Our Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum

Our relaxed homeschool Curriculum: Elementary Years

Relaxed. Flexible. Eclectic. Secular.

Due to our relaxed educational approach, these homeschool curriculum suggestions will work for most elementary ages.

While it’s taken me some time (and I’m still learning!) to relax and let go of my ideas of formal education, I believe that learning success comes from taking it slow—making the learning relevant and letting young children play, explore, experiment, and question. Everything can be taught through anything. My husband and I are always seeking ways to incorporate learning into our every day, from asking our son to read the next steps in a recipe, to calculating our arrival time on a road trip, to discussing bases and acids while setting up a fish habitat.

Despite being a laid back, eclectic homeschool family, we do have a few “academic” activities sprinkled throughout our days which provide a little structure and opportunities to practice growth mindset, goal setting, and perseverance. We live in seasons with more academic periods and more child-led periods. In The Brave Learner, Julie Borgart recommends this seasonal schedule:
Fall: dedicated studies (curriculum)
Winter: unit studies
Spring: unschooling

While we may not follow this exactly, reading this has given me the confidence to just “go with the flow” as needed. Check out my beginner’s guide to learn more about homeschool approaches.

Through intentional observation, flexibility, and an open mind concerning educational philosophies, a beautiful home learning vision road map has emerged, weaving itself into the crevices of our family dynamics. Rather than stressing over curriculum, trying to fit our child into a particular method, I use this road map for selecting activities and resources which strengthen our values and bolster our goals.

This is how it looks for us:

  • Simplicity parenting, simplicity learning.
  • A love of books and storytelling (thank you DC Public Library!)
  • Narration through play-based retelling of stories
  • Short lessons with creative exploration (an ADHD WIN!)
  • Nature-based, unhurried rhythm to the day, week, and year.
  • Handicrafts, baking, and helping to care for the home and garden.
  • Persistent. Resilient. High self-esteem. Not afraid to try new things.
  • A family that laughs, plays, learns, grows, and matures together.
  • A deep appreciation for his innocence, energy, passion, and uninhibited, unspoiled view of the world.
  • The world is our classroom from which we discover compassion, contribution, and global awareness.
  • Valuing the journey of learning and the relationship between child and parent above academic checklists.

Since I believe that subjects do not exist in isolation and that learning often happens organically based on interest, it has been a challenge documenting our learning resources in a way that might make sense to a new homeschool family. Learning is everywhere and it is not always academic in nature. After reviewing our goals, I gather a few staple resources I’ll be able to pull from when I need to do more guiding on my son’s journey.

Please keep in mind that it is developmentally healthy for kids to have lots of imaginative and creative free time. This is especially true during the Kinder and 1st-grade years when, traditionally, we start pushing academics. In the US, 1st grade is often considered the start of elementary—a “big kid” grade but keep in mind that these kiddos are still young and still require lots and lots of imaginary, free play. If we consider that most 1st graders are 6 going on 7, and we are looking at brain development, they fall into Piaget’s preoperations stage.

Piaget’s States of Brain Development

My approach is based on finding the right balance and doing what works. My hope for you: that in developing your home education vision, you will reduce overwhelm and burnout and find your relaxed rhythm.


“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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And now…our current curriculum of sorts. Feel free to add any of these resources to a more traditional curriculum, if that’s what works for you, or create your own vision road-map for your eclectic homeschool. We are always observing, documenting, modifying, and celebrating what works for us.

Table of Contents: Online Classes | Character Development | Nature and Science | Music | Language Arts | Math | Foreign Language | Social Studies | Resources

New to homeschooling? Check out my Beginner’s Guide. If you haven’t been through a deschooling period, I highly recommend doing so.

Online classes for kids and adults

I’m starting this list with Outschool because, while not our core learning method, it is a very loved overarching supplement to our home education. Originally designed as a remote learning platform for secular homeschoolers, many families now use Outschool to supplement their kids’ brick and mortar education.

With over 100,000 live online classes, learners can take traditional subjects like math and reading as well as interest-based classes such as photography, robotics, or Greek mythology. My son enjoys his various teachers and “classmates” and I appreciate the flexibility and increased engagement it provides in our learning. Learn more about our experience.

