Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Murray's 'Night at the Movies' :

What are our kid's favourite movies?

A Christian series we have thoroughly enjoyed recently ( everyone's favourite!) is the Torchlighter series on DVD - it includes John Bunyan , Gladys Allward, Eric Lyddell, Jim Elliot, William Tyndale, don't have Richard Wurmbrand so can't vouch for that one but if the others are anything to go by it will be excellent too. See http://www.christianbook.com/gladys-aylward-story-torchlighters-series-dvd/pd/012454?item_code=WW&netp_id=535645&event=ESRCN&view=covers ( scroll down to see them all, if this link doesn't work go to Christian books dot com and search for there)

We also quite like the Kids 10 Commandments ( K10C ) see http://www.k10c.com/home/default.asp

We are also "Little House" crazy, (even the big boys sneak in and watch this very 'uncool' series!). It does not really follow the book and I don't like the fact that little girls have crushes on boys.... but it provides an opportunity to chat to our little girls about keeping a pure heart for a husband and to exercise emotional self control until marriageable age, to have boys as friends without all the 'lovie dovie' stuff etc. !

Bramley Hedge has always been one of our best series over the years and seems to still be available.

The DVD "Eragon" is like the Lord of the Rings and suitable for older teens who would cope with Lord of the Rings,as it does have fighting and magic etc. ( I would not let an under 16 + year old watch, and have the same view of Lord of the Rings. I think we can over expose our kids with so much so easily available, and we need to leave our children to enjoy a real childhood for as long as possible!) Eragon was written at 15 years old, by a boy who home schooled. Of course Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Chariots of Fire, Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, Amazing Grace, Seven Years in Tibet and Kidnapped are loved by our older children. And our middle to bigger children like the Narnia Series....they are busy getting ready for the filming of the third Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is to be filmed on the Gold coast Australia! Not far from us, we are soooo hoping to go to Narnia in real life!!!!

For educational DVD's (learning 'accidentally' while you enjoy watching) we have enjoyed Head Start maths and reading, which have fun stories to explain facts. Of course the well know Jolly phonics has a DVD which can easily stand on it's own if you did not want to buy the whole program- again stories explain the facts. We also love Suzy's World science series from NZ see http://www.suzy.co.nz/suzysworld/Videos.asp She is meant to be a Christian and is very funny- the kids love her and the science she presents with experiments and discussion is remembered! We like the National Geographic DVD's. And we also watch David Attenborough too despite his anti God stance, we know where we are coming from well enough to enjoy all his marvellous facts! I pray he would come to know God....he has nature shouting out the way to him! Another good science one is "The way things Work" It tells an interesting story to show how things work! See http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Way-Things-Work-DVD/dp/B000A8NZ04/ref=pd_sim_b_1 We also like a lot of the Creation Research DVD like Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution.etc Another series is done by Giglio Louie We know 'Indescribable' see http://orders.koorong.com/search/details.jhtml?code=5099952117794 But he has done a whole lot more too.

Oh I nearly forgot we also like Prince of Egypt, Anne of Green Gables Series ( not all suitable for children as it cover her adult life as well) and Pollyanna. For the very little ones Curious George, Harold and the Purple Crayon. We have also just found Harry and the Dirty Dog Series 1 collection, with lots of other stories by Scholastic Books - wonderful! See http://www.newkideo.com/CompleteCollection.php I can't see the one we have on their web site but there are lots of other ones, the boxed sets look expensive but you definitely get good value for money with them! And of course we love the Walt Disney Classics like Dumbo, The Jungle Book etc

Horse Movies: National Velvet, My Friend Flicka and the Black Stallion. Spirit is okay.
Dog Movies: Big Red , Old Yella. Not as nice as the books, but great as movies go! ( by the way - "Where the Red Fern Grows" is the "Best Dog Book" ever! But I had better do our favourite boos, another time!)

We are enjoying our school holidays, a well earned holiday this one, but I had better get cracking with unpacking, as we still have too many boxes around and about!

Happy viewing, Joy

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