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Family Favorites for Different Genres of Movies

Posted by Administrator on 5/23/2012 to Homeschooling
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a genre is a “category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.” We would add the idea that nearly any form of media (written, auditory, or visual) can be categorized by genres. It’s just one of many different ways that a person can discuss books, television programming, short stories, movies, and more. Over the next few weeks, we thought it would be fun to look at over a dozen different film genres (ranging from animated to westerns), briefly defining certain characteristics common to any film in that genre, and then listing some of our favorite movies from the given category. We’d love to have your input, as well! Share with others what your favorite films are from each genre are and why. We look forward to being introduced to new-to-us titles, or being reacquainted with film ideas we had forgotten!

Teaching with Movies

Posted by Administrator on 4/18/2012 to Homeschooling
Current and classic films provide a dynamic and topical backdrop for enriching the education of your homeschooling children. Each film tells a unique story with a distinct worldview that offers an encapsulated platform for exploring virtually any subject area within your homeschooling curriculum. Today, movies are the storytellers and balladeers of our time. Film forever captures a moment in time—complete with the thoughts, motivations, and beliefs that underpin the story. History unfolds and distant lands become real within the film’s frame. Dry subjects and dusty narrative give way to sights and sounds that engage nearly all of your student’s learning faculties. Adding a thoughtful guide, with lesson plans and activities, can transform the act of watching a movie from mere entertainment into a vehicle for energizing your educational activities.
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