Find The Best Educational Podcasts For Your Homeschoolers
Like audiobooks, podcasts can have a great benefit to your children. Podcasts are often short bits of information that can keep your homeschooler’s attention and teach them simultaneously. Podcasts are beneficial to your schooling in various ways like building literacy, providing subject content in an easy-to-digest method, and helping distracted students focus. Best of all, most podcasts are entirely FREE, which makes them an excellent addition to any homeschool program.
What Is A Podcast?
For many, podcasts are something new. These internet audio series didn’t start to become popular until around 2004. Even though they have increased in popularity, many out there don’t know enough about them to realize the wealth of knowledge and entertainment available in the podcast world.
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What Makes An Educational Podcast?
Like many things homeschoolers use for education, the educational quality of a podcast will greatly depend on the family and homeschoolers using them. So for our blog post, what makes a podcast educational will fall strictly on the educational content. However, I encourage you to check out different podcasts on topics you and your homeschoolers are interested in on the various podcast locations below.
Educational Podcasts For Your Homeschooling
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Podcasts For Elementary Age
Are you looking for something fun to listen to with your elementary-age homeschooler? Try one of these storytime podcasts, science podcasts, or history podcasts for kids. While the starting age for these is elementary, older children and adults can still enjoy and learn from them too!
“Finn Caspian is an 8-year-old boy aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias, and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy their space station.”
“At Best Day Yet we teach mindfulness skills in a way that is fun, super positive, and engaging for kids. We take imaginative animal adventures and practice affirmations or mantras based on what we learn from each animal.”
“Brains On! is an award-winning audio show for kids and families. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world. Our mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history…but there’s no age limit on curiosity and episodes of Brains On can be enjoyed by anyone.”
“WGUC’s Classics for Kids® is a program designed to introduce elementary school children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way. It consists of a weekly radio broadcast and an interactive, multimedia website, www.classicsforkids.com, and curriculum materials for teachers. Since its inception, the program has strived to fill the void left as music education has become marginalized or eliminated from elementary schools by providing free, accessible and fun materials to teachers and parents looking to help elementary school students benefit from the joys and rewards of music. By listening to Classics for Kids on the radio and accessing a wide variety of multimedia activities online, children can learn about the lives and music of famous composers, obtain some fundamental knowledge about music theory and develop an appreciation of this unique art form.”
The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. The Dream Big Podcast’s 20-30 minute format makes for the perfect length for parents and kids to listen in the car on the way to school, activities, or playdates.
“Hi, kids! If you think animals are amazing, this is the show for you! Join host Earth Ranger Emma as she travels the world to discover the wildest animal facts out there and solve nature’s biggest mysteries. With top ten countdowns, an animal guessing game, conservation conversations, and epic animal showdowns, this is a journey you won’t want to miss!”
“KidNuz is the brainchild of four veteran broadcast journalists who believe that kids deserve a newscast all their own; one that delivers current events in a kid-friendly package, sparks curiosity, and gets them asking critical questions. Together with parents and teachers, KidNuz engages kids on issues that are relevant to them. Or soon will be.”
“Little Stories for Tiny People is a children’s podcast featuring original audio stories that will delight the tiny people in your life. Perfect for bleary-eyed parents, innovative teachers, and at-wits’-end babysitters looking for an alternative and non-annoying way to engage the toddlers and young kids they love at bedtime or any time! Each story is lovingly written and performed with attention to the whimsical senses of humor children often possess.”
“Meet Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl growing up with her parents, family, and friends. Over eight episodes, Molly and her friend Tooey discover the identity of a mystery creature that has stolen Molly’s birthday cake. Join Molly and the gang to discover what life is like for a typical kid on big adventures in Alaska.”
“The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educator Faith Murphy. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning at musicboxpod.org.”
“The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd is the internet’s longest running, professionally produced, family friendly podcast! Though the show was broadcast over the internet in April of 2004, it wasn’t until the advent of Podcasting that the show took on the status it now enjoys. The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd has steadily built listenership with wacky tales of the World’s Most Brilliant Scientist, Dr. Floyd, as he races through history, hot on the heels of his arch nemesis, Dr. Steve.”
“Radiolab, one of the most beloved podcasts in the world, reaches into its archives to create Radiolab for Kids. It’s a place where we’ve collected Radiolab’s most family-friendly content. (Because we all know that over the years, some of the content has been…er…NOT so family friendly!) From “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?” the topics are squeaky clean (mostly) and all about curiosity. Radiolab for Kids is sure to delight and engage the most curious minds.”
“SHORT & CURLY is a fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.”
“Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case — teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.”
“Storynory has been giving free audio stories to the world since November 2005. We are a podcast and a website with audio streaming. Some months we serve around a million downloads of our mp3 files (stored on Libsyn). All our content is free.”
