- Classrooms are not enough anymore, children need to interact with the world with the education they get
- some documentaries are Planet Earth (2006), Watermark (2013), Miss Representation (2011), Revolution (2012) and Paper Clips (2004)
- These documentaries open up opportunities for discussions of various topics between the parents and their kids
June 25, 2017:
The best way to monitor the development of your child is through spending time with them. Children nowadays are so attracted towards the technological world that the education and morals they get in classrooms are not enough anymore. Therefore, someone who can help them understand things better should help them to deal with it in a better manner. Parents, spending time with their kids can open their relationship to have a two-way communication with their children, thus making their relationship stronger.
The best way to spend time with your kids is through technology and nothing works best like movies because they seem to learn so much from the movies. When you watch movies with your children, there is a possibility that your child will ask questions, because they want to know more and this type understanding or curiosity helps them in a positive manner, also influence them in making choices.
One can always start with documentaries because free streaming documentaries are present all over the internet and they are full of educational insights. Here is a list of 10 documentaries to watch online with your children:
- Planet Earth (2006) – The Documentary Planet Earth collection is divided into 50 minute long Eleven episodes that are narrated by David Attenborough and consists of portraiture of wildlife habitat of animal world that prevails on earth. This can help the kids learn about the wildlife habitat and about the different animals that are in our biological sphere.
- The Dream is Now (2013) – This Movie is based on Immigration reforms and talks about how political agendas affect all kinds of lives. This movie can help the kids develop an understanding about the world affairs and how it is significant to the people.
- Watermark (2013) – This documentary would explain the children about the relationship of humankind with the water in 20 countries all over the globe. This would help them understand how we use the water on our planet and how can we save it for a sustainable future.
- What’s on your plate? (2010) – This movie features two children asking questions to food activists and distributers to gain knowledge about nutrition and food politics. This would make your kids rethink about their own eating habits and have a healthy dinner plate.
- Miss Representation (2011) – This movie is totally based on gender equality all over the world. It would teach the children to not discriminate anyone on basis of gender and respect everyone regardless of their gender.
- Chasing Ice (2012) – Global warming is unarguably the hot topic in the global world and Chasing Ice opens up such discussions with time-lapse evidence on glaciers melting which also affects the polar wildlife. Your child would defiantly ask you about the ways to counter global warming.
- Revolution (2012) – Revolution is based on the preservation of resources for the future generations and shifting to renewable sources so that the future generations would have hope of survival in their time. After this movie, you can discuss about the ways you can save natural resources and we need a revolution for the same.
- Paper Clips (2004) – This movie deeply talks about the Hitler’s holocaust and the students of Whitwell take up in their hands to collect 6 million paperclips to represent the killing of 6 million Jews in the holocaust. This documentary entails on how not only students but adults and older people were also transformed by the experience. It would surely make an awesome topic for discussion of history and culture that has shaped the modern world.
- Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (2014) – With Neil deGrasse Tyson’s narration, Cosmos is a documentary made in 13 episodes explains most of space and time concepts with such elegant representation with the graphic images and videos. This would help you tell your child about things that are in deep space.
- The Square (2013) – The square is one such documentary about the Egyptian revolution at the Tahrir Square in 2011. It features all the tools of modern communication such as phones, videos, and YouTube. This documentary would open up opportunities of discussions of topic around the world that raise questions on the political structure of any country.
– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi