This post was created in partnership with Netflix. All opinions are my own.

Shhh!! Do you hear that sound? It’s the tiny wails of children everywhere because school is just around the corner, at least it is in Minnesota. Oh wait, do you hear that? It’s the shouts of joy from mothers ready for some routine and order to their schedules again. We’re gearing up for school to get back into session and that means I’m using all the tools I have to get my little guy excited for the first grade. We’re a TV-loving family and I’ve learned that despite my own efforts sometimes TV shows do a better job of getting my children to understand an abstract idea. Here are our Netflix picks to help us get in the school spirit:

For my to-be First Grader

THE ODD SQUADThe Odd Squad came onto the PBS scene last year. It’s geared towards elementary age kids and focuses on kid agents who use indirect reasoning and math to solve strange incidents happening in their town. The production company is the Fred Rogers Company and you know how I feel about Fred Rogers!

READING RAINBOW – I LOVED Reading Rainbow when I was a child, in fact, now I’m going to have an ear worm of the theme song looping in my brain for the rest of the day. The showed aired on PBS from 1983 until 2006 and was centered around the idea of encouraging children to read.

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS – When I was a kid in the ’90s The Magic School Bus book series came on the scene and it was the cool thing to be reading and checking out during library time. The show is similar to the books only it’s animated. Ms. Frizzle and her class go on amazing adventures where learning is fun and happens effortlessly.

For your older kids

The brand new Project Mc² Netflix Original Series, premiered on Aug. 7 and proved smart is the hottest BTS trend. The show features four supercool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to save the world. Total #SmartGirl inspo!

What are your school inspired Netflix picks? Any suggestions?

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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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