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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:18 PM
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23. Yes. Definitely.
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 11:18 PM by wickerwoman
If nothing else, movies are one of the great small talk tools and he should have a passing familiarity with the classics and enough contemporary movies to keep up with his peers' conversations.

One movie I definitely want my kids to watch is Rabbit Proof Fence but its more appropriate for older kids (maybe 11 or 12). Watership Down is good for older grade school kids too. Billy Elliot too.

I learned more about US History from 1776 the Musical than from any history classes until college. And I loved the Flying Karamazov Brothers' version of The Comedy of Errors when I was 8. Gave me a huge head start on reading Shakespeare.

The Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow is a good introduction to Jane Austen. Wag the Dog is great for teens if you want to kick start their cynicism about politics.

Movies were a gateway to reading classics for me. Knowing where the story was going and that I would like the chracters got me to stick with reading books that were way over my grade level otherwise. They're a cheap and easy way to get kids interested in history and life in different time periods. Watch them with your kids, see what they pick up on and then steer them towards books they can use to follow up the interest.
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