Over the course of our homeschooling years, we used many video supplements in our studies. But sometimes we found that either the documentary was too long, did not adequately answer our questions, or were so dull that the kids really did not pay attention.
Enter the world of YouTube. YouTube provides a seemingly endless supply of video presentations on just about any topic you can think of and has the added convenience of being available on your computer, tablet, or other smart device anytime and anywhere you have internet access. The YouTube Channels subscription feature can also be a great tool for keeping track of all your favorites.
Here are a few channels to check out targeted for elementary school age children to get you started.
Math Mammoth – Maria Miller, math teacher and passionate homeschool math advocate and creator of homeschooling favorite math curriculum, Math Mammoth, provides a wonderful library of bite-size math lessons.
SciShow Kids – Join hosts Jessi, Mister Brown, and Squeaks the Robot Lab Rat on fun adventures exploring science topics such as plants and animals, dinosaurs, aeronautics, astronomy, physical science, engineering, and much more. Many of the videos are structured to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Geared especially for young learners grades 1-3.
Read Kids – Colorful, short videos to use in teaching children phonics, sight words, sentence structure parts of speech, and more.
A Kid Explains History – Learn about American and world history, civics, historical figures and more with this growing collection of videos hosted by a young man named Quinn. What is fun about this channel is that the video collection began in 2015 when Quinn was 8 years old and he is still adding new videos regularly.
MyGo! Sign Language for Kids - ASL – You will find full length episodes from the popular kids show from Moonbug Entertainment as well as shorter videos that teach ASL sign language in a fun and engaging way.
Note: As always, be sure to preview all of these suggested channels and videos prior to allowing students to visit to determine if the content is appropriate for your family.