun, easy way to sneak a little more learning into our day. The following are all the ones we love. We get them any way we can: check out from the library, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, or buying the DVD's off Amazon on sale.
The videos in this series move pretty fast and seem to be lacking in content. So, not good for a definitive study of a particular subject, but they sure are visually interesting and may spark a kids' curiosity enough to inspire them to do more studying on their own.
This brand makes a huge variety of videos for all grades in all subjects. They are produced specifically for schools, so they're pretty thorough. That means mom loves the educational content, but the kids aren't always enthusiastic because the entertainment value is low.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
The Magic School Bus
I grew up on these two shows! They're hilarious and a great way to learn all kinds of science concepts.
Even though this Alton Brown show is made with adults in mind, he's just so silly that my kids find it entertaining. We just skip the episodes on coffee and liquor. The great thing about this show is that it teaches cooking along with how it relates to science and history.
This is an historical fiction cartoon set in 1700's America. It covers United States history leading up to, including, and after the Revolutionary War.
I remember watching the Kratt brothers' old animal shows "Kratt's Creatures" and "Zoboomafoo" when I was a kid. This new version is a favorite of my kids. They've learned so much about all kinds of animals and habitats.
Horrible Histories (UK)
I can't even remember now how I stumbled on this show, but I'm so glad I did! Sometimes it makes us laugh so hard our sides hurt. They take the silly, disgusting, and weird things that happened in history and present them in a sketch-comedy format. My greatest sadness in life is that they were never aired in the USA so it's hard to watch them here. DVDs for sale on Amazon are not formatted for our players, Hulu used to sometimes have episodes for free viewing, but now they are a paid service I won't pay for, Netflix doesn't have it, and the BBC keeps removing clips that people put on Youtube. Sigh. If you ever have the opportunity to watch it, jump on it!
I've seen the newer Schoolhouse Rock: Earth! DVD and was not impressed. But the old ones from the 70s, 80s, and 90s are awesome and timeless. History, government, science, grammar, money, and numbers are all covered by these catchy songs.
What are your favorite educational shows to share with your kids? Did I miss any great ones?