Storyteller Academy was started by Arree Chung, the successful author illustrator of “mixed” as a platform for teaching other aspiring children’s book authors and/or illustrators who to develop their books and become published. Last spring, when Covid arose, he started offering Creativity classes for kids which has since grown into is currently Creativity School.

Positive Parenting Solutions is a robust online parenting course by Amy Mccready. It has given my husband and I a metaphorical basket of tools to use with our son in a variety of situations. Amy has helped us think through keep areas in our parenting that might be missing and helped us understand some fundamental childhood needs.

“Positive Parenting Solutions gives parents the tools they need to finally put an end to exhausting power struggles with their children. No more tantrums. No more meltdowns.”

Character development in our homeschool

Most educational philosophies I am drawn toward have a strong emphasis on character development or good habits. They recognize the child, born as a person, whole and complete. Educators act as guides, creating a nurturing environment for learning. Our relationships and emotions are key to learning.

I have come to realize that, to create a nurturing environment for learning, I must give equal attention to Emotional Intelligence: (How to raise children who are caring, resilient, and emotionally strong), executive functioning skills, and calm through Simplicity Parenting. Other things we are emphasizing in our home education include understanding mistakes as learning opportunities, passion, not being afraid to try new things, love/respect, and holistic problem-solving.

Emotional Intelligence: noun

  1. a set of skills that helps children (and adults) identify, appropriately express, and manage their emotions; develop effective relationships; cope with stress; adapt to change; and make good decisions.

“Simply put, emotional intelligence (EI) involves an array of skills that allows your child to understand and leverage emotions in ways that lead to more accurate self-awareness, greater confidence, more effective coping, stronger relationships, better decisions making and more academic and work success. EI skills will allow your child to stand up for his or herself, handle pressure, or become motivated to perform at his or her best—among many other things.” – The Everything Parent’s guide to Emotional Intelligence.

Big Life Kids Journal (and Podcast) is an amazing resource for teaching kids about growth mindset, goal setting, and kindness. Started by a parent couple, it was designed to help their son grow up to be a positive, confident, resilient human being who strives to achieve great things in life.

The podcast is hosted by Leo and Zara who go on adventures and tell stories about people overcoming adversity. The Big Life Kids Journal and PDF teaching materials accompany the podcast and make a great “curriculum.” We do a new activity every week or so and listen to podcasts together on a regular basis.

Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, Zen Socks, Zen Ghosts, are wonderful books by John J. Murth about, as you can probably guess, living more Zen. They feature three kids who befriend a Zen Panda. Beautiful illustrations and simple text depict the stories and lessons the children learn from their new friend.

Nature and science in our homeschool

Nature is a core component of many of the educational philosophies I admire—Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Reggio, Waldorf, just to name a few. Despite (or perhaps because of) my son’s “fast and furious” quickly moving body/mind, I try to incorporate a good amount of nature and observation skills into our activities. Nature and observation skills are so, so important for any child but extra important for the ADHD child whose brain is functioning on overdrive. Scheduling time to unwind, relax and recalibrate is vital, not only for young children who are inundated with information, requests, demands, activities, and stuff but also for the adults who are behind the scenes guiding and supporting these active young souls on their journey.

Like most things, we tend to go with the flow, talking about whatever arises in our rhythm—whether it’s the earth’s rotational pull and ocean tides while watching a sunrise at the beach; stars, constellations, and galaxies while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains; or the variety of birds gathered at the grandparent’s birdfeeder. This year we are coordinating science and nature studies for an adventure-filled experience focusing primarily on geology, weather, astronomy, and plants and bugs.

Physical Outings

Living in a city makes our nature experience more challenging but fortunately, we live near a green playground and Rock Creek Park, one of the largest urban parks that bisect the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. When Covid limited our park access, we reclaimed a small abandoned area behind our Coop building and, while not much, it has provided us a small amount of relief through square foot gardening and hammock lounging. We try our best to go somewhere green at least once a day, even if it’s just to kick a soccer ball around a grassy area. We have also been taking more weekend hikes, and even a few week-long beach getaways because…that’s the beauty of a homeschool and self-employed lifestyle!

