It’s that time of year again, you guys- time to put away the beach towels and swimsuits and start thinking about fall. The back-to-school transition can be a tricky one, but I’m here to share one of my go-to resources for making the transition a fun one: CuriosityStream.
How to make the back-to-school transition a fun one with CuriosityStream
Disclosure: This post is part of a 4-month series featuring how we use CuriosityStream in our homeschool. We are honored to work with CuriosityStream. I was compensated for our time to write this review but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own, and if you’ve been following this site you already know we adore this service.
Last month, I wrote an article detailing how we use CuriosityStream in our homeschool. That post included many of the documentaries that we have enjoyed so far this summer.
Today, I’d like to chat about the back-to-school transition and share some of the documentaries and updates that we are super excited about for August.
(Psst! If you are brand-new to CuriosityStream and want to know more, please keep reading. I have all the details and nitty-gritty below!)
CuriosityStream is the world’s first on-demand streaming service for quality educational programming.
The back-to-school transition can be a real struggle
It can be challenging for children to go from the swimming pool to workbooks at the kitchen table.
That’s why our family tries to ease into the homeschool routine slowly. We will start with one subject, then add another, and then another.
I try to keep things light and fun at first, slowly adding in the heavy hitters.
CuriosityStream is perfect for the back-to-school transition. You can do a little math, a little reading aloud, and then take a break by snuggling up on the couch watching a show together!
CuriosityStream offers award-winning documentaries on a variety of topics including science, history, technology, nature, civilization, and the human spirit.
(That means you can have guilt-free screen time as your family learns alongside each other!)
If you’d like to see other homeschool resources we adore and learn a bit about our homeschool routine, you might enjoy these posts:
- Homeschool Curriculum: How to Ditch the Schedule and Embrace a Lifestyle
- 2018-19 Homeschool Curriculum: 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade
- Homeschool Curriculum: 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade 2017-2018
- 2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum: K, 1st, and 3rd grade
- Homeschool Curriculum: Pre-K, K, and 2nd grade 2015-2016
Now, I’d like to share what is new at CuriosityStream this month and the programs that we have enjoyed lately!
First, here’s what is new at CuriosityStream
If you are familiar with CuriosityStream, you will notice some wonderful changes this month. The homepage has a new look, but don’t worry- all of your favorite features are still there!
CuriosityStream now offers 18 of their most popular documentaries for FREE. This allows you to check out the content with no obligation.
In addition to the eighteen free shows, CuriosityStream is still offering its free trial. That means you can watch eighteen incredible documentaries and then sign up for more free content!
(Don’t you love it when a company provides a free trial so you can see if it works for your unique family? I sure do!)
If you do decide to subscribe, the standard definition and high definition plans are now combined at the $2.99/month rate. That means if you have been watching CuriosityStream in SD (like me), you get a free HD upgrade this month! (Woohoo!) And, if you have been paying $5.99/month for HD, you will get the same plan for just $2.99/month.
Secondly, here is what our family is excited to watch in August
- Ancient Earth:
My boys are still deep into all things dinosaurs and they have been enjoying this series which focuses on what life looked like during the Permian, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods.
- Catalyst Season 2 (new this month):
This is one that I want to watch. (Yes, I watch CuriosityStream without my kids all the time!) This is an Australian science series about the world, technology, and the future. I am especially interested in the episode titled What Facebook Knows About You.
- Deep Ocean narrated by David Attenborough:
This is one documentary that we keep returning to as a family. We watched it again this week! We adore all things David Attenborough and my kids are obsessed with ocean creatures!
- Infinite Rainbows (new this month):
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a wee bit obsessed with rainbows. When I heard CuriosityStream was offering a new short film on the science of rainbows, I added it to our family’s watchlist immediately!
- Spiders (new this month):
This documentary starts on the ground of a tropical rainforest and then works its way up to the top of the treetops. Viewers will learn about a few of the 46,000 species of spiders!
- Vitamania (new this month):
My daughter loves to learn about health and nutrition and all things related to the human body. We plan to watch this documentary together. It explores the science and history of vitamins.
Watch us gush about CuriosityStream here:
This sale I mention in this video is no longer happening, but the content we gush about is spot-on. At $2.99/month, this resource is GOLD.
New to CuriosityStream? Here’s the nitty-gritty…
CuriosityStream delivers over 1,500 titles, including high-quality documentaries and series created by the world’s most accomplished producers. Educate, inspire, and entertain your family whenever and wherever you want to watch.
Plans start at $2.99/month or $19.99/year after a 7-day free trial. You can watch CuriosityStream’s award-winning documentaries on mobile, tablet, computer, or TV. And, you can cancel anytime!
CuriosityStream was founded by John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Communications, the parent company of – among others- Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, and Science.
CuriosityStream offers the following categories of educational programming:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Privacy & Security
- Social Web
- Natural Habitats
- Prehistoric Creatures
- Human Spirit
- Dramatic & Performing Arts
- Character & Values
- Health & Wellness
CuriostyStream also offers gift cards!
If you have grandparents or aunts and uncles asking what to get your kiddos for back-to-school, birthdays, or holidays, have them give CuriosityStream. It is the perfect gift for those insatiable little minds in your life.
Read other posts in this series
- CuriosityStream will Boost Summer Learning
- How to Use Educational Video Streaming in Your Homeschool
- Curiosity Stream: A Lifesaver for Homeschooling Parents
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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