First, I have to admit that after three weeks of a theme (by me) for this meme I was stumped for what to write this week. It isn’t that there are not tons of great ‘hints’, but rather I sometimes wonder which to share next.
So, I’ll go with something that is not free, but a resource that is helpful for enriching our homeschools…..
We held out on subscribing to this resource for several years. I figured that we could get most anything we wanted between the neighboring library systems. And, when we lived in Ohio that was pretty much true. Even in Maryland, we had several options for libraries that we were near for other errands. However, my parents gave us several months of Netflix to save me the ‘hassle’ associated with returning DVDs to the library.
We’ve only done the one disc at a time option and typically the turnaround time between DVDs puts us closer to 4 shows per month. Compared to renting, it was still a great deal. And, some of the movies available are ones that the library systems did not have. I was amazed to see Lifework:Finding God’s Purpose in Your Life and Completely Christ’s. Both are recommended in Catholic Heritage Curricula’s program for 8th graders. Rather than spending $45 plus shipping on those titles, I can put them in my queue for when we’re ready to use them.
Then, I discovered their instant streaming option. In Maryland, we watched on the computer. Now that they have it set up for watching on the Wii, we can watch on the big TV. The selection is more limited than the discs, but there’s no waiting or remembering to return the DVD in the mail. But, you never know what will appear available for instant streaming. The Red Baron is a movie referred to us by another TOS Crewmate for WWI studies. Guess what made its appearance for instant streaming?? It’s saved off in that que for us to watch in the next few days.
Not too long ago, Netflix changed their membership pricing as there is a bigger push for their instant streaming. We love that feature, but with our internet usage currently capped we use it sparingly. However, if your internet provider has no limit for usage it is an awesome thing. So for around $10 per month, you can get access to DVDs as well as the instant streaming. Or, do just instant streaming for $8 per month. (Personally, I think the one DVD at a time is a a great one for occasional watchers.)
My only complaint is that how I would search on a library database does not always give me the best result on Netflix. (Case in point, searching on World War II did not pull up some good movies or even documentaries that I found by searching a specific title and then clicking through on related shows.) Yet, I am glad to see so many documentaries or shows tied to our studies that we can access through this resource.
If all goes well, I hope to be back next week with other resources for videos that reinforce learning. Maybe a few will even be free!