When Do You Show Your Homeschoolers Movies from Books They’ve Read?

My homeschool mom-friends and I often like to show the movie that has been made from a book our kids have been reading for literature. I’ve sometimes had discussions with my homeschool buddies about when the BEST time is for showing the movies.

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Movies from Books

There are several theories on this pressing :) question:

Show the movie after your homeschooler has completed the book and study guide.

The benefit of this order of events is that you and your student can discuss the book and understand it well before the movie is shown. After the movie, your family can discuss the differences and similarities between book and movie.

The detractor to this order of events is that movies rarely stay completely faithful to the text of the book. Often more than 1 person, place or thing will have been dramatically changed. This creates disappointment.

Show the movie before reading the book.

The benefit of this order of events is that your student may learn the story before reading the book  and working through the study guide. They discover what an awesome book it is going to be, so reading is easier.  You can give them the assignment of noticing similarities and differences.

The detractor is that you have to deal with spoiler alerts…

Here are 10 of our homeschool high schoolers’ favorites and links to the study guide and the movie.

  1. A Christmas Carol Study Guide, Movie
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Study Guide, Movie
  3. Anne of Green Gables Study Guide, TV series
  4. Sense and Sensibility Study Guide, Movie
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Study Guide, Movie
  6. Les Miserables Study Guide, Movie
  7. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Study Guide, The Musical
  8. The Hiding Place Study Guide, Movie
  9. The Hobbit Study Guide, Movie
  10. The Three Musketeers, Movie

One of our most popular curriculum resources is our Cinema Studies as Literature Learning.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning

Homeschooling high schoolers earn their Language Arts credit for a year with movies as the anchor resource. Or you can simply use a Cinema Studies for one movie only. Here’s a one-movie guide that teens are enjoying:

Rudy Cinema Study Guide

I usually default to book-after-movie.

Our friend, Ticia at Adventures in a Messy Life, has a wonderful post on 300 books made into Movies to Enjoy with Your Family

Homeschooling with Grace has 100 Children’s Books Made into Movies.

Excerpt from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe cinema study guide.

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Movies from Books

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

One Reply to “When Do You Show Your Homeschoolers Movies from Books They’ve Read?”

  1. I usually like to do the movie after the book, but my youngest is not a good reader (doesn’t like it; struggles with comprehension), so I am trying a new strategy: watch the movie, read the book (or listen to an audio version), watch the movie again. All this is usually followed by an essay comparing the two.

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