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The Best Podcasts for kids & family!

This year we have been very purposeful in limiting the amount of time our kids spend watching television or on electronic devices. I don't know about you, but they started to become something of a habit around here instead of a useful tool. In order to simplify we removed the T.V. from our play room, and set up specific times of online time. This includes anything that requires them to visually watch a screen. 

FavoritePodcastsForKidsandFamily

After the first few months of this rather painful step for our kids, we started to notice a huge improvement in overall focus, and emotional connection to their surroundings. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to preach another too much screen time to you. You do what you feel works best in the rhythm of your family.

At times our youngest (now five) likes to watch something educational while she's coloring or playing. In order to stop this habit of always needing the screen again, we've started playing podcasts for her that she absolutely adores. Our middle child (twelve) has found himself plugged into head phones while he listens to a podcast as well, making chores a little more enjoyable. As time has gone on, our oldest (fifteen) is starting to catch on and listen as well. Most of the time they're learning something while listening. 

We also adore audio books around here, but I'll save that post for later. 

 

When to listen? 

 - In the car! 

 - While doing chores. 

 - While mowing grass (one headphone in and one out for safety)

 - While building and creating.

 - While working on an art project. 

 

What to listen to?

 

Younger - Middle Grades

BrainsOn_SciencePodcast

 

Brains On! Science. 

Description: Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us. @Brains_On 

 

 

Tumble Science

 

Tumble

Description

Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for more information and educational content.

 

 

 

StoryNory

 

Storynory 

Description

Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends. Let Natasha's voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children's stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance.

 

 

 

Middle Grades - Family 

ThatStoryShow

 

That Story Show

Description

That Story Show is a family-friendly clean-comedy podcast that shares funny real-life stories from listeners all over the world. Join hosts James Kennison and John Steinklauber and laugh along every week. TSS has been podcasting since 2006 as "Nobody's Listening"

 

 

 

TedTalks

 

TEDTALKS Kids + Family 

Description

Fun videos to inspire, intrigue and stir your imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

 

ReadAloudRevival_Podcasts

 

Read-Aloud Revival 

Description

The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast is the place to get the inspiration and resources you need to read aloud to your kids. Get motivated and encouraged to build your family culture around books! The podcast is a collection of inspiring and informative interviews to help parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make reading aloud a central part of family life. Reading aloud is more than just a literary education- it's a framework for family culture.

{ VI MOM & TEEN FAVORITE } 

 

 

 

Moms & Family 

AtHome_Podcast

 

AT HOME 

Description

This podcast is a collection of conversations about mothering, home life and education. We all homeschool our children, but we hope to offer discussions that anyone can pull up a chair to. We plan to cover topics that will range from the lighthearted and fun to the heavier ones that may include politics, faith and social issues. We hope this podcast is a place to find encouraging and thoughtful dialog. Above all, we desire provoking one another on to good things. Hebrews 10:24 Grab a cup of coffee and listen in on a conversation with Greta Eskridge, Jennifer Dees, Brianne Buskey and Kristin Rogers

{ VI MOM FAVORITE! }

 

TruthforLife_Podcast

 

Truth For Life 

Description

Truth For Life is the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. The ministry's mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established and local churches will be strengthened. Join us each weekday and on the weekend as Alistair helps us apply the Scripture to our daily lives.

{ VI MOM & FAMILY FAVORITE }

 

 

Wild+Free_Podcast

 

Wild + Free 

Description

A Beautiful Homeschool Community | The official podcast of the Wild + Free community, hosted by Ainsley Arment and Tina Ingold.

 

 

AtHomeWithSallyClarkson_Podcast

 

At Home with Sally Clarkson & Friends 

Description

Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!

 

 

Did we miss your favorites? Please let us know in the comments, we're always looking for more! 

 

Comments

Amie

Thank you ! Great resources!

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