When used correctly, Netflix can actually be a great resource in teaching your child. You’d be surprised by how many child-friendly educational programs Netflix has on its roster. So the next time you’re sitting down for a family movie night, or allotting your child some TV time after dinner, why not suggest one of the films, miniseries, or TV shows listed below.
1. The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus is an American TV series from the 1990’s centered around a teacher named Ms. Frizzle and her students. Each episodes the class goes on a field trip and Ms. Frizzle teaches them a lesson in science, math, history, and sometimes all three! Netflix is set to come out with a reboot of the series, titled The Magic School Bus 360 in 2016. Perfect for children ages 6-10.
2. Planet Earth
BBC’s Planet Earth is an eleven-episode nature documentary series. Each episode highlights a different habitat on Earth, ranging from mountains to caves to jungles. Perfect for children ages 10+.
3. The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Like Planet Earth, The Blue Planet is also a BBC nature documentary, however it centers solely on the world’s oceans. A different aspect of marine life is featured in each episode such as coasts, tidal seas, and frozen seas. Perfect for children ages 10+.
4. Dr. Suess’ The Lorax
Dr. Suess' The Lorax is sure to be a hit whether your children are familiar with Dr. Suess or not. While Dr. Suessis generally a treat for kids, this story in particular has an important educational message. Kids will enjoy the fun and colourful rhyming world of Dr. Suess, while also learning about sustainability and protecting our environment. Perfect for children ages 6+.
5. Emily’s First 100 Days of School
Emily’s First 100 Days of School chronicles a bunny named Emily’s first 100 days of Kindergarten. The video shows Emily learning to count to 100 and learning basic reading and writing techniques. Perfect for children ages 3-7.
6. Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs is a six-episode miniseries produced by BBC. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, the series uses a mix of CGI and real-life locations to tell the story of dinosaurs living during the Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods. The series touches on how dinosaurs first appeared, how they survived for millions of years, and discusses the mystery surrounding their extinction. Perfect for children 10+.
7. Signing Time!
Signing Time! is a TV series that teaches children sign language through signing, singing, speaking, and dancing. The show teaches children the basics of American sign language, such as the signs for colours, days of the week, sports, and common words and questions. Perfect for children ages 3-10.
8. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! brings to life many of your child’s favourite characters from Dr. Suess stories including Thing 1, Thing 2, the fish, and The Cat in the Hat himself (voiced by Martin Short). Each episode begins with the children, Nick and Sally, posing a question to The Cat in the Hat. The Cat in the Hat then spends the episode answering the question, teaching the audience various scientific concepts through music, singing, and dancing. Perfect for children ages 3-7.
9. Sid the Science Kid
Sid the Science Kid is a children’s program produced by CBS centered around scientific concepts and explaining how things work. Each episode Sid answers a science question from a fellow classmate with the help of his other classmates, his teacher, and his mother. Perfect for children ages 3-7.
10. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos is an American documentary series about space, and modern science’s understanding of the universe. Each episode looks at a different element of space, from planets to stars to black holes. Perfect for children ages 10+.