Ever since Netflix hit Australian shores I have been addicted in a major way. I have mowed through entire seasons of Nashville, Outlander and Pretty Little Liars in record time. I have been in binge-watching heaven.
Occasionally, I let our daughters scroll through the kids’ movies and TV series section, but just between you and me there’s only so much Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse that I can take. I prefer to keep Netflix as mine, all mine *evil laugh*
It wasn’t until a few months ago when my friend told me Netflix has a great selection of educational kids TV programs that I changed my tune.
Under the early learning category of the kids section of Netflix, there’s plenty of educational TV programs for preschool aged children to choose from. I don’t know how I missed it before. Oh, that’s right – Nashville …
We’ve been particularly interested in the programs that assist with literacy and numeracy. There’s a number of programs that focus on letter recognition and sounds, as well as teaching kids to read words and short sentences. There are also programs which focus on counting and basic addition and subtraction.
All too often I’ve fallen into the trap of letting the TV babysit the kids when I’m flat out or need some down time. At least I know now that Netflix has these great educational offerings, so the kids are learning while watching TV too. Winning all round!
If you’re looking for educational TV shows for kids on Netflix, my daughters aged six and three recommend these ones.
Super Why! is the standout favourite in our household. It centres around four fairytale characters who live in Storybrook Village. Each episode the characters transform into superhero-like super readers and jump into a book, usually a fairtayle or nursery rhyme, to solve a problem. On their search to solve the problem they look for super letters and focus on words, phrases and short sentences. This is such a fun series that appeals to both of my girls. The letter recognition is perfect for my three-year-old and the more advanced reading is ideal for Miss Six. I know they will both be entertained with Super Why!
There’s a fantastic selection of LeapFrog programs available on Netflix. The girls recently watched Let’s Go To School, which we would recommend for any soon-to-be Preppie. It offered a great overview of how you might feel when you start school and what to expect. It focused on everything from letters to numbers, shapes and more. Scout and Friends Phonics Farm provides a great introduction to letters, the sounds they make and words that start with each letter. This one is perfect for Miss Three and helps to reinforce what Miss Six is learning in Prep. The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park is another great one for letter recognition, while Counting on Lemonade teaches numbers and basic addition and subtraction.
Jim Henson’s Word Party
New to Netflix, Jim Henson’s Word Party is perfect for younger kids. Miss Three enjoys Word Party, but Miss Six thinks she’s way too old and cool for it. The series revolves around four cute animated baby animals that ask the big kids (the viewers) for help learning words. While Miss Three likes this at the moment, I have a feeling it won’t be long before she outgrows it. It’s ideal for toddlers two and over.
So, it appears Netflix and my computer are no longer my own. I don’t mind as long as I know that I can mix a few educational programs into their regular viewing with their old favourites from commercial TV.
Do your kids watch Netflix? What programs can you recommend?
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.