I discovered quite accidentally the power of using movies as a teaching technique. I was babysitting my nephew and we were watching Billy Elliot. The post-movie discussion I had with the little fellow was one of the best conversations I have ever had. In the short span of 10 minutes, he talked about bullying, the importance of never being ashamed of who you are and the rewards that come with following your dreams despite opposition.
It led me to think that if you cut off the faff that kids are served up these days on TV and in movies, we are left with a whole bunch of resources that would help us facilitate critical thinking skills in children. Apart from this, kids will be able to improve their language skills, be able to have intellectual discussions and create a joyful family memory. Since that life-changing discussion, I have successfully used movies to supplement my lesson plans when I was an educator and I continue to use it as a teaching method with my homeschooled children.
MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR
1. Rio 2
I loved the first movie because unlike most other animated flicks, this one offered my children a view of a completely different culture from our own. The themes that will be explored in this movie are ones of overcoming fear, of building confidence and, my favorite theme, family. I am also hoping it will encourage my kids to pick up a second language.
Click on the Link for the Trailer – Rio 2
2. How to Train your Dragon 2
Another sequel to a great first movie – if you haven’t watched the first one yet, get to it! There’s a reason most kids movies have an “underdog” theme to it. As kids, not only are you trying to discover your place in the world, you are trying to understand who you are, what you like, what your place is in the larger scheme of things. This movie speaks about that struggle through the adventures of a misunderstood little Viking, Hiccup. How to Train your Dragon 2 will continue to explore Hiccup’s transformation and instill in your children the same desire to explore and discover new things.
Click on the Link for the Trailer and First 5 minutes of the movie – How to Train your Dragon 2
3. The Box Trolls
I’m going purely on the amazing trailer here – who doesn’t love a movie about misunderstood monsters? A look at the preview shows that the legends of the box trolls show them as malicious, children-stealing fiends. In reality, they are cheese loving creatures who along with their adopted human, Eggs, go on a quest to save the city. The movie is most likely going to show us what it means to be hero – is it recognition or is it the act?
Click on the link for the trailer – The Boxtrolls
What are some of your most favorite family movies? Have you had similar experiences when watching movies with kids?
About the author: Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.