I have found that supplementing our studies with the help of related television shows or videos not only enriches the learning but makes it more fun for the kids! Whether you look for show to supplement what you are already learning, or build your learning around the shows, you will find that they have something to offer beyond the pages of a book.
- Popular Mechanics for Kids (*ages 8+) A show based on the Popular Mechanics magazine whose intent is to teach viewers about how things work.
- Wild Kratts (ages 6+) An animated educational showed aimed to educate children about biology, zoology, and ecology.
- Magic School Bus (ages 5+) Kids join Ms. Frizzle and her class on board a bus which takes them on field trips to impossible locations such as inside the human body, the solar system, the clouds, the past and more.
- Zooboomafoo (ages 3+) A fun show featuring the Kratt brothers and a live lemur named Zooboomafoo. Each episode has an animal theme such as baby animals or frightening animals.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy (ages 7+) This is a live action educational comedy about natural science geared towards a preteen audience.
- Beakman’s World (ages 6+) Airing before Bill Nye this show covers similar topics and is based on a comic strip.
- Sid the Science Kid (ages 3+) Done by the Jim Henson Company Sid focuses on a single scientific concept that is presented at a preschool level. Sing songy, exploratory, and fun!
- Mythbusters (ages 9+) This show aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing in scientific method with curiosity and ingenuity.
- National Geographic Explorer (ages 12+) This is a documentary television series.
- Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (ages 10+) Another documentary series. The series loosely follows the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. It uses the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used, including elements such as the “Ship of the Imagination” and the “Cosmic Calendar“, but features information updated since the 1980 series along with extensive computer-generated graphics and animation footage augmenting the narration.
* Remember when viewing new programs it is best to screen them for your children. Only you know and can decide what is appropriate for them.