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10 Of The Best Cartoons To Watch With Your Kids

10 Of The Best Cartoons To Watch With Your Kids

Animation is a source of hours upon hours of entertainment, and animated TV shows can contain deep messages that resonate with a wide variety of viewers. While you might expect to find great insights for your kids in things such as literature or motivational speeches, insights can also be found on the television screen. Parents looking to safely and entertainingly introduce their children to a range of different aspects of life from the comfort of the living room would be wise to take heed of this list of the best cartoons everyone can enjoy.

1. The Flinstones

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    “Yabba dabba do!”
    Arguably the first family of TV animation, The Flinstones paved the way for many of the best cartoons that followed. It’s an early, some would say prehistoric, reminder of the importance of family.

    2. Looney Tunes

    Lonney
      “What’s up, doc?”
      Undoubtedly one of the most important and best cartoons of all time, Looney Tunes introduced us to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz and so many more iconic characters.

      3. Peanuts

      A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-image

        “Good grief…”

        The trials of Charlie Brown, as well as Lucy, Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock and more are perhaps best known for being told through the form of comic strips, but there’s a reason that the Peanuts holiday specials are rerun every year. They’re as timeless as the strip itself, teaching lessons that all kids- and even some adults- need to learn.

        4. Superman

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          “Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”

          As a high-budget series, created in seventeen parts at the famous Fleischer Studios, the production of this animated show from the 1940s is stunning. It’s one of the best cartoons ever made on a technical level. Children will be astonished by the quality of cartoons made over seventy years ago.

          5. Batman: The Animated Series

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            “Jingle bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Jo-ker got a-wa-a-a-ay!”
            The second and last superhero show on this list, Batman: The Animated Series is arguably not only one of the best cartoons ever made, but also the best depiction of Batman, especially for younger viewers. Everyone, though, will enjoy this Emmy-winning series.

            6. The Simpsons

            the-simpsons

              “D’oh!”

              While at times incredibly dark and poignant, The Simpsons never stops being a show that people of all ages can enjoy. One of the biggest and best cartoons of all time, it is able to discuss adult themes while still being suitable for children.

              7. The Fairly OddParents

              fairly
                “I wish…”
                A show about a boy with fairy godparents who can have his wishes come true (at a price) is a perfect way to teach kids how to manage expectations- and it’s quite funny, to boot.

                8. My Little Pony

                Pony
                  “Sure as sugar.”
                  My Little Pony is perhaps best known for the adult men who enjoy it (referred to as “bronies”) but it’s also incredibly beloved by children who learn wholesome lessons with each episode.

                  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender

                    “The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost.
                    The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed.
                    Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.”
                    It was adapted into a terrible, terrible movie, but that doesn’t stop the original from being one of the best cartoons of the new millennium. It teaches children and adults alike about things such as culture, faith, perseverance and the power of storytelling.

                    10. Adventure Time

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                      “Everything small is just a small version of something big.”
                      Easily the most bizarre cartoon on this list, Adventure Time is a hit among kids and adults for its unique approach to exploring matters of life we face every day. The lessons the characters learn are rarely what you’d expect, but that just makes them all the more memorable.
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                      Published on November 7, 2018

                      How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

                      How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

                      In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

                      The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

                      Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

                      How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

                      After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

                      Figure Out the Laws

                      Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

                      The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

                      Decide on an Approach

                      Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

                      Supplies/Resources

                      Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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                      A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

                      Find a Community

                      Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

                      Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

                      7 Different Homeschooling Methods

                      1. School-At-Home

                      Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

                      The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

                      • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
                      • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
                      • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

                      2. Classical

                      One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

                      Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

                      3. Unit Studies

                      Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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                      For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

                      • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
                      • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
                      • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

                      4. Charlotte Mason

                      This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

                      Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

                      5. Montessori

                      Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

                      With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

                      6. Unschooling

                      Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

                      For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

                      7. Eclectic/Relaxed

                      As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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                      Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

                      How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

                      One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

                      Email

                      Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

                      It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

                      Google Drive/Calendar

                      Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

                      With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

                      Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

                      Ebooks

                      Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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                      E-Courses

                      When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

                      From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

                      The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

                      Some recommendations:

                      Youtube

                      Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

                      Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

                      Some recommendations:

                      Final Thoughts

                      Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

                      Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

                      Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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