Educational YouTube Video Channels for Kids

30+ Educational Youtube Channels for Kids! Videos for everything from history to science to art!

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!

Multiple Subjects

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.

History

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.

Science

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.

Language Arts

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!

Math

Mathantics – Great math videos for visual learners.

Numberphile – Videos about numbers – it’s that simple.

Preschool

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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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

40 Chapter Books for Girls

40 great chapter books for girls (ages 7-10)!

After all the work I put into creating my son’s reading list of 40 “boy” books, I figured making my daughter’s list of “girl” books would be a piece of cake. After all, I am a girl and I’ve always enjoyed reading.

Boy, was I wrong! I read plenty of books growing up, but not many classics, and, apparently, not many “girl” books. (When I refer to “girl” books, I merely mean books with a female point of view and/or main character.) So, this list proved to be quite a challenge!

I wanted these books to have a good plot, an inspiring female character, to be wholesome, on my daughter’s reading level, and to be “classics” or have the potential to become a classic. My daughter is an 8 year old advanced reader, so most of these books are for the 7-10 year old age range.

I hope my daughter enjoys her reading list this year and I look forward to introducing my son to several of these classics as well!

40 Chapter Books for Girls

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A Little Princess
All of a Kind Family
Amelia Bedelia
Anne of Green Gables
Ballet Shoes
Because of Winn-Dixie
Caddie Woodlawn
Charlotte’s Web
Clementine
Ella Enchanted
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Gooney Bird Greene
Half Magic
Heidi
In Grandma’s Attic
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Little House in the Big Woods
Mary Poppins
Matilda
Miracles on Maple Hill
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Pippi Longstocking
Pocahontas and the Strangers
Pollyanna
Roxie and the Hooligans
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Strawberry Girl
The Courage of Sarah Noble
The Doll People
The Hundred Dresses
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Moffats
The Railway Children
The Secret Garden
The Year of Miss Agnes
The Wizard of Oz
Understood Betsy
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Are there any other classic “girl” books you would add to this list?

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

40 Chapter Books for Boys

40 great chapter books for boys (ages 9-12)!

Weird. Funny. Exciting. Gross.

That is the criteria for choosing boy books. Well, according to my son, anyway.

As a girl, I grew up reading American Girl and Nancy Drew books and while I definitely think my son appreciates classics like A Little Princess and the Little House series, I am always on the lookout for gross/funny/exciting/weird books that he can enjoy.

So, this year I decided his literature reading list would be compiled entirely of classic “boy” books! In addition to meeting his above criteria, I chose these books because they are told from a boy’s point of view and/or have a boy protagonist.

The books on this list cover a variety of topics, time periods, reading levels, and genres. My son is 10 years old, so most of these books are for the 9-12 year old age range.

I hope my son enjoys his reading list this year and I look forward to introducing my daughter to several of these classics as well!

40 Chapter Books for Boys

Along Came a Dog
Around the World in Eighty Days
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Beowulf: A Hero’s Tale Retold
Call It Courage
Castle Diary
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
George Muller (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Holes
Homer Price
How to Eat Fried Worms
James and the Giant Peach
MacBeth: For Kids
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
My Side of the Mountain
Peter Pan
Robinson Crusoe
Stuart Little
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Apple and the Arrow
The Borrowers 
The Castle in the Attic

The Door in the Wall
The Dragon of Lonely Island
The Hobbit
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Kite Fighters
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Matchlock Gun
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Tale of Despereaux
The Twenty-One Balloons
Treasure Island
Where the Red Fern Grows

Are there any other classic “boy” books you would add to this list?

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Our First Day of Homeschool | 2013 – 2014 School Year

Our First Day of Homeschool

Yesterday was our first day of homeschool for the 2013-2014 school year! Since we school year ’round, it was really just a reboot. I like to make the day fun and add in some new curriculum. Things didn’t exactly go as planned, but overall, it was a good day!

