One of the great things about living in the digital age is the incredible amount of information available to us at the click of a button! It’s a great time to be a homeschooler!
While we do get a lot of our information from textbooks, we frequently utilize online resources in our homeschool. I’ve recently come to greatly appreciate YouTube – there really is a video out there for almost anything you can think of!
With YouTube you do need to be especially careful about internet safety. Even if you have all your filters set to protect your kids, you may want to keep an eye on the advertisements that play before the video. Surprisingly, even if it’s clearly a children’s video, the ads may be geared toward adult audiences. I prefer to start the video and sit through the ad myself and cue it up to the start of the video before I have the children come to the computer.
While there are TONS of great videos and channels out there, here is a list of my favorite educational youtube video channels for kids!
Khan Academy – Hundreds of videos about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Socratica – High-quality educational videos about science, math, the arts, and more.
Crash Course – Tons of awesome courses in World History, Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Biology, Literature, U.S. Government and Politics, and more.
Smithsonian – Learn from the experts in art, design, history, culture, science and technology.
Liberty Kids – Full episodes of this popular educational show. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure!
History Channel – Full documentaries from the History Channel.
BIO – Mini biographies of famous icons, discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths.
Geography Now – The first and only Youtube Channel that actively attempts to cover profiles on every single country of the world.
Veritasium – Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.
TED-Ed – TED-Ed is a growing library of animated educational videos on a variety of topics.
National Geographic Kids – An exciting, new digital channel where curious kids can explore their world with videos full of amazing animals, surprising adventures and fascinating facts.
Minute Physics – Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.
The Spangler Effect – He’s the science teacher you always wanted to have in school. Things just happen to fizz, pop, smoke and explode, and before you know it, you’re a part of his learning experience. His passion is to find the most creative ways to make learning fun. His methods might be unconventional, but the goal is to turn ordinary science experiments into unforgettable learning experiences. And when it happens, it’s called the Spangler Effect.
V Sauce – Mind-blowing experiments and facts.
Kids Animal Channel – The videos range from the endangered, to the wild, to the cute, scary and even weird animals!
NOVA PBS – NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on television reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. NOVA’s mission is to make science accessible to viewers so that they can better understand the world around them.
Sick Science – Cool science experiments you can do at home.
Make Me Genius – If you love science, this is the right place for you. This channel includes educational videos, quiz games, experiments, project ideas, activities and presentations for kids.
Coma Niddy – This isn’t your ordinary science channel. Here you will find catchy science raps, rants, skits, and parodies on topics like Nanotechnology, Astronomy, Physics, Dinosaurs and more.
Simple Science – Short, educational science videos.
SciShow – SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!
NASA – NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. To do that, we have worked around the world — and off it — for more than 50 years, searching for answers to fundamental questions about our place in the universe. We’re exploring space and discovering Earth. Join us for this exciting and important journey.
ELF Kids Videos – This channel includes a mix of animated songs, vocabulary-based videos for EFL/ESL children, and alphabet, phonics and reading videos for young learners to enjoy.
The Grammerheads – Fun songs to help you rock your writing!
Mathantics – Great math videos for visual learners.
Numberphile – Videos about numbers – it’s that simple.
Busy Beavers – Great videos for toddlers, preshoolers, kindergarten kids and elementary school ESL students around the world.
The Learning Station – Featuring some of the most popular Learning Station songs filled with active participation; play along activities, movement songs and dances.
Kids TV123 – Educational songs and videos for children, toddlers and babies.
Have Fun Teaching – Fun songs and videos about sight words, counting, fitness, and more.
Arts & Crafts
Cool School – Cool School is a world of Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Crafts For Kids, Educational videos, and more – always telling stories that kids and parents can both love.
PBS Idea Channel – A PBS show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art.
I love that there are great new channels popping up all the time!
Do you or your kids have a favorite educational YouTube channel or video to add to this list?
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