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firefly
06-13-2010, 06:01 PM
Snoopy piqued my interest in this topic. I'm about to start h/sing & want to know how you smart people have used Netflix to your advantage. Funny, I've watched lots of educational stuff I just can't remember those outstanding to-die-for vids right now. Guess nothing stuck. :rolleyes: Please, share your favorites edu's & give us a glimpse at what's in your que!

Edu / Streaming Favs: Meerkat Manor, Food Inc., The 11th Hour, all Nova, National Geographic, PBS, & History Channel series (many are still only by mail) - everything from Mark Twain & Alexander the Great to Ken Burns: The Civil War to Early Universe / Dinosaurs / Early Man & lets not forget jewels like The Natural History of the Chicken!
Edu / Streaming Que : e2 Design, Eco Trip, Cosmos: The Complete Collection, Wild China, David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials, Constantine's Sword, etc. Adults might like: In the Realms of the Unreal. Also, I can use the Xena Warrior Princess series to bribe my kids to do anything (it's Video Nutella). Also, I watch Spongebob when they drive me crazy!

Edu / Mail Favs: Dog Whisperer, and all the PBS / Nova type stuff mentioned above.
Edu / Mail Que: Planet Earth: Complete Collection, Galapagos, Engineering an Empire series, Life in the Undergrowth series, The Universe (Hist Chan) series, Guns , Germs and Steel, What Darwin Never Knew, Physics: The Elegant Universe series, Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension, & How To Juggle / Shoot Better Home Movies type DVD's... the list goes on...

Your Turn!

Snoopy
06-13-2010, 08:57 PM
Great idea for a thread :)

My 2 oldest sons are in band (trumpet, trombone or baritone) and jazz band (trumpet, bass), so I have added several music-themed videos to my instant queue:


Louis Armstrong King of Jazz
Miles Davis Cool Jazz Sound
Blues Brothers
Amadeus
Peter and the Wolf

I saw several documentaries on Ancient civilizations that Noah already enjoyed from the library, but I need to add some to the queue for those afternoon when he sighs that he wants to see something about the Mayas. I wish there was a way to have folders in the queue.

Busygoddess
06-13-2010, 09:13 PM
Ok, between the queues, we have around 600 items. A large portion of that is educational. SO, I'll try to keep this as concise as possible.

Everything we could find on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome (Jay's History topics this year)
Everything we could find on wars, especially WWI & WWII (Dea's History topics this year)
pretty much everything from the History channel, PBS, NOVA
biographies on a variety of people from U.S. Presidents & Heroes to Confucius to Frank Lloyd Wright to Mark Twain
Battlefield Detectives series
Deep Sea Detectives series
Ancient Mysteries series (A&E)
several documentaries by Ken Burns
a bunch of IMAX documentaries
everything we could find on dinosaurs
some Standard Deviants

Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037
Slavery and the Making of America
Wolves: A legend Retuens to Yellowstone
The Blues
Ghosts of the Abyss
Music Instinct: Science & Song
Becoming Queen
David Bowie: Spiders From Mars: Interviews
Cosmos: The Complete Collection
America's Castles
Empires: the Medici
Sculptures of the Louvre
400 Years of the Telescope
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Where Are All the UFOs

TV series:
MythBusters
Dirty Jobs
Cyberchase
Liberty's Kids
Shark Week

Not specifically educational, but based either on a true story or something one of the kids has read or will read this year:
My Fair Lady
Of Mice & Men
The Taming of the Shrew
Julius Caesar (BBC)
Death of a Salesman
The Taming of the Shrew (BBC)
A Doll's House
The Diary of Anne Frank
All Creatures Great & Small
Antony & Cleopatra
Where the Red Fern Grows

That's a sample of what's in our queues. I don't think I could pick faves, though. I still need to add to more to the queue. We've only had Netflix for a few months, so there's still a lot I haven't looked through yet.

Busygoddess
06-13-2010, 09:15 PM
Great idea for a thread :)

I wish there was a way to have folders in the queue.

I agree. It's such a pain to try to organize all those titles without folders.

