Movies That Teach

As a parent of young children, I am always on the lookout for valuable teaching tools. One of my favorite tools is movies. Of course, movies alone do not teach my children what they need to know, but I use them in conjunction with discussions and then use the movie as a visual explanation of the values we have discussed. By doing so, my children better grasp the things that might otherwise be difficult for them to understand. 

Below is a small list of movies that I have utilized in my home that give a visual explanation of some of the values and behaviors that I approve of. You can catch all these masterpieces as you visit 123 movies your ultimate source for online movies and tv shows. You get to watch all these amazing tv shows and movies for free as well. 

The Perfect Game

Based on a true story, this film takes us on a journey into the lives of a group of impoverished boys (About age twelve) living in Monterrey Mexico in the1950’s. The boys share their love for baseball with a down and out former major leaguer who is drawn in by their determination. He helps them realize their dreams and in the process, brings an entire town together. This film shows us that dedication and hard work can take us where we want to go, despite our circumstances.

Alabama Moon

Moon is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in the deep woods with his paranoid, anti-government Father. They eat what they can catch and live off of the land; a life that Moon is content living. When Moon’s Father sustains a mortal injury, it is up to Moon to reach the Alaskan wilderness alone. When Moon is caught and sent to live in a state’s home, he comes to realize that there is more to life than living alone; that true friendship can conquer loneliness and that life’s lessons, though harsh; can have a positive outcome.

The secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Based on a true story, this film delves into how the actions of one can impact the lives of others. A small group of boys, about eleven years old become acquainted with an elderly gentleman in the summer of 1970. It is a summer that will have life-altering effects on the youth as they learn the meaning of friendship and what it means to love thy neighbor.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

This film may not be suitable for very young children, as it depicts some violent actions that very young children may not grasp. On the other hand, this happens to be one of my favorite movies and all of my children have watched it. This film is based in 1940’s Europe during WW2 where a young family has been brought to a home only a short distance from a concentration camp. The young boy of the family befriends another little boy of the same age who happens to live behind the fence of the camp. Both children have very little understanding of why they can’t be friends and play together. The lesson from this film, though vague, is about the power of friendship and the distance one will go to help someone in need, despite the risks involved.

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Patrick is a part-time fitness trainer and pursuing his Master’s in American Literature from Stanford University. He wishes to share his fitness plan with others to help them achieve their goals in terms of fitness and education.