Homeschooling is an exciting journey of discovery for the student(s) and Mama and as we have gone along I have been able to add more tools to my arsenal. One of the tools my children have really enjoyed and that fits my budget, is YouTube. I use YouTube to add depth to our studies, for demonstrations, documentaries, fun learning programming, and complex topics. For example It is rather difficult to explain the concept of free electrons in metallic bonding or the surprise of the Trojan horse adequately with words. To my great delight I have seen it instill a love of learning in our children.
What we use YouTube for
We mostly use YouTube to supplement our homeschool History and Science programs. We use Mystery of History and God’s Design for Science and both of these curricula provide a reading list. Mystery of History even has some suggested movies included in their extensive resources list. But we still enjoy bringing history and science to life in a variety of ways. Sometimes we might go to a reenactment or visit a historical location and sometimes you just want to show the children the soldiers emerging from the Trojan Horse for 2 minutes and get back to work.
How we are Homeschooling with YouTube
Last year we watched a lot of astronomy science documentaries on Netflix that covered the topics we were learning about. I got a lot of them off of Netflix; but you can find some great documentaries on Amazon and YouTube also. This year we have less time and I wanted to watch shorter chunks of videos so YouTube is the perfect answer. So this is what I do:
- Check to see if the curriculum has a reading list that includes videos , like Mystery of History does. Then I check to see if they are available at the library, or on NetFlix or YouTube.
- Then search for the topic(s) you still want to cover with video, this is not something that you will want to do with the children. Because on YouTube sometimes your run across some crazy stuff.
- Then preview your video to make sure it’s something fruitful for you and your family to watch.
- I then decide when we should watch the video. Frankly I am not interested in killing myself by trying to watch the video at the exact moment we learn the concept. I schedule videos for the week of the lesson and we watch it during lunch or during school time after we’ve had the lesson when we have time.
- This year the science teacher at the co-op has provided us with lots of different videos to watch and a schedule that is matches them up to match up with each chapter of God’s Design for Science: Chemistry and Ecology.
Most of these videos can be found on my YouTube playlist and please subscribe to my YouTube channel and enjoy my collection of Mystery of History & Science videos.
If you’d like to save time picking your movies then you can purchase Learning with the Movies or Movies as Literature.
Check out how different iHN Members use movies in their homeschooling and how some use specific movies for homeschooling.