Firefly_Mom
06-14-2010, 02:36 AM
I love this thread!

Many titles are WWII related, as my son is a huge WWII buff.

Some titles currently in our streaming queue:

Michael Palin: Around the world in 80 days - We're reading this book as our family read-aloud and plan on watching this when we're done.
Dogfights (one of my son's favorite TV shows! He's seen them all, but likes watching them over and over again).
Modern Marvels: Battle Gear
The Dark Ages
Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
Medal of Honor (about 13 MoH recipients)
The Devil Came on Horseback (about the genocide in Darfur)
The Rape of Europa (a FABULOUS documentary about the steps that ordinary citizens took during WWII to save some of the world's most precious artworks. I can't recommend it enough!)
The Ritchie Boys (another WWII documentary)
Conquistadors
In Search of History: Navajo Code Talkers
Battlefield Detectives: Stalingrad
Dangerous Missions: Assault on Iwo Jima
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (OK, I know it sounds like a bad porno title, but it's actually about special effects makeup)
Paper Clips
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
The Way We Get By
The Conscientious Objector (about a WWII soldier who refused to take up arms and STILL ended up being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor)
Blindsight

And of course the requisite Buffy, Torchwood, and Dr. Who ;)

dbmamaz
06-14-2010, 10:12 AM
Feeling like a bad home school mom, most of mine are for ME lol. We do have the entire 'evolution' series on q, but we've only seen 1 so far, and we're on break now! Does Ray count? On streaming, I watched Business of being born, and have food inc, mytbusters, national parks, welcome to mars: nova, becoming human:nova (we watched half of that), coral reef adventures, before the flying circus, word wars, a life apart, oh, and i watched mockingbird dont sing, becuase i'd read about her in college. its hard to get the boys to watch educational stuff . . .they really still dont WANT to learn much.

Sarbare0704
06-14-2010, 06:00 PM
we are watching the life of mammals right now and its awesome!

Snoopy
06-15-2010, 12:35 AM
I am soooo excited! I had put those on my Amazon wishlist and forgotten about them but I just checked Netflix and they do have them on DVD:


Colonial House
Frontier House (OMZ!! Greg and I would watch it "religiously" about 8-9 years ago, it was riveting! And the one lady was a total b****, which made it even more entertaining, lol!)
Regency House
1900 House
Manor House
1940s House


I also have in our regular queue:

The French Revolution
Under the Sea IMAX
Liberty! The American Revolution
Ulysses S. Grant Warrior/President
John & Abigail Adams: American Experience
Lincoln


In our instant queue, I have so far:


Liberty's Kids
Egypt: Engineering an Empire
The Dark Ages
Cracking the Maya Code
Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins (although I'm not sure we'd have it because we own the Ken Burns The Civil War series both on video and on DVD and it's sooooo good. I have the CD of the soundtrack too!)
In Search of History: The Knights Templar
Sherman's March
D-Day the Total Story
Operation Homecoming
Dirty Jobs (all the seasons. Someone listed it as an educational choice so I'll go with that, although Greg perfectly knows that it's more of a Nathalie oggling Mike Rowe type of deal than anything else, lol!)

Topsy
06-15-2010, 12:10 PM
I have to say that with unschooling, it has been an absolute DREAM to subscribe to Netflix. My kiddo's interests are WIDE and VARIED, and are constantly changing, so whatever they are "into" at the moment, usually somehow ends up in our Netflix queue!!

A few past watches:
Battlefield Britain series
Chased by Dinosaurs/Walking with Monsters/etc.
Clash of the Titans
Crucible of Civilization series
Auschwitz series
Ancient Mysteries
Journey into Amazing Caves: IMAX
Lots of Classic Books turned Movies like...Brideshead Revisited, Wuthering Heights, etc.
The Vikings

Oh...and...the whole Aliens series, which my son has a whole theory on why it is tremendously educational!! ;)

jessicalb
06-15-2010, 12:14 PM
This thread is amazing. I am mining it for all kinds of good stuff! For now I am just grabbing whatever nature or survivor or adventure type documentaries that seem appealing that day. We love stuff like Bear Grylls and Shark Week. I am going to start adding in so much, thanks for all the great recommendations!!!

firefly
06-15-2010, 11:09 PM
First off, you guys who rent edu vids rock - if not, Netflix won't stock them! & Thanks for the cool ideas everyone!

