Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday - A+ Educational Videos

Homeschoolers today are very blessed to have so many resources available to us. We can go online and find just about anything we could possibly need. Sometimes the best thing we can do to really drive a lesson home for our kids is to present an appropriate video on the subject at hand.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a city with a great library, then a lot of your resources are literally just around the block. Libraries are not only great for books (obviously), but most libraries have an assortment of videos as well. And the best part is - they are FREE to use! Sometimes, though, the library doesn't have exactly what we're looking for, especially in small towns like mine. That's where video rentals come in handy. Most towns have at least one rental store, but nowadays you don't even have to leave your house to get great movies. Well, you might have to leave your house... to walk to the mailbox.
We've all heard of the major video-by-mail places, like Netflix and Blockbuster. We have subscribed to Netflix for almost 2 years now and have really enjoyed it. They have a huge selection and are usually super-fast in getting the movies to us that we've requested. There are a lot of times, though, that the more educational type movies that we really need cannot be found on Netflix.
About a year ago, I came across an advertisement in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for an educational video service called A+ Educational Videos. I visited the website and was absolutely astonished at the choices for educational videos on just about any subject. The rates are extremely reasonable, and almost the same as the rates at Netflix. They may be a dollar or so more per month, but that is because they offer VHS tapes as well as DVD's, which increases the shipping cost.
A+ Educational Videos works the same as Netflix. You go online to their website, set up your queue, and the videos come to your mailbox. You keep them as long as you like, then return them in the prepaid envelope or box. It's very simple, and very helpful! It definitely works for homeschool moms like me!
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Kathy in WA said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing. I love finding great ideas for adding to our educational/homeschool experience.

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LeeAnn said...

Stopped by via your comment on my WFMW post... This is a great tip for any family. I don't homeschool, but frequently am looking for videos to supplement what my kids are learning about or are just interested in...

I'll definitely check it out!

Rosie said...

Fasinating. I doubt my 4 year old would pay much attention to me if I attempted to educate her at home. It's really interesting to hear about a family doing it successfully.