Thursday 15 July 2021

Netflix in your Homeschool

 Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet 2021.  This week we are looking at the letter N.  My co-host Desiree over at Our Homeschool Notebook is talking about N is for Ninjago.

Netflix is not the first thing you think about when considering resources for homeschooling.  However I can assure you that we have enjoyed many great docudrama's, true story movies and educational series on their service here in Australia. 

Educational Content on Netflix

Here are a few ideas to get you started. When doing a search use words like: documentary, history, science, math etc

 Please note that I have not watched all of these.  If they are on here it is not a personal endorsement of the show.  Please do your own research BEFORE you watch a show to see if it is suitable for the ages and maturity of your children. 

These are some of the titles I found that looked interesting from an educational point. IF a show has two ** asterisk before the title it indicates I have watched it and enjoyed it.

  • **Abstract - The Art of Design 
  • **The Social Delemma - a look at the dangers behind social networking and its impact on society.
  • Spycraft - The tools and technology throughout history for spying.
  • Paul Apostle of Christ - docudrama
  • **Meat Eater - Steve  
  • In the Heart of the Sea - The true tale that inspired the book Moby Dick follows a New England whaling crew as it wages a desperate battle to survive when a giant whale capsizes their ship. 
  • Troy - Greek Mythology


  • Our Planet - Take a look at different biomes such as: frozen worlds, jungles, coastal seas, from desserts to grasslands, fresh water etc.
  • Explained - This series investigates topics like cryptocurrencey, diamonds, animal intelligence, pirates, coding, why diets fail etc
  • Marked the Documentary - A look at the cultural practice of marking in Nigeria's culture. 
  • David Attenborough - a Life on our Planet
  • Night on Earth - a nature series lifting the veil on the lives of animals at hight.
  • **My Octopus Teacher - Follow the life of an Octopus.  


  • Roman Empire - A mix of documentary and lavish historical epic chronicals the reigns of Commodus, Julius Caesar and Caligula.
  • Genius of the Modern World  - Explore the intellectual landscape that helped shape the lives and work of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud.
  • World War II in Colour - Footage of the most dramatic moments from World War II restored in colour and high definition for the docuseries.
  • Race for the White House - a miniseries featuring archival footage and interviews of presidential campaignes.
  • America's Book of Secrets - A look behind the stories of familiar institutions like the Pentagon, West Point etc.
  • Age of Tanks - A look at military history.
  • Being Napoleon - A reenactment of the epic clash at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • The Russian Revolution - Starting in 1881 follow the personal battle between the royal Romanovs and the Lenin Family. 
  • Hitler's Circle of Evil - a look at Hitler's inner circle of Nazi leaders and how the seize control of Germany.
  • Apollo 11 - Behind the scenes of the 1969 moon landing.  Original footage.
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • Empire of the Tsars
  • Gallipoli - Follow four Australian men facing the reality of war in 1915 Turkey.
  • Gods and Generals - A retelling of the Civil War through the commanding generals on both sides from 1861 to 1863 
  • **12 Strong - a dozen US soldiers mount on horseback in Aftghanistan to help a local warlord take on a mutual enemy. 
  • Apollo 13 - The true story of Jim Lovell and his crew 


  • #AnneFrank - Parallel Stories Anne Frank's story is retold alongside those of five Holocaust survivors in the documentary with Helen Mirren. 
  • The Secret
  • **The Surgeon's Cut - an incredible journey through the lives of four brillian pioneers in their fields and how they got there. 
  • **Being Elmo - The journey of Kevin Clash to becomming Elmo!
  • **The Theory of Everything - A docudrama on the life of Stephen Hawking.
  • Gandhi - 
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • **The King's Speech - A docudrama on the life of King Feorge VI as he struggles to communicate and seeks help from a speech therapist.
  • **Just Mercy - The story of a lawyer who fought for wrongly convicted people to get them released pro bono.
  • **Mao's Last Dancer - the story of Li Cunxin
  • **Self Made - Inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker
  • The English Game - the history of soccer in Brittain
  • The Royal House of Windsor -
  • **When They See Us - Five teens in Harlam accused of an attack 
  • **The Who Was Show? - Famous Names in History 
  • Unbroken - the story of Louis Zamperini during World War II struggle for survival in a Japanese prison camp. 
  • The Most Hated Woman in America - The controversial life of atheist Madaly Murray O'Hair


  • Bill Nye: Science Guy 
  • Emily's Wonder Lab - science activities
  • Edge of the Universe - latest on the astromomy front
  • Brainchild  - from germs to social media explained
  • Human - The World Within - the incredible working of the human body

What are some of YOUR favourite educational shows on Netflix?



Find the other ABC posts in this series here:

  1. A is for Art Lessons at Home
  2. B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours? 
  3. Charlotte Mason a Round Up of Posts 
  4. Delight Directed Education
  5. Encouragement for Weary Homeschooling Mothers
  6. For the Children's Sake  
  7. G is for Geography
  8. Homeschool Bloggers  
  9. Instagramers to follow who are homeschooling
  10. Joy in Your Homeschool Journey
  11. Know Yourself - Stop the Comparison Game  
  12. Life Skills in Your Homeschool
  13. Math Resource for Home Education
  14. Netflix in Your Homeschool

Featured from last week the letter M...

This Week over at Our Homeschool Notebook the topic is N is for Ninjago


Please link up your posts starting with the letter M for this weeks ABC Blogging



  1. Wow, this is a great list. The titles look so interesting. We don't have Netflix right now, but are considering it.

  2. A couple of years ago we found several bird shows on Netflix and used those as part of the bird study my youngest was doing. I don't know if they are still there or not, as Netflix changes things so often.

  3. I wish I had more time on my hands! Some of these look great to explore. I will have to keep this list handy!


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