Firefly_Mom, Hi! (See folks, we really are different people!) Your son might know of a WWII movie I can't remember the name of. It came out within the last year or so and was "based on fact". It is about a group of Jews who escaped imprisonment, were in internal exile, and industriously created their own "city" in the woods. It may be a foreign film. I saw a promo & wanted to see it!

Snoopy, Thanks, I'd forgotten about Frontier House! & Yep, I don't know why Netflix doesn't have folders. But you can set up a queue for each family member. In Your Account under Preferences click on Account Profiles. This will take you to DVD Queue Profiles - click on Learn More About Profiles. From here you can determine if this is for you. My friend, who gets 3 DVD's at a time, uses one queue for herself, one for her dh & the kids share one. This way the DVD's are mailed out more equitably. However, profile accounts are not able to access Watch Instantly (?). They do get their own personalized recommendations though.

Firefly_Mom
06-15-2010, 11:18 PM
Topsy - I would really LOVE to hear your son's theory on why the Aliens series is educational! We watched all of them (including the AVP movies) as part of a marathon right before Halloween. Not because I wanted to, mind you, but because Cody and I both had the flu and I was lying in a ball on the floor. He had slightly more energy than me and took full advantage of the situation and the remotes. Rotten kid ;)

And to the other - equally awesome - Whedon loving Firefly on this board: I believe the movie that you are talking about is Defiance with Daniel Craig. It's about brothers who are Polish Jews who escape into the forest and many others find their way to the brothers, who are then put in the position of helping to care for all of these people. It's one of my son's current fav's.

Snoopy
06-15-2010, 11:58 PM
Snoopy, Thanks, I'd forgotten about Frontier House! & Yep, I don't know why Netflix doesn't have folders. But you can set up a queue for each family member. In Your Account under Preferences click on Account Profiles. This will take you to DVD Queue Profiles - click on Learn More About Profiles. From here you can determine if this is for you. My friend, who gets 3 DVD's at a time, uses one queue for herself, one for her dh & the kids share one. This way the DVD's are mailed out more equitably. However, profile accounts are not able to access Watch Instantly (?). They do get their own personalized recommendations though.

Thanks for the heads-up on profiles. Does this mean that the account holder looses the ability to stream as well? I love the streaming so I wouldn't want to lose that.

A note on the Frontier House and such... I put them in my queue and even though they show as several DVDs, the main one (Disc1) shows a star rating but the subsequent discs just show the words "series" on top of the stars. I thought that meant that all 3 DVDs would be mailed at once since it's the same series, but today they're only mailing me disc 2 of Colonial House, not even disc 1, even though that one was next in my queue! So I'm kind of upset about that. When we got Ben Hur last week it was a 2-disc deal and they mailed me the 2 discs, not just disc 2 and then disc 1! I'm annoyed about that.

pandahoneybee
06-16-2010, 09:17 AM
Ok slacker here! you all already named the ones I know of to use! So far we have watched ........
Wyatt Earp;)
I have liberty's kids on instant q and any of the eygpt from discovery.

I know slacker but hey that's me;)

Shoe
06-16-2010, 09:35 AM
All this talk about Netflix almost makes me want to sign up for it...I'd probably save a lot of money, and my wife would stop complaining about the mountains of DVDs I have everywhere in the house, lol.

reversemigration
06-16-2010, 01:21 PM
Honestly, I have just enough in the regular queue to keep the turn-around quick...and nothing in the instant queue. We just browse for whatever suits our mood at the time - I've been too preoccupied lately to do anything organized.

