Last updated on August 5th, 2021 at 10:00 am
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Last week I talked about how to find good educational streaming and DVD programs on Netflix.This week I am concentrating on how to incorporate Netflix into your school day.
How we have used both Netflix and other educational DVD’s in our school day has changed over the years.
When my kids were little
We didn’t have Netflix back when my kids were small but we did borrow DVD’s from our local library and even purchased a few.
During the early years of homeschooling, I was struggling with low energy cause by two children who did not sleep well, as well as low iron levels and grief as my mother was slowly passing away from cancer.
Hence, I needed a nap, or at least a few moments of quiet each day just to make it through the day. In order to get what I needed to refresh myself for a long afternoon with 3 small children, I made our media portion of our school day start at the same time my youngest went down for a nap.
I would pull out two quiet time mats for my non napping children, and turn on a educational program for 1 hr. Place a drink and a small snack near both children, as well as a few small toys for them to fiddle with, and then lay down on the couch myself and lightly doze while they watched their show.
I came across some people that were shocked I would call this school, but for me it was survival and I knew my children were visual learners (and still are) and were soaking up facts as they watched. My eldest son is 16 now and he is still telling me science facts that he learned during those quiet hours.
So if you are struggling to make it through the day without a few moments of quiet, don’t be afraid to give yourself a break by adding an educational programming time slot to your school day. Your children will learn during this time as long as you choose what they watch wisely.
Now that they are older
My kids can now read, and write all on their own. They also all sleep soundly through the night. I am in a different season of life.
All of this means, I don’t need a nap any more. However, now my kids are the ones that need the break.
Our school day is longer now, and I was finding them waning by days end.
So I moved our educational Netflix and DVD time to the middle of their day so that they could have a bit of a break from the subjects that are more difficult for them since they are not completely in line with their visual learning style.
I also cut it from 1 hour to 1/2 hour and scheduled it just before lunch so that they have an hour off from traditional pen and paper style school in the middle of their day.
I also test them from time to time to see what they retained. I might get them to write me a paragraph summary on the documentary they viewed, or have my youngest child draw me a picture with a sentence or two written underneath.
If you have visual learners, stop feeling guilty about making TV viewing part of your school day, and start using it wisely. Make sure the programs are high quality, and plan their viewing for what works best for your family.
Perhaps you have toddlers and infants and you need a nap like I did, or perhaps you just need a half hour to get lunch on the table. Whatever your need a half hour media session worked into your school day can have many benefits both for you and your students.
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