Nature Study

Separate from our more open-ended nature outings, we are learning about nature journaling. We are figuring out how to document our weather or finding a quiet spot to calm our bodies down just enough to observe our surroundings. We are learning more accurate drawing, and how to observe by stating what we notice, what we wonder, and what it reminds us of. My son’s favorite class on Outschool is his nature and science class. In the beginning, we tried a plain nature journal which ended in frustration with my son scribbling “fast and furious” to complete the assignment. Now we use The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms

Another book we are really enjoying at the moment is Can You Hear The Trees Talking?

Science

Asia Citro Books – We first discovered the Zoey and Sassafras books, followed by her science book “A Little Bit of Dirt”.

Kids Beginner Microscope STEM Kit: My son was thrilled to receive this Metal Body Microscope, Plastic Slides, LED Light and Carrying Box for Christmas along with a short book, Greg’s Microscope.

Generation Genius: We recently discovered this start up which is inspiring kids in science through streaming videos. Pick from a variety of topics and grade levels, watch a short video with a scientist and two kid actors, complete a fun assessment quiz, and try out their recommended hands on experiment.

Wow In The World: Two What’s and a WOW The #1 podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency, and make us all say, “WOW!”

Curiosity Stream is the world’s leading documentary and non-fiction streaming service covering science, nature, history, biographies of real characters of consequence and pretty much anything else you can think of. A great collection of documentaries for curious learners at a very affordable price. My son likes to learn about our natural world alongside luminaries like Sir David Attenborough.

Disney Nature Documentaries: Disney has put together some fabulous documentaries including some with follow-up documentaries of the film crew filming the documentary! You can find these on Disney Plus.

Nature Disney Educator’s Guide: Downloadable activities based on the documentaries.

Brains On: A science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Radio.

Jane Goodall: After an unexpected visit to the National Geographic Museum, my son became interested in Jane Goodall. We have watched both her documentaries. Both are beautiful, however, I recommend screening Jane as it may be a little intense for sensitive kids. We watched Jane Goodall: The Hope first and really enjoyed learning about her, as a person before her work with Chimpanzees.

Music in our homeschool

“Music can change the world” ~Beethoven

Music is a form of self-expression that exists in the youngest of souls. From babbling to “singing” to banging on pots and pans, we begin making music at a young age. Even if you are not a musical family, you can encourage your children to appreciate music by listening to a variety of music, dancing, rhythm tapping, letting them explore instruments such as a harmonicas, maracas (these can be homemade), or rhythm sticks, or signing them up for a music class. Unit studies around genres of music are great and Podcasts are wonderful too.

Podcast: Classics for Kids is a free resource from Cincinnati Public Radio which has a podcast, games and other lesson plan materials for learning about classical composers and their music.

Violin: When he was 2, my son attended a Montessori school run by a trained Montessorian and Suzuki Violin teacher. He had several opportunities to “try” the tiniest violins I have seen. For his 3rd birthday, he asked for his own violin so we signed him up with a rental and began lessons. He soon discovered my violin and encouraged me to dust off the cobwebs, playing along with him as I helped him through his daily practice sessions. He is now most of the way through Suzuki book 1, and while hard, we have established a good practice routine of ~15-minute practice sessions after breakfast and a short outside time. He has formal (now virtual) lessons with his teacher once a week and has learned about and developed persistence through this process. Sue Hunt from Music In Practice has fun games and a great program for helping kids with their music practice.

Piano: One of my favorite photos of my son is when he was about 2, sitting at the piano, head tilted backward, hair flying, clearly lost in “his music.” We never signed him up for formal piano lessons, since he has violin, but he has always loved dinking around on our keyboard. In the Spring, we signed up for Simply Piano and he has found hours of joy. I’m impressed with what he’s learned and I love that he can progress at his own pace.

Language arts in our Homeschool

Reading/Spelling/Writing

All About Reading: We started this year with a few different curriculum and a tutor, however, the more we progressed, the more we began to suspect dyslexia or dysgraphia. My son has not been official tested, though I spent munch time researching dyslexia programs. All About Reading is based on the Orton-Gillingham method, a multi-sensory approach to reading, writing, and spelling. Initially designed for students with dyslexia, it works for all learners and is a particularly great approach if you are uncertain about dyslexia in your child.