Snoopy
06-16-2010, 01:28 PM
All this talk about Netflix almost makes me want to sign up for it...I'd probably save a lot of money, and my wife would stop complaining about the mountains of DVDs I have everywhere in the house, lol. If you buy the DVDs, I think it would save you tons of money, lol! I just rented 2 videos at Blockbuster B&M, one new release and got a older movie for free since I have their Rewards program, and it cost me $3.21 for both. Not bad, but I now have Netflix at $8.99 a month and I don't have to drive 20 min to the store to return them (the next day because I only rent them for 1 night). I just need to learn how to manage my queue better so I get the movies I need prior to the day when I need them!

Shoe
06-16-2010, 01:42 PM
If you buy the DVDs, I think it would save you tons of money, lol! I just rented 2 videos at Blockbuster B&M, one new release and got a older movie for free since I have their Rewards program, and it cost me $3.21 for both. Not bad, but I now have Netflix at $8.99 a month and I don't have to drive 20 min to the store to return them (the next day because I only rent them for 1 night). I just need to learn how to manage my queue better so I get the movies I need prior to the day when I need them!

Yes, I do buy DVDs-I've got close to 1600 of them right now...there was talk about compulsive buying at sales on another thread-the only ones that tempt me are DVDs. I have mostly movies, but some educational documentaries and a few whole series of TV shows I've liked. I rarely buy them at full price though-I wait for sales and check out various on line retailers to get the best deal.

Busygoddess
06-16-2010, 04:05 PM
Yes, I do buy DVDs-I've got close to 1600 of them right now...there was talk about compulsive buying at sales on another thread-the only ones that tempt me are DVDs. I have mostly movies, but some educational documentaries and a few whole series of TV shows I've liked. I rarely buy them at full price though-I wait for sales and check out various on line retailers to get the best deal.

You know those big leather CD cases that hold hundreds of discs, we use those for our DVDs to save space. They're organized by subject: Drama, Action/Adventure, Kids & Family, Horror & Stephen King, Educational, Comedy, and TV shows. We still need to get one for Sci-fi/Fantasy. We also use those cases for CDs and for software. I have a small bookcase in the living room for the DVDs, CDs, & software. Those cases really save room on storing all those discs, especially in our small house.

Shoe
06-16-2010, 04:18 PM
You know those big leather CD cases that hold hundreds of discs, we use those for our DVDs to save space. They're organized by subject: Drama, Action/Adventure, Kids & Family, Horror & Stephen King, Educational, Comedy, and TV shows. We still need to get one for Sci-fi/Fantasy. We also use those cases for CDs and for software. I have a small bookcase in the living room for the DVDs, CDs, & software. Those cases really save room on storing all those discs, especially in our small house.

Brandi, that sounds like a great idea. I built a wooden cabinet that holds ~300, but I filled it years ago, and now I have 4 large Rubbermaid containers full, and still there are a couple of hundred DVDs in the bedrooms, lying loose in the living room, in the entrance way...and that doesn't include all my VHS tapes :(.

firefly
06-16-2010, 08:53 PM
Firefly_Mom, "Defiance"! Thank you!!! It was shipped today & I'm so excited! I've bugged librarians with this question before & no one could help me! (You don't get paid enough!) The previews just fascinate me!

Snoopy, No, if you set profiles up you won't loose the ability to stream from the main profile. Netflix does this to prevent you from "sharing" with the world at large! The benefit would be that your preferences aren't crammed together w/ junior's 5 star rating for Killer Klowns from Outer Space! As for the # of disks they mail at a time from that's likely a money issue as well. I've gotten some out of order & have had a couple of damaged or wrong packaged disks. However, a quick call (& or email) to them has always been promptly followed up on - with them more than making up for it!

Shoe
06-16-2010, 09:06 PM
The benefit would be that your preferences aren't crammed together w/ junior's 5 star rating for Killer Klowns from Outer Space! Killer Klowns from Outer Space! Another one of my guilty pleasures :D.

Jessica
08-31-2010, 08:19 PM
I love this thread! I never would have thought to look for Liberty's Kids on Netflix.


