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
Dove Channel PART 1 – SPECIAL DISCOUNT for HOMESCHOOLERS!

Dove Channel PART 1 – SPECIAL DISCOUNT for HOMESCHOOLERS!

It’s DOVE DAY! Today we are going to be focusing on different features of the DOVE CHANNEL. I have become sick of the garbage that gets promoted on Netflix. I know MANY of you have expressed the same concerns. I really wished there was a Christian version of Netflix that I could feel safe scrolling through and choosing options. Then BAAAM, the Dove Channel appears out of nowhere! The DOVE CHANNEL is faith and family videos provided through streaming on your computer, phone and through Roku. I have actually had the privilege of working with them the past few months to develop a HOMESCHOOL SHELF on their channel – isn’t that AWESOME NEWS? What does this mean for you? FIRST – you get a specific “shelf” that has all videos that I have helped categorize into topics that WE as homeschoolers want. EXAMPLE: Bible, History, Literature, Pre-school, and Science. SECOND – you will in the near future get access to videos ONLY available through this special HOMESCHOOL SHELF on DOVE. EXAMPLE: I have been paying attention to what videos get asked about most in our group…I have requested that they look into acquiring specific ones that you all will love to have access to. THIRD – you will know EXACTLY what (if any) questionable material may be in these videos because of the features on the DOVE seal of approval on this channel (we will get more into this in a later post). FOURTH – you can set your profile by certain parameters so that younger kids only have the option to view videos for their age (we will... 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
ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Darby O’ Gill and the Little People

ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Darby O’ Gill and the Little People

ST. PATRICK’S DAY VIDEO   This movie has become a favorite for our family to watch every year in March (if not more often).   It has a very young Sean Connery that even SINGS some Irish songs – WOW!    It is the story of an Irish caretaker who manages to exact three wishes from Brian, king of the leprechauns.   You can watch it streaming on AMAZON for $2.99 http://bit.ly/darbyogill   It does get intense in a few scenes for younger viewers – use this review on Common Sense Media to decide who can watch it in your family.   https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/darby-ogill-and-the-little-people... read more
4th of July Videos for Families

4th of July Videos for Families

Families like to be reminded every 4th of July about how we actually gained our independence as a country. It is not just about flags, fireworks, and food. Our freedom cost so much more! 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: DOCUMENTARIES – 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)... read more
Roman Roads Media – Handel’s Messiah

Roman Roads Media – Handel’s Messiah

  Roman Roads Media presents the COMPLETE Handel’s Messiah (all 54 movements are labeled as they begin). Sit down with your kids and enjoy some of the most glorious classical music ever written, doubling as a proclamation of the Gospel!   Guest Tenor Ross Hauck (http://www.rosshauck.com) is simply amazing. He is a true Christian himself, and you can TELL he believes what he is singing! ~~For more information on Roman Roads and the founder Daniel Foucachon, see their website. Use COUPON CODE  “crossandquill” for 15% OFF on any purchase!  Photo credit – the site also has a list of Bible verses used. This post may contain affiliate links – thank you for supporting our... read more
The ULTIMATE Online Guide for Easter

The ULTIMATE Online Guide for Easter

Cross and Quill Media presents The ULTIMATE Online Guide for Easter in watching videos/movies (on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube), games, unit studies, ebooks, audio, and more. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is something that we should remember every day. During Passion Week and Easter Sunday, the whole world is reminded (whether they like it or not) about this man from Galilee, God in the flesh, that died for our sins so that we can have eternal life. There are many things that you can do as a family that do not require you to be on the tv or computer. BUT in case you are wanting something along those lines, we have the ULTIMATE guide for you!     Do you need Netflix? Get a FREE Trial. Do you want to try an Amazon Prime Membership? Get a FREE Trial. Would you like to get a Roku box? Check out the prices.     MUSIC St Matthew Passion – Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 | (Complete) (Full Concert) (J. S. Bach) (3hours)(YouTube) 51 Instrumental Hymns (Relaxing Piano Music) Long Playlist (1hour)(YouTube) Sacred Georgian Chants for Easter (47min)(YouTube) PANDORA – Easter Radio CARTOON ANIMATED MOVIES Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem (animated – 21min)(You Tube) Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: The Last Supper (animated- 21min)(You Tube) Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: Agony in the Garden (animated- 21min)(You Tube) Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: The Trial of Jesus (animated- 21min)(You Tube) Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: The Crucifixion (animated- 21min)(You Tube) Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: The Resurrection of Jesus (animated- 21min)(You Tube) Greatest Adventures of... read more
Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Resource List

Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Resource List

Classical Conversations is a tutor lead co-op to help parents once a week with specific classes for homeschool learning. Their website mission states “the purpose of education is to know God and make Him known”.   In our Facebook Group (Christian Homeschooling with Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and MORE!), we have a number of parents that are in the Classical Conversations program.   It has been requested to make a list of video resources to go along with the studies of Cycle 2 (to learn more about the different cycles, see the website).   There are a few resources available, but many are not up to date and do not cover all subjects.   Cross and Quill Media will strive to update and continue adding content for all Cycles to help provide a complete resource for Classical Conversations parents, tudors, students, and leaders. Our favorite resource is the Half a Hundred Acre Wood website.   Since it is the middle of the year, the list will begin on Week 13. Soon the whole year will be available for your use. New content will be added each week, so check back often! ~~~~~   If you are not familiar with Classical Conversations, you can get the book – The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by the founder of CC, Leigh Bortins. Also, if you know of any other resources to complete our list, please leave it in the comments section.    ALL of the YouTube links have the “quiet” feature and do not contain ads or comments. It is recommended that if you have a ROKU or Wii... read more
The Ultimate Online Guide for Christmas

The Ultimate Online Guide for Christmas

The ULTIMATE online guide for Christmas in watching videos/movies (on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube), games, unit studies, ebooks, audio, and more. What fun it is to enjoy snuggly time on the couch with hot chocolate, homemade cookies, and a Christmas movie. The lights are glowing from the Christmas tree and you can almost feel the magic in the air. The time of Christ’s birth is approaching as we anxiously await his arrival. The time of advent is here. There are many things that you can do as a family that do not require you to be on the tv or computer. BUT in case you are wanting something along those lines, we have the ULTIMATE guide for you! If you have PANDORA, then there a few stations that we recommend.  – Christmas Classical Radio – Celtic Christmas Radio – Christmas Traditional Radio – Kids Christmas Radio   There are more options on YouTube if you do not have Pandora. Remember to use PLEX if you have a Roku so that you can watch or listen on your tv.   Do you need Netflix? Get a FREE Trial. Do you want to try an Amazon Prime Membership? Get a FREE Trial. Would you like to get a Roku box? Check out the prices.   I have incorporated the “quiet” feature on ALL YouTube videos, so you will not see any ads, comments, or other videos besides the ones linked to.   YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS SONGS:     3 Hour Medley of Christmas Songs   A CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYLIST OF TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS   If Mozart Wrote Christmas Carols! (2 Hours Of... read more
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