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Cincinnati, January 6, 2024

Hi Friend,

Our next Tea with Julie series starts today!

Did you know that watching television or movies with your kids ought to be a primary part of any good language arts program? 

Over the next weeks we'll talk about using TV and movies in your homeschool.


  • Brave Writer Lifestyle: Movies and Television (below!)
  • Movies and Language Arts
  • Make Movie Night a Hit
  • What Do We Talk about AFTER the Movie?
  • Musicals!
  • Comparative Analysis with Star Trek

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Movies and Television

There is nothing like listening to language used in the right context by different people (especially film and TV actors) for vocabulary training as well as growing in familiarity with proper syntax.

Additionally, plot and characterization are both easily identified and understood in movies. Quickly kids learn about what makes a good versus poorly drawn villain, they discover what a climax is without even knowing that that is what it’s called, and they can make predictions based on past story experiences.

Television teaches kids:

  • comic timing, 
  • irony, 
  • key cultural assumptions 
  • and makes use of a host of well-known story archetypes.

Cartoons (the old Looney Tunes, for example) even expose kids to classical music!

Comparing multiple versions of the same story (different film versions and comparisons with the original novel) is an excellent way to point out characterization choices, to focus on setting and costuming etc.

The key to good movie viewing at home is watching with your kids and talking about what you see. 

  • Ask questions. 
  • Stop the film at a crucial juncture and ask everyone to predict what will happen next. 
  • Replay a scene after the movie is over to see if you understand it differently now that you know the whole story. 
  • Watch the same movie once, twice, three times.

Watching films together is a far better way to develop language arts skills than all the typical workbooks that talk about plot and/or vocabulary. Movies put the plot on display in about two hours. Can’t beat that!

Make films more relevant and valuable to your children! Brave Writer's free 11 page digital guide helps you to comment meaningfully on plot, characterization, make-up and costumes, acting, setting, and even film editing. As your children learn to talk well about movies, these skills naturally help them to discuss literature.





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Julie Bogart
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