“Tumble is a science podcast for kids, to be enjoyed by the entire family. We tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists! Join Lindsay and Marshall as they ask questions, share mysteries, and share what science is all about.”
“Two Whats?! And A Wow! is an interactive, science-based game show from the creators of the #1 kids & family podcast, Wow in the World. Hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, this seven minute weekly game show was created as a rapid response to worldwide school closures affecting almost a billion children due to the coronavirus. Play, tinker, learn, laugh, and say WOW together!”
“What If World is a storytelling podcast for kids. What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Join Abacus P Grumbler, Randall Radbot, and Whendiana Joan as they help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions!”
Podcasts for Middle Schoolers
Are you looking for something for your middle schoolers? Give one of these podcasts a try!
“The Allusionist, an independent podcast about language and how and why we humans use it the ways we do, hosted and produced and written and researched by your imaginary friend Helen Zaltzman.”
“Book Club for Kids is a free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle grade books and readers. Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading. Kitty Felde is the host.”
“Eleanor Amplified is an adventure series for the whole family. Listen together as our hero, the world-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified, foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story… Like all the public media shows you love, Eleanor Amplified is entertaining and informative. Eleanor will spark laughter and conversation the whole family will enjoy, while preparing kids to appreciate journalism and make smart media choices in the future.”
“Flyest Fables brings you anthology style and critically acclaimed hopepunk fables for the 21st century. Created by Morgan Givens.”
“The podcast where a young aspiring chef learns what it takes to be successful in the culinary world by talking to local Baltimore chefs.”
“A Podcast of great stories from the past. A fun website of true stories. A growing collection of great old and new tunes. An upcoming batch of fun children’s history books. A commitment to piquing the curiosity of old and young alike.”
“Since 1999, Radio Rookies has been conducting workshops across New York City to give young people the tools and training to tell their own stories.”
“Since launching in 2010, The Sporkful has won the James Beard Award, Webby Award, and Saveur Award for Best Food Podcast. Each week on the show, we use humor and humanity to approach food from many angles, including science, history, race, culture, economics, and lengthy debates on the best way to layer peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich. We like to say it’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters.”
Podcasts For High School/Adults
Older students and adults can learn too. Try some of these podcasts to learn more about science, history, life, and more.
“99% Invisible is a sound rich, narrative podcast hosted by Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”
“Adult ISH is a culture, advice and storytelling podcast produced entirely by folks who are almost adults.”
“Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.”
“Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Host Ira Flatow mixes it up by featuring people in the know and those who want to be. Science Friday frequently features listeners that call in with their most riveting science questions. In addition, Science Friday also produces award-winning videos. It’s brain fun for curious people.”
“The StarTalk® podcast network bridges the intersection between science, pop culture and comedy with clarity, humor and passion. Through our various shows, we explore captivating subjects such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the role science plays in people’s lives, the future of our Earth and the environment, the science behind the most iconic sports plays in history, and breaking news from the universe. Or, as our host Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Everything under the sun; Or rather under the universe!” for an audience of “All the people who never knew how much they’d love learning about space and science.” Tyson and our other show hosts are joined each week by comedian co-hosts, celebrities, and other special guests.”
Where To Listen To Podcasts
Many podcasts list their podcasts online but, once you get started, you might want to find more podcasts to listen to alone or as a family. Luckily there are many apps to help with that!
If you are an Apple user, you can find many of the above podcasts and much more on the Apple Podcasts app.
If you are an android user, you can find many of the above podcasts and much more on the Google Podcasts app.
Additional Podcast Apps
“Pocket Casts is the world’s most powerful podcast platform, an app by listeners, for listeners. Our podcast player provides next-level listening, search and discovery tools. Find your next obsession with our hand curated podcast recommendations for easy discovery, and seamlessly enjoy your favorite shows without the hassle of subscribing.” IOS Google
“Castbox is an easy to use podcast player for podcast lovers, offering a super clean layout and easy to navigate interface. With a wide category of podcasts to choose from, you can stream or download your favorite podcasts anywhere, anytime for free.” IOS Google
“Podbean Podcast App is an easy to use podcast player for podcast fans, offering a super clean layout and easy to navigate interface. With millions of popular podcasts to choose from, you can stream or download your favorite podcasts anywhere, anytime for free.” IOS Google
“Stitcher is a free podcast app, it’s home to all your favorite podcasts and easy to navigate features. Explore shows from NPR, Wondery, WNYC, the New York Times, Earwolf, Exactly Right, and more. We offer over 260,000 podcasts, from politics, true crime, sports, and comedy, there’s a podcast for everyone on Stitcher.” IOS Google
Want more audio in your homeschooling? Check out the audiobook recommendations below!
Do you have a favorite family friendly podcast that you think we need to know about? Drop it in the comments below!