In an effort to bring curiosity and joy back into the elementary school classroom, I decided to start a series called 50 Ways to Bring Wonder into the Classroom. I hope to keep these ideas simple and easy to implement for the time-crunched teacher. Most of these ideas come from other teachers, blogs, and books – so I don’t claim credit for them! Click here to see previous posts in the series. And without further ado, here is the next idea!
7. Watch fascinating videos like "The Kid Should See This."
The internet is filled with so many interesting videos on all kinds of topics, but they're not always kid-friendly. Plus as teachers we don't always have time to sift through all the YouTube search results to find an age-appropriate one. Enter The Kid Should See This!
Their tagline is "cool videos for curious minds of all ages," and it's true. I could spend hours just watching these videos by myself. But the kids love them too. Here is how the website describes itself:
There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…
But we don’t underestimate kids around here.
The Kid Should See This is a growing library of super-cool, STEAM-focused, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that are perfect for watching together.
I subscribe to the email list, so that I get an email of that week's top five videos. But there are tons of videos on every topic you can imagine, sure to promote wonder and curiosity in the classroom (and also, let's be honest, a few minutes of peace and quiet for the teacher...)
Here are a few of my favorites: