With so much entertainment and digital content flowing to cell phones, tablets and computers — and with the themes and subject matter becoming increasingly inappropriate for kids — many parents are looking for safe movies, TV shows and documentaries for the whole family.
Plus, many homeschooling families are seeking ways to bring exciting lesson plans to life. Luckily, there are a variety of resources as well as supplemental documentaries, TV series and movies worth exploring — shows and films can educate and entertain kids and parents, alike.
PureFlix.com recommends exploring a large number of documentary titles to consider implementing into your homeschool lesson plans. For example, you can use the “American Heritage Series” alongside U.C. history lessons, or “Animal Encyclopedia” when you’re studying life science. You can also find documentaries about well-known historical and contemporary figures like Corrie Ten Boom and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Here’s a select list of just some of the potential documentaries and series you’ll want to consider:
“Drive Thru History: Ancient”
This illuminating, entertaining series explores places where Christianity took root centuries ago, and visits the settings of key events from the Bible. Watch all 12 episodes of “Drive Thru History: Ancient” here.
“The Amazing Bible Series”
The Bible comes to life for kids through catchy songs and relevant stories, in this buoyant animated program. Watch “The Amazing Bible Series,” which is best for younger kids in the family here.
“Drive Thru History: America”
Get a first-hand look at some of the places where our founding fathers risked their lives to shape our burgeoning nation. Watch all 12 episodes here.
“Great Bible Stories”
Witness a touching depiction of sacred Bible stories in this collection of short films. Watch “Great Bible Stories” today.
“Learn Your Times Table”
Here’s a fun and interactive way for your children to understand their times table. Check out the quick lesson here.
“Buck Denver Asks: What's in the Bible?”
What is the Bible? How is it put together? Learn alongside Buck Denver, Sunday School Lady, Brother Louie and the crew that the Bible tells the story of God and what He’s done for us. This is a great series for kids. Watch “Buck Denver Asks: What's in the Bible?” today.
“Discovering America’s Founders”
“Discovering America’s Founders” is part of the entertaining “Drive Thru History” series. Based on the work of David Barton, a leading Christian historian, this film takes you to Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Virginia to learn about the life and times of the Adams Family: John, Abigail, and John Quincy; the Benjamins: Franklin, Rush, and Banneker; and other key patriots: George Washington, Haym Salomon, and Noah Webster. Discover how faith and commitment to God and country contributed to the founding of our nation. Watch this amazing series today.
“Corrie Ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated”
Struggling to reconcile God’s goodness with the terrible realities of the Nazi camps, two sisters cling desperately to their Christian faith. Their story will deeply inspire you. Watch it here.
“A Portrait of America”
In “A Portrait of America,” George Barna offers his most recent research to examine the beliefs and values of American adults and concludes with a heartfelt call for Christians to engage the culture. It’s a great documentary for understanding where we are culturally — and how we move forward. Watch it here.
“Alexander Graham Bell”
Alexander Graham Bell is known as one of the inventors of the greatest communication tools in our modern world: the telephone. This short piece takes you inside Bell’s accomplishments. You can watch “Alexander Graham Bell” here.
With a tradition dating back centuries, chaplains today are on the front lines – often in the midst of life and death situations – where the questions are the deepest and the need for spiritual and pastoral care the greatest. Watch “Chaplains” here.
“Buck Denver and Friends: Sing Through the Bible”
Check out 30 music videos that will take you from Genesis to Revelation with characters from Phil Vischer’s "What’s in the Bible?!" The series includes on-screen sing-along lyrics so the whole family can follow along. Watch the show here.
In addition to these excellent pieces of education content, we have hundreds of titles from “Answers in Genesis” — presentations about God, science, creation and plenty more.
PureFlix.com is also filled with thousands of entertaining films for the whole family. From dramas to movies about faith and hope, there’s something for everyone. Here are just a few safe, entertaining and inspiring entertainment titles to choose from:
A ragtag gang of international talking-dog mascots must save the day and foil the plot of villains planning to sabotage the Youth World Cup soccer finals. Check out “Pups United” here.
“Arthur's Missing Pal”
When Arthur and his pals go on a big hunt for a lost dog, they discover the importance of working together. Watch “Arthur's Missing Pal” here.
When Summer Larsen adopts a stray dog, she soon realizes she’ll need the help of all her adult friends to turn the mutt into a companion. This sweet story explores themes of redemption and faith, all through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl and her new canine best friend. Dog lovers and families will love this sweet summer movie. Watch “Summer’s Shadow” now.
“A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise”
When Sammy and Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandkids. Watch "A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise" right now.
You can access any of these films and series — as well as thousands of faith and family friendly originals, movies, TV shows and documentaries — with a free trial. Also, be sure to read our compilation of homeschooling resources here.