Parents who homeschool can find many helpful guides and tools on the Internet to make their child’s education the best it can be. One of the best things about the Internet is how many movies can be found and downloaded—including documentaries. Without doubt, documentaries are some of the best learning tools that a parent can supply a child with and there are documentaries about practically every subject!
Documentaries are movie-length films that tell the true story about a particular topic. There are historical documentaries that explain about a certain point in time such as the development of the Roman Empire or the biography of Christopher Columbus. Other documentaries are more tailored to modern day issues. “God Grew Tired of Us,” which focuses on the immigration of several of Sudan’s “lost boys” to America, is just such a documentary which focuses on present-day issues that are heavily sociological (even anthropological) in nature. Other documentaries are all about animals and/or locations and are firmly focused on nature topics.
Well executed documentaries draw viewers into the story that they are telling and subsequently lets them gain a deeper understanding of the core issue being discussed. There are numerous documentaries about a wide variety of subjects and many can be found on YouTube and watched free of charge. No matter what subject you are teaching your children (but especially if it is a topic within history or sociology) then it is worth searching for an accompanying documentary that will make the subject even more real and relevant to learners.