Today, my husband and I decided to watch The Croods along with our 4-year old homeschooled daughter. It was a moment of bliss for her, for it was her first time to watch movie at the Grand Cinema Al Hamra.
Another thing, it’s not often that our daughter goes out of our house (since she’s homeschooled). Not that we are depriving her about life outside home, the nature, the people, and the happenings…it’s just that for the past few days, the weather in Kuwait wasn’t that good. There’s also an outbreak of SARS-like virus in the MidEast so going out has taken its backseat…but not today since it might be the last day (of showing) of The Croods movie.
Al Hamra Tower is just beside our building – a five-minute walk. While walking, I could sense the happiness in my daughter
(oh, her baby sister cried when we went out because we left her at home) for she kept on hopping, pointing to what she was seeing along the road, in the sky, the cars, and more. While looking at my daughter, I was learning a lot from her.
Kids are full of life, of enthusiasm, of appreciation to almost all things around her. While waiting for the movie The Croods, I took her pictures. She was making faces. She was hopping, running here and there. At the cinema, while watching the movie, she was very attentive to the details of the movie. After the movie, she was the first one to clap her hands among the adult ones (for there were only a few kids there but I didn’t see them clapping). The movie, The Croods, was, indeed, a good movie. I thought it was just for kids but it’s also for adults, especially for those who aren’t good in expressing their feelings to their kids or to their parents.
Movies, good movies, can be used as media to enhance teaching and learning. Since my homeschooled 4-year old daughter is a ‘native’ English speaker (though born to Filipino parents), she’s able to understand a large part of the movies/videos that she’s watching. Her vocabulary has also widened through watching movies/videos at home. While homeschooling her, I supplement all stories (that I read to her) with corresponding videos from YouTube. To test my daughter’s comprehension esp. when it comes to movies, I normally ask her to tell me in her own words about the story in the movie. Most of the time, I am amazed at how she’s able to narrate to me the essence of the movie.
While I told my 4-year old daughter that today would be her first and last time to watch movie
(with us at the Grand Cinema) because her baby sister, my almost two-year old daughter kept on crying when we left home awhile ago and at 2, she’s not allowed to watch movies yet at the cinema), I think that I’d be tagging my 4-year old daughter again to watch good movies (suitable for her age) at the cinema.
From this day forward, going to the cinema will then be part of my daughter’s homeschooling curriculum: movieducation, learning through movies.
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