Teach with Movies
I LOVE using movies in our homeschool. For example, last year we read Life of Pi; then saw the movie; then learned all about India’s traditions, religion and food; then we started learning all about India’s war for independence from England; and then we watched Gandhi. For book/movie combinations, we always read the book first. Then we have a long discussion (usually during a walk) about what we think they will change in the movie – plot complications, minor characters, things that are difficult to portray in film, etc. Then we watch the movie and then we have another long discussion about what was changed. For historical movies, anything from Clash of the Titans to The Last of the Mohicans, we study the time period or myth first, if we haven’t already, and then talk about how it veered from reality. These post-movie discussions always amaze me. They show my kids’ grasp of plot and character, their understanding of narration, and their retention of historical facts.
If you want to use more movies in your homeschool, there are several good resources to use. To find movies, check your local library, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or YouTube. To find out if movies are appropriate for your kids, try Common Sense Media (a must for information on any media) or Kids in Mind. And for really great ideas and lesson plans, go to Teach with Movies. On the Teach with Movies website, you can search for movies by subject or by age and find information on TV shows and documentaries. Each movie then has tons of information including a description, potential problems, discussion questions, background information and project ideas.
Teach with Movies is an invaluable resource for homeschooling any age and it is now FREE!