5 Ways Homeschoolers Can Learn from Star Wars

star wars episode 7 the force awakensUnless you’re living in a black hole, you‘ve heard about the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

With brand new characters, a larger storyline, and ginormous space things, the sense of surprise and adventure in the brand new movie will be pulling people into theaters for some outrageous fun entertainment this month.

{Bonus: Scroll down for a few fun links and free Star Wars themed resources for your homeschool.}

 


I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.”


Star Wars
is a classic coming of age story of an idealistic young adventurer, a reluctant hero, a plucky damsel in distress, and the fight between the forces of good and evil. It has achieved the familiarity of the timeless stories of King Arthur, Beowulf, and The Odyssey.

Star Wars was groundbreaking for it’s time.star-wars-clip-art-RTGyzrrTL

The world before Star War was so different than it is now — no cell phones, the space program was over, there were no personal computers and the internet was years away. Even home video had not caught on. We had economic inflation, rising oil prices, political cynicism. Movies themselves were dark and violent.

So, besides light sabers, droids, Jedi knights, the Millennium Falcon, and Yoda …

What can homeschoolers learn from the Star Wars saga?  

obi wanYou’ve taken your first step into a larger world.” ~ Obi Wan Kenobi

Learning is all around you. Let the world be your classroom. You never know when teaching moments may come. Preparing a meal together or running errands are still valid times for learning.

“Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” ~ Han Solo

The rules are yours. Feel free to break out of the box of the traditional education model to make the environment that works best for your family.
You don’t have to restrict schooling to sitting at a desk between certain daytime hours.oct410

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” ~ Princess Leia

Learn from others who have gone before you in this learning adventure.  Here are few you can trust:  The Old SchoolhouseLee Binz / The HomeScholarJanice Campbell / Everyday Education, Diane Lockman / The Classical Scholar, Felice Gerwitz / Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

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“Laugh it up, Fuzz ball.” ~ Han Solo

Your school day may not go according to your school plan. You can’t schedule sick days, but you can work around them. There will be good days and bad days. Homeschooling is a bit like a roller coaster: Enjoy the ride.

Remember…the force will be with you always.” ~ Obi Wan Kenobi

There is no single right way to homeschool. In the same way that each child (even in your own family) learns differently, your homeschool will look different than others. Have the courage to let go of a curriculum or a schedule when it’s not working. Love is the powerful force that brought you to homeschooling and will follow you through if you just stay the course.

In the end, homeschooling may seem like a series of complicated maneuvers, but in time it’ll come easier than bullseyeing womprats in your T-16.light sabrs

 

And because I always like to give you a little bit more….

Free Star Wars Homeschool Resources Page

 

Star Wars Empire of Dreams The documentary of the original Star Wars Movie Trilogy
Get ready for the biggest movie of the decade with this outstanding documentary made back in 2004. This 2 Hrs. 30 Min. documentary covers in chronological order the making of the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Starting with George Lucas’s promising beginnings as a film student and following through his creative journey to make his vision a reality, this inspiring documentary features interviews with Lucas and his many collaborators who helped make Star Wars a blockbuster movie franchise and a cultural phenomenon. Feel the force and gear up for a journey to a galaxy far, far away with this documentary available on YouTube.

 

How to Make Your Own Lightsaber –Science Friday looked into one DIY approach, and got some best practice tips from its designer. The project is a quick lesson in building electronics, and provides the opportunity to be creative with your end product.

Might as well make the most of it — Fortuigence give your family’s Star Wars fans the opportunity to play the movie critic by using the film to develop critical thinking and practice writing!

Just for fun — Star Wars Snowflakes templates and video tutorials can be found here.


Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody) Lightsaber Duel – ThePianoGuys

May the Force of Homeschooling Be with You!

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