Learning With Netflix

by Samantha on September 15, 2014

Family entertainment can be used as a learning tool

DISCLAIMER: As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I will be providing monthly thoughts and suggestions about movies currently showing on Netflix. As with all content on this blog, opinions are completely my own. 

The kids are back to school and hopefully, they’ve have settled into a routine by now, at least to some degree. Sure, there are bumps along the way (sorry teacher, the forms are not signed on time) but the day-to-day craziness of getting kids off to school, then managing the evening whirl of dinner, baths, homework and bed has hopefully become somewhat manageable (somewhat?).

And speaking of homework, it’s likely part and parcel of the evening mix. I know it is in my family - heck - even my twins who are in Senior Kindergarten have work to do. With all of the kids, learning is a priority in our household and we try to support any opportunity to teach them lessons that they can use in life.

One thing I’ve realized is that oftentimes, learning doesn’t need to take a traditional form. There are many ways of teaching kids lessons without having them

a) Whine about having to do homework or

b) Roll their eyes when you suggest yet another round of spelling/math/writing/[insert subject here]

Sometimes, learning can occur under the guise of relaxing, which suits this lazy mom just fine 😉

Cue up Netflix and the kids are primed. They think that they’re getting some “fun time” and “entertainment” - which they are - but little do they know that they’re also learning as well. There’s a method to this parenting madness after all!

For my little guys, there are some great shows where they can both learn and be entertained.

The Lorax is a favourite and my boys have watched it repeatedly. Lots of good lessons in this one, beyond the obvious ones. And the colourful landscapes and lively characters keep the kids engaged as well.


For younger kids just learning to read, Super Why is another fave. My boys love the superhero aspect of the show and willingly make attempts to spell and read - just like the main character.

Super Why pic

Sometimes we just want to chill out and watch the tube as a family and during those times, it’s important to find a movie or show that the kids of all ages can enjoy. For family movie night entertainment a couple of good bets are The Pursuit of Happyness as well as The Karate Kid. Both have some great life lessons that can be uses as discussion points for the kids as well.

Sneaky mom - I take it as an opportunity to let them learn while watching tv. Smart, huh?

The Pursuit of Happyness


Karate Kid

Sometimes learning takes on different forms and it doesn’t always have to be through the conventional means such as reading, writing and studying. By choosing an educational program that the kids will enjoy, you’ll kill two birds with one stone: your kids will be engaged and entertained and they’ll learn something new. Sounds like a “win-win” situation to me!

What are your favourite educational Netflix shows to watch with the kids? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.

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