Life, Unschooling

Movies as literacy

Where would our homeschool, our life really, be without movies?

We have spent so many hours watching movies, discussing moves, having heated debates over movies, and simply enjoying our time together as a family.

Homeschooling is family time, family education.

Building memories and adding net to those mental scaffolds are what unschooling is about.

One of my education units at university discussed the role of debate, of language, of arguing, of comparing and contrasting and sharing ideas in building students’ capacity for intellectual thought.

Hey, I thought. That debate and discussion over movies describes our unschooling,

Families have different standards for movies and children have different sensitivities so I won’t list favourite movies here.

I will say that you may be surprised at the depths of movies and qualities of movies that even young children can watch and discuss.

And I will add note that we did spend a whole season watching and discussing romantic comedies in our homeschool.

Here is a link to a legal studies curriculum, related to the movie Legally Blonde. We found it fascinating to read after the movie! Legally Blonde

And a blog post about media and movie and discussion questions.
Movies and media literacy

And, finally, a link to some unschooly movies! Yay!

Unschooly movies

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2 thoughts on “Movies as literacy”

  1. Leonie,

    I like this post very much! We watch and discuss everything… Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, period dramas, family animations, Grand Designs, Myth Busters, Barbie movies! We haven’t tried romantic comedies. Perhaps we should! Thanks for the links!

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