Our First Day of Homeschool

The kids slept until almost 9 am (!!!) so we got a bit of a late start. This did give me plenty of time to have some much-needed quiet time in God’s word, shower and dress, and mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.

Our First Day of Homeschool

My daughter was up first and she helped me make pancakes. We made chocolate chip pancakes and I personalized a couple of them with the kids’ first initials. They loved them, of course!

Our First Day of Homeschool

In addition to starting our day late, I was also having some stomach issues. I ate something with gluten the day before and it was bothering my stomach. Thankfully I felt better after lunch – it was a pretty mild reaction since it was only a small amount of gluten. I really should know better by now, but I always think “oh, I’ll be fine!”….that is, until I’m not fine!

Our First Day of Homeschool

Our First Day of Homeschool

First things first – torturing the kids with first-day-of-school pics! Haha! It was really bright outside so the kids are squinting in most of them, but I did manage to get a few cute ones! 😉

Our First Day of Homeschool

We started with our catechism and that went great since the kids are already pretty familiar with the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. There are five lessons per unit and since we started on a Tuesday, we went ahead and did the second lesson and read Genesis 1. It was really perfect how it worked out because Genesis 1 was also discussed in our science lesson! I love it when things work out like that! I’ll just pretend I planned it that way – ha!

Our First Day of Homeschool

Gotta have coffee!

Spelling was completed with only a little bit of grumbling (it’s their least favorite subject). I do try to make it fun by putting the words into silly sentences though.

Our First Day of Homeschool

Our First Day of Homeschool

Our First Day of Homeschool

For history I was disappointed that we didn’t finish our lesson last week, so we started mid-lesson. We all enjoyed learning about Gregory I and then sang the hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” which is based on the Gregorian chant.

Our First Day of Homeschool

Our First Day of Homeschool

For science we just had an introductory lesson to Earth Science. We also did a small activity to demonstrate the second law of thermodynamics. The kids always love the activities, big or small!

Our First Day of Homeschool

Then we got to the fun part – Latin! We started a new Latin curriculum and watched the introductions the day before so we were pretty excited to begin. For the very first lesson, it was a little harder than I was expecting. My son picked up on it easily, but my daughter struggled. I’m considering having her wait another year or so. She is very smart, but she is a perfectionist and very competitive. (Poor girl, she got it from her mama, so I feel her pain!) She was very upset that her brother did better than her on the worksheet and she had a bit of a meltdown. It was a good enough excuse to take a break, so we stopped for lunch.

Our First Day of Homeschool

After lunch I read from our new read aloud King Arthur and the Round Table. Then I realized how late it was and that we had to get going in order to get all our errands done. I told the kids to bring their workbooks and they could do their independent work while we were out, but my son forgot his books and we got home way too late for them to do their work. :(

Our First Day of Homeschool

Reading a new library book in the car.

I also forgot to do geography! UGH.

We were all exhausted by the end of the day, but we did get a lot done, considering it was an errand day!

Even though things didn’t go exactly as planned, there were still so many things I enjoyed about our first homeschool day:

  • learning right alongside my kids
  • praying, reading from the bible, singing hymns, and discussing Christ during our lessons.
  • seeing my children progress, celebrating their triumphs, and helping them when they struggle

Homeschooling is hard, but it’s completely worth it. On the really hard days, I have to repeat that – it’s worth it…it’s worth it…it’s worth it…

If you’re curious, you can see the complete list of homeschool curriculum we’re using this year.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum | RealFoodEnthusiast.com

I always love to see which curriculum other homeschooling parents choose! It is such a tough decision! There are so many different curriculum choices that it’s usually overwhelming.

The first couple of years of homeschooling I bounced all over the place with my choices, but now we seem to have settled into which ones work for us. I’ve considered switching out a couple that I’m not crazy about, but the kids are doing fine with them and there’s nothing exactly “wrong” with them, so I’m sticking with them for now. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

For this school year our daughter will be 7-8 years old and in the 2nd grade and our son will be 9-10 years old and in the 4th grade. Math and language arts are completed independently and we’ll do the rest of the subjects together.

