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Educational Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 17, 2014

Bring the World Home with a World Language Movie

Travel to another country without so much as stepping foot into O’Hare Airport: Rent a foreign flick and host a world movie night! Even beginning readers will be able to catch the subtitles on the movies recommended below.

  • The Way Home (2002; Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee; Korean with English subtitles) is a touching movie that will remind children (and adults) that our relationships with those who love us that are worth their weight in gold (or Nintendo games). When seven-year-old Sang-Woo is sent away to spend summer with his elderly grandmother in the very rural countryside, he is forced to give up not only city life but also television, video games, and his favorite thing of all, Kentucky Fried chicken. Warning: make sure you have a box of tissues on hand.  
  • Children of Heaven (1999, Directed by Majid Majidi; Farsi with English subtitles) is a delightful and thought-provoking movie that highlights the resilience of children’s hopes and dreams. When a young boy accidentally loses his sister’s only pair of shoes, the brother sister pair take it upon themselves to share the one pair of shoes their poor family can afford, trading them off every day and dashing to and from school in shifts. When a school running race promises a new pair of shoes to the fastest student, the boy is determined to win. Minimal dialog and a simple storyline make this movie a good pick for beginning readers, and your children just might view their daily trek to school in a new light.
  • Follow along with a little boy and his red balloon through the streets of Paris in The Red Balloon (1956, but check out the 2008 restoration; Directed by Albert Lamorisse; French with English subtitles), one of the sweetest and most beloved movies of all times. The lively balloon seems to have a mind of its own, and the little boy, at first bewildered, finds a friend in it. Though released in 1956, this movie is a timeless classic that even today’s generation will appreciate. With its short length (34 minutes), minimal dialogue and simple storyline, this movie an especially good pick for those kids that can’t quite yet read subtitles.  

Step up the festivities a bit by accompanying each movie with snacks or treats from the featured country. Cookbooks such as Kids Around the World Celebrate!: The Best Feasts and Festivals by Lynda Jones and The Kids Multicultural Cookbook by Deanna Cook feature recipes for a wide array of tasty snacks, main dishes and desserts enjoyed in countries around the world that can be enjoyed right in your living room.

Pop in a movie and prepare for a night of family fun and learning—for kids and parents alike!

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