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Podcasts are a great way to move children away from a TV screen and into a world of listening and imagination. If you are a family, like ours, that sends your child to a public school, it may be important for you to maintain your child’s English language skills. By having your child listen to English speaking podcasts, he or she will be able to learn a broad range of vocabulary, gain some important knowledge on an array of topics and help those long car rides, plane rides, or dinner prep become just that much sweeter!

Listed below are a few podcasts to help you get started.  Happy listening!

But Why – A Podcast For Curious Kids This podcast from Vermont Public Radio focuses on common questions children ask, poses the question and then turns the answers back to the children. The show will also bring in an expert that reviews the question and provides an educated response from an expert in the area. Topics include: Where Does Snow Come From, and Why is the Sea Salty and Do Bumblebees Have Hearts?

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids – This podcast can easily be enjoyed by the entire family and helps children discover the world of science. Parents and children alike will learn interesting facts about the world of bugs, planets, black holes, learning about Darwin, giant toads and much, much more.

Sparkle Stories – Sparkle Stories is a basic concept that reads your child a story on diverse topics. With over 900 stories on file and in the making, you are guaranteed to find content that the entire family will enjoy. The stories range in times and captivate its audience. Their website is a fabulous resource offering coloring pages, craft ideas, recipes and so much more.

Storynory – Stories for Kids – If your children love stories, this podcast is perfect. With classic fairytales, educational stories, poems, music and much more, this is podcast is great for long car rides, or during that difficult time of dinner prep.

TEDTalks Kids and Family – Ideal for older children, this podcast takes families through a journey of learning, discovering and education. Topics are varied and derived from TedTalks around the world.  If your child has an interest in a particular topic, search for a child – led talk that will motivate him or her to make a difference.

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