Curling up on the couch and watching a movie can be more than a great way for kids to relax; it can also be a terrific learning activity. By making a few requirements for before, during and after a movie, you may be able to help your kid learn from each film they watch. Whether it is reading an original book beforehand or changing a DVD’s language settings there are a number of techniques that can turn a movie into a learning experience. Here are three ways you can make each movie an opportunity for your child to learn.
- Read the book first (if possible)
From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, many of the most popular movies are adaptations of books. If the movie your child wants to watch is one of these, you may want to require that they read the book first. Not only can this be a great opportunity to encourage them to read, but if they think they will like the movie, there is a good chance they will enjoy the book too. If the movie doesn’t come from a book, you can usually find a related one for them to read first. For example, if they are interested in a dinosaur movie, you can require them to read a short dinosaur book. For younger kids, an easy way to break up the books into manageable pieces is to have them read a set amount each night. You can get them into the habit of brushing their teeth, changing into a pair of fun kid’s pajamas and reading for 20 minutes, 5 pages, or at whichever rate you determine is right for them. Older kids may be able to simply read at their own pace.
- Take advantage of the language and subtitle options in DVDs
Most DVDs and Blu-rays allow you to choose from a variety of language tracks and subtitle options. These can be great ways to encourage your child to learn a new language and work on their reading skills at the same time. If it is their first time watching a movie, you may want to let them watch it in English, but if they are just re-watching something, change the language to one that they are interested in learning. If they are just getting started with the language, leaving English subtitles on may help them learn while practicing their reading. As they get better, you can turn the subtitles into the same language as the audio and may be able to learn a language just by watching movies!
- Make a short assignment or have a discussion after each movie
Watching movies with your child isn’t just a great way to bond. It can also help you find new ways for them to learn and analyze the movie. For example, after watching a sci-fi movie, you and your child could do some research or experiments together to find out what kind of technologies may work in real life and which probably would not. For other films, you can have discussions about the movies themes, messages, and symbolism. If you don’t have time to watch a movie with your kid, try searching online to see if there are study questions for the movie. You could print these out and have them answer them during and after the movie. If they read a related book beforehand, ask them what the similarities and differences were between the book and movie. Another option is to just have them write a short summary of the movie, which may help their writing skills while also exercising their analytical abilities.
Entertainment and education don’t have to be separate. With a few simple steps and activities you can turn any movie into an opportunity for your child to read, write, discuss and learn. From learning new languages, to comparing and contrasting original books to movie adaptations, there is no end to the educational opportunities movies present!
This post was written by Ryan, a former teacher who has been blogging for the last year. He likes to find new ways to make education more exciting for kids, learn about educational technology, and help his nephew find new superhero outfits from www.funkidspajamas.com.Tips for Families, Uncategorized | Comment (0)
Get a jug of bubble solution and some items from around the house, and you’ll be ready for an hour of bubble fun.
Bubbles.org, suggests these items: String formed into a loop, the plastic which holds a six-pack of pop together, cookie sheets, aluminum oven pans, plastic bowls, empty milk containers, buckets, old pieces of hose, garbage can lids, even just your hands held in the right position
Check this link for tutorials with some of the items above.
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Little bit of water, little bit of building, little bit of competition, and you’re guaranteed to have fun!
Check out this fun science experiment – BOATS LESSON PLAN – Wesleyan Science OutreachCreative Play, Educational Resources, Science Fun | Comment (0)
75 Books That Build Character is a great list of picture books that build character. I think it would be great to read one book a day, and make time to ask questions after reading. Asking questions is a great way to pull out the character lessons in the books!
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred, I may bring love.
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.
That where there is error, I may bring truth.
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.
That where there is despair, I may bring hope.
That where there are shadows, I may bring light.
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.
To understand, than to be understood.
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
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If you value creativity, but you’re really not creative, then check out this post from Let’s Explore. She has some really good, yet simple ideas for nurturing the creative spirit without paint, markers or playdough.Practical Ideas | Comment (0)
Looking for a way to brighten up math lessons and engage youth in teaching the lessons? Try Graffiti Math from Runde’s Room. I’m sure you could try this with science, social studies, character, and other lessons as well!
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I love the idea of these Wordle Affirmation Picture Frames from Simply Urban Ministry. I think it would be a great way to affirm staff or students. Or share the idea with parents and mentors to do for their children. It’s a great way to speak to the character traits you see growing in teens, and to let them see a picture of who others believe that they are. So often we need that feedback from others to know the strengths within us!
You could also use these as a reflection activity after doing a service-learning project. Let each student give you a one-word reflection on the experience. Type it in, and voila, you will have a visual reflection!Building Character, Empowering Youth | Comment (0)
We’re working with an after school agency that wants to improve their programming by creating a WOW factor at their sites and training their supervisors to coach/mentor other staff. After talking with the leadership team, we decided to lead a sparks workshop with their supervisors, which will have two goals.
- We will help supervisors find their sparks and learn to use their sparks to create a wow factor in programming. So if you have a supervisor that enjoys dance, how could they incorporate dance into their everyday programming with youth? If a youth worker loves art, how could they use art to teach academic skills or social skills? If adults are teaching/mentoring/guiding while doing things that they LOVE, you are going to be wow-ed by their efforts.
- We will talk about coaching staff and young people to identify and grow their sparks. Good supervisors must be good coaches, but they need time to practice. If you can train youth workers to coach young people, then they will be better prepared to coach adults. And if you help youth find and utilize their sparks, they will more likely begin to thrive and grow into healthy, contributing citizens.
Are you creating a WOW factor at your sites? Are you teaching your supervisors to coach and mentor youth and adults around them? Are you engaging youth in their sparks? Wanna learn more about how to do that strategically?
Call us at 615.262.9676 or email us at cad@TheAssetEdge.net – we would love to partner with you to strengthen your programming efforts!Uncategorized | Comments Off
It’s so tempting to send or read a quick text while driving. But such a dangerous thing for youth and adults to do. Watch this video about the dangers of texting while driving. Show it to your teens. Make a commitment to drive safely without texting, and ask your teens to do the same.Self Care | Comments Off
An after-school agency asked us to develop a training to help equip their frontline staff in the basics of positive youth development. They have a lot of very young staff members as well as a lot of staff that have been working with them for over a decade. They want to break some bad habits in their youth workers and nurture staff members to build strong relationships within their team and with young people. After talking with the supervisor, we developed this 2-hour workshop for them. We’ll lead 8 different sessions of this workshop, so we can reach 160+ of their staff.
Youth Development Training: This workshop will introduce staff to the 40 Developmental Assets and help them consider how they nurture assets in their programming. We will also explore foundations for positive youth development in an interactive and applicable way. Finally, we will dig into strategies for engaging youth and deepening relationships.
How are you investing in your youth workers and educators?
How might we partner with you to help strengthen your agency?
Give us a call at 615.262.9676 or email cad@TheAssetEdge.net.
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Re-posted from Search Institute:
Dr. Kent Pekel, President and CEO of Search Institute, continues his discussion of how to help kids persist in achieving goals. Research shows that when the present self and the possible self are aligned, people are more willing to invest in the future and defer gratification in the present. Dr. Pekel’s next webinar will help parents cultivate within their children an attitude of “think forward, act now.” Learn how to motivate your children to envision their best possible selves, then help them act upon what they need to do today to realize those possibilities for tomorrow.
Use the link below to register for this seminar on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 12PM – 1PM, CST.
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