To get a good understanding of the beginning of our nation, I feel that the best video to start with would be Monumental. Kirk Cameron did an excellent job of researching and presenting the things that are so often overlooked in curriculum and classes.
After filling your brain with this knowledge, then you can move on to other videos. As with ALL historical videos, you should check the facts when you finish watching and discuss the differences (of what are true facts, and what is not) together as a family.
Here is my TOP LIST of 4th of July Videos for Families:
- Kirk Cameron – Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure. (Netflix INSTANT) (Amazon INSTANT)
- Drive Thru History – Discovering America’s Founding Fathers (Netflix DVD)(ITBN – Online)
- Drive Thru History – American History PART 1 (You Tube) PART 2 (You Tube)
- America: The Story of Us (Netflix INSTANT)
- Have Fun With History videos (WEBSITE)
New Dimension Media VIDEO SHORTS –
- George Washington – 10min (Amazon INSTANT)
- George Washington at Valley Forge – 11min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Long Knives – 29min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Pioneer Life in Revolutionary America – 16 min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Family and Work in Revolutionary America – 20min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Social Class in Revolutionary America – 20min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Values in Revolutionary America – 21min (Amazon INSTANT)
- The Making of America’s Presidency – 13min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Betsy Ross Makes a Flag – 10min (Amazon INSTANT)
- America’s Symbols – 12min (Amazon INSTANT)
- America’s Flags – 10min (Amazon INSTANT)
- America’s Songs of Liberty – 10min (Amazon INSTANT)
- Uncle Sam Magoo (Netflix DVD) (Amazon RENTAL) – In the opening song it talks about Hollywood selling everything from s*x to soap, so don’t be alarmed! This a good review of America and its roots.
- Liberty’s Kids (You Tube)(ROKU – a channel called 8ctave (http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/16215/8ctave).When you go to in the channel, go to On Demand, Kids & Animation and just scroll through and find Liberty’s Kids.
You can also PURCHASE the whole Liberty’s Kids series on DVD on Amazon for under $10 – a worthwhile value for sure! We now have an Ultimate Liberty’s Kids Collection – Unit Studies, Episode Index, Games, Books, Activities, and MORE!
FOR ALL AGES –
- Johnny Tremain (Amazon RENTAL)
- Drums Along the Mohawk (Amazon INSTANT) (YouTube)
- Dear America Episode 1 (Netflix INSTANT)
For OLDER KIDS –
- All For Liberty (Amazon INSTANT)
- April Morning (Amazon INSTANT)
- National Treasure (Netflix INSTANT) (Amazon Rental)
For ADULTS –
- The Patriot (Amazon RENTAL)
- Sons of Liberty Season 1 (Amazon RENTAL)
- The American Revolution Season 1 (Amazon RENTAL)
- John Adams Season 1 (Amazon INSTANT)
As with all movies, it is recommended that you preview them before letting your children watch OR you can see if the video is listed on a “trusted review site” to let you know if any issues.
PLEASE remember to research the topic in any movie and check the facts when you finish watching to discuss the differences (of what are true facts, and what is not) together as a family.