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How We Use Documentaries
I dreaded movies in school. The only upside, in my view, was the possibility of a short nap! I could learn from them as I watching but my recall later in the day wasn’t much. My boys though? I am amazed at how much they can recall.
Perhaps I don’t remember well the shows we would watch but, it seems to me, that documentaries have improved drastically. I was never a fan of ancient history either but, between PBS and Story of the World, it’s been far more interesting than I ever remember!
And with PBS’s app, it makes it easy to access the watchlist. And, if the kids do go off the list, at least I don’t have to worry what they will find! I have the app on our iPad and also through the Amazon FireStick, so we can watch either place. The watchlist is accessible through both locations.
My boys are 7 and 9. Many of these documentaries might seem too old but my boys, especially the 9 year old, have a ridiculous level when it comes to documentaries. Even back in their preschool years, documentaries were a favorite. They’re a bit odd that way. 😉 I would say these are more appropriate for upper elementary and older.
Some of these shows require you to be a PBS Passport member. Passport is their program for those who give at least $60/year (or $5/month). In addition to the obvious support of quality shows, you gain access to many more shows than available to non-Passport members. Some of these are also available on Netflix DVD.
You will see that some episodes have been marked with suggested chapters for Story of the World Volume 1. Obviously, use these wherever they fit in best for your family.
PBS Shows on Ancient History
The Woodsright’s Shops
Roman Workbench (Ch. 27, 28, 35, 39)
Rick Steve’s Europe
North Wales (Ch. 35, 40)
Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today (Ch. 6, 14)
Edinburgh (Ch. 35, 40)
Scotland’s Islands & Highlands (Ch. 35, 40)
Western Turkey, Istanbul and Iran’s Historic Capitals (Ch. 17, 19, 21, 24, 25)
Lisbon & the Algarave (Ch. 35)
Are you looking for more resources for history, especially Story of the World? Check out my Homeschooling History playlist and my Homeschooling History Pinterest board.