As a homeschooling mom of many, there are certain subjects that we tackle as a group.
When we’re studying science in our homeschool, we have loads of resources available. Netflix makes exploring science concepts a snap for us.
My kids LOVE science, and we’ve had loads of fun watching science documentaries and shows on our iPad using the Netflix app. You can find a huge variety of topics – take a look at our favorites for early elementary ages.
Studying Science with Netflix
The children built a birdhouse with Brett last week so they could protect them from the neighborhood cat. While the glue was drying, we added more ideas to our Netflix queue to learn more about our feathered friends.
My kids love to curl up on the couch and watch Walking with Dinosaurs.(could be scary for little ones – parents should preview first)
My boys are always catching things in bug boxes and examining them with their magnifying glasses.
While we eat lunch, I put on our favorite insect movie to catch their attention and inspire more learning.
Microcosmos is an amazing French documentary that we love – the giant grasshoppers grossed Maeve out!
Ocean and Sea Life
Some of our favorites include:
During a recent trip to the park, my boys were collecting dead crawdads and bringing them to me.
On the way home, I did a quick search and streamed this animal documentary series to the iPad for them to enjoy. The meerkats are my favorite!
Preschool Science Shows on Netflix
If your children’s attention span isn’t quite ready for a full length documentary, we’ve got other favorite science shows that are shorter, but still filled with science facts.
After you’ve finished your movie time, plan some hands on fun with your children! We’ve enjoyed making jellyfish and octopus crafts after watching ocean documentaries.
Got some hungry kids? Our Beach Pudding is a quick and easy snack to create and eat together before, during or even after the movies.
Trying to keep track of potential movies or shows to use in your homeschool? You can add ideas to your queues, or make a paper list to add to your homeschool lesson planner.
I check out the ideas online and then write down a list, filling in potential field trips and experiments we’d like to try.
Graphic Organizer for Homeschool Science Planning
Don’t miss our helpful planner to keep your Netflix options organized! I pick a theme we want to explore, like dinosaurs, and start perusing Netflix for movie and show selections.
Then, I add in fun activities, crafts, and even field trip ideas. This works for science ideas, history, geography and more!
Grab your copy by clicking the image above, or here: Netflix Theme Organizer
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What about you? Are you using Netflix in your homeschool to explore science? I’d love to hear your favorites in the comment box!
For more ways to use movies in your homeschool, take a peep at the ideas from my friends at the iHomeschool Network.
I’m a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team, and love sharing how we use Netflix in our home. All opinions are my very own.