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Seen Any Good Movies Lately?    


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Since we have run these technology themes for the last several weeks, a recurring question has been asked by our readers: "What are your movie recommendations?" I will just give you a quick rundown of a portion of what is in my movie/DVD cabinet right now. We are always purging our cabinets as well as adding more, but there are tried-and-true favorites that we continue to keep over the years. I am sure there are a ton more really good movies out there, but here's a start:



Time Changer

Expelled (Ben Stein)


Facing the Giants


St. John in Exile



Hide 'Em in Your Heart with Steve Green

Nest: Animated Stories From the New Testament, and the Old Testament

Moody Bible Adventures with Mr. Fixit

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Friendly Persuasion (a Wuehler family favorite!) 

The Sound of Music 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

The Chronicles of Narnia

My Fair Lady

It's a Wonderful Life

Heidi (Shirley Temple)

The Little Princess (Shirley Temple)



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Davy Crockett

The Lone Ranger

The Roy Rogers Show

The Swiss Family Robinson



Little Women (with Judy Garland)

Little House on the Prairie

Beatrix Potter animated movies

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P.S. A few responses came in about our technology theme that I wanted to clarify/address, especially as we are moving into a more and more digital/technological age:


1) Although there are a lot of mindless video games out there, there are indeed some very good Christian and historical video and computer games that let kids actually learn good things while playing. Always a plus in our homeschool! But watch those games that promote killing and stealing and anything else that would dishonor God. Children can be desensitized to evil very quickly and subtly.


2) Facebook, digital devices, blogs, smartphones, and other media should be well monitored by parents. Please be vigilant in guarding the hearts of your children. It is better to err on the side of being overly conservative than to look back and have regrets for what you allowed into your children's (and your own) heart and mind. 


"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20


"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth . . . seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:8-10





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Hey from Gena       

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Hey from Gena. It is crazy busy around here lately, and I'm sorry I've not written much over the last several weeks. When looking at this topic-good movies-it's kind of a sore spot with me.


I sometimes feel for my kids (even the older ones) because they have to turn down SO many "movie dates" with friends. We are constantly looking at and have purchased something called ClearPlay (a DVD player that gets rid of the junk). We try very hard to avoid most movies out there-we think OVER 99 percent of the ones that come out in theaters are bad. That's just how we feel based on what we've experienced. Paul and I have left the theater before feeling empty, even after watching something that most would say is just fine.


So yeah, this is a hard one for me. We do watch movies, and even go to the theater (once in a while), so it's not like we're anti-movie watching altogether. There is just SO much JUNK out there. After reading Deborah Wuehler's entry, above, I have to say, "Go with that"-I recognize several of these and remember how good they are. Time Changer is awesome. Her list looks super to me!


Talk to your hubby tonight if you can, though. See if there's a way to "raise the standard" a notch or two. Not all things are profitable, you know? 


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Seen any good movies lately? It's funny you should ask. Just last night, my wife and I were sitting on our big couch talking to her sister and her husband about movies we had seen and liked. We all are conservative in our choices and are always looking for a good family movie.

So here's a list of some of their favorites . . . that we plan to view:


The Scarlet Pimpernel (old version)

Little Dorrit

North and South (BBC version)

Sue Thomas (FBI series)

What If


Here are some of our favorites besides the normal favorites:


Toby Tyler (old Disney)

Summer Magic (old Disney)

Blackbeard's Ghost (old Disney)

Greyfriars Bobby (old Disney)

Third Man on the Mountain (old Disney)


Hazel ('50s TV series)


Now, don't trust our opinion or anyone else's, for that matter. You might want to check them out first or at least watch them WITH your family.


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Our family enjoys movies. We chose new releases that we wanted to see together, looking forward to the experience. The exchange of opinions and understandings after the film gave everyone a chance to share and hear the reactions of others. Since my children grew up listening to a daily read-aloud, there was a natural transition to movies from the group sharing of an ongoing story. My husband's dramatic reading of The Chronicles of Narnia was always a favorite of our children, plus it built an active approach to listening. You never knew when Daddy might change the story to see who was paying attention! Watching the movie later also gave them a real appreciation for the richness of literature and the impossibility of truly conveying the depths of a great story in a couple of hours.


Not only were movies a source of enjoyment, but they were also a great part of school. We read the wonderful classic Swiss Family Robinson aloud, then had Swiss Family Robinson Night, when we watched the movie and ate an island dinner of finger foods on the floor in the living room. Our meal was complete with candles and coconut! This experience remained a favorite of our family for many years. Connecting literature to this multisensory experience made it memorable-and fun!


We continued to incorporate movies into our literary instruction as our children got older. During high school, there was not enough time to read all the great books, so often we would watch a film to get a taste of a book we didn't have time to read. As with all tools, make movies your servant. Teach your children to select and watch with discernment, following your example. If your family chooses to watch movies, make use of this rich source of ideas for discussion and evaluation, building comprehension as you go. When you do, you may shed a tear, give a shout of victory, become inspired, or travel the world, all from the comfort of your living room. Sounds like homeschooling, doesn't it?


~ Debbie




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Set in the San Joaquin Valley of California in the fall of 1880, Andrea Carter and the Family Secret is the third book in the Circle C Adventures series. This softcover book of 140 pages provides another installment in the story of 12-year-old Andrea Carter. References to Andi's previous experiences will likely lead a first-time Circle C Adventures reader to her other books and will refresh the memory of seasoned fans. The story line of the book stands alone and is not dependent on the other books in the series, although references to Andi's previous adventures will likely influence a reader to seek out those books. The series is enjoyable reading for students in the "tween" years, those in upper elementary grades and lower teenage years. Although the series is not written exclusively for homeschools, it is written by a homeschooling mother who understands the need for clean, quality reading materials for children. Additional (optional) resources are available through Susan K. Marlow's website: (Read the rest of the review here.)


This review is for the Lapbook With Study Guide that is designed to be used with the chapter book, which must be purchased separately. Designed for children from second to sixth grades, this lapbook is available in several formats. This review is for the printed format, which comes in a thin plastic bag with sticky closure strip. Prefolded lapbook file folders are also available for $1 each. Three file folders are necessary for this lapbook, but they do not have to be prefolded or brightly colored. Standard manila file folders will suffice. You will also need scissors, markers, pens, brass brads, a stapler, and glue to assemble the product.


Included are 47 pages of lapbook components, informational text pages, and instructions for assembling the lapbook. A "Things to Know" page explains the folding patterns for lapbooks, placement of the mini-booklets, and lapbook assembly choices. All necessary instructions are included. Several pages of diagrams are included to show how to make the three-folder lapbook, including detailed, color-coded diagrams specific to this particular lapbook. (Read the rest of the review here.)


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