Homeschool History With YouTube
Below are some YouTube history channels that are favorites among homeschoolers. Many of the channels have a wide variety of content, so the suggested age ranges are very approximate. I strongly recommend that you preview the videos before allowing your children to watch them, as standards vary by family.
YouTube History Channels
America from Scratch – Explores questions related to America’s history and govenrment. (middle school to adult)
Crash Course – Videos on U.S. and world history, as well as other subjects. (middle & high school)
EmperorTigerstar – Videos and map animations of historical events. (middle school to adult)
Epic History TV – Dramatic events in history. (upper elementary to adult)
Extra Credits – Extra History episodes explore little-known but dramatic adventures in world history. (middle & high school)
Free School – Various history topics, as well as other subjects. (elementary & middle school)
Geography Now – Profiles of countries around the world. (all ages)
Hip Hughes History – Mostly focuses on U.S. history and politics but also includes some world history and general interest. (middle school to adult)
History Buff – A show dedicated solely to reviewing historical movies for accuracy. (high school & adult)
The History Channel – Episodes cover a wide variety of historical events and general interest topics. (varies)
The History Guy – Stories of forgotten history. (upper elementary to adult)
History Matters – Animated videos which teach European and world history. (high school)
Homeschool Pop – Various history videos, as well as many other subjects. (elementary)
Horrible Histories – The funniest, yuckiest, and most gruesome bits of history. (upper elementary to high school)
Jam Campus – Educational songs that teach history and other subjects. (all ages)
A Kid Explains History – The title says it all! (elementary)
Liberty’s Kids – Animated historical fiction series covering the American Revolution. (elementary & middle school)
Mark Felton Productions – Military history with a focus on WWII and the Cold War. (middle school to adult)
Modern History TV – Series that investigates what life was really like in the past. (middle school to adult)
Mr. Nicky’s World History Songs – Musical parodies that teach history. (all ages)
Ollie Bye – Map animations on the histories of countries, wars, and other topics of historical interest. (high school to adult)
OverSimplified – Short videos explain historical events simply. (high school)
Simple History – Brings history to life through animation. (upper elementary to high school)
Ted-Ed – These videos cover a wide variety of history topics, as well as many other subjects. (upper elementary to high school)
Timeline – Documentaries and series from the world’s top broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, and PBS. (varies)
Brookdale House – This website has created galleries of YouTube history videos organized by time period. (varies)
NeoK12 – NeoK12 provides a directory of YouTube history videos sorted by topic. The videos are free to watch, but other features require a paid membership. (all ages)
Additional Free History Resources
History and Social Studies Curriculum – Free curriculum for history, social studies, geography, and government.
History Unit Studies and Lesson Plans – Numerous sources of free history unit studies and lesson plans.
History Timelines – Free printable and online timelines.
History Websites for Homeschoolers – Learn history with these informative websites.
Virtual Field Trips – Explore the world, including many historical sites and museums, through virtual field trips.
What are your family’s favorite YouTube channels for history? Comment below!
Note: This post was originally published on September 22, 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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