Homeschooling with Netflix - 40+ Documentaries

Homeschooling with Netflix – 40+ Documentaries Edition

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I found some amazing documentaries on Netflix to help teach kids about many subjects. I’ve also included links to lesson plans you can use along with the documentaries. Most of them are free. Homeschooling with Netflix is fun and entertaining!

Homeschooling with Netflix

First, we’ll check out some subjects you could use for Homeschooling with Netflix, along with lesson plans. Most of the lesson plans that I found are free! If you don’t want to bother with lesson plans, just watch any of these documentaries that suit your fancy.


These will give children a chance to learn about the land, people, and animals that live in places around the world. Like a virtual field trip. Check out my blog post of free geography resources.


Africa – This one is from BBC, and is Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch & Mike Rowe | You can use free this curriculum to help children learn more about Africa. Also, check out How big is Africa?

Virunga – an Oscar-nominated true story about rangers who risk their lives to save endangered gorillas in Africa’s national park.

Clarendon Learning has a ton of great lessons! Check this one out for Africa.


Netflix Documentaries

Lesson Plans on Oceans


Netflix Documentaries

  • Wild France – There are still places in Europe that are hardly touched by people.
  • Wild North – Explore the forests & rugged coastlines of Norway.
  • National Geographic, has more great (free) ways to learn more about Europe.

Lesson Plans on Europe


Wild China  Check out the Ancient China lesson plans, and check out PBS for more learning about China.

Alaska & Canada

Wild Alaska – Here’s a lesson plans on the Yukon and Alaska by Quest Connect.


India Nature’s Wonderland– Great mountains, deserts, and jungles. Explore India today! Check out a free lesson plan on India.

South America

Perú – Take a beautiful virtual field trip to Perú. Check out Homeschool Creations for a great free lesson on Perú.

Galapagos  – Interesting wildlife, and unlike most of the planet. Check out the weird and beautiful Galapagos Islands.

Lesson Plans

All about South American via Clarendon Learning

Virtual Field Trips | Landmarks

Other Free Geography Lesson Plans


There are plenty of other documentaries but I tried to include ones that were TV-14 at most. Many others are rated TV-MA, and NR.


Lesson Plans


Art Lesson Plan by Age

More documentaries available for streaming as of 09/5/19

  1. Brain Games (SERIES) – This series is very interesting. In the first episode, it shows people how the brain uses shadows to help understand the world around us. It is really very interesting and educational.
  2. Planet Earth: The Complete Collection – I bought this on DVD when it came out many years ago. It is so good.
  3. Life – Discover life on Earth.
  4. Life Story – Following wild animals in their natural habitat.
  5. The Last Man on the Moon
  6. Nature’s Great Events – Weather patterns, and seasonal events that create awesome wildlife events.
  7. The Pyramid Code – The truth about the pyramids have arrived.
  8. Blackfish – Animal slaves for entertainment are dying in their own prisons, due to lack of food, space, and quality nutrition. Countless animals die each year for the sake of human curiosity. Boycott zoos, and marine shows who are just trying to make money off these poor animals.
  9. Tales by Light – Check out the physical extremes photographers go through to get that shot. What’s it really like to be one of the world’s top photographers?
  10. Forces of Nature –  Explaining complex natural forces like shape, color, motion and more.
  11. Our Planet -Emmy Nominated – Watch the planet’s amazing diverse creatures.
  12. Terra – A documentary about the relationship between living creatures and humans.
  13. Weird Wonder Of The World
  14. 72 Most Dangerous Animals
  15. 72 Cutest Animals
  16. Naledi – A baby elephant’s tail
  17. The Ivory Game – Exposing ivory trafficking
  18. Last Chance to See – Animal species that are near extinction.
  19. Beak & Brain – Genius birds
  20. Round Planet – A unique twist to the story of our planet.
  21. Bugs – The benefits of bugs as a future food source.
  22. Frozen Planet
  23. Minimalism
  24. Growing up Wild


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12 thoughts on “Homeschooling with Netflix – 40+ Documentaries Edition”

  1. This is a brilliant resource that I’m sure you took a long time to put together. So wanted to say a massive thank you. I will share.
    I’m a fellow Home educator to my two children as we travel and travel / mama blogger.

  2. Excelente lista … Me gusto mucho las peliculas que recomiendas, realmente no me habia puesto a analizar que netflix me sirviera para mi homescholing, lo estaba viendo como algo negativo por ser pantalla … Estaré atenta a nuevas recomendaciones tuyas y si tienes peliculas recomendadas para niños de 6 años seria una perla para mi. Saludo desde Colombia

    1. Thank you for visiting from Colombia! You’re very welcome for the list. It’s a great resource for learning different things. Netflix changes often so keep looking at their documentaries for new things too! I try to update my list every once in a while. I wish you luck my far away friend!

  3. HI. Thanks for putting this list together – my homescholed daughter LOVES these types of nature shows.
    I saw Blackfish a few years ago and actually thought it was quite interesting. However, I did some research on the program and, overwhelmingly, the claims the show makes are unsubstantiated. Although it claims to be a documentary (and some of the incidents it reports are very true), it appears to be more propaganda than fact. I do not like the thought of these amazing, huge animals living in captivity strictly for our enjoyment, but the show does not entirely stick to the facts. Just thought I’d let you know.

    1. So glad that you enjoyed the list. My boys and I like them too!

      I appreciate your input. If you would like to share some research so we could all benefit, I would be interested in seeing what could possibly be deemed fact and fiction.

      All of the other facts can fade away, but the two facts below will still be true and these are the most important in my opinion.

      Some Joe Smoe is making big bucks off of keeping these animals captive. The other fact that bothers me is that these animals are in no way living the life the should be able to live, ie… in the ocean. A pool of water is no way for them to live. It is the equivalent to a cell for a human.

      It’s interesting to think that not all of the facts are true, but it doesn’t really change anything for me. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts on it!

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