Surprised by my title? You're probably wondering if I've completely lost my mind or if we really don't do school and just play Xbox and watch movies all day. Well, I guess it depends on how you look at it.
Actually, the truth is that my kids aren't allowed to play Xbox during the school day and prior to living our life on the road, they weren't even allowed to play Xbox in the evenings during a typical school week. It's been pretty rainy lately, so we've gotten a little bit lax in our rules over the game systems.
The Xbox does come in handy for school though because one of the downsides of our traveling lifestyle is that I'm not always able to secure a library card when we're on the road. In fact, most of the places we've been won't give me one. Not free of charge anyway. Though I have paid to have one in the past, I've discovered a few ways to adjust without the library. Finding the books we need isn't normally to difficult. Between friends, Paperback Swap, thrift stores and used book stores, I can usually find the exact title I'm looking for or at the very least, something that will make a good substitute.
But movies are a different story, until recently. Renting from Blockbuster gets expensive and they don't often have the educational titles that I'm seeking. Recently my kids purchased an Xbox Live account and were given a free 14 day trial of Netflix, so we took advantage of it and I am so impressed! I've not signed up in the past because I mistakenly assumed that the only way to receive movies was to have them mailed to you. That doesn't help when your address always changes. But Netflix has an awesome alternative to mailed movies, they also offer many titles for instant viewing on your computer OR Xbox, which is why to my children's disgust, I now view the Xbox as a teaching tool. Because it enables us to find wonderful educational movies and documentaries to enhance the subjects we're interested in at the time. And I don't have to worry about late charges!
Do you incorporate educational movies into your homeschool curriculum?