How do you incorporate media into your homeschool?
SmartKidz Media has created an amazing online media library especially for homeschoolers that’s exciting, informative, and full of excellent resources for your students. We received a full year’s subscription of their SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers to review. What a fascinating and helpful resource!
With a subscription to SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers, you can access videos on history, science, nature, and sign language. There are also videos on art, music, culture, exercise. You can even find ebooks and study guides. And, SmartKidz Media is continually adding more!
Here are the categories of resources in the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers:
- World of Discovery (animals, wildlife, nature, fitness, history, culture, documentaries, cuisines, fine arts)
- Music & Fine Arts (classical, cultural, blues and jazz, relaxation music)
- Mighty Ebook Collection (ebooks for children from classic literature, poetry, science, Bible stories, and sing-alongs)
- Baby Signs Program
- My Animal Family (video books, songs and fun facts)
- Quick Find Study Guides (language arts, math, science, social studies)
- Learning Special Needs (audio books plus interactive books on foods, art, science, nature and more)
- Living Skills Program (coming soon!)
- Ready-Set-Sing Songs (more than 200 sing-along songs)
- Fun Zone (games, puzzles, jokes, and riddles for little ones)
You might have noticed that the Living Skills Program above said “coming soon” in the parentheses. SmartKidz Media is adding more learning videos all the time. In the works are Action Sports and more U.S. History videos. But that’s just what the website says today. They truly are adding more programs all the time!
Memberships vary from $10 per month to $99 for a full year’s subscription. I can tell you that you definitely get your money’s worth! You’ll need access to the Internet in order to stream the content. We were able to stream both on my Kindle Fire and on our PC, although we found it more comfortable to use the Kindle. Just because we could relax on the couch while we did it, rather than sit at a desk!
As you can tell from the content listing, the SmartKidz Media Library contains videos for the very young all the way up to high school age. (Adults will enjoy them too!)
How we used the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers:
We received our subscription at the beginning of May and began to use it immediately. Because our “formal” school year ends in May, we used it several times per week during that period. Then in June, we do a little more schooling three times per week, in the mornings. So we continued to watch and listen to the videos and recordings at that time.
We found it to be a truly enjoyable way to add “extra” content to our school days. Some of our favorite subjects tend to be science, art and music, so we spent much of our time watching the videos in those categories. (Although stepping into history is also great; the videos on WWII and the Cold War are particularly fascinating!) My son Jackson and I watched them together, generally at the end of our school days.
We really enjoyed the nature and animal programs. Focusing on animals spanning the globe, the videos’ narratives are interesting and the cinematography is incredible. And, the SmartKidz Media Library has so many nature videos focusing on insects, tiny animals, enormous beasts, and all kinds of habitats.
The music section was quite enjoyable as well. SmartKidz Media presents music several ways. First, by composer; you can click on any of the composers offered and listen to a wide variety of their works. This is a wonderful adjunct to art, if you’d like to have music playing in the background. Second, they provide videos on types of music and even instruments. Third, they include classical music along with art study. As you view paintings by an artist, you can enjoy classical music playing alongside the art slides.
The SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers would be a fantastic adjunct to any homeschooler’s course of study. For any age group, and for many subjects, students can access material (whether it’s audio, video or study guide) to provide extra and enjoyable learning time to their regular studies. If you’d like to check out more, SmartKidz Media has a free 14-day trial available; just visit the FAQ page and click on “How Does the Free Trial Work” for more information. I happily recommend this to you!