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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SmartKidz Media Review #hsreviews

SmartKidz Media Review
We have a pretty good sized library at our house and we use our local library a lot for books, reference, and DVDs. Lately we have been accessing the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media
The SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers is an online subscription for $10 a month or $99 a year, they also offer a 14 day free trial. There are over 1000 educational videos, flash-animated eBooks, study guides, fine arts music, baby sign language and more. The content can be viewed on a computer, mobile device, or anything that can access the internet. All content is free from advertising of any kind. All content in the library are divided into two sections. The Family Media, and the Reading and Learning Center. 
  • The Family Media section contains the World of Discovery and Music & Fine Arts. The World of Discovery contains video content of nature, history, documentaries, travel, health & fitness. We watched videos of the smartest animal, the fastest animal, World War II, exercises, aerobics, and cuisine from around the world. The Music & Fine Arts section offers recordings of classical, cultural, jazz, and relaxation music. Some big name people like Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Mozart, Handel, along with sounds of nature, and music from other countries. 
  • The Reading and Learning Center is where you will find the Mighty eBook Collection, Baby Signs Program, My Animal Family, Quick Find Study Guides, Learning Special Needs, Living Skills Program, Ready Set Sing, and the Fun Zone. There are classic stories, song stories, karaoke, fun facts about animals, and study guides for math, science, social studies, and language arts. 
The study guides are available in elementary & high school math, science, language arts, and social studies with foreign language and accounting coming soon. After selecting a subject there is a list of topics that can be chosen to see the rules, definitions, and examples. 
I used this with all three of my girls, and they accessed the library primarily on their iPad mini. I let them browse the content and choose what they wanted to watch. I had a guess at what they would watch first and I was right. They chose Animals & Wildlife, Nature's Soap Operas, Exercises for Children, Cuisine, and World War II. This ever growing media library can be used just for fun or along with other things going on in your life & school. 
I have been reading the book Unbroken to my family. The World War II video content was a great addition to the book. These selections show actual video footage from the war while history is told. Watching this video series makes the war seem more real to my girls. Alaina & Delaney worked out with Exercises for Children. During this video the girls did what they were doing on the screen. It was very easy for them to follow along and know what they should be doing. I was in the other room when they both burst into fits of giggles because they were hopping like a rabbit, wagging their tail like a dog, and catching mice like a cat. They had a lot of fun during their exercise class. Alaina is my comedian, and she really likes the talking animals on Nature's Soap Operas. These videos are of real animals, but their talking makes this a comedy that she found very funny.  
SmartKidz has something for children of all ages & mom. The eBooks, sing alongs, and the puzzles look like so much fun for younger kids. Baby sign looks good if you have a baby & there are exercises classes for kids, expectant moms, and moms with babies. My girls are looking forward to the action sports & U.S. History videos that are coming soon.
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