Part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle is having movie nights, and when I discovered this, it felt a little like Christmas.
You mean, I can watch movies with my kids and that counts?
(You have to remember that when we started homeschooling, I was a big fan of an educational philosophy that prescribed putting your TV in a closet/on the curb – I’ve come a long way, baby.)
Movie nights feel so cozy to me, but I also know that my kids can learn a lot through watching a movie, especially if we read the book first. You can actually turn books into mini-unit studies, like we did recently with Hidden Figures.*
We started by listening to the Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition via Audible. It’s a relatively short audiobook, and to be honest, the book was a little young for my oldest, who is 13, but I find audiobooks to be great equalizers.
As we wrapped up, I began thinking how we could plan a party around watching Hidden Figures together.
By adding both to the movie, it made it an event that I hope the kids will remember for a long time.
Plus, we got to watch a movie together that looks at racism, which, not surprisingly, has been on my mind so much lately. It can be hard to know where to start sometimes when it comes to discussing BIG topics like this with our kids, and I find books to be an incredibly helpful way to begin conversations.
We absolutely loved this movie, and I hope you and your kids will too!
So let me know in the comments – what movies have you enjoyed lately with your kids?
*I LOVE learning with my kids, and Hidden Figures offers a great opportunity for that. I read the original book, and as the kids listened to the Young Readers audiobook and had questions, I was able to fill them in on some details.
If you like this kind of learning too, can I suggest that you check out my history book? It features this method of learning with adult reading suggestions to help you as your family dives into a topic together.
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