Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SmartKidz Media - SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers Review

Ok....we are a digital family.  We are very fortunate that each of our children have laptops for school and tablets to use for both play and school also.  We use media in all areas of our schooling.  Sometimes though it's hard to find documentaries and materials that are age appropriate and educational.  We recently had the opportunity to review SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media, Inc.

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers has videos appropriate for all ages.  There are no advertisements and pop-ups that you need to worry about.

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers gives your family access to over 1,000 educational videos including math, science, geography, interactive e-books, interactive study guides, fitness & health videos, and fine arts music.  You can watch them from any device also, so iPads, laptops, desktops, and other tablets can be used.

When I first logged into SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers, I was absolutely amazed!  I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from the video quality considering how many options there were for us to watch.  I to be honest was very worried about the material that would be presented.  Would it be good quality or would the filming be done poorly and the material too boring to keep the kids attention?
I was not disappointed.  It didn't take long for me to see how much of a great resource that SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers was going to be for our school.  

The selection of videos is overwhelming.  There are so many nature videos, that we can watch videos on breaks all the time!  Recently several age appropriate historical videos have been added.  This is one area where we have to be so careful while watching cable channel documentaries that were specifically written for adults.  I don't have to worry while using SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers because the videos are there for all ages.

We have been using the fitness videos both as a family during our gym time, but I am also using them to help strengthen my own exercise routine.  The Pilates series is wonderful and I am enjoying using them a lot.

The Mighty eBook selection has been great for Caty.  She can watch videos of cute books and I really liked that many of them had the words highlighted as they were being read to her.  She really likes the science series with Pexi.

The Special Needs Children section has books to help special needs kiddos see and understand what life is doing around them.  There are books on money, personal hygiene skills and life skills such as riding public transportation.

All the kids have enjoyed playing in the Fun Zone.  There are games and puzzles that they can earn extra time playing on.  The puzzles were easy enough for Caty to do, which meant less frustration.

I love that there are no advertisements.  We all use other media services that offer educational videos, and the one in particular uses a lot of advertisements.  Well, sometimes underwear ads are just not appropriate.  I didn't have to worry about a commercial being shown while the kids were watching SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers because there were none!!!

My biggest loss when using SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers was not having a way to search through the videos without scanning through every section.  This was a bit tedious when I many times look for videos on specific subject material that we are studying.  I am getting more acquainted with videos under the various categories, but a way to search through all the titles would be a great feature.

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers has been a great addition to our home.  We are going to continue using it, and the cost is very affordable.  For unlimited streaming, $10.00 a month or $99.00 a year.  A great price when you figure it down over 4 kids and the number of videos I don't have to worry about returning to the library.  If you are not sure yet, you can sign up for a 14 day free trial to look and see how your family will like SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers.

Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media, Inc.  If  you are still not sure, see how they used this program in their homes with their families.

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