I am not a big fan of using television in our schooling. I doubt that ds1 or ds2 ever watched any movies or videos (for school purposes) during the time I homeschooled them. However, a good 10 years later, I am a bit more of a “relaxed” homeschool mom. I don’t know if it’s because I now have 4 children to deal with or if it’s just that media has relentlessly seeped into our everyday lives via the internet (thanks a lot YouTube.) (I cannot believe that YouTube was in the spell checker! Ack!) The point is that we do now occasionally use a movie or video to supplement our studies and I have found Netflix to be a great resource. A simple search for a subject yields many results, both in dvd form and for instant viewing, from sources like Discovery, PBS and National Geographic. And now that you can view Netflix on the Wii, it’s even more convenient and accessible.
Earlier in the year we watched an IMAX documentary when studying the Nile, and found many resources for our study of the arctic. More recently we used a Magic School Bus dvd in our human body unit. At less than $10 a month it’s a pretty helpful part of our schooling. For more Helpful Homeschool Hints visit Mary at Many Little Blessings.