Finishing Strong #115: Movies that Inspire & Teach

I am confidant that we could all agree that we love movies. Your choice for movie night may be quite different from my own, but undoubtedly, we all enjoy kicking back with a bowl of popcorn or other treat and enjoying a story unfold in front of our eyes.

Movies That Teach

Movies not only entertain, they also inspire and teach. It is thereby no wonder that they are often used in the classroom as enrichment activities and to help reinforce concepts in all subject areas.

Most people think of science or history documentaries when they think of educational films. In our homeschool, we use a variety of film genres to teach foreign language.

foreign language moviesThere are online resources for foreign films, but finding them is not always easy. A few years ago, I wrote a post detailing how to use Movies for Foreign Language Instruction. You might also enjoy my post, Watching Movies Dubbed in Mandarin posted at Better Chinese.

Movies and educational films is my Finishing Strong focus this week. Continuing reading to discover more about how you can engage your teens with movies.


Finishing Strong

Welcome to Finishing Strong ~ a weekly link-up dedicated to families homeschooling middle & high school kids. Each Wednesday, moms just like you share their best tips, encouragement, advice, and more for teaching older kids at home.Finishing-Strong-500x500

Finishing Strong is hosted by me here at EvaVarga along with my friends – Heather from Blog She Wrote, Megan and Susan from Education Possible, and Heidi from Starts at Eight.

I know you will find the posts that have been shared with us inspiring! Grab a cup of tea, kick back, and take some time to check out the wonderful posts shared below. What are your favorites?

finishingstrong115I love historical fiction and so I thus I am delighted that 30 History Movies for Middle School by Mother of 3 was the most clicked on post this past week. Many of the titles our amongst our family’s all-time favorites. At first glance you might guess her favorite actor is Tom Hanks. 😉

Continuing with that theme, I also enjoyed Book Shark’s post, 10 Fascinating Netflix Films Your Teen Will Love. As part of our science curriculum this year, my two are working on earning the NOVA Awards. One of the requirements is to read and/or watch three hours of math-related shows or documentaries. In this post, I discovered two math programs I know my kids will really enjoy.

The next post I would like to highlight – though not directly related to movies – is Heather’s Choosing High School Curriculum. There are so many options out there it can feel overwhelming. Her post will help you to address your student’s needs and determine the materials for their courses of study.


As always, thank you for helping us to make Finishing Strong a key resource for families who are homeschooling through the middle & high school years.

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About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

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