Discovering YouTube as something more than a place to watch funny videos, learn how to fix things around my home and, of course, have my own channel, has added a great deal to our homeschool. I have one child, in particular, who learns well from watching. And the variety of topics! Nearly anything they want to learn, we can find a video for it. Obscure war battles, tiny countries, answers to their scientific questions….it is all available to you!
Over on my channel today, I posted a video with six (???!!!!) of our favorite educational channels and a few more are below.
Favorite Educational YouTube Channels
How Stuff Works puts out a new video daily on topics like grammar & language rules, astronomy, health/anatomy, nature, even cool sights & places around the world. I’ve not come across anything objectionable on this channel but I have heard others mention an occasional cuss word, so use caution if that might bother you. In addition the Senor Jordan’s channel, we are also using Culture Alley as part of my daughter’s Spanish course this year.
Combat Camera Unit may be the channel I am most excited for, as we move into 20th-century history. For bringing history to life, there is some excellent footage gathered here! Dating back from Afghanistan back to World War I, the footage includes War Department Film Bulletins and the News Reels you’d see before a Saturday matinee.
Warning: this is not a channel I would give to your children with free reign! The footage is actual war footage and can feature things that may not be age appropriate (like the video of a hanging of a WW2 war criminal!).
C.G.P. Grey makes me crazy but my boys enjoy his history channel.
It’s Okay to be Smart is a science-oriented channel produced by PBS. We used the space playlist last year and we’re working through the physics one this year. The videos are usually around five minutes long, so a great length to introduce a topic.
Do you have a favorite educational YouTube channel you use in your homeschool? I’d love for you to leave the link below. And be sure to visit the Educational YouTube Channels Collaboration playlist to discover more channels.