Ultimately, we settled on All About Reading because of their short, easily digestible lessons, the way they incorporate review into each lesson, their multisensory learning approach, and their great reviews from around the web and other homeschool Families. This is a fantastic, easy-to-follow program which works well for my ADHD kiddo. We will be trying All About Spelling in the near future.

While we were initially concerned with getting a (quite expensive and laborious) dyslexia evaluation, it is now less of a concern since our learning approach will be the same, regardless of diagnosis. It’s sort of like eating healthy and preventative care!

No matter where you begin, my recommendation: start when your kids are ready, go at their pace, and use whatever sections work for you! We break all lessons into shorter, more manageable sizes.

Easy Reader Books: One thing we noticed is my son struggles to read full texts and longer books. He is good at identifying individual words but has a hard time sticking with longer reading passages. We recently worked on goal setting and he chose a book he wanted to complete in a two-week period. We figured out his smaller goal would be to read 3 pages a day (with our assistance). We plan to have a mini celebration when he finishes his book. I am in the process of compiling a list of our favorite easy readers so, stay tuned.

Games: We love Scrabble (this lock-in-place version is great for active kids), Scrabble Slam, and Bananagrams. We mostly just play around to create words together, as a team, although we did manage a full, simplified game of scrabble the other day! We also enjoy word search puzzles and Mad Libs Jr and Mad Libs.

We also make up our own games to help with the mundane repetition needed for differently wired kiddos. Below are a few ideas to get you started!

Word Monster: Put 4-6 phonograms, digraphs, words (whatever you are working on) on the floor. Call out one of the cards then say “I am the word monster and I am going to stomp on the word out.” Then, see if your child can grab the card before you step on it. Whoever gets the most cards that round wins. Play again, reversing the roles so the child becomes the word monster and has even more practice reading!

Lava: Put your cards on the floor and play the classic Lava game where the floor is Lava only this time players call out the words they are jumping too. If they get the word incorrect, they fall into the lava pit! To make this even more challenging, call out a letter sound or digraph. Players can only jump to words with those sounds.

Hopscotch: Write words instead of numbers in the squares and call out the words as you go. Or, if reading all the words is too much, just ask your child to read the word where their pebble lands.

Tag: This is more of a spelling game but lots of fun. We play a normal game of tag and then, when someone is “caught” they are given a spelling word by the “catcher”. When they spell the word correctly, they are unfrozen and the game resumes. If they are struggling to spell the word, help them sound it out, then tap each letter on their arm followed with the whole word. O-U-T. Out. Tapping it on their arm gives more of a sensory learning and carves pathways in the brain.

Writing: For our reluctant writer, writing needs to be fun and relevant. Some ways we encourage writing are writing notes to each other, writing letters to a pen pal (his teenage cousin has been a great one!), writing his note to Santa, and sending secret “decodable” messages to his neighborhood friend. My son has learned that, if he can write me a note, I am more likely to say “yes!” to his request. He even wrote a list of his top 7 movies to gain an extra movie night!

This year, in 2nd grade, we are revisiting our daily copy work where he copies a sentence or two in his handwriting notebook.

My recommendation: Use letter templates or art projects to create a more exciting writing experience. And, ultimately, if writing is causing anxiety, stress, or tears, maybe shift the focus to other ways of learning. Perhaps your child would rather learn to type for now? It’s okay to hold off on writing to focus on other learning such as reading, literature comprehension, and math. If have started doing verbal math for this exact reason. Once other learning has been achieved, you can dedicate time to focused writing practice.

Literature

We love to read together! I highly recommend reading to your child whether it’s a fun folktale, classic piece of literature, or living book about a particular subject or topic. Check our current favorite books. Listening to audio books is another fun way to spend time together. Teach your child to narrate and use narration as a way to test their understanding. When I found out how simple this was (from Rachel at CM Plenary), I was delighted. I’m all about efficiency and doing what works.

We love our Blossom and Roots LA experience. The things I appreciate are the minimal amount of prep-work and customization to your child’s level of engagement. Some weeks we just read the stories, other weeks, we excitedly do all the extensions. Since my son’s interest in literature far surpasses his grade level and reading abilities, we debated between the 1st and 2nd-grade curriculum. We ultimately settled on 2nd and, while some of the child-led reading is a stretch for him, he is much more engaged around the story selections. Blossom and Root has the perfect approach to slow and easy while still offering fun and a bit of challenge. I love its simple flexibility. We are also enjoying their Math in Art series and they offer nature, science, and history as well.

