SmartKidz Media is an online subscription based media library for homeschoolers to use. SmartKidz Media offers homeschoolers a wide selection of comprehensive catalog of digital media topics and themes. Anything from History and Science to Animal Kingdom and Sports. SmartKidz Media has a huge selection of digital medial for all ages. SmartKidz Media host several educational and entertaining medias. You will also find games, ebooks, music and so much more.
About the product:
We were given a full year of SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers. This gives us complete access to all items for the year online. We could choose between watching a video or playing in the fun zone. We can use the SmartKidz Media any time of any day. Right now you can use SmartKidz Media on most streaming devices. Including, TV, computer or mobile device as long as there is internet available. They are currently working on an Ipad/Iphone app. SmartKidz Media can be used independently by children 13 and over. Younger children should be supervised by an adult as suggested.
How we used the product:
I allowed Monster to use this as we were learning about different themes. I also allowed him to use it just for fun on days that he just wanted to explore the site. Monster is 8 years old and was able to use the site on his own with no problems.
What we thought of the product:
I really enjoyed using this product along side Monster. Monster was able to use this product with no problems. One great thing about SmartKidz Media is your child can watch a show more than once. Monster found a dolphin movie he really enjoyed and watched it several days.
I also really like that there are health and fitness movies on SmartKidz Media as well. There were several rainy days here in Texas and this was a great way to use the online programs for kids exercising. Monster loves to move, so turning these on gave him the chance to get the movements out while stuck indoors.
Another great thing about the videos are the time lengths. Some are shorter than others and I think this is a perfect way to keep them focused and entertained.
Something great I noticed while using the site, there are no ads. Which is a great because there is no chance your child will accidentally click on something they should not click on. All of the movies are family friendly.
Although Monster can read chapter books alone, he really enjoyed using the online ebooks as well. He loves audio books. So being able to use these books online was another fun way to get him reading. I do wish they would include some ebooks for children over 8. My son would love more books on his level to read online like they have for the younger ones. Most of their ebooks are for 8 and younger. Yes, Monster is 8 years old, but his reading level is above that.
One thing I noticed is there is no search tool. I would love if they could include a search tool. Monster and I were looking for books about predators. It would be great to have a tool to search labels like those and it show you which books would be great to use.
I would recommend this to my homeschool friends for their children. If you are a homeschooling family and would like to check out this great online program you can for free for 14 days! That's right! They are offering a free 14 days trial right now.
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