My kids love to learn. But like most kids they are eager to learn what is relevant to them at the present time. This is why I love taking their favorite television shows and creating teachable moments. These discussions go beyond good versus evil—with some creativity and out-of-the -box thinking I can incorporate many subjects.
Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is one of my kids’ favorite shows. Last night was the long awaited premiere of season two and it was a huge event in our house. Today, we incorporated the show into our daily learning.
First, we discussed the episode and their thoughts. Was it what they expected? Did they like it? Dislike it?
Second, we talked about the brain and temporal lobe injury Fitz sustained at the end of last season. We found this Neuroscience for Kids
site that talks about the different lobes of the brain. It is interactive with games and quizzes to test your knowledge. It was a fun way for the kids to learn about regions of the brain!
Third, I handed them a copy of the World Map from our favorite blank map book: Uncle Josh’s Outline Map Book. Three locations were discussed in the episode: Austria, Madagascar , and Alexandria, Virginia. The kids labeled and colored these places on their map.
Finally, we talked about creating a “character guide” for a writing assignment. I got this idea from another show they love—Once Upon a Time. I came across the Guide to Fairy Tale Characters in Once Upon a Time and I thought it would be a fun project for them to create a guide to their Marvel characters. Please beware there may be spoilers in the Once Upon a Time Guide.
The writing assignment will be ongoing for a period of time but the other things we did or discussed did not take a lot of time. The kids were engaged and eager to research the brain and geography because the topics pertained to the characters they follow. My passionate learners were hard at work–having fun and learning at the same time!