Filmmaking for Homeschool Kids Who Love Movies

Filmmaking for Homeschool Kids Who Love Movies

Do You Have a Homeschooled Kid Who Loves Movies?

Stories are a great way to develop thinking skills and engage students. Filmmaking brings stories to life and can be a valuable elective for homeschool credit. If you’re considering a homeschool filmmaking curriculum, it’s important to learn as much as you can. Here are some great reasons to add filmmaking to your homeschool course of study and get your students learning more about a subject they love!

Filmmaking Develops Thinking and Writing Skills

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Show, don’t tell”? When it comes to writing, this is an important principle for creating engaging stories. Writers who show paint vivid pictures with their words. Filmmakers take ideas and develop them through the writing and thinking process into visual images that tell stories. Students of filmmaking learn to translate their thoughts and writing into movies that make sense to their viewers. These important skills make great filmmakers, critical thinkers, and excellent writers.

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Anton Chekhov

Filmmaking Helps Kids Discern Visual Images

Do you notice how many pictures and videos you see each day? We are bombarded with images everywhere we look. With the increase in videos used for advertisements and news posts on social media, it is important for kids to know how to discern images. Filmmakers employ a variety of techniques while making movies. When kids study filmmaking, they learn these techniques and the meanings they imply. Once they understand filmmaking, they will be proactive consumers of visual information and less likely to fall for propaganda and misleading images.

Filmmaking Is a Great Elective for Homeschool Credit

If your child spends four hours a week studying filmmaking during a typical school year, they can earn high school credit for their work. A credit is commonly recognized as 120 hours spent studying a subject. If they love it, they may even spend more! Homeschoolers have the added benefit of creating inter-disciplinary projects that incorporate more than one subject. Your budding filmmaker could create a history documentary or turn a biology lab into a science-fiction movie. Colleges find it valuable when a student’s transcript showcases their talents and interests.

Filmmaking Can Be Fun For the Whole Family

There are many great reasons to let your movie-loving child study filmmaking. Additionally, your entire family can benefit. Kids who study filmmaking love expressing their creativity. Every filmmaker needs an audience, and what better audience is there than family? Imagine a family movie night featuring your child’s latest project or an Oscar-worthy celebration at the end of the school year. Whether you have one student or a whole co-op class, filmmaking is an excellent choice for a homeschool elective.

Jessie Wiegand

Author, Jessie Wiegand

Jessie is a mom of five who has been homeschooling since 2000. She loves serving the homeschool community and has been active as a support group leader and co-op teacher in southeast Michigan for over 15 years. 

Do your kids want to learn Filmmaking?

Filmmaking from the First Directors teaches the basics of filmmaking and early film history. It takes students through a unique journey starting in the late 19th century when film was invented, then guides them through the steps first directors took in creating the modern language of film.