As summer ends and school begins, each child confronts a new grade level that brings with it new challenges and learning, including social and emotional learning that occurs at each age. But not every child learns the same way. Some kids may excel at paper and pencil tasks while others need visual representations and sit alongside classmates who benefit from audio stimulation or hands-on activities. And all kids need time to synthesize new knowledge with existing learning to figure out what they do and don’t know.
Learning is a process.
Some kids need concepts to be reinforced by quality programming and there is no shortage of shows on Netflix that can help solidify topics learned in class. From fostering a lifelong love of reading, exposing kids to new STEM topics, developing a deeper interest in music, as well as teaching essential social and emotional skills, Netflix can be a great tool for learning. Here are some roundups I’ve done in past years that I thought I would compile and share to help you and your family transition back to school.
Reinforcing Academic Skills with Netflix Streaming
Inspire STEM learning at home
One of the best ways to get engaged in STEM is by being inspired and there’s no shortage of projects for big kids and ones that will encourage curiosity and problem-solving in the younger ages on Netflix! Take a look at my Ways to Inspire STEM Learning at Home for ideas for all ages and check out Project MC2, a fantastic show that empowers girls by breaking STEAM stereotypes.
Reinforce a love of reading
It’s always fun to read and develop the world you’re reading about in your head but to see it in real life is magical! These 13 movies bring favorite books to life for kids of all ages and serve as a wonderful way to reinforce a love of reading.
Foster a growing love of music
From toddler music classes to school programs for elementary ages to taking tweens and teens to a musical, there are many different ways to get kids interested in music at any age. These 12 Family Friendly Musicals are great for all ages but younger kids might enjoy the brand new show, BeatBugs.
Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Netflix
Academics are important but so is the whole child and this is where social and emotional learning comes in to play. As parents, we want to raise thoughtful, compassionate individuals who are resilient and kind. It’s not an easy task but not impossible either. Here are my compilations of shows and movies available through Netflix Streaming with lessons about social and emotional wellness.
Emphasize the importance of compassion, empathy, and kindness
Reinforce what it means to be a good friend
Continue the conversations about sportsmanship on and off the field
Celebrate a successful week of school with family movie night
Help for the Youngest Ages via Netflix
Changes are hard on everyone but especially the youngest ages who may be starting day care or preschool for the first time.
Help ease separation anxiety
Remind younger kids that even though you may not be with them at school, that you’re always thinking about them. These 12 movies about families celebrate the importance and uniqueness of families everywhere.
Create routines to make transitions easier
Almost every parent deals with bedtime battles due to stall tactics but back to school bedtime routines can become easier due to consistency, use of transitional strategies, and shutting off screens 30 minutes before going to sleep. For additional tips plus ways Netflix can help your kids transition to bedtime, read my 3 Tips for Establishing Bedtime Routines.
I am a Netflix Stream Team Member and while I am not compensated, my family does enjoy a complimentary Netflix subscription and other items for my involvement.