60 TV shows recommended for ages 8-12 (with a printable chart)

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60 TV shows for ages 8-12Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

After a decade of use and about a year of saving, Steve and I finally entered the 21st century a few weeks ago when we purchased a new widescreen television and got rid of our old tube model–the one my nana bought for us right after Jonathan (now 10) was born!

This purchase was both exciting and overwhelming. We knew we could stream our Netflix membership and Amazon Prime account to the set, but with Apple TV we can also stream other channels–many of which we would not normally watch. (This is even without having cable!)

Our kids, who generally choose one show each on Saturdays and Sundays, were clamoring at their newfound options. And I knew I needed to undertake a tv research project to sort it all out and make sure we use our new screen intentionally.

I asked on my Facebook page about your favorite shows for the 8-12 age range, then went through the responses one by one. After two weeks I’ve finally finished this undertaking for our family, and I hope you’ll find it helpful for yours, too.

In the list below I’ve included shows that can be found on Amazon Prime Streaming, Discovery Education Streaming, Netflix Streaming, and Netflix DVD.
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Homeschool inspiration: The smoothie edition

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We’ve been into smoothies these days – my current fav is two bananas, a cup of pineapple, a cup of mango, a cup of orange juice, and a cup of almond milk!

Enjoy this week’s homeschool inspiration:

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Giveaway: $120 package from World’s Most Fascinating Rock Collection

boy loving rocks

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Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by The World’s Most Fascinating Rock Collection:

From Kelli of The World’s Most Fascinating Rock Collection:

“Maybe you find rocks in your wash every time you do laundry. Maybe you can’t walk through a parking lot without your child stooping to study the scattered pebbles at your feet. Maybe you have a child who is fascinated by rocks.

Lucky you! You might not know it, but rock collecting is a great base for studying many earth science principles in a concrete and hands-on way.
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Best books of the month

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best booksJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Sometimes the hardest part of choosing books for myself or my kids is the process of sifting through the thousands of choices available. But I find I’m much more likely to pick up a certain title if someone I know recommends it.

Maybe we can help each other with the book selection process. I’m introducing a new series today, and if you find it helpful we can do it on a monthly-ish basis.

book-buttonIt’s called Best Books of the Month.

Here’s how it works:

I’ll share a few of the titles we’ve enjoyed in our family this month, and I’ll ask you via social media what books you loved. Then I’ll compile the results into a handy list for you to bookmark and come back to when you’re in need of a good title.

So let’s get started! Here are a few recommendations from our family: (with short descriptions)
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Midweek homeschool inspiration: The slow edition

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Jonathan’s yard sign feels like God’s chosen word for our family’s new month: SLOW

Enjoy this midweek homeschool inspiration:

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