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Homeschool friendly documentaries can be a fantastic addition to any curriculum. They can be used to further learning on a topic you are studying or to introduce a new topic all together. They can be written into the lesson plan or turned on when Mom needs a sick day. Finished school early, but it is pouring down rain outside? Snuggle up under a blanket and watch a documentary.
What does it mean to be a homeschool friendly documentary? Well, to me it means a movie or television series that is educational and appropriate for children. They increase knowledge or interest on a topic.
As a child I remember being bored by documentaries. They seemed so dull and dry. They are so much better now! I would never have willingly chosen a documentary when I was a child, but my kids select one all the time!
Lately we have been watching documentaries during lunch time. We have a fairly open first level of our house so we can see the television from our kitchen table. Watching something educational over lunch gives us a ‘break’ from our studies while still engaging our minds.
Netflix and Amazon have a tendency to mix ratings and topics of documentaries together. The documentaries genre page includes a wide range of documentaries – many that are not appropriate for children. Be aware of what might pop up on the screen if your children are in the room. If that is a concern, pull up the chosen documentary before calling your children into the room.
I have not watched all of these movies, so even though they are homeschool friendly documentaries, use your judgement as to whether it is a good fit for your family. I also can not verify that all documentaries are factually correct.
Homeschool Friendly Documentaries
Homeschool Friendly Documentaries on Netflix
You will need access to a Netflix account with streaming capabilities in order to watch these homeschool friendly documentaries.
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth – Rated G
Shakespeare: The Legacy – Rated G
Precious Puppies – Rated G
Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks – Rated G
The Lion in Your Living Room – Rated G
Born in China – Rated G
Expedition China – Rated G
Life in the Blue – Rated G
Humpback Whales – Rated G
Pacificum: Return to the Ocean – Rated G
Creatures of Light – Rated G
Wings of Life – Rated G
Growing Up Wild – Rated G
Encounters At the End of the World – Rated G
National Parks Adventure – Rated G
Waterschool – Rated G
The Pixar Story – Rated G
Lego House: Home of the Brick – Rated G
Secrets of HighClere Castle – Rated G
JFK: The Making of a President – Rated PG
Making Fun: The Story of Funko – Rated PG
44 Pages – Rated PG
A Dog’s Life – Rated PG
Animal House – Rated PG
Terra – Rated PG
Bears: Spies in the Woods – Rated PG
Elephants: Spy in the Herd – Rated PG
First Tribe: Lost Tribe of the Amazon – Rated PG
The Farthest: Voyager in Space – Rated PG
Mars Generation – Rated PG
Mercury 13 – Rated PG
Secrets of the Solar System – Rated PG
Secrets of Underground London – Rated PG
Columbia: Wild Magic – Rated PG
Chasing Coral – Rated PG
A Plastic Ocean – Rated PG
Vikings Unearthed – Rated PG
Homeschool Friendly Documentaries on Amazon Prime
You will need access to an Amazon Prime account to watch these titles.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony – Rated G
- Thomas Jefferson – Rated G
- Frank Lloyd Wright – Rated PG
- Mark Twain – Rated PG
- Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson – Rated G
- Jack Johnson – Rated PG
- Lewis and Clark – Rated G
Great Greek Myths – Not Rated
- Zeus and the Conquest of Power
- Zeus in Love
- Hades: A Reluctant King
- Orpheus: A Hymn of Impossible Love
- Theseus: The Ravages of Oversight
- Prometheus: The Rebel of Olympus
- Apollo: Shadow and Light
- Dionysus: An Outsider in the City
- Dedalus and Icarus: A Shattered Dream
- Athena: Armed Wisdom
- Aphrodite: Dictated by Desire
- Hermes: The Impenetrable Messenger
- Psyche: Beauty and The Beast
- Bellerophon: The Man Who Wanted to be a God
- Perseus: The Look of Death
- Medea: Murderous Love
- Heracles: The Man Who Became a God
- Oedipus: The Riddle Solver
- Antigone: The Woman Who Said No
- Tartarus: The Damned of the Earth
Daily Life in the Medieval World – Not Rated
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story – Rated G
Andy Paris: Bubblegum King – Rated PG
Mister Rogers and Me – Not Rated
Chocolate Perfection – Not Rated
The Brain That Changes Itself – Rated PG
Big Pacific – Rated G
Let It Snow – Not Rated
Wild Life – Not Rated
Animal Encounters – Not Rated
XPloration DIY Sci – Not Rated
- Power of Air
- Building Your Own Rocket
- Kitchen Chemistry
- Gas Weather Sound
- Science Magic
Popular Mechanics for Kids – Not Rated
Numbers – Not Rated
Honestly, you don’t even need to homeschool to benefit from these titles. Families with kids in classroom settings can watch a homeschool friendly documentary after school or on weekends.
Netflix and Amazon Prime frequently add and remove titles from their collections. This list is accurate as of 4/20.
Curiosity Stream is another documentary streaming service. They have a section that is kid-friendly.
It includes titles such as:
- American Icons (7 episodes)
- Rock the Park (seasons 2 & 3)
- Secrets of the Solar System (8 episodes)
- Nature’s Mathematics (2 episodes)
- A Stitch in Time (6 episodes)
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