Because you are homeschooling your kids, you have the freedom to teach with whatever medium you choose. While some teachers might incorporate a documentary or two into their yearlong syllabus, film is not often utilized as a key element of a traditional student’s learning experience. Incorporating film can enrich your homeschool curriculum.
Students in traditional schools often complain that the material they learn will never be used in life. While most people will not be using advanced trigonometry or calculus on the day-to-day, it is important that kids see how the material they learn actually does manifest in their life. Showing movies about certain topics is one way to show how they actually can be applied to everyday life.
History books do not often portray historical figures in the most interesting light. Therefore, they often seem like a name in a book rather than an actual person who existed at one point in time. Showing movies that portray historical figures accurately is a great way to show your kids that the people they are reading about actually existed. Movies often go far in showing the effects historical figures had on their surroundings as well, so this can solidify whatever concepts the books teach.
When it comes to horrific events like slavery in the south and the holocaust, most people struggle in picturing how horrible things actually were. Kids often have an especially difficult time grasping just how awful these events were. Documentaries and movies about these events can bring them to life, giving homeschool students a glimpse of what things were actually like.
Even if you do not want your child exposed to horrific events like those mentioned above, movies are a great way to show your kids the atmosphere of a particular time period. Children find it interesting to see how people spoke different, acted differently, and even wore different clothing in different eras of history.
Not everyone has the money to travel, but every student should be exposed to the different people of the world. Kids who grow up without exposure sometimes think everyone is like them. It is important to show students from a young age that there is an entire world filled with different kinds of people.
If you find your student uninterested in a certain topic, words on a page or in a lesson plan often fail to penetrate their brain. This is when you can benefit from different vehicles for the information, like a movie, a play, a TV show, etc. Consuming educational media for fun from a young age helps kids continue doing so in the future, as well.
Homeschool curriculum gives parents so much freedom when it comes to choosing how to teach. Take advantage of this freedom and get creative! Research what TV shows and movies might pertain to your lessons, just as you might do so with books.