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 a 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.
History Shows for Kids
- Dear America – (ages 7+) The Dear America show is based on a series of historical fiction novels published by Scholastic. Each episode tells a different story from the point of view of a teen girl who writes in her diary of her observations and experiences during a point in American history.
- Hero Animated Classics – (ages 8+) This is a series of educational animated shows that is geared towards elementary school aged children. It includes 20 biographies of both male and female scientists, inventors, explorers, and social champions including such people as George Washington, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller and more.
- Liberty’s Kids – (ages 8+) The purpose of Liberty’s Kids is to teach about the origins of the United States by telling stories with young kids surrounding the major events in the Revolutionary Way days.
- Little House on the Prairie – (ages 6+) This is an American western drama about the Ingalls family living on a farm in Minnesota in the 1870s and 1880s. The show is an adaptation for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of Little House books.
- Drive Through History – (ages 10+) a series that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, the founding of America, allowing the viewer to experience the people,places, and events that shaped our world.
* 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.