Yes, we have a tv in our school…

I do try to do the right thing.  I do try to NOT let the television be a babysitter.  I fail a lot. Sometimes I just need the two year old to be distracted long enough for me to explain basic division (again) to the nine year old.  Sometimes, however, we make a day of it….
Don’t you remember those days when you’d get to class, sit at your desk, and notice the tv cart in your classroom?  The thrill of knowing you didn’t have to listen to some boring teacher, you would get to listen to some boring guy on tv instead!  At least the boring tv person had visual aids.
We don’t have satellite or cable and I’m really bad about making it back to the library to return videos, so we rely on our Netflix account to supplement our homeschool with fun stuff.
Here are some of our favorite shows that we can stream right to the tv or computer:

  • National Geographic – most of these are great, some my kids are too young to pay attention too
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Super WHY
  • Little House on the Prairie (won’t stream, but you can get the DVD’s)
  • Discovery Channel documentaries
  • Mythbusters
  • The History Channel documentaries
  • BBC Science shows
  • PBS documentaries (we love the one on National Parks)
  • Musicals like Oliver and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Sometimes I can’t get them to agree to sit and watch but if I leave it playing, they seem to gather near and start watching.
Do you use Netflix or Blockbuster in your school?  What shows do you enjoy watching?

2 thoughts on “Yes, we have a tv in our school…

  1. Peggy Sue Brister says:

    We have DirecTv but I use to use dvd’s as school work. I would get nature and science/Astronomy/Astrology videos like The Universe series and have the kids watch those videos for the Science part of their school. I thought it was a good idea until one of the videos taught about the “Big Rip” A phenomenon that scientists say will happen BILLIONS of years from now when the sun runs out of fuel and expands and swallows up all the planets then implodes. Now she is scared of the sun, thanks to me making them watch those videos. Every time there is a really orange or pink sunset on the horizon she reminds me of what might happen if the sun expands and eats us. It’s called Heliophobia, fear of the sun. She has it now. *high fives myself* Way to go MOM!! How could I have known? I couldn’t. But USUALLY using TV/DVD programs to supplement school is a big help and can give you a break.

  2. Shay says:

    We use the TV in our school too – and I will admit that it is the occasional babysitter. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
    We can’t do streaming Netflix because of our current internet provider but I do love renting things from them! Some of our favorites are the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVDs, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and most anything from the History Channel. Our library just changed their check out times to longer so we’ve been checking them out there too. (Before it was like 3 days and there’s no way I could remember that! lol)

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