According to SmartKidz Media, their site offers “unlimited access to over 1,000 educational videos, flash animated e-books, fine arts music, interactive study guides.”
We received a one year subscription to SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers ($99 per year), and we’ve found it to be a valuable resource in our homeschooling.
SmartKidz Media offers educational materials under 10 categories:
- World of Discovery
- Music & Fine Arts
- Mighty E-Book Collection
- Baby Signs Program
- My Animal Family
- Quick Find Study Guides
- Learning Special Needs
- Living Skills Program
- Ready Set Sing
- Fun Zone
Our Experience Using SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers
I used the resources on this site to supplement a lot of our homeschool activities. For instance, in 1st grade science, the girls are learning the difference between mammals and other animals. After we had established what the difference was, I showed the girls some of the videos from My Animal Family. We watched the video about Leo the Lion (animated by a child). The girls were able to see the cubs nursing and playing with their family.
Bookworm is studying the states in depth for geography. After he finished his unit on Arizona, we watched World Wide Discovery: Arizona about the state of Arizona and the many tourist destinations.
When it was time for the girls to pick up toys, I played classical music from SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers. The girls loved it, and from then on, every day they asked to hear classical music when they picked up. What a great way to expose the girls to this art. SmartKidz Media had plenty of classical music choices from Mozart to Bach to Beethoven to Strauss. I plan to do a classical music unit with Bookworm, and the material here will be an excellent supplement.
The girls also enjoyed the e-books available. I love that some of them helped with reading readiness in a fun way, like having the abc’s song as a military drill song. In addition, there are Bible and science e-books.
SmartKidz Media has a number of sections that are coming soon such as US History and more science programs. Because Bookworm is a history buff, I e-mailed SmartKidz Media to ask when they might be completed. The vice president of media development e-mailed me back within 24 hours with this response:
“We will be adding our History content and expanding our Science programs this month. You should know that the Smart Kidz Media Library will always be changing and growing throughout the year. Our newsletter will keep you up to date on new releases and we are always open to suggestions of content you would like to see added to the Library.”
I love that the content is dynamic and will be changing and growing.
My Opinion of SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers
Of course, I’ve only scratched the surface of all the terrific material that is available. If you homeschool or even if you don’t, there is plenty of great educational material available on SmartKidz Media. We plan to utilize the material about artists to go with our Renaissance unit that is coming up.
If your kids have TV time during the day, why not make it educational programming that you can get through SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers? The price of $99 per year works out to $8.25 a month, which I find very reasonable for the amount of programming and resources available.
The only drawback I found is that some families may want to screen shows ahead of time. Although most shows were completely suitable for kids, some families might take offense to certain sections in a show. For instance, when we watched World Wide Discovery: Arizona, the documentary talked about the high heat in Phoenix. Then, the show cut to Hooters restaurant, and the narrator said, “Though the local branch of fast food restaurant Hooters is supposed to be air conditioned, it’s still very hot in here. The staff of this restaurant are young, attractive women who reveal their charms quite skillfully.”
This sudden detour in the show was a bit bizarre and could offend some families. However, that particular clip just lasted 20 seconds, and the rest of the documentary was valuable.
Of the many shows that we watched during the review period, this was the only one that had material that might offend some families. (I simply remained mum throughout the clip, and my kids seemed unfazed.)
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