I guess as part of a home school blog, it makes sense to occasionally talk about the curriculum we use. Recently, I’ve been most excited about Discovery Streaming.
I was lucky to have a preview of the service when my 13 yo was still in public school, because my son had access to it on his school-issued lap top. He let his younger brother watch The Magic School Bus on it a few times. Towards the end of the school year, my son had a test on WWII coming up, and seemed to know very little. We went through the text-book together, and then I found a video on discovery streaming which covered the same material – it was a great review for my visual learner, and he got an A on the test.
When I saw that it was available through the Homeschool Coop, I was very interested. We don’t have cable, or tivo, or Netflix, so just having access to educational programming was a big thing. But its better than that – its educational programming thats indexed. You can search by subject to find a video to explains the same subject you just read about in a text-book. You can also browse by subject and age, to find things to supplement your curriculum with. There are even downloadable audio books, which I’ve burned to CDs to play in the car.
I am using our Discovery Streaming all the time. I give my 13 yo videos to watch with his biology readings 4 times a week. We have also used it to supplement his social studies, and I’m about to start using some videos along with his math curriculum as well. My 6 yo still watches a lot of Magic School Bus (and I can’t complain too much), but we’ve also found a series of math videos he likes, and found videos about Martin Luther King jr, how your body reacts to being sick, the Wright brothers, and our weekly zoo animal studies.
The only thing missing for me is an easy way to hook this up to my television! They have the Connections series from PBS – I LOVE that one! And they have 2 Bill Nye series, a whole series about NASA at their 50th birthday, shows where they take things apart (so you don’t have to), an Alaska expedition, all sorts of serious edutainment! If you have a lap top, its easy to plug it in to your tv, but we still have to get that set up here. Meanwhile, we all watch on our own computers – you can have it running different videos at the same time on different computers.
If you are interested, just check out the home school coop – its free to join. And no, I don’t have any sort of relationship with anyone and I’m not getting paid or freebies or anything – i just think it’s too cool not to rave about!
https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/discovery-education-streaming-plus/ — $140 for basic for a year, $199 for plus (which is what I have)