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Is Learning From Movies A Possibility? #StreamTeam

Is Learning From Movies A Possibility? #StreamTeam

There are two aspects in my life that have been integral to me since I was a child; reading and watching movies. My mother was as voracious a reader as she was a movie goer. Mom is 80 years old and still visits the library at least 3 times a week. If one of her favorite books is made into a movie or television show, she is eager to watch it. I remember when Kiss The Girls, a popular book from James Patterson became a movie. Well, mom could hardly contain herself and neither could I, as I was a huge fan myself. Through the years, many of my favorite books have come to life on the screen, both big and small. My kids are following right along in mom’s and my footsteps and I could not be happier. Caitlin is hardly every without a book and Henry, although 12, still loves to curl up with Mommy and be read to. Another family bonding time is when we are able to watch these favorite books as they are streamed through Netflix via our Apple TV.

We Are Learning From Movies At Home

We Are Learning From Movies At Home

Recently, Caitlin came home and told me she had an assignment in her English class she needed help with. They were learning about dystopian societies and she was having a hard time with it. We talked about what a dystopian society is, which is a society where the members are often overcrowded, oppressed, hungry, and all around miserable. We had both just read The Hunger Games, so I told Caitlin Katniss and Peeta lived in a dystopian society, where the people in the districts were oppressed and controlled by The Capitol. We had not seen the movie and when we learned it was on Netflix, we popped some popcorn and snuggled in my bed and we watched the movie as it was streamed via our Wii gaming system. It was so great we were learning from movies at home and once Caitlin saw how poorly the people were treated and lived, her assignment clicked. Her teacher told her father and I her essay on the dystopian society was one of the best papers he had ever read! Yahoo for Netflix making my life easier!

Right now on Netflix, you can see classics like Charlotte’s Web and Escape To Witch Mountain, which was a favorite of mine at Caitlin’s age. Also on Netflix is the Goosebumps  series, which have been a favorite book series of both kids for years. Henry and I will watch episodes on the computer while we are relaxing on the sofa and Caitlin is doing her homework. There are lots of great shows for the younger kids The Magic School Bus and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If you have Netflix,you can have movies and TV shows instantly streamed (not downloaded) via a Netflix-ready device. You can get instant access to Netflix on devices, including TVs, tablets, mobile devices, game consoles and computers. With Netflix, you there is a kids section where the only titles you’ll have access to are pre-screened and appropriate for kids aged 2-12.  To sign up for Netflix, just head over to their website, create an account, choose a plan and start watching!

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