I’m usually that mom that’s horrible about making sure the kids are covering every subject thoroughly. I’ve always kind of imagined that the kid would just pick up on things, if they were interested. They’d seek out the things they wanted to know more about and I just need to lead the horses to water. I’d given them opportunities, but there were no real bites, so I kind of left it alone.
After the weekend I was exposed to some really cool new to me YouTube channels. I decided that, while I don’t do YouTube, I would check them out. I figure it couldn’t hurt. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? The kids don’t like it? No big deal.
The first one I tracked down was Animal Wonders. Some of the older videos weren’t that informative, but we popped forward to the oldest video that gave some good information, and the kids were really into. It all started here.
After I got them into that, the kids wanted to watch something else, so I looked up another YouTube channel, SciShow Kids. The kids would have been happy to watch all the videos, but I’ll just share the one Luca got to see and particularly had interest in.
The best part about it? Luca loved that it featured koala bears. Those are Luca’s favorite animal right now, aside from real bears. Luca has been running around telling everyone how koalas stay cool. This was perhaps the best information anyone could have given Luca. It was awesome.
After that we decided to keep the science rolling. During dinner we watched an episode of Street Science from the Science Channel. The kids were really fascinated at what they were able to do with some pretty normal sounding stuff, and the science put behind all of it was actually pretty cool. I was amazed at what they managed. It was a great way to learn something new, and fun enough that the kids got into it.
It’s been one heck of a science oriented day. Maybe I’m not being the best of moms, pushing all kinds of science on my kids, but I feel like today was a small victory at least. We learned some cool new science facts, found some new ways of experiencing science, and had some real fun doing it. I have a feeling these videos are going to become a regular part of our unschooling. Maybe I can’t do all sorts of epic science experiments with the kids, but I can give them some exposure to some pretty cool stuff we wouldn’t be able to do at home, and some great information in a kid-friendly format!