BrainPop is one that has animated videos on subjects with quizzes, etc available. Most of the site is for subscribers, but there is a daily video anyone can watch. Yesterday it was about the start of the Mexican – American war, specifically The Battle of the Alamo which began on Feb. 23, 1836. You’ll see the featured video in the upper right hand corner of the main page. There is a Brain Pop, Jr. for K through 3rd grade. And, they have a nice page showing all the freebies. There is also a way to request a free trial, but I have no knowledge of what that entails. IDEA (our charter school) purchases access for all the families with restricted hours of usage.
Discovery Education Streaming video…is, well, AWESOME! This is a paid service and not cheap. It’s another resource we had access to through IDEA and one I sometimes forgot about until I’ve spent hours looking for videos in the library on a topic. Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op currently has a buy going on that brings the cost to $199 for a year of access compared to the retail price of $375. Click on Resources in the left hand column to find details. While some of these videos can be found via Netflix, Discovery Streaming also has teacher guides or blackline masters for some videos. And, you can download entire videos for classroom use OR even just segments of a video. I’ve done this a bit for the homeschool co-op science class I am teaching. Being able to download just the couple minute segment on a topic has been great. I won’t go into details on videos we’ve used (science and history for the most part.)
A recent search pulled up tvSchoolhouse, a free service where you can watch the old ‘films’ so many of us saw in school. They cover several subjects and include a few virtual field trips. I’m looking forward to giving this one a test hop with the boys. I found it on the Have Fun with History site where there are free videos for American History. (I’m thinking ahead to next year’s history. Can ya’ tell??)
Most major networks offer free content to watch. History and National Geographic are two that could be useful for homeschool families. We used the National Geographic site when doing some zoology studies last year. It was far easier than searching the library for the material. PBS has joined the crowd with limited videos available for free.
I’m sure there are more sites I am just forgetting about right now. Feel free to add them in the comment so all can benefit!