Crowdsourcing request: Best educational YouTube channels for kids

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As a recovering Waldorf parent, I’ve long had a complicated relationship with screen time, but have come to see its benefits, especially if the focus is on quality over quantity. This has inspired me to publish lists of my favorite TV shows for young kids and for families; a compilation of educational videos; and a list of recommended apps. Now for the next frontier: YouTube. My ten-year-old LOVES “Geography Now!”and “Extra History,” from which he’s learned at least ten times as much social studies as he has from Montgomery County Public Schools. It feels like a miracle that there’s such good content being produced, and makes me wonder what else we should be sampling.

To that end, I had our Fordham Institute research interns take a spin around the yonders of YouTube. Our findings are below. But I also want our list to be as complete as possible, so please also let me know what we’ve missed by emailing me at [email protected] or tweeting me at @michaelpetrilli. Thanks!

The Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids of All Ages

Little Kids (3–5)

Reading/literature

Math

History and geography

Science and nature

Arts and music

Everything

Big Kids (6–9)

Reading/literature

Math

History and geography

Science and nature

Arts and music

Tweens

Reading/literature

Math

History and geography

Science and nature

Arts and music

Everything

Teens

Reading/literature

Math

History and geography

Science and nature

Arts and music

 
 
Michael J. Petrilli
Michael J. Petrilli is the President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.