Ever have a day, or possibly series of days, when you just can’t get to the books and lessons that go with homeschooling? Ever just want a break? Maybe your family just likes movies and you want to be able to incorporate those movies into your homeschool. Introducing Z Guide to the movies.
I chose a high school guide to review--Les Miserables. This DVD was easily found at my library and we were already familiar with the story. Zeezok recommends checking with a trusted website like Plugged In! in order to see if a movie is appropriate for your family. I wish I would have taken that advice. Les Miserables does have nudity in it…we weren’t prepared and it made me sick. But that has nothing to do with the Z Guide, I just wanted to mention that so you don’t make the same mistake I did.Z Guide comes in either ebook or CD form. And you can buy them for either family use or for use in a co-op. ($12.99/$49.99) I printed out the entire guide and while two of my high-schoolers watched the movie they answered the questions. Questions cover topics like:
- research skills
- writing skills
- world view
- hands on activities
- critical thinking
- and more!!
To read more about what the Z-Guide specifically covers in each topic, visit their website. It’s full of helpful information. Banana and Strawberry really enjoyed watching the movie in a more purposed manner. They liked thinking about the different questions and felt it gave the movie depth and interest beyond being a passive viewer. Granted, they couldn’t stop discussing how the movie is so “wrong” and were especially horrified at how the young lady Cosette was portrayed . But I guess that was part of the beauty of the guide, it gave them a reason to discuss it instead of internalizing it and going about their way!
While I don’t have any intention of using movies as part of our curriculum at this time, I got to review this Z Guide at a time were there was a natural break in my children’s assignments and it was blessing to have them thinking and discussing and doing during a time when they would have been content to just watch a movie, instead watching the movie became part of their education. Even the surprise nude scene gave us plenty to discuss! (wink)
Disclaimer-I was given a copy of this Z Guide in exchange for my honest opinion, I was not paid.