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So yesterday, I talked about technological devices. Now, I want to share what I use on those devices.


We quit subscribing to cable & just use Netflix. PBS has many of their shows on Netflix. Our favorites include Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train & Curious George. They also have the Magic School Bus & many documentaries in their listings. These can be viewed from practically every computer & mobile device.

YouTube & Others

I love YouTube for education & set up many channels so I can come back to things I’ve found. I’ve searched for various instrument sounds, hymns for our Catechism curriculum, and others. There are also other great online sites for educational videos such as:

iOS apps (Apple)

There are several apps I use in our school. We use:

  • Amazon’s Cloud Player to play classical music or kids songs that come with curriculum.
  • YouTube for Peter & the Wolf, instrument sounds, and hymns.
  • IPieta for books of the bible, saint, prayer & catechism references.
  • Starfall ABC‘s for alphabet recognition.

We’ve also used various other apps for preschool to kindergarten that we’ve outgrown including:

Web-based learning

My kids love “computer school” which is what they call any school based on the computer. Up through first grade, we have used all of the following:


Hooked On French
Typing Pal


Reading Kingdom (Reading)
Time4Learning (reading, math, science, social studies)
K5 (reading, math, spelling)
Kinderbach (piano)

Bonus: Amazon Prime

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime you also get access to a vast library of video resources. It’s the best place I’ve seen to get high quality videos from places like the History Channel. Its worth a look!


Check out these awesome ladies contributing to 5 Days of Homeschool Essentials, too!

Lisa @ Our Simple Kinda Life
Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four
LaRee @ Broad Horizons
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas
Amy @ Counting Change. . . Again
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Gena @ I Choose Joy!
Adena @ AdenaF
Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue


Do you have a favorite app, website or piece of software?


Jen S.


3 Comments on 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials – On the Road: Videos, Apps & More

  1. Gena
    24 January 2014 at 5:20 PM (5 years ago)

    More ideas I haven’t thought of! I’ll have to look at Amazon Prime. I didn’t like Time4learning, but I’ll look at your other choices.


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