Oh yes! Pop corn!
I love my work. It affords me the incredible opportunity to dream. Not just for me and my family but for other families too. Whenever, I have the opportunity to speak to a young person, subconsciously, I hear more than they are saying. I see talents, personality and a lot of times their fears. But somehow, as God would have it, I also have a way of creating a superlative picture in my mind about what that child has potential to become. ALL the time, regardless of which of the attributes outweighs the others, I ALWAYS see greatness and possibility.
This has strengthened significantly my work with teachers. I always want them to see possibilities and the important role they play in birthing the ingenuity of another human being. One of the core of my work with teachers is about teachers making lessons come alive like we see in the movies. Disney would pass for the world’s most effective classroom. Teaching all kinds of things effectively.
No, today is not about whether all Disney productions or Pixar are suitable for children. Today, I want to focus on how they engage a child’s imagination in learning.
You see, the imagination is the ultimate driver of all learning. People see in their minds first before they can really understand what is being communicates.
So why are parents not engaging this all important tool.. the imagination and the animations to teach life long lessons. Parenting is the one job in the world that just about anything can be a tool. Its effectiveness almost always depends on the person handling the tool. A ride to church, a walk in the park, just about anything can be a useful parenting tool.
I have a reason for insisting to be the one person who does homework for my kids. It helps me know exactly what they are learning per time, which allows me know when something in our space is a useful learning tool.
I watch movies a lot with my children. For one, I am one of those adults that love cartoons. That has proven really helpful in the long run. I have used movies to talk about so many things with the kids. I have used Lion King to teach my daughter that whenever anyone says you shouldn’t tell Mum or Dad about something they are involving you in then it means the person wants to expose them to something “dangerous” (this is a word they are using at school this term as they learn about pest and reptiles).
You see with children, they keep connecting something happening in real life to a movie. That’s why we must keep track with them. I have found that you use their favourite movie or a movie of focus to explain the context of different things.
This weekend, my first daughter and I have done some “telling the truth” classes. Emphasis is to say, in this house there is no prank with words. Because our word is our bond. Quite frankly, I don’t think she has gotten the subject matter yet, but here is a simple story that shows that the first class in telling the truth has been well taken.
This evening, while we were watching Frozen for perhaps the 30th time, (Has your household caught the Frozen fever?) there is a part where a steward knocks on a young princess’s door to wake her for her sister’s coronation. I supposed that she has over slept. But while, the steward in all courtesy is trying to apologize for waking her up, she sits up on the bed and says “No, no, no you didn’t. I have been up for hours”. At this point something amazing happens. My entire household has seen this movie a couple of times, but today in particular, my daughter says “She is lying jor. She just woke up”.
I almost screamed out loud. Apparently, lesson one is taken. Its time to progress to lesson two.
I have caught the Frozen bug for all the right reasons. The movie is a powerful tool for children and teens alike. It has interwoven in it so many fantastic lessons for children on self confidence, esteem and embracing originality. I will dedicate a blog to it on several lessons we can communicate using Frozen and also several conversations we can trigger with teenagers using Frozen.
It is highly recommended that you watch movies before allowing your children to watch. It helps you determine if its appropriate for your children’s age, culture and family values.
Please also share with us some of the fantastic lessons you have learnt and are passing down using movies.