Homeschool Movie Project – An Example

Would you like to see an example of a homeschool movie project?  I wrote two articles about making movies as a homeschool project and have them posted on my blog. If you have not read the articles, here are the links:

A Great Homeschool Project – Making a Movie
Part II of A Great Homeschool Project – Making a Movie

I thought it would be a good idea to let my readers see an example of a movie made as a project with a child. So, I am posting a movie that I helped my grandson, Jake, make for his blog. Jake is eight years old and is homeschooled by my daughter.  He also has a blog called Cross Creek Horsemanship that he works on as a school project. Jake tries to write an article once a week.

I filmed Jake at the barn as he explained about cleaning horse hooves.  When Jake could not think of things to say, I asked questions.  When we felt that we had enough video we went to the house to edit. Jake had not done any work with Movie Maker before, so I did most of the editing. I showed Jake things that could be done with the software and asked Jake to make editing decisions.

I am a visual person and it really helps me to watch someone work with software, so I tried the same technique with Jake. I went slowly, explaining all the steps we had to take to make a video. Through this process Jake learned about transitions, special effects, animations for text slides, etc.  He made choices, previewed the video and made changes until we were happy with the results.

By the time we finished, Jake had a good feel for the software and the video making process. I can’t say that he will remember it all. I know that I have to work with the software myself before I truly understand all the ins and outs.  I’m sure Jake will need to do a few more videos with help before he will feel confident in working on his own.

I feel this video is a great start. I hope you all enjoy.  If any of you do this type of project with your child and would like to share, let me know. I might be able to post the link on my website.

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2 Responses to Homeschool Movie Project – An Example

  1. Lara says:

    Jake learned so much and is so excited about making more videos. Thank you for taking the time for helping him.
    Technology puts the world at our fingertips. Home-schoolers like Jake can make an impact on the world even when they are so very young.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed showing Jake how to put the video together. He stayed with me every step of the way. Plus getting out in the barn and filming was great fun too!

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