Math

We incorporate lots of math on the go, in our daily lives. Baking, pay-day, travel, games, math in literature, math in art, nature observation and more provide opportunities for math learning. I was never a strong math student but I believe it was in part, how I was taught to think about math. I am learning so much as I help my son understand how to “see” math all around him. We are working on observing patterns in numbers, nature, shapes, sounds, and more. Keep in mind that math is a fairly abstract concept and abstract thinking doesn’t fully develop until closer to age 11. Helping our kids understand the relevance of math, (and how to interpret the world mathematically) is, in my opinion, far more important than just learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Check out some of our favorite resources.

Right Start Math is a very reputable, comprehensive manipulatives approach. For us, as laid back, minimalist learners, the entire program, while intriguing, seems a bit overwhelming. What we settled on was their game pack, with the mini AL abacus. It takes up less space on our shelves, we enjoy the plethora of card games, and their abacus is a unique and ingenious way for visually comprehending numbers.

WildMath lets you take the learning outside with this fun, hands-on, nature-based math play curriculum! Grades K-5 are currently available. Grades K-5 are currently available.

Generation Genius: This initially science focused start-up has just added math! Watch fun videos in a variety of topics and grade levels, then complete the fun assessment. It’s a great way to get a sense of what your child does and doesn’t understand and where you might want to focus your additional learning.

What your 2nd grader needs to know: We use the math section as a point of reference and build from there.

Math in Literature

Cindy Neuschwander has written many fun math stories including Mummy Math and the Sir Cumference series which we enjoy.

Math and Literature k-1 by Marylin Burns has some great ideas for book reading followed by fun follow-up activities. There are different books for different grade levels as well as other books by Burns.

Math in Art

Blossom and Roots has a great math in art curriculum. Although he is still in 1st-grade, my son is actually working through the 3rd-grade curriculum. So far, learning about geometric solids through art appreciation and hands-on activities has been a lot of fun.

Games

There are SO many (because many games have a scoring system) – and there are so many ways to sneak in extra math in most games. Check out our list of favorite games (with be linked to another article). One fun idea is to game such as checkers or connect four and challenge your learner to a math problem before each turn. If they get it right, they get to play! If not, they skip their turn.

Prodigy Math Video Game: While I try to limit screen and technology time, (hello ADHD, addicted brain!), I do think video games can be useful teaching tools, in moderation. Everything in balance, right? Prodigy math is simple, engaging and straight-forward. There is a free and a paid version. I just wish the free version didn’t hound us to upgrade.

Other Math Ideas

Payday (perhaps an article about our payday method?) is an amazing way to make math relevant. My son has 3 jars – share, save, and spend. When my son counts the money in his save jar, calculates his 5% interest on said money, he gets paid! His calculated interest plus 25 cents per jar. He not only learns to count money but has started learning how to make change and the value of compound interest.

Baking is of course, another great math activity. Going on a road trip? Tired of “are we there yet?” Helping kids calculate the time left on the trip is a great way to get in some math practice AND reduce the number of times they ask!

There are SO many amazing ways to incorporate math in your every day. What’s one math learning you like to do with your kids?

Foreign language

Despite the fact that I have a B.A. in French, my son attended an immersion Spanish school for 7 months until the pandemic ended his daily exposure to the language. Not speaking much Spanish myself, it’s been a bit of a challenge keeping up with his language learning but we are making progress. I’m sure he is learning at a slower rate, however, we’ve managed to find a few things to keep him going with at least some exposure to the language. Post pandemic, we hope to immerse ourselves more fully through travel.

While it’s been proven language learning happens best through interactive conversations, watching shows (especially, if you watch along with your child and try to pick out a few words), can complement their other language learning methods. Check your child’s favorite Netflix shows to see if they can be viewed in Spanish (or your language of choice). Here are the Spanish shows we are currently watching.

Duolingo – A free app for kid’s language learning with point daily streak point tracking (we do 5 minutes a day which, while not much, is enough to keep the momentum and idea of language learning.)

