My children are lucky enough to have a built-in educator in their home. Usually, this means I am able to explain the ‘new math’ or I can easily find the curriculum needed to complete a project. But it also means I can find teachable moments in most of our extracurricular activities. With hockey we talk about percentages, gymnastics hundredths and thousandths take priority while volleyball is all about various heights.
Netflix viewing also brings up some interesting conversations and teachable moments. The teen/tweens and I have had many conversations about the challenges of being a teen. 13 Reasons Why was a very hot topic in our home last year. Talking openly with my girls about suicide, teenage angst, depression and sexual abuse led to many questions from them, which I attempted to answer to the best of my ability. Truly courageous conversations but all three of us left the various conversations having learned something.
This past month, the girls and I have relived our love of the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney. I first found Llama Llama Red Pajama just after Andie Pandie was born. It was a cute book and of course, we had to all buy red pajamas. By far our favourite book was Llama Llama Mad at Mama. The girls and I laughed at little Llama’s face and how often I have taken them shopping only to be sidetracked chit-chatting with friends and forgetting about my own little Llama waiting in the shopping cart.
However, now that we have watched the Llama Llama Netflix series the girls had interesting more mature questions to ask me. The asked questions like:
How did you know I was old enough to stay home alone while you go to the grocery store?
What do I do if I am babysitting and the child I am minding throws a temper tantrum?
What did you do to ensure we (the girls) didn’t have temper tantrums when you shopped?
What do I do if my future child throws a temper tantrum in the grocery store?
This conversation also made me realize how much my three little llamas have grown. When I read the books, made the funny faces along with the funny voices they giggled and asked me to read it again. Now watching it with my three, I see that the teachable moment for me was understanding how important it was to invest in their love of literacy when they were young.
There are so many Netflix series that make a text to media or text to self-connection that you can enjoy. Reading the books first, like the Magic School Bus, then seeing the book come to life Netflix deepens the understanding of the content.
What series/documentary did you learn something from, or was a conversation starter for you and your family?
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