Learning with the Movies, Updated Edition   -     By: Beth Holland
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. Learning with the Movies, Updated Edition

Bread For Life / 2009 / Paperback

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This giant list of movies will help homeschooling parents find the right movies for their studies! Arranged by time periods, the selected movies cover Bible Times, Ancient History, the Middle Ages, Reformation, Early America, World Wars, Music and the Arts, Sports, Literature, Biographies, Science, Family Films, and much more. Line-listed entries note the actors, provide a sentence or two for summary, and include a brief recommendation. Now updated with over 800 new entries! 161 pages, indexed, spiralbound, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 162
Vendor: Bread For Life
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 0975392220
ISBN-13: 9780975392232
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Author: Beth Holland
Located in: Athens, GA
Submitted: May 14, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  My training is in the performing arts. I hold performance degrees in both Music and Theatre and after performing, was invited to return to my alma mater, The University of Georgia, and teach in the Department of Drama & Theatre. I'm also the proud daughter of a WWII veteran who was one of the men on "The Great Raid," the most successful military rescue operation in U.S. military history. Ironically, this historic event was recently made into a movie.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Originally, it was to help others to do as I had done, using film to enhance my children's home schooling education. Through my mentioning this in my home school support group and them regularly asking me for movie recommendations for their courses of study, I realized that others did not have the knowledge of films to do this. It then grew to include clean films for families. It is written in such a way that you can use it when choosing a family film (or an educational one) from a local rental store or an online rental source. It even helps you to find a source for the films you’d like to see. The new, updated edition was done to includes subject areas previously omitted, which are "Post (WWII) War, Cold War, Other Wars, Women's Stories/Issues & Education/Special Needs), as well as updating the existing categories with movies that were either newer, or that I had not previously reviewed. There are some real movie gems in the newer version from the over 800 both newer films and classic films that were not in the older edition.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  For families to have clean films for kids to view without having to scramble for the remote control! For classroom Christian educators & home schooling families, an appreciation of the subjects they are studying by having a living picture of the time period/person/event the film covers. Also, an understanding that films can be good and all are not "evil." Many of the older films done under the Hayes Code are wonderful for educational purposes and can be heart-warming family fare.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  By learning how many great films our country has produced that are safe for children and family values. I was also incredibly touched by the attitude of America, in general, and Hollywood, specifically, during the World War II era. Instead of undermining the war, they were greatly involved in supporting the war effort, and war bond drives. Carole Lombard (wife of Clark Gable) lost her life when flying back to California from a war bond drive in her home state. Now that my children are grown, I've been amazed at how much history they have retained, much of which they gained from the context of films, & how much this history has become "theirs" which they have shared with friends, college classmates & co-workers. My children have told me of their surprise at how little history their traditionally educated contemporaries know. I’ve also been surprised at how limited an exposure to a wide variety of subjects our children traditionally get. Some of them do not know who major figures in our history are, what they accomplished, how they changed our lives, today. If we do not learn the lessons of history, as the old saying goes, we are doomed to repeat them. I've been shocked at how little today's generation knows of the past. One middle school aged child told my daughter that her class had covered ALL of WWII in ONE DAY!!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My biggest influence is our wonderful Lord and His precious Word; it is my "measuring stick" for life. The second would be my father, who is a WWII hero (though he denies it, saying he was "just doing my job") and has been a huge influence in shaping my view of the world, right and wrong and life in general. Some his sayings are: "I may not agree with you. I may not like what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it to the death." (About free speech) "Your rights end where mine begin." (One person doesn't always get everything the way they want.) Sadly, these values seem to have disappeared from our society, today. The values in the films of the past reflect an attitude of personal sacrifice for the greater good instead of the entitlement of one person over the whole. These "old timey" values originated from God (who is no respecter of persons) & are ones I wanted to translate to my children. Hopefully, they are ones all believers will encourage in their children & thus, the book can be used as a great tool for discussion in Christian families (whether they home school or not), to examine attitudes, values, society, laws, character (or lack of it) and many other things we, as parents, are responsible to teach our children.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I am now a veteran of seventeen years of home schooling. The concerns I have had for my children's education are the same as everyone else’s. I have a love for the arts, a passion for the Word of God and an interest in clean films. This interest is because I have a desire to see an undefiled generation whose "measuring stick" for life is the Word of God, who love God with all their heart, & who live as a reflection of the King of kings. They could easily reach out to their world with the love of the One who died for us all. By knowing & understand biblical & world history, they could change the world just like the disciples did. If they are not prepared by us, their parents, to do so, who will? Since children love movies, exposing them to films which display biblical ideals & discussing what they've seen, what they think of it & then asking them questions that compare the film to Scripture, can help them learn to apply the Word of God to their lives & help them to think critically about what they are seeing. Film can be used to sway people to a particular viewpoint. We need to cut through the emotional pull being used to bring agreement with the filmmaker's agenda & see whether or not it holds up to the principles of Scripture. Movies can be simply fun & there are many good family films in the book. However, as parents, we need to be able to equip our children with the ability to really see what is being presented & how it lines up with God's Word. For some of us, we'll be challenged to dig deeper into our Bibles for these discussions with our kids, but is that really a bad thing? Anything that causes us to look more into God's Word is good for us all, as it is His Word that contains "everything pertaining to life and godliness." It is my hope that Learning With the Movies will be a treasured resource for picking a fun family film for a movie night as well as a tool for classroom Christian educators and home schooling parents.

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