School is well and truly out for the Summer and we're a week or two into the extended holiday with our little lovely ones. The Summer holidays seems to send parents one of two ways; either counting down the days until the new term starts, or (like me) desperately trying to fill as much fun in as possible and dreading the return of September.
Amongst all the wonderful and unstructured learning through play activities which dominate most of the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities to ensure our children are still learning away from the classroom without homework to prompt them. And even the best intentioned mother has to give a little bit of televisual cool-down time during frantic moments.
Don't despair, it doesn't have to necessarily turn into a cartoon-fest, Netflix have a huge array of programmes aimed at helping our children learn.
Summer Viewing For Younger Children
- Scholastic's The Magic School Bus explores the world in which children live;
- Monster Maths Squad is great for developing number skills and problem solving;
- Exploring real-life problems in the comfort of the aquatic world of the Bubble Guppies.
Igniting The Curiosity In Older Children
- Explore the different ages of prehistoric Earth with Walking with Dinosaurs;
- Realise the wonderful world in which we live with Planet Earth;
- See an even hotter place than home with the African Wild Cats.
Story Starter Craft
Netflix have teamed up with Kelly Ladd Sanchez to produce this wonderful tutorial on how to create Story Starter blocks to encourage language development. It's a great idea and one which could be used in so many different ways.
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team.