We’re so excited about the Hobbit movie coming out soon. In honor of the event, here is Marilyn’s classic post:
Recently, my oldest daughter and I visited Hobbiton, the movie set where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed, and where production of the two “Hobbit” movies (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again) was done. Aside from the obvious connection that this is really good literature, what does this have to do with homeschooling? (And, yes, we were in New Zealand, where Dana did her study abroad).
Seeing the set and hearing the explanation of what was real and what was a facade or an outright fake (the “tree” on top of Bilbo’s house is a cleverly put-together puzzle of wire and “leaves” created to look like a tree and most of the hobbit holes only have about two feet before they become a dirt wall) made me think about how important it is to teach our children what is “real” and what is a cleverly disguised fake.
This illusion in movie-making is, of course, great for entertainment and imagination. In real life, it is paramount that our children understand the difference between what is real and what isn’t. Especially important is that they be able to discern between a true “angel of light” and the clever imitations of Satan.
Learning to think critically (not cynically) is a key component. Critical thinking and spiritual discernment together make our children less likely to succumb to Satan’s ploys. If critical thinking is not a part of your child’s curriculum, it should be.
For a wonderful tool for studying J.R.R. Tolkein’s wonderful book, download Vicki Tillman’s study guide for The Hobbit. $4.99 provides vocabulary, discussion questions, background information and answer key….a good study guide really brings a great piece of literature to life for your student!