You know what that was like.
If you can muddle through your class's study of the Civil War in eighth grade, we'll pile you all in the auditorium and screen Gettysburg. Two weeks before the end of 11th grade, you'll get the honor of watching a Shakespeare remake on the wheeled-in TV cart with VCR.
Lights out = Joan out. Asleep. Unconscious. Kaput! Zzzzzz...
OK, I like to sleep, but more than that, I was tired of those topics by the time we got through all the boring stuff before the movie. Even something I was interested in, like Beowulf, I'd dissected through so many essays that I couldn't take any more by the time the Bonus Movie Screening rolled around.
I've also never been the world's biggest TV or movie fan. I have no problem with screen entertainment, but I never sought it out.
Enter my husband, who dubbed himself recently "Homeschool A/V Guy." He can recommend a movie for every possible topic of interest.
And he's smart about when to bring them up: We often START with a movie, and see where we go from there.
Case in point: Sarah had been doing just a little bit of reading about William Shakespeare in an issue of Kids Discover, and it mentioned the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes version of Romeo and Juliet.
Well, we kept an eye out - and spotted that movie in our OnDemand choices soon after.