I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: CuriosityStream is hands-down the best $2.99 I spend each month.
CuriosityStream is one of my all-time top homeschool resources. I love that it offers affordable, high-quality, and commercial-free documentaries for less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee.
I use CuriosityStream year-round and across all homeschool subjects.
This summer, I am over-the-moon thrilled to share how our family uses CuriosityStream in our homeschool with a four-post series!
How to Boost Summer Learning 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 resource.
Here is what I hope to accomplish in this first post of the series
There is a lot of info packed into this first post:
- First, I want to tell you why CuriosityStream works so well for homeschool families.
- Second, I want to share how our family uses this resource.
- Third, I am sharing the documentaries we have absolutely adored so far this summer.
- Then, I am sharing what is new at CuriosityStream this month.
- Finally, I am sharing in-depth information for the uninitiated.
Please read to the end and then comment with any questions you may have! Then, stay tuned because there are three more posts in the works for you!
Why CuriosityStream works for homeschool families
I recommend CuriosityStream all the time- to homeschoolers, but also to friends and families with children in public school.
It’s an incredible service for just $2.99 per month.
(That’s a steal, you guys!)
Do you know how sometimes you head over to Netflix or Amazon with the intention of finding something educational to watch? Something that meshes with your current unit study?
But your kids are in the room and they are watching over your shoulder and they spy Captain Underpants or Boss Baby or The Emoji Movie and they immediately want to watch that?
(This used to happen to me all the time.)
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with watching silly movies as a family. There isn’t! We do it all the time.
It’s just that when I am specifically searching for something to use in our homeschool, I’d rather not be distracted by Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.
CuriosityStream is a safe space, homeschool friends. And the best part is that your kids will still be there, watching over your shoulder.
They will still find something (and usually multiple somethings) that they want to add to the family watchlist.
And every single one of these somethings is incredibly educational.
What I am trying to say is that CuriosityStream is guilt-free, fun, and wholly educational family screen time.
I use this resource ALL THE TIME
CuriosityStream offers high-quality documentaries in several subject areas: science, nature, history, civilization, technology, and human spirit.
And while it is my go-to homeschool resource, I also use it just for fun!
I cannot tell you how many rabbit holes we have ventured down as a family thanks to this incredible resource.
Our family has learned so much- and made so many memories- cuddled up on the couch watching documentaries together.
CuriosityStream has also saved my bacon on countless sick days and cruddy weather days!
Just last week, I had one kiddo down with a horrific case of swimmer’s ear. Thankfully, CuriosityStream’s The Rise and Fall of the T-Rex was there to distract my dinosaur-lover!
Just a few of the many documentaries our family has enjoyed this summer
A Winter’s Tale: The Journey of Snowy Owls –
We are a family of owl lovers and it is our dream to see a snowy owl in the wild (they have been spotted near us in the past). Until then, this documentary is the next best thing!
Chiefs Part One: Sitting Bull –
We are learning about Native Americans this summer and we watched this episode about Sitting Bull, the leader of Indian tribes during the Great Sioux Wars.
Children of the Wild –
After reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, our family became fascinated with the idea of children raised by wolves. This documentary explores the myth of “the wolf children” through literature and history.
Conversations with Dolphins –
We watched this one right before leaving for Florida, in anticipation of dolphin sightings. My kids want to be “dolphin scientists” after watching this two-part series. We were amazed at this animal’s intelligence and beauty.
Curious Minds: Dinosaurs! –
You may notice a dinosaur theme in this list. With all the talk about the new Jurassic Park movie, my boys have reimmersed themselves in all things dinosaur. This 6-part series is fantastic!
David Attenborough’s Ant Mountain –
We followed Attenborough to the Jura Mountains in the Swiss Alps to learn about one of the largest animal societies in the world where over one billion ants live in peace. We were so captivated by this documentary that we also watched The Making of David Attenborough’s Ant Mountain.
Inside the Human Body –
My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with the human body. Together, we have watched this 4-part BBC series.
The Rise and Fall of the T-Rex –
This is the documentary that saved my bacon this week when my youngest had a horrible case of swimmer’s ear. This helped him sit still and calm down so that the ear drops could work their magic!
The Secret Life of Dogs –
As dog lovers, we have watched this documentary more than once!
The Truth About Healthy Eating –
My daughter loves learning about healthy eating and she has enjoyed this one and also Prescription Nutrition, which we watched last summer.
Walking with Dinosaurs –
My dinosaur-loving boys adore this 6-part series that shows what it might have looked like to live in the time of dinosaurs.
Wild Galapagos with Mike Rowe –
My 6-year-old and I spent a rainy afternoon watching this 2-part series. Our favorite part featured the lizards jumping from the waves to safety!
What is new at CuriosityStream this month?
I’m excited to share two new happenings at CuriosityStream:
- Man’s First Friend –
This documentary explores the relationship between humans and dogs over the centuries. You can check out a sneak peek here:
- Nefertari: Journey to Eternity –
This is CuriosityStream’s first venture into the world of virtual reality! You can check out a sneak peek here. (Please note: This VR experience will not be available on CuriosityStream. It available in VR online stores. That said, CuriosityStream will have complementary 360 videos available on their site.)
Do you want to know the absolute best part? You can try CuriosityStream for free!
I love when a company offers a free trial.
Because let’s face it- you can read about something and it might sound good… only to sign-up and realize it doesn’t work for your unique family.
With CuriosityStream, you can sign up for your free trial!
Would you like more details?
CuriosityStream is the world’s first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for quality educational programming.
With over 1,500 titles, including high-quality documentaries and series created by the world’s most accomplished producers, CuriosityStream will educate, inspire, and entertain your family whenever and wherever you want to watch.
The company 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
- Dramatic & Performing Arts
- Character & Values
- Health & Wellness
Read other posts in this series
- How to Use Educational Video Streaming in Your Homeschool
- Curiosity Stream: A Lifesaver for Homeschooling Parents
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you love CuriosityStream, too? Do you have a favorite show to recommend? Share here!
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 and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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