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What to watch? Grab a DVD for the Kids and Family

What to watch? Grab a DVD for the Family

I find our family staying indoors more often as fall settles and the winter lurks around the corner. I typically curl up on the couch with a big fluffy blanket and watch a movie on DVD. This is the perfect family activity to do with your kids and we have some suggestions for the entertainment. Simply click on the picture or the name of the DVD for more information.

 

For the Kids

Swan Princess Christmas: Coming Soon to DVD

Swan Princess is an amazing classic to share with your kids, especially if you grew up watching Swan Princess. Now they can share in the adventure of Odette and Derek in the festive spirit of Christmas. It’s coming soon during the Holiday season of 2012. Just bookmark the page to keep tabs on it!

Animated Hero Classics: Thomas Edison on DVD

Animated Hero Classics are high quality educational DVDs and still fun for your kids to watch. These were personally my favorites growing up. I never was aware that I was watching something “good” for me.

The Animated Story Of Thomas Edison Video On Interactive DVD

For the Older Teens

October Baby DVD

This movie has such a sweet message to it.

“Every life is beautiful”

October Baby

For the Younger Teens

Courageous Teens

If you don’t know about the Courageous series, they are inspirational stories of our everyday heroes. These dvds highlight the fathers and men in our lives.

Courageous Teens

Watch Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

How to Make President’s Day Come Alive for your Students

“History is boring” is often the general consensus of school kids. It’s a failure of educators to take something as thrilling as the establishment of our nation and reduce it to a series of facts and dates, only to be regurgitated back out of bored little minds who won’t retain much of it past college. As home educators, let’s shake it up and help the next generation understand that history is a living thing with real people, and it’s still being created!

President’s Day is the third Monday in February, and it’s a great chance to spark their imaginations and get them thinking of Washington and Lincoln as inspirational people, not just old men that lived long ago. Let’s look at some ways to do this:

• Why not manage a Presidential campaign? Have your kids pretend Washington and Lincoln are alive today and running for President. What would be a good way to promote them? Imagination comes into play; they can create videos, write commercial spots, and anything else their modern brains can come up with!

• There are so many entertaining ways to learn history, from animated DVDs, to coloring books, to puzzles and games. You could even “take the day off” from schoolwork in honor of the holiday and spend it watching movies, creating posters, and playing games, all using exciting educational materials regarding these two great men.

• Play dress up! Have students design their own Washington and Lincoln costumes. There’s nothing like some baby powder in the hair or a stovepipe hat made of poster board to get kids laughing, and amused kids become involved kids.

• Write some letters. Have students write a letter to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln about a troubling issue. Then write back, as the President, addressing the issue and asking relevant questions. See how long you can keep it going back and forth!

• Skip the cherry tree. Instead of traveling over ground that’s been well worn, find some facts about the Presidents that you may not have known before. Keeping it interesting for you, the educator, helps to make it interesting for your students. Did you know:

o George Washington never went to college. He joined the British Royal Navy at age 14.

o Abraham Lincoln was self-educated and had only eighteen months of schooling.

o Washington was the only founding father to free his slaves; he freed all 124 of them in his will.

o Lincoln was born in Kentucky, making him the first President from west of the Appalachians.

o George Washington was the product of a second marriage and grew up with nine brothers and sisters.

o Abraham Lincoln didn’t fish or hunt because he loved animals. He liked to wrestle, though.

As you can see, there’s a lot to intrigue students about these two men. Have fun this President’s Day breathing new life into an old topic!

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