*Disclosure: I received a free CuriosityStream subscription for review purposes and am being compensated for my time. I am not required to give a positive review. As always, I am sharing my honest opinion with you.
We love watching videos in our homeschool. My kids always act like they are getting away with something when I give permission to watch an educational show. And I’ll be honest, I enjoy the occasional break from being the teacher.
We have streaming subscriptions for Netflix and Amazon Prime, and use them both to watch educational shows… when we can find them! I don’t usually have time to spend an hour or more digging through vague categories in search of an appropriate show for my kids to watch. And there is no way I am going to turn the job over to my kids because there are some categories that little (and big) eyes should not see.
When I first learned about CuriosityStream, I was immediately interested in exploring it further. CuriosityStream is the world’s first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for quality educational programs that both inspire and entertain. They are available whenever and wherever you want to watch on any internet-connected device.
Science and History Documentaries
CuriosityStream has a video for just about any science or history topic, as well as various other subjects. We’ve watched several and haven’t even made a dent in the 1,000+ high-quality documentaries and series created by some of the most accomplished producers from around the world.
A few of the shows we’ve watched:
- The Year of the Hedgehog – This is such an adorable look at a year in the life of hedgehogs. Well, until the owl came swooping in, but still worth a watch.
- Mind Blowing Breakthroughs – Though rather odd, this animated show about important people in history is very informative.
- Quarx – A group of teens manipulate physics in this entertaining series.
- Life 2,000 Meters Under the Sea – I learned that there is a shrimp that lives on the bottom of the ocean that has a huge head and a mysterious digestive system. Who knew?
- DARPA Robotics Challenge – Humanoid robots totally freak me out, but this inside look is fascinating.
- A Curious World: Time Tellers – A short look at the way ancient civilizations marked the passing of time.
John Hendricks is the founder of CuriosityStream. He is the former chairman of Discovery Communications, which brought us Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC. If you like those channels, you will find the same quality in the CuriosityStream videos.
A Note: Many of the science shows are from an evolution perspective. You will find a similar situation with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Cable TV. My kids are very grounded in what they believe. When these evolutionary ideas pop up, we use it as an opportunity to talk. If a show pushes it to the ridiculous point, we simply turn it off. I recommend signing up for the 30-day free trial and watching a few videos to see if CuriosityStream is a good fit for your family. The price is very affordable, so there is no need to watch every video in order to get your money’s worth.
CuriosityStream Subscription Info
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial, plus get 15% off the next two months with code homeschool. (expires 11-1-2015)
Discount valid on either plan:
- Standard Definition (regularly $2.99) will be reduced to $2.50 each month for two months after the free trial month (total charge $5).
- High Definition (regularly $5.99) will be reduced to $5.09 each month for two months after the free trial month (total charge $10.18).
To sign up:
- Go to CuriosityStream.com and click on the “Start your free month” button.
- On the next page, select your preferred plan (SD or HD), input email information, and create a username and password.
- You will be prompted to input the payment information and will get the option to fill in a promo code box. Insert code homeschool, the 15% discount will be automatically applied.
Do you watch videos as part of your homeschool?