Welcome to Cross and Quill Media, providing video recommendations for homeschool families, and movie reviews for all families. Here you will find information on movies, TV shows, books, and audio dramas that you can use to supplement and support your home education curriculum. Organized by categories, age, and provider (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), you can quickly and easily find appropriate media choices consistent with the values of Christian and Western civilization.

Our Cross and Quill Reviews also provide in-depth analysis of the worldview and storytelling of popular movies, shows, books, and audio dramas. While it’s always good to make sure your kids don’t watch movies with inappropriate language or sex, there’s more to being a discerning media consumer than counting curse words. Indeed, too many are lulled by a G rating into absorbing evil ideas just because there was nothing overtly, visually, or audibly evil.

It is our belief that Christians (like everyone else) are too often taken in by the clever, but immoral storytellers of our culture. It’s time to interact critically with the art we enjoy, and prepare our children to go out into the world and replace the evil writers and directors of our age. But it starts with being able to understand movies and to discern from good and bad, in their filmmaking, performance, storytelling, and worldview.

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Using Video in Homeschooling

Using Video in Homeschooling

I admit it: I was a little lost. With my kids ranging from ages two to 10, I was trying to make Ye Olde One Room Schoolhouse work—you know, teaching multiple ages at once—and I was having trouble keeping their attention. The words and ideas from the textbook pages I was reading to them were attempting to cross over into my kids’ minds, but were often not surviving the journey. When I asked questions, I saw blinks and blank stares. What was I doing wrong? I wasn’t sure. But I knew there had to be a better way. One problem is that textbooks are usually not the best way to teach anything, but that’s a story for another day. Beyond that, I wanted to experiment with enhancing all the reading we were doing with videos. So I started looking for short films, documentaries, classic and contemporary movies, whatever I could find to add a little visual life to our studies. Why videos? Here are two reasons: first, by virtue of repetition in a different form, kids are better able to remember the stories and ideas they are learning. Second, watching a film is a kind of literary-historical study in itself. While movie-making is only a bit over a hundred years old, those were years of incredible change. And we can learn, by watching the films created throughout the decades of the past century, what the people of those very different parts of the century believed and valued. Film scripts, after all, are an important part of the literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (indeed, for too many people,... read more
Dove Channel PART 2 – PROFILE CUSTOMIZATION

Dove Channel PART 2 – PROFILE CUSTOMIZATION

DOVE CHANNEL – PART 2 – PROFILE CUSTOMIZATION Is it discouraging to see options on your streaming device that you would NEVER allow your children to watch? What about those videos that are in categories that you have to quickly cover their eyes as you scroll past? What if you could personalize your viewing experience? The Dove Channel has the feature you have been searching for! Even though the videos provided in the Dove Channel are FAITH and FAMILY friendly, you may not want your 3 year old to have access to a movie that is about missionaries persecuted for their faith. Members can create a personalized viewing experience using Dove Channel’s customization tool. Choose your Dove rating and safe-guard settings to enjoy a list of your very own preferred titles. Get dove for 40%OFF at $34.99 for the YEAR! Did you miss our FIRST POST on DOVE FEATURES? Find out MORE HERE. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HOW TO GET THIS DEAL – 1. Click on this link = http://bit.ly/-DOVESCHOOL1 2. From the Homeschooler landing page, select any title you wish to view 3. On mobile web, select the “NO THANKS” option when the “Download app” screen appears 4. Browse around 5. When you are ready to subscribe, select any “MEMBER” title 6. Create your account with a valid email and password 7. Select “START FREE TRIAL” on the next screen 8. Complete your credit card information 9. Use the promotional code: DOVESCHOOL1 10. Submit your order and you will instantly have access across all devices, including within the iOS or Android apps! NOTE: DO NOT try to purchase a subscription within the... read more
ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Patrick “FULL LENGTH” Movie

ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Patrick “FULL LENGTH” Movie

ST. PATRICK’S DAY “full length” MOVIE A REVIEWER SAYS… “This made for television movie is entertaining, inspiring, and educational. St. Patrick is one of the most well know, yet least “known about” significant personalities in world history. God used Patrick to transform Ireland and Ireland’s influence helped shape the world. The story starts with Patrick as a reckless youth, captured by slave traders. In slavery to a Irish Warlord he has a Divine encounter that grows into a holy passion for God. He is miraculously delivered from Ireland and returns to his family. Back in his British homeland He hears the call of God to return as a missionary to Ireland. Despite numerous obstacles, he refuses to let go of the heavenly vision and soon returns to Irish soil as the Bishop of Ireland. Through power encounters with the druid priests and a servants heart of love for the Irish people, Patrick becomes the catalyst for a spiritual awakening. Patrick Bergen’s portrayal of St. Patrick is convincing and compelling. Malcolm McDowell ideally personifies the religious hierarchical antagonists who oppose Patrick. The special effects leave something to be desired but they do not take away from the powerful and moving story of St. Patrick. I highly recommend this movie to all those looking for inspiring family entertainment.” You can RENT it streaming on AMAZON for $2.99 –http://bit.ly/stpatrickmovie WATCH IT FREE on YOUTUBE –... read more
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