Monday, November 14, 2016

Science: Fun Home School Video Day

I'm not what most people would call a "Fun Mom" - certainly not when it comes to homeschooling! I
believe in hitting the books hard, being self-disciplined, and all that good, old-fashioned stuff.

BUT - there are times for for a fun day - or a fun hour. When I'm sick. When she's sick. When we're looking forward to some exciting event and have trouble focusing. When Mom has to meet with a professional like a plumber or a realtor. When we just need a break.

Now, many a parent-educator would say, "Just take the day off!"

And, certainly that is an option - an option that we sometimes take!

Unfortunately, that has some drawbacks: 1) We don't make as much academic progress as we'd like, 2) we can end up always focusing on favorite, easy subjects while neglecting to master those that require a little more effort, or 3) Boredom can set in (especially on those days when playing outside isn't an option) and we can end up with idle hands - and we all know what they say about idle hands.

So, I researched a set of go-to videos and activities that are ready to go whenever we need them.

In the process, we discovered that these videos also make a nice way to add a little EXTRA productivity to those busy, rigorous days. They provide relaxation and down time  between the morning's drill and the afternoon's academic endeavors and can educate and entertain all at the same time. A "working lunch" if you will ; )

So, these videos have become an everyday thing for us. I schedule one or two subjects for each school day - and it's a portion of the day that is enjoyed and anticipated while still being productive.

A wonderful added plus to these videos? Sometimes we easily and enjoyably master memory work before we ever are introduced to the material it relates to. Then, mid-text, my daughter will tie in the memory work she's done to the material she's reading - usually by singing the appropriate line or two from a song. Can't beat that for delight in learning, huh? 

Unfortunately, on Youtube the commercials aren't targeted to the audience, and sometimes very inappropriate things are shown. Which means that there are times that I've had a h0rr0r film ad (or other junk I'd rather not see) pop up right before a preschool video with puppets. For this reason, and because I like to be sure that junk in general isn't coming into our school day while I'm folding laundry, I save the videos to a desk top folder for convenience.  And, if a favorite video is "taken down," we still have it. It's also nice if the internet crashes while we're doing school : )

I like this site for saving my videos - it's free and I've never had any trouble from it.  (ETA: as of Oct 2017, I discovered a problem in this site, and no longer recommend it without reservation - use it at your own risk)

If you like this, check out others in this series:
Video Day: History & Geography
Video Day: English
Video Day: Math

So - here are our favorite SCIENCE fun videos:

The Minerals Song

The Periodic Table Song, with helpful visuals

The Same Periodic Table Song, done by a cute 6-year old

The Cell Song

Classical Conversations - some Songs from Cycle 2

Classical Conversations - Some Science Songs from Cycle 3

Classical Conversations - More Science Songs from Cycle 3

Scientific Method Song

Phases of the Moon

Solar System Song

Planets Song (to Memorize the List)

Hope you & your kids enjoy them! 


If you like this, you might also like some of my other homeschooling posts:

Concord Cunningham, the Scripture Sleuth
Design Your Own Mini Unit Study 
Home School for Cheap or Free: Why Greek is Better than Latin!
Home School for Cheap or Free: Greek Reading
Home School for Cheap or Free: Greek Conversation
Teaching Math: Home School for Cheap or Free
Teaching Music: Homeschool for Cheap or Free
Teach Reading with Confidence: Homeschool for Chea...
My Amazing Mother's Kid Tips
Raising Kids Who Aren't Picky  
2 1/2 Minute Homeschool Lesson Planning
10 Homeschool Lessons from ACE Curriculum 
The Perfect Homeschool Organizer  


This is being shared on:

The Art of Homemaking Mondays 

What'd You Do This Weekend? 

Merry Monday 

Modest Monday 

Monday Mish Mash 

Literacy Musing Mondays 

Tuesdays With a Twist 

Teaching What is Good 

Coffee & Conversation 

Wise Woman 

Penny Pinching Party 

From House to Home 

Think Tank Thursday 

This is How We Roll

Booknificent Thursdays 

Simple Homestead 

Home Matters Linky  

Grace & Truth 

Faith Filled Friday 




  1. I had NO idea you could save videos to the computer to eliminate the commercials. That is genius! And these looks like awesome videos that my boys would really enjoy. My middle son is currently very interested in the periodic table of elements so we'll be checking that one out for sure.

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by to visit! I wouldn't begrudge them the advertising dollars at all, but when they show ads that don't mesh with our values, that's a big problem! Hope you enjoy the videos, and hope your Son enjoys the Periodic Table. (My Daughter finds it great fun, thanks to this song : )

  2. Love these ideas in the videos you shared today. Thanks so much for stopping by the #LMMLinkup this week.

  3. Thank you for sharing these! I will have to check them out. I never even thought of saving videos to the desktop, thanks for the tip! Your neighbor at Faith Filled Friday

    1. Thanks for dropping by - it's great to "meet" you! You've got a great-looking blog : )

  4. Thanks you thank you for sharing these videos! I need some educational videos for my kids and I'm definitely going to try some of these. Thanks for sharing for the #HomeMattersParty


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