This month Netflix wanted to know what fun facts our kids have learned from watching Netflix Streaming. So, I asked my kids.
“Hey, have y’all learned anything cool this summer?”
“I don’t know. Something interesting or funny on one of your Netflix shows.”
“No. I mean like facts or science stuff.”
Basically, my kids have learned nothing this summer. I decided I needed to rectify that before school starts at the end of next month. In order to do so (in the easist way possible), I searched for documentaries on Netflix about things I know my kids love so that they will be so interested in watching they won’t realize that they are learning something. Here is the list that I came up with so you too can let your kids learn with Netflix streaming.
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What Happened, Miss Simone? – Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream – Explore the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty’s famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry.
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory – This moving documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he uses music to unlock memory in nursing-home patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
A Drummer’s Dream – At a music camp in Ontario, the world’s most accomplished drummers mentor students in such diverse styles as rock, jazz, soul and fusion.
Women and Girls
Miss Representation – Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – An inspiring look at the brilliant, outrageous women who spearheaded the 1960s women’s movement resonates with those who still face gender inequality.
women’s list – Fifteen accomplished American women discuss their achievements, their influences and their motivation in a series of intimate interviews.
The Ascent of Woman – This four-part series traces the impact of women on politics, religion, science and other aspects of human history from 10,000 B.C. to the present.
Girl Rising – Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century.
Space and Science Lovers
The Last Man on the Moon – Atronaut Gene Cernan looks back on the exciting history of NASA’s lunar landings and how being the last man to stand on the moon changed his life.
The Code – In this three-part documentary series, host Marcus du Sautoy examines the mathematical code underlying all of life on Earth and the Universe itself.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents new revelations about time and space in this reboot of the original “Cosmos” documentary series.
Planet Earth: The Complete Collection – This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
The Bionic Vet – This reality series focuses on the efforts of veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, who saves sick and injured pets using cutting-edge technology.
Nature: A Sloth Named Velcro – Years after adopting a tiny orphaned sloth, a journalist returns to Centeral and South America to see how life has changed for the unusaual creatures.
Buck – Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, shows how our communication with animals can teach us lessons on how we relate to our fellow man.
72 Dangerous Animals: Australia – Get an up-close look at Australia’s deadliest creatures in this series that features interviews with wildlife experts and survivors of attacks.
Nature: Animal Misfits – Awkward animals like the mudskipper and the three-toed sloth may seem ill equipped for survival, but a closer look reveals remarkable adaptations.
Art and Dance Lovers
First Position – Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, where the stakes are high.
A Ballerina’s Tale – This documentary charts the inspiring ascent of dancer Misty Copeland to the top of the ultracompetitive ballet world, despite numerous obstacles.
Beautiful Losers – This documentary profiles a collective of undgerground artists and filmmakers whose work made an idelible mark on mainstream culture in the 1990s.
Raiders of the Lost Art – Dramatic re-creations, archival footage and expert commentary tell the tales of great artworks that have been stolen and (sometimes) recovered.
30 for 30: Survive and Advance – In 1983, the NC State Wolfpack, coached by Jim Valvano stayed alive in the post season by winning nine do-or-die games in a row — seven of which they were losing in the final minute.
The Short Game – They are fiercely competitive athletes, determined to become champions on one of the world’s toughest golf courses. And they’re still in grade school.
30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men – The “miracle” win of the 1980 U.S Men’s Olympic hockey team had a flip side: the devastating impact that the game had on the Russian coaches and players.
Knuckleball – focusing on one of baseball’s more eccentric wrinkles, this documentary spotlights a pitch that’s confounded batters and extended pitchers’ careers.
Undefeated – An inspirational profile of an inner-city high school football team’s valiant effort to reach the school’s first-ever playoff game.
Extreme! Sports Lovers
Road – Liam Neeson narrates this documentary profile of the Dunlop motorcycle road-racing family, two sets of brothers making up a high-speed sports dynasty.
Fittest on Earth – Devotees of the challenging workout regimen known as CrossFit converge for a grueling competition of tests to find the world’s fittest athlete.
30 for 30: The Birth of Big Air – This documentary profiles BMX rider Mat Hoffman, a trailblazing biker who went pro when he was only 16 and helped build the sport of BMX Freestyle.
Video Games and Tech
All Work All Play – The global rise of e-sports is charted in this documentary that follows several League of Legends teams en route to the Extreme Masters championship.
Video Games: The Movie – From Atari to Xbox, this star-studded documentary explores the gaming industry’s history, influence and multibillion-dollar evolution.
Atari: Game Over – Explore the demise of gaming giant Atari, along with claims that it hid its biggest flop, 1982’s “E.T.,” by buring the cartridges in the desert.
NOVA: Rise of the Hackers – This “Nova” installment reveals how hackers threaten networks around the world, and how security experts stay one step ahead of them.
Indie Game: The Movie – This capitavating documentary follows several indie game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success.
Expedition Unknown – A fearless archaeologist leaves no stone unturned in his quest to uncover the truth about some of the world’s most famous myths and legends.
Remote Survival – Aided by survivalists Alex Coker and Cliff Hodges, two competitors test their wilderness skills and survival instincts in remote, perilous terrains.
Born to Explore – Host Richard Wiese embarks on spectacular journeys around the globe in this adventourous travel series that will go anywhere for a fascinating story.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 – From 1967 to 1975, a film crew directed their cameras at America’s Black Power movement, producing footage that remained unreleased for decades.
Reel Injun – This superb documentary reveals the film industry’s effect on North American native people, who’ve been depicted in movies in wildly inaccurate ways.
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine – This documentary chronicles the life of Matthew Shepard, whose infamous 1998 murcer left his friends and relatives devastated.
The Latino List: Volume 1 – Notable names from politics, business, science, sports and th arts relate their challenges and opportunities growing up Lation in America.
I could have kept going and going with this list. Be sure to search for something your kids will love to learn on Netflix if you don’t see something they are really into. Also, check the ratings on the documentaries to make sure they are appropriate for your child. Most of these or G or PG, but a few or PG-13 or “not rated” (which may not be bad, but you need to check first).
I hope this list helps your kids (and mine) get back on the learning track before school starts in August.
What are some of your favorite documentaries for kids? Have your kids learned anything with Netflix streaming this summer?