10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix

Yesterday, Lisa Baldwin over at HSBA Post wrote about her Top Ten Favorite Educational Shows on Netflix. It’s a great list and we have a number of them already in our Netflix queue. All of the shows on her list are targeted towards kids under 10 and since many homeschoolers (including myself) have tweens and teens I’d like to offer a list of my own that may be more appropriate for kids over the age of 10.

Where appropriate, I’ve made some personal comments in parenthesis after the title of each show. Here are 10 educational shows for homeschooling teens and tweens on Netflix!

Homeschooling with Netflix for Tweens and Teens

Ten Educational Shows for Your Tweens and Teens

1. How Stuff Works – This insightful collection unravels questions behind the simple food and beverage items we generally take for granted. In How Stuff Works: Food and Beverage, viewers will explore the simple elements that add flavor to our palates. (Changed on 1/5/2014)

2. Mythbusters – Fearless hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take viewers on an eye-opening — and often explosive — journey as they examine some of the most commonly held beliefs in popular science and culture.

3. Extreme Engineering – Host Danny Forster explores the world’s most magnificent feats of engineering — structures seemingly impossible to build and amazing to behold. Watch extraordinary projects in progress as crews defy nature to construct these manmade wonders. From the overhaul of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge to Dubai’s indoor ski resort to Hong Kong’s international airport built 16 miles out at sea, discover the awe-inspiring creations of extreme engineering.

4. Ken Burns: The War (or any other of his documentaries) – A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from “typical” American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.

5. Beakman’s World – Science is cool, and learning is fun in wild-haired Prof. Beakman’s world. Exploring the hows and whys, Beakman takes kids on a tour through science and nature with zany demonstrations and exciting experiments for children to try at home.

6. TED Talks: Chew on This (there are also talks on other topics too) – Take a seat at the TED table with bakers, food scientists, chefs, farmers and foodies for a taste of truth about food. These discussions celebrate and explore all things food, covering flavor, sustainability, obesity, famine and more.

7. When We Left Earth – Follow the 20th century’s space race all the way to the moon — and beyond — in this documentary series. The program features eye-popping footage from a host of various missions, plus in-depth interviews with NASA astronauts and engineers.

8. Dirty Jobs – Ready to tackle any job no matter how disgusting or hazardous, host Mike Rowe travels across America to work side by side with the men and women who perform such thankless tasks as inspecting sewers, retrieving roadkill and handling snakes. Equally horrifying and hilarious, this Discovery Channel reality series shines a light on the lengths that hardworking people go to every day in order to make our lives better.

9. Prophets of Science Fiction – Episodes focus on great minds of sci fi whose spark of imagination changed our reality. See what events influenced the prophecies and the animation that brings them to life; once visionary technology is now put into practice.

10. Bloomberg Game Changers: Marc Andreessen (there are more in this series too) – This installment of “Game Changers” follows Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen, who co-founded Netscape Communications Corp. and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, among other high-profile endeavors.

BONUS: Shark Week – Continuing its annual summertime tradition of terrifying vacation beachgoers, the Discovery Channel presents a week’s worth of shark stories — plus a couple of grisly bonus episodes — in this collection spotlighting the ocean’s fiercest predator.

I know I missed a ton of shows. Perhaps I’ll come up with a longer list in the future. What is your favorite educational show on Netflix?

20 Responses to 10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix

  1. Mary Alligood Furbee May 17, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Drive Thru History

  2. Andrea_R May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    My kids love the documentaries for some reason.

    • John August 4, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      I’d like my kids to watch more documentaries. They do ask to watch How It’s Made a lot.

    • John Wilkerson November 9, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      My kids haven’t shown interested in documentaries yet.

  3. Samantha May 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    You must watch the Shark Week episode “Adrift: 47 Days With Sharks”. Imagine 47 days at sea with Japanese bullets, no food or water, and sharks!!

    • John August 4, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • John Wilkerson November 9, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      I’ll give that a try.

  4. Astrid Lague July 5, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Cosmos! I believe it should be required viewing – for everyone!

    • John August 4, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Cosmos is a great show. I think my kids would get bored very quickly, though.

    • John Wilkerson November 9, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      Great show. I remember watching it when I was a kid.

  5. Blessed mom of 8 August 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    World’s Toughest Fixes, too. Great show for the guys.

    • John August 5, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      Good choice! I had that in mind too. Keeping the list down to 10 was very difficult.

    • John Wilkerson November 9, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      That’s one I’ll have to try with the boys. They’re really into Extreme Engineering now.

  6. Liggybee November 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Good selections! My kids love Mythbusters and Beakman’s World.

    • John Wilkerson November 9, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      A week doesn’t go by without being asked to watch Mythbusters.

  7. April July 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Tales From The Green Valley by BBC :) http://www.notquitewonderwoman.com/how-to-end-your-homeschool-year-like-a-hippie/

    • John July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am #

      I’ll have to check that out. What’s it about?

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