Rosetta Stone – We tested this out during their free month offer and my son actually preferred this over Duolingo because of the option to practice his speaking skills. We haven’t taken the plunge and signed up yet due to our allocation of funds but we are highly considering it.

Spanish Playground has some simple videos, printable games, and other great resources.

We are (slowly) working our way through 52 Weeks of Family Spanish. The weekly (or sometimes bi-weekly, in our case) lessons are written on a large piece of paper that hangs in a prominent place in our living room. We have created extra incentive by making it into a game (and extra math practice) by tracking and tallying each family member’s points: a point or two (depending on if it’s a word or a phrase), when used in the correct context. At the end of the week, we declare the weekly winner!

Social studies

History for us started with simple storytelling about our family. While at my parent’s house, my son fell in love with stories about his Great-Grandmothers as well as his grandparent’s and my own childhood, told by my parents. My maternal Grandmother was adept at anything crafty including quilting, china painting, miniature dollhouse making, and more. She has inspired a love of crafty experimenting and endless “did you know GrandMontie could xyz” retelling of stories. He has come to know her as a true friend and relative and delights in making connections about historical events that occurred during her youth. He cherishes anything of hers and especially enjoys polishing her silver tea set passed down to my mother. He has read old letters from my Grandfather, listened to my paternal Grandmother’s music playlist of songs from the ’30s and ’40s, and learned about my own childhood.

This year, we are branching out into US history which includes Native American and Latino studies, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement (which lends itself to family stories), and modern-day events. He has also taken an interest in Civics.

We continue our conversations about continents, countries, states, and cities and use our globe and wall map to located places as we discover them in our every day.

My son has taken an interest in creating virtual trips which involve a whole host of educational opportunities from planning to researching and writing to cultural studies, to geography, to cooking lessons. Our last “trip” was to the Great Wall of China with Mulan as the featured in flight entertainment. I am working on a sperate post about how he plan’s a virtual cultural visit to anywhere in the world but for now, here are a few other resources we like for social studies.

Blossom and Roots, A River of Voices is a US history program for elementary and middle grades. We are using some of the recommended book selections this year.

American Girl Books got us started in “formal” history when my son discovered my old Kirsten books about a Swedish girl who immigrates to the US in 1856. We then read the Felicity books, followed by Samantha, Molly (WWII), and Addy (about a slave girl in). In each of these, we incorporate story narration and talk about the various “challenges” the girls faced during their time.

New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young readers an American history lesson they’ll never forget in the fun and funny King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution.

Little Passports – Discover a new country each month with stories, souvenirs, and hands-on activities.

Big Life Podcast (Already mentioned above, under Character Build)

Wow In The World: Two What’s and a WOW The #1 podcast for kids fits into so many categories so I am including it again here since the hosts, Mindy and Guy Raz travel to so many interesting places around the world.

Resources and materials

Curiculum

Outschool

Logic of English Foundations

Orton-Gillingham

Blossom and Root

Torchlight Literature Based Curriculum

Right Start Math

WildMath

WHAT YOUR FIRST-GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW (OR KINDERGARTNER, SECOND-GRADER, THIRD-GRADER, FOURTH-GRADER, OR FIFTH-GRADER) is a great resource we discovered recently which I use as a learning guide and pull out when we want a little “something extra” or for days when we need a slower pace.

Subscriptions

Little Passports
Kiwi Co.

Books

Books We Are Reading (LINK TO SEPARATE POST)

Early Readers

Games

Educational Games We Are Playing

Podcasts We Like

Big Life Kids Podcast and Journal – Teaching kids to have a growth mindset.

Wow In The World: Two What’s and a WOW The #1 podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency, and make us all say, “WOW!”

Smash, Boom, Best: is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. “The show about showdown.” (according to my 7-year-old son).

Classics for Kids – A free resource for learning about various classical composers and their music.

Brains On: A science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Radio.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids: Kids are always asking seemingly simple questions that have surprisingly complex answers, such as “Why is the sky blue?” and “Who invented words?” This cute biweekly radio show/podcast takes on answering them. Each episode features several kid-submitted questions, usually on a single theme, and with the help of experts, it gives clear, interesting answers. Best for: All ages


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