Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

So you’ve decided to home school – now what? Because home schooling allows for more flexibility than a traditional school setting, you can design a curriculum with a dash of each method of teaching. You can use textbooks, educational DVD’s, educational videos, vacations as field trips, the Internet, or even live tutors.

Why Use DVD’s?

We especially like the use of educational DVD’s because of the menu function. It allows us to select the applicable “chapter” and quickly fast-forward to the applicable location on the DVD. When home schooling multiple children of differing ages, DVD’s allow you to “double down” by having one child viewing a DVD on the computer while the other uses the DVD player attached to the television.

How to Choose Educational DVD’s

When selecting educational videos and DVD’s for home schooling, it is important to remember a few key points to also make the learning fun.

Know your child’s learning preferences. Children learn at different rates and in different ways. You need to be keenly aware of your child’s likes and dislikes, how they learn best, and what topics she finds interesting. For example, if your first grader loves ballet, then an educational video that uses ballet to teach math is going to work great!

Provide activities to go along with the DVD. You can’t rely just on the DVD. For example, if you just showed your sixth grader an educational video on dinosaurs, a trip to local museum to observe real dinosaur bones can really enhance their learning.

Encourage creativity. A child’s imagination and creativity can be dulled by too much learning occurring visually. Information is NOT spoon-fed to us in the real world and most of our jobs require some level of creativity, even if only in problem-solving. Take the topics presented in the DVD and be creative yourself to allow them to be creative. For example, after they have viewed a DVD on the rain forest, ask questions that require a creative response, such as, “Why do you think some trees get so much taller than the others?”, “What do you think happens to the dead leaves on the forest floor?”, or “How do you think the animals help the forest survive?”.

Home schooling comes with some real challenges along with the benefits. We think educational DVD’s and educational videos help address some of those challenges.

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The small company I work for is committed to creating quality educational videos for classroom instruction. From the earliest script stages, all subject area content, images, and music are intensely reviewed and selected for meeting appropriate grade level, curriculum objectives and standards for our proprietary productions. The videos we distribute are also screened to meet our high standards.

Teachers in the 21st century classroom will be better educators if they understand how to use multi media in their lessons, if they understand the processes that research has shown to be the most effective for improved student performance, and if they know how to find quality video resources that will enhance their lessons.

By rahul