It’s no secret that kids need to engage in learning in a variety of ways. Singing and dancing are very common in my classroom, and probably in many early learning classrooms around the world! While I do still have some old CDs and various playlists, I have learned that I love using YouTube for Kids in my classroom as a way to engage, learn, and just have fun!
As a teacher tip – I often use safeshare.tv to share videos with my students, so that we aren’t seeing ads or other media. I have a google doc that I have my favorite urls in (already in safeshare) and I just click and play!
These are my 10 favorite YouTube channels to use in my classroom. Many would also be great for preschoolers and 1st grade too!
10 YouTube Channels for Early Learners
1. The Learning Station – The Learning Station has tons of fun, active videos for kids to sing along with! My Kindergarteners started the year off with “Clean Up Is Fun” and we also love moving to some of their seasonal songs, like “Scarecrow, Scarecrow.”
2. Jack Hartmann – Jack Hartmann quickly became a favorite part of our calendar/math meeting routine with his “Let’s Get Fit/Count to 100” song! With songs for counting, rhyming, the alphabet, and more – he has tons of fun videos to use with your children or students!
3. Brainzy Games by Education.com – I was introduced to this channel when I stumbled upon “Super E has the power” in the spring. I was looking for some fun songs to teach CVCe words to my class, and they loved that song! This channel also has more alphabet songs, shape songs, and sight word songs.
4. Super Simple Songs – This channel is wonderful for preschoolers and my Kindergarteners LOVED it. I would play it at the end of the day packup time, so when they were done cleaning up they could come to the carpet and sing along. There are many familiar songs on this channel, but with different twists and fun videos. It definitely keeps their attention! Our favorite was this playlist that started with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
6. Have Fun Teaching – Have Fun Teaching has tons of videos for a variety of skills! This channel is great for 1st graders (and higher) too, especially for its skip counting videos. This channel also has some great science videos that are fun to add to your collection!
7. Little Baby Bum – While this name does sound a little funny and like it is a channel just for babies, I can assure you my Kindergarteners enjoyed many of these videos! This channel is especially great for nursery rhymes – my kids loved singing along and watching the video, and I would often incorporate it into a quick quiet time/brain break, or use it at the end of the day during clean up.
8. Pancake Manor – Pancake Manor is great for preschoolers – it has a ton of videos about shapes, colors, and familiar nursery rhymes! One of my favorites at the very beginning of the year was one of their Shapes Songs.
10. Harry Kindergarten Music – Harry Kindergarten is so fun, and certainly doesn’t have to be just for Kindergarteners! His “When You Add With A Pirate” song is great for math, as well as “Left and Right Robot” for learning direction!
YouTube for Kids can be fun and educational! Do you have some favorite channels that weren’t mentioned here? I would love to add them to my collection, so let me know what they are!