Saturday, December 15, 2012

Homeschool Online: Video Resources

Do you have a visual learner? You likely do as most of us enjoy viewing exciting media.  I am finding that my children can learn and retain more facts when accompanied by interesting, captivating video images.  I have fun watching and learning along with them!  There is little doubt that adding video to your homeschool will make your family learning more fun.

One aspect of video learning is that I get to sit down and watch and learn with my children.  This makes for great discussions and a chance for them to ask me questions.

In my quest to find more options for online videos (and avoid overdue fines at our local library), I have found more great online homeschool resources.

Take a look at some of these:

--Discovery Education Streaming, a product normally only available to schools or school districts, is being offered to homeschoolers through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.  Thousands of videos, video clips, photographs, clip art and audio books and audio podcasts are available for all topics for K-12 grade levels.  Also available are lesson plans and quizzes.  A list of topics is available on the Homeschool Buyers Co-op site.  This one is a keeper for us.  At $199 for a one-year subscription for my two children to watch and listen to unlimited topics, I am sold. 

Me at the computer to my husband: "I need $200 dollars, quick! This sounds so good!"
Hubby: "What? Where did that come from and what are you talking about?"

--PBS is leading the way in providing excellent free content online, including full shows of popular programs like NOVA, a favorite of my science-loving son.  It is true however, that all of us in the family enjoy watching these very well-produced shows that make science very accessible and interesting.  From arts to history to your favorite dramas, you can find it all for free and watch full episodes.  Find a show to match a current topic you are teaching in your homeschool and watch away!

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