Firefly_Mom, "Defiance"
I LOVE this movie! It makes my top 5 favorite movies of all time list.

hockeymom
09-01-2010, 06:05 PM
Oh my...I am so insanely jealous. We don't have netflix here and even though it's supposed to come to Canada this fall, it will be totally watered down and I doubt I'll bother with it. I am feeling so, so envious!

fbfamily111
09-02-2010, 01:56 AM
Up until last week we had over 300 in our instant, and close to 200 in our DVD Q. I finally got fed up when I would have to look up a title because I couldn't find it in the Q, where I KNEW it should be. So we are down to a more reasonable 200 instant 75 DVD. about 90% of the instant is educational most already mentioned.
I too had forgotten about colonial house! And thats what we were studying this week. Oh well next time.

Busygoddess
09-02-2010, 02:11 AM
I don't sleep much & tend to be up late at night a lot (like right now, it's 1am). One night, I actually went through all the movies in our instant queue & organized them. All the tv shows for hubby & me are together. All the educational stuff is together. All the movies are separated into kid/family movies & ones for hubby & me. Now, whenever I add something to the instant queue, I go in right away & move it to the correct area. It's so much easier to find things now. I really wish they'd make it easier to organize though, like with a drag & drop feature.

Ed Ditto
09-02-2010, 02:34 AM
For those of you who don't use streaming Netflix, it's the best $11/month we ever spent on homeschooling. We're not the types to plug our daughter into the TV and walk away, but at least when our daughter is watching TV we know 1) it's educational, and 2) there are no commercials.

firefly
09-02-2010, 01:26 PM
We're going to set up our wireless network today if my old computer behaves. Then we'll be using the Wii to blast educational stuff to our old "Stonehenge" TV. I can't wait until I can afford one of those new TV's that has Netflix capability built in!

dbmamaz
10-28-2010, 11:52 PM
Ok, had to say - we just watched the series before "walking with dinosaurs" and will start "walking with dinosaurs" tomorrow - AWESOME! Its streaming and the kids love it! Ok, the 14 yo is a bit squeamish about all the blood, and i'm a bit tired of the fake effects of things splashing on to the lens or running in to the camera - come on, silly. its all CGI! Hubby watched one with us (he was home that day) and was wondering who paid for the CGI - all BBC. Really makes my unit on evolution much easier! (cuz i wanted it from an historical perspective, how life developed, rather than about darwin and his theories, which is what the 'evolution' series is about)

Stephany
10-29-2010, 12:03 AM
My sons pretty much own the netflix cue but it sounds a lot like Topsy's. There is a lot of Bear Grylls in ours as well. We are in an HSAP and we are lucky that gives us access to Discovery Education Streaming with the PBS stuff so I tend to poke around that more. We love Cyberchase, Liberty Kids and Magic School Bus but we watch them on DE.

MarkInMD
12-12-2010, 12:35 PM
We use Netflix from time to time, as well. Hurricane loved Nat Geo's "Journey to the Edge of the Universe" (so did I!), and we used it recently for a SS unit we did on the Amish and a unit on pioneer life (Little House on the Prairie for that one). I also recommend Hulu for some things as well, especially Carl Sagan's classic "Cosmos," which we used last year and which I think really got him interested in astronomy, as it did with me 30 years ago.

mamakaty
05-26-2011, 04:18 PM
Bumping this up. Curious to see if anyone has any new suggestions. I was coming on to ask the same question. Glad I did a search first! :-)

Guess I could have added that most of what's in our queue at the moment belongs to me or dh. Although the 3 yr old has just discovered Dragon Tales, lol. That's his TV treat.

dbmamaz
05-26-2011, 04:57 PM
I dont watch random documentaries - i find ones related to whatever we are studying. my kids dont watch documentaries for fun, so i have to 'make' them do it for school.

Teri Eddy
05-26-2011, 05:15 PM
Most of ours are duplicates of what is already mentioned. The series called Monarchy is terrific if you are studying medieval history....chronicles and the kings and queens of England... how they lived, ruled, and died, etc.... Some really interesting stuff that kept my 14 yo quite interested. He also like the Medici episodes.