Learning From YouTube

(9 Posts)
LisaMed1 Thu 14-Jul-16 15:03:13

Yesterday came downstairs to find my nine year old watching a YouTube video about Thermodynamics. He is just as likely to be watching videos of minecraft, football or funny cats.

Discussion with his form tutor at parents evening, and from previous similar evenings - my nine year old already has mastered the study topic between it being announced and them actually starting it. One year the form tutor had to check something ds had told him about obsidian and vulcanism. Ds was right. Yr two he had come across a maths thingy (I don't do numbers) on YouTube before he had been taught it in class and happily explained it to the teacher. He was right.

At the moment it looks like he is learning more from YouTube (far from reliable) than school. I'm not getting anywhere with school trying to get him pushed more. I'm not even sure he is gifted and talented, so being cheeky posting here.

Any suggestions? He's going to stop engaging with school soon.

irvineoneohone Thu 14-Jul-16 20:55:04

Have you tried Khan academy?
It has lots of tutorial videos and I feel safer than let my ds watch you tube on his own.
My ds learns maths, etc. on these sites on his own, but still enjoys school.



EarthboundMisfit Thu 14-Jul-16 20:57:44

I don't have G&T kids, I just saw this in Active, but I came on to say Khan Academy too. He might enjoy Crash Course to begin with.

irvineoneohone Thu 14-Jul-16 21:19:49

Yes! Recommend Crash Course, MIT+K12, and NOVA Labs for science loving kids.

LisaMed1 Thu 14-Jul-16 22:40:23

Thank you so much!

Really appreciate it.

tbh as long as it is age appropriate I just let him get on with it. I'll let him know the Khan Academy exists then see if he gets hooked. He just relaxes to stuff.

I've tried to stop him getting too far ahead of school. I'm beginning to wonder why.

Thanks for the help.

EarthboundMisfit Thu 14-Jul-16 23:03:20

Yes, don't worry about that. There's a lot of stuff in the world to learn about!

irvineoneohone Fri 15-Jul-16 08:30:27

I won't stop my ds learning ahead, but also make sure he doesn't neglect school work as well.

Only time he complained about school work was when he was in yr1, and put onto computer everyday to do times tables, while the teacher taught the class. I think I'm lucky, he doesn't find anything boring, even he knew the topic pretty well already.

JustRichmal Fri 15-Jul-16 09:39:33

We also discovered crash course and love it, so I thought I'd put the linky. I would say if your ds watches it, it is more advanced than primary, but great fun. So do not let him worry if he does not understand it all.
There is Hegartymaths, but that covers the curriculum from KS3 onwards.
I too find Khan Academy good. Dd tends to watch the videos if there are bits of maths she does not understand, but if you sign up it will assess where dc is at with maths and automatically set a program for learning.
I was wondering if anyone could suggest any other videos on youtube suitable for an older child who likes maths and science, (GCSE, A level sort of level} preferably with a linky, as I'm a bit lazy not that excellent with the internet.

irvineoneohone Fri 15-Jul-16 10:21:42

justrichmal, I haven't got a clue about the levels, but have you expolored science content and partner content on Khan?
They seems to cover everything except for MFL, up to US grade 12 . (They recommend duolingo for MFL.)

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