My kids love to watch movies. We do not have cable, so if they want to watch something it is usually a movie, or a show on Netflix. With our large family, a trip to the movie theater is pretty rare, so they usually have to wait until it comes out on video. My oldest daughter creates a monthly calendar for herself each month and marks down when new movies are set to release at Redbox. It cracks me up.
One of their favorite movies a few years back was The Secret Life of Pets. At first we weren’t sure what to think of it from the commercials. We were afraid it would be dumb. But after reading reviews online and doing a little research, we tried it out for a family movie night.
My kids loved it!
After watching the movie several times in our short rental time frame, we decided to purchase it for our collection. Over the last few years, my kids have watched that movie more times than I can count. I would often hear them playing and acting out scenes with their own toys.
That is probably my favorite part about homeschooling. We can learn about a topic through videos, books, research on the internet or a combination of it all and the next thing I know, my kids are acting out what they’ve learned. I love hearing them too, because it lets me know they really are learning. Through all their wiggles and giggles, they are actually hearing me and remembering. These movie studies are just another added bonus to their learning.
I love comprehension questions. My kids aren’t always fans, but once I get them talking (or writing) they don’t stop! Not only are comprehension questions good for reading, they can be equally good for movies. I usually let them watch the movie first for entertainment purposes. Just to have fun and enjoy the movie.
But the second or third time through, it’s time to get them thinking, which is where these comprehension questions come in perfectly. Have kids write them out on a separate piece of paper, record them on their phones like a fun video chat or just recite their answers to you verbally.
Do your kids love word searches? Mine do! They love finding the hidden words in the puzzle. Often times they make it a game to see how fast they can find the words. The races are fun, but I love how the word searches improve their spelling and reading abilities. So we do lots of word searches in our learning!
All About Dogs
I know I’ve mentioned my oldest daughters love for animals, but all of my kids (even the babies) love dogs. We don’t own a dog, but several family members have had dogs over the years and they love them. When they see dogs around the campgrounds, they love to stop and pet them. They talk to the owners and find out their life history, or so it seems. This page is a great start to a paper on dogs – all kinds!
Traits of Different Dogs
In the movie you will see a variety of different pets and animals, especially dogs. On this page, kids can research and learn about six different types of dogs. This could be as simple as letting them write 2-3 things about each type or a jumping off point for a fun research paper!
Does your family own a pet? Maybe your kids are asking about getting a pet? There is much more to being pet owners than just feeding it or giving it water. This page will help your kids put into words what good and bad pet owners do. If you’re looking to get a pet or encourage your kids to be better pet owners, this page is a great start!
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This movie study for The Secret Life of Pets is a fun way to add some additional learning to your movie day! This printable pack includes 5 pages of activities such as reading comprehension questions, a word search page, dog research page, a page to research about dogs, and a page to talk about good and bad pet owners.
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