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This year we are studying modern history, but no matter what we are studying in history I’ve found it be very helpful to use a multimedia approach to teach our children. Unfortunately, I usually do not have a lot of extra time to plan this amazing multimedia approach that I dream. Since our family does history together I am able to focus on a single period of history at a time. So one thing I frequently do is find movies and video clips to add depth to their studies.
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While we were studying the French Revolution and subsequent rise of Napoleon Bonaparte my children became fascinated by him. One thing that we found very interesting was his march into Russia. When Napoleon marched into Russia the Russians had a simple plan, burn everything and leave nothing for their army, no place to sleep and no food to eat. Their plan worked and the French marched in and marched out without adding Russia to their empire. But on the march out of Russia, during a Russian winter, Napoleon lost like 90% of his 40,000 (I beleive) troops. We wanted to see this event in history and in comes CuriosityStream’s Napoleon’s Russian campaign.
When we studied Napoleon Bonaparte we used Curiosity Stream and we will watch this fictionalized historical account of Bonaparte’s winter campaign. I simply search for the topic we were interested. Curiosity Stream has a lot of well produced high quality videos covering a myriad of topics and ranging from a few minutes to over an hour. This enables us to go deeper into a topic without having to spend hours planning.
And sometimes you know you just want to see a few minutes of a clip. Maybe you just want to show them what the folks in this time period looked like or maybe you want to go deeper. Curiosity Stream has interviews, lectures, documentaries and performances on it and all for a small monthly fee for unlimited video.
We use Amazon as a last resort since you pay per video. Which means I might have to review the video and have the kids watch it within a week. Which can sometimes be daunting. They do however have a really good selection so if there is something I MUST have the children watch they usually have it.
Netflix unfortunately doesn’t always have a very good selection of documentary videos but I’ve found some good fictionalized movies for the time periods we’ve studied.
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YouTube has a good selection of videos and you should follow my YouTube channel since I collect videos as I come across them. One of the issues I have with YouTube is that sometimes the videos are broken into several pieces. Also sometimes they are incomplete, we have watched 95% of several things and never saw that last 5%. But they are a great choice if you are on a budget or just want to see a few minutes of something. That said we really enjoyed watching the Swamp Fox on YouTube while studying the Revolutionary War.
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So how do you incorporate multimedia into your homeschool?
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