Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media : A TOS Crew Review

SmartKidz Media Review
This is an amazing online, streaming resource filled with "unlimited access to over 1,000 educational videos, flash animated e-books, fine arts music, interactive study guides.”  SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers is designed to be used by children over the age of 13 independently, and with the supervision of parents for younger children.  SmartKidz Media can be used on any device — TV, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Tablet, mobile phone, and Roku. With its cloud storage, SmartKidz Media can be streamed any where, at any time.  
Several categories you can choose from include:
  •  Animals & Wildlife Collections
  • Documentaries & Culture Collections
  • Health & Fitness
  • History Titles
  • Lifestyles & Cuisine
  • Science
  • Travel & Adventure: World Wide Discovery Collections
  • Cooking Instruction
  • Classical Music Collections
  • Cultural Music Collections
  • Cultural Music: Vol 2
  • Jazz and Blues Classics Collections
  • Relaxation Music Collections
  • Mighty E-Book Collection
  • Sign Language Collection
  • Special Needs Learning
  • Living Skills
  • Singing
  • Fun Zone

With summer break in full swing... have you heard the all too familiar "There's NOTHING to do" phrase?  Yep, I have too.  Living in South Texas heat can limit our outdoor adventures, leaving a long afternoon - that's when I hear it. 

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers to the rescue.  This nifty online streaming site provides HOURS of safe, educational entertainment.  I don't even feel guilty telling them to pick something and watch it.  Guilt free summer entertainment... um, I meant education!

The site is massive, but organized by categories, so it's easy to navigate. With no fear of pop ups or advertising or links to other sites, you can be assured your children are only viewing safe, family friendly material.

For Monthly Membership $10.00 or 1 Year Membership $99.00 - it's an affordable media choice for many families.  You can even check out a Free 14 day Free Trial .

All of the testers at Bentz Test Laboratory were able to find many areas that interested them.  From videos, Ebooks, music and games - this site has so much to offer!  Here are a few of our favorites:

 Animals - My testers really loved all the explorations into animals and wildlife. And it's a perfect compliment to summer science studies too.

Puzzles and games - I have to confess, I really liked this section too :-)

Study Guides - these are interactive fact files loaded with information.  From Shakespeare's English guides , Newton's Math Guides, Einstein's Science Guides and  Ben Franklin's Social Studies Guides - these are a handy tool for students.  More subjects are being added as well.  


 Documentary style films from exotic locations around the world were definitely one of our favorites!  It's like getting to travel without leaving home. 

Music - Classical, Jazz, Cultural and Relaxation.  This is perfect for having on in the background, or using in your music study. 

Animated E-Books - these are super duper fun.   While most of the site will work great on any device, this only work on Flash supported devices.  Many titles to pick from, for all ages.  Machu Picchu was one that we really enjoyed all together. 
I really liked many of the Special Needs Learners resources, having some struggling readers.   My younger readers found many of these entertaining too.  For example - the "I See and Spell" book for was very engaging while teaching spelling with a rhyme.   

History - WW2 videos were a hit with my older testers.  This site is full of really good stuff.  I love to supplement our studies with videos and ebooks.  SmartKidz has done all the hard work of finding the good content, and making sure that you don't "accidentially" end up with questionable content.  That's major peace of mind for this mom!

I've only given you a glimpse at what you can choose from.  This is one resource that we will be able to use in so many different ways.  I strongly encourage you to check this one out! 


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