Wednesday, November 10, 2010

image Families of AustraliaThis week I brought home two non-fiction movies about Australia. Australia the Beautiful was a bust with Anna – the narration was not appropriate for her age group, and she started fidgeting in about 5 minutes. However, she lapped up a 30 minute movie Families of Australia and asked to watch it three times this week. I enjoyed the movie too – it had two segments. One was about a farmer family raising sheep and another one was about an urban family living in Sydney. Both were narrated by young kids (7 and 8 years) who took us Nov8_Kangaroo through a normal day in their lives. There were a few facts about Australia’s history and nature thrown into narration, but Anna was mostly interested in people and what they do. There was one point in the movie where the boy was talking about immigration to Australia and how people from different countries “hope to find a better life here”. Anna suddenly said, “We don’t need to go to Australia, we have a good life here in America!" Of course, next minute she wanted to go and visit there :)

Nov5_Koala We also talked about real families of Australia. We looked at the beautiful postcard that we received from Savannah and her mom Elise who write Inspiration Surrounds, Creativity Abounds blog. We looked at the blog too, but Anna was wiggly and more interested in playing with her koala bear. Technically, it’s not her bear. Her papa got the bear from his parents who visited Australia in their travels around the world. However, papa was nice enough to share his bear with daughter :)

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Christy said...

I have never thought of looking for movies about life in other countries. That sounds interesting.

When we did a Flat Stanley last year, C's "Stanley" went to Australia and came home with a little clip on koala bear and a tiny Australian flag. C still thinks they are cool. I bet he would enjoy that movie.

How nice of Papa to share his koala bear with Anna!

Ticia said...

You have some of the best resources at your library.

I've never found a cool movie like that at our library.

MaryAnne said...

That "Families of Australia" movie sounds great!

And how nice of papa to share his bear =)

Debbie said...

I agree with Ticia, it must be nice to have a library with so many resources. I have thought of getting short documentaries, but our library just don't carry any.

Maybe someday she will visit Australia.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I was thrilled to find my library has this dvd, and several others from the Families of the World series - thanks for mentioning it!

Phyllis said...

I liked the K dot sheet too!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

The Families of Australia movie sounds really neat! Do you know if it's a series that features other countries too?

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I hope our library has that movie--thanks! We just read a book called Destination Australia, by Jonathan Grupper, it is very good. Joe loved it. I bet Anna would like it. The pictures are great.

Anna is right, she has a great life:-).