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.comBibleStudying God’s Word – Book B

We went through this book a couple of years ago, but we stopped because my husband decided he didn’t want the kids memorizing the children’s catechism because it would be confusing to try to switch to memorizing the shorter catechism later. I’ve decided we’re going to go through the book again and instead of memorizing the children’s catechism from the book, this time we’ll memorize a few of the Westminster shorter catechism questions (not all of them – I am definitely not up for that challenge!!).

I really love this book and I’m glad we’re going to go through it again. Each week focuses on 1-3 catechism questions. The first day you work on memorizing the question, day two is Scripture reading and vocabulary, day three is a Bible story, day four is a written exercise, and day five is an activity. I love that there is a different lesson each day of the week that reinforces the doctrine we’re learning.

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.comMathSingapore

We’ve been using Singapore since K for my daughter and 1st for my son. I really like this curriculum and the children do very well with it.

From the website:

 The main feature of this series is the use of the Concrete> Pictorial>Abstract approach.  The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully.  This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving.  This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com Reading/Phonics/Grammar/HandwritingRod & Staff

This is our third year using Rod & Staff and I can’t say I’m crazy about it, but it’s fairly simple and gets the job done.

I also read numerous books aloud each year and the kids typically check out 30-40 books on a variety of subjects from the library each week.

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com SpellingSequential Spelling

This curriculum is new to us. We actually started it in the middle of last year. I love the common-sense approach to recognizing patterns in spelling. I’ve noticed definite improvement in both of my children’s spelling since we began using this. We also get in some bonus vocabulary work since they are learning new words to spell!

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com ScienceGod’s Design for Heaven and Earth

I absolutely love this curriculum. The lessons require minimal teacher preparation, it’s easy to use for multiple grade levels, it’s very flexible, and most importantly, it has a strong biblical worldview.

We used the God’s Design for Life curriculum last year and enjoyed it immensely. I’m a little less happy with it this year because we have yet to get any of the experiments to work (that could be user error though!), but I still highly recommend it.

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com HistoryThe Mystery of History, Volume II

Again, love this curriculum. We used volume I last year and I have never enjoyed history so much. I am learning right alongside the kids because I completely tuned out during history when I was in school. This is so much more engaging!

I also love that it includes both biblical history and secular history in one timeline. From the website:

 In The Mystery of History, I have retold major stories from the Bible in the order that they happened alongside significant world history events and figures.  As an example, each one of the Old Testament prophets are given a biographical lesson near their contemporaries in old world history.

More examples of interesting figures who lived just decades apart include:  Joshua and King Tut; Ruth and Helen of Troy; Daniel and Aesop; Ezekiel and Buddha; and Nehemiah and Socrates.  Imagine lining up such amazing figures on one master timeline!  Imagine learning their stories back to back in the order they happened!

We’ll also supplement with the following literature:

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com GeographyGlobal Mania

This is new for us this year. It’s a free online curriculum that looks fairly simple. At this point we are simply introducing geography, so this is perfect for us right now.

We’ll also supplement with the following literature:

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014 | RealFoodEnthusiast.com Foreign LanguageVisual Latin

This is another new curriculum for us. We introduced Latin a couple of years ago with the very fun curriculum Sing Song Latin. Now that the kids are older, I wanted to introduce a more formal Latin curriculum. I decided to go with Visual Latin after reading the glowing reviews from my friends at FiveJs and Intoxicated on Life.

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum | RealFoodEnthusiast.com

Music/Art – Piano or Art Lessons

Both children previously took piano lessons and enjoyed it. We are thinking of returning but need to buy a piano first (we were borrowing one and had to return it). If piano lessons do not work out, I plan to enroll them in formal art classes.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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