Today I am thankful for Netflix. When you live in a small town, video resources are practically non-existent. While we do have a rather small video rental store, there just isn’t the variety that I need for our homeschool. I like to add movies into our curriculum to make it fun and to help reinforce concepts that we are learning. To accomplish this, I either need a very large personal video library, or I need access to one. Netflix allows me the latter.
Sometimes I am slow to determine which movies I want to include in our lessons. At times it is because I am just so busy with my job and other responsibilities. Other times, I just forget that I meant to look for something for a particular topic. It is during these moments that I really, really love our Wii and the instant movie queue that is provided through Netflix. It has saved my bacon more than once.
I love to use movies in our history lessons. I think it is great to be able to watch a documentary or even an old time movie about the subject we are studying. This week we will actually be watching two movies. We watched a documentary the other day and today we will watch the Hollywood version of Alexander the Great. We have decided that although Alexander thought he was great, that perhaps he really wasn’t that great of a person. He was smart in war and battles. But he wasn’t so smart in the things that really matter. It has been nice to talk about the things we have read and then watched.
I also love to use movies for science lessons. It is simply fun to find something that goes along with our studies. This year we are studying zoology, so there are lots of choices for us there. While we own the movie documentary series Life, we still like to look for other things that will enhance our learning. I have the series All Creatures Great and Small in our instant queue ready to watch when I want a surprise. I think my son will enjoy them.
Another way I use movies in our homeschool is as a reward for reading the book first. We like to read the book that a movie is based on and then watch it. We like to compare how well the movie followed the written storyline. We also like to vote on whether it was better as a movie or a book. Usually the book always wins, but we still like to debate it.
I love that Netflix has such a large assortment of educational movies that are at my disposal. It helps to make our learning just a little more fun and the fact that we live in a small town not a big deal. I can usually find just what we need at my fingertips. Through Netflix, I have a virtual video library for our home. I think that is pretty cool.
What are you thankful for today?