I don't know why I thought they'd get the beauty of such things before they were older, I sure didn't. I remember having to be dragged to watch Casablanca. I remember discovering Singing in the Rain in college.
So I no longer try to earn Mom merit badges by introducing my kids to something they're not ready for just yet with anyone. It doesn't mean I don't sprinkle their young lives with stretching experiences. It just means I don't push too hard or demand too much. Save Casablanca for when they've had their first break up and the fancy meal stuff for the teens and older. It took a long time to figure out, I don't have to eat what they eat. We don't have to watch what they watch.
But having a Summer Movie night is something we've enjoyed for years once we took the pressure off. So here are Sherry's movie/summer picks for a large brood where you get to enjoy, and it isn't too kiddie or too adult, great for when you have a sleepy Friday night or a rainy day and everyone is a bit antsy.
Some of these are older films...from when my older kids were the youngest ones...
If your kids haven't read the book, it's a great summer (albeit sad) read for your 4th, 5th, 6th graders or 3rd grader with you. It's sad, but it's also a great stretch and wonderful read. The film holds to the flavor and beauty and quiet friendship of the book itself. My kids always cry, but they also love it.
The Iron Giant