Y’all, I have an awesome review that I am about to share with you! Finding appropriate and entertaining media for kids is a challenge. I am thrilled to share with you SmartKidz Media.
Before this review was made available to me, I had never heard of SmartKidz! I like to think of myself as a good researcher and we have used a lion’s share of homeschool curriculum over the years. I’m still amazed that I never came across this curriculum. What’s more is that my kids love media! So come along and see why we love SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers!
From the picture above you can see that they are abundantly blessed with gadgets galore at their fingertips. My problem is finding quality media programming that isn’t boring, to “babyish,” and media that will also challenge my boys. Media content today seems to be one extreme or the other. The content is too preschool regardless of the recommended age or the content is lacking in morals and decency. We want our kids to develop both educationally and socially, but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice the moral foundations we have built neither.
So besides the reason mentioned above, why should you pick SmartKidz Media?
SmartKidz has a wonderful selection of online streaming choices. Actually, wonderful doesn’t really describe their selection. Yes, it is wonderful, but I’m thinking “wonderfully ginormous!” LOL!
Here are just some of the choices available:
- Animals and Wildlife
- Documentaries and Culture
- Cultural Music Collections
- Jazz and Blues Classics
- Relaxation Music Collection
- Health and Fitness
- Lifestyles and Cuisine
- Travel and Adventure
- Fine Arts
- Classical Music
- Mighty eBook collection
- Baby Signs
- Easy Learning for Special Needs
- Living Skills
- Fun Zone (fun Jokes and other content)
- My Animal Family
- Study Guides
Most of what is offered is video based. My kids really enjoyed this aspect of the curriculum! Besides, what child doesn’t like entertaining videos? I am a hard person to please when it comes to media my kids are allowed to watch, but SmartKidz hit the ball out of the park with their videos! I don’t believe you can find this quality of educational videos all compiled into one spot anywhere else. Although I am amazed at the video selection, I was also amazed with the quality of the eBooks and study guides that complimented this curriculum. How did I not find SmartKidz during all my research?!
So how did we use the program?
We supplemented this into our regular studies. I am very strict on the amount of media time my kids get each day. However, when it comes to learning and school related topics, my kids know that I am a bit more flexible in that area. My youngest and middle son both love animals. Nemo (my youngest) is particularly fond of fish and anything to do with the ocean. Turtle Boy (my middle) is also fond of ocean animals but is attached to anything involving Turtles. They both enjoy studying animals, both water creatures and land dwellers. We spent a great deal of time on the animal videos like Animal Journeys (their favorite) and the My Animal Family Video Storybook. My oldest liked the World of Science, Bizarre Science videos and the WorldWide Discovery videos. There are several others they enjoyed watching and even more they are begging to watch!
I can think of countless ways to use this in my homeschool. Part of our curriculum this summer includes watching several more videos. I also have worked these videos into our lesson plans for next year! So many of them go right along with what we will be studying. Since I was able to watch the videos as well, I personally loved all the ones my kids did, but my pick of videos were the Lifestyle and Cuisine!
On those days when school and learning were chaotic, music soothed those savage beasts! LOL! If you look at the menu, you’ll notice music is also available. On the days when they seemed to have ants in their pants and just couldn’t sit still, or argued like brothers do, or their minds were elsewhere, I just applied some calming oils, played some music, and they soon regained their focus!
I give Smartkidz a 5/5! I am thoroughly impressed with this company! For my part in this review, I was blessed with a one-year membership. Let me be the first to say that I will continue my membership once this trial expires.
I have some great news! You can also try out SmartKidz for free! This amazing company is offering a free 14 day trial subscription for the low price of FREE! You have the opportunity to see for yourself how wonderful these resources truly are. Not only that, but free trials are great ways to test a product before you decide to purchase! You can’t go wrong. You can find out about the free trial and about yearly ($99) and monthly ($10) subscriptions, as well as lots of other information HERE.
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