Streaming Ourselves Smarter

Growing up, my brothers shared a room in the basement of our house. My dad made them bunk beds, and of course, the oldest had the top bunk while my baby brother had the bottom. Next to their bed was a small nightstand. On top was a vintage lamp of a clown holding big plastic balloons. Underneath, it had a shelf that had a stack of children’s books. Most were from Scholastic book orders, and I can remember reading those books to my brothers when I babysat them.

The older brother would hang over the edge of the top bunk to see the pictures, while my baby brother would lay on his side, cuddled in his bottom bunk. I would situate myself on the floor, leaning against the bottom bed. One recurring book choice was The Magic School Bus.

My brothers and I went inside the human body and all the way to outer space with Ms. Frizzle and the students. We traveled into the Earth’s center and down into the deepest oceans. They were among our most favorite books.

I was probably Eddie’s age when those books came out. I was in high school by the time the TV show came out, but my youngest brother was around Eddie’s age then. So imagine my delight when I found out that Netflix is now streaming the Magic School Bus series!

Eddie and Charlie love shows that are nonfiction and teach them things without them really realizing that they are learning. Often they will blurt out facts about things, and when I ask, “where did you learn that?” They will say from some show or other.

They area also taking right after their mom with wanting to Google more about things as we learn them. I can’t watch anything without Google in my hand (catch me watching superhero shows/movies and I am constantly trying to read more about their comic book origins), and I am starting to pass that habit down to the boys.

The problem is that I am their Google since they don’t have phones/computers at ages eight and five!

But you know what? I don’t even care! They are not just learning stuff, but finding joy in something that I loved as a kid too!

The next thing we need to do is see if Grandma still has all those old books! I bet Eddie would enjoy reading them to his little siblings as much as I did to mine!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Netflix provides the streaming and a device on which to stream, but we watch what we want and provide the opinions and commentary.

The Art of Persuasion

“What do you guys want to watch? You can choose between Zootopia, Moana, Secret Life of Pets, or Trolls.

Eddie: MOM! You always give those four. I want to watch something different!

Charlie: ZOOTOPIA

Eddie: You knew he was going to pick that! I’m not picking from that list.

Charlie: It’s Zootopia then because Alice will pick Zootopia and Eddie votes for nothing, so no matter what mom votes for we win. Zootopia.

Eddie: Maybe not. Alice? What do YOU want to watch?

Alice: TOPIA!

Eddie: UGGGGGGG!!!! I’m going downstairs to watch what I want.

Me: No popcorn then. Only movie watchers get popcorn.

Eddie: UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! This is not fair!

<20 minutes later>

Eddie: Charlie! Here comes our favorite part! “You’re dead, Fluff Butt!”

Charlie giggles

Alice: “You dead, Fuf Butt!”

Me: (munching popcorn) told ya so.

We all know that sometimes it takes a bit of creative persuasion to get someone in our house to watch what we want to watch. To be honest, I would have been cool with any of the movies I listed above, but I love Zootopia and I know if I throw it in as a choice, Charlie will pick it every time.

But sometimes, rather than give choices, I just start something. You all want to watch a show? You will watch what I put on.

Ok, some shows don’t take a lot of persuasion.

“Who wants to watch some Beat Bugs?”

“MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

But other shows…

Eddie: Hey Bird, ya wanna watch Trollhunters?

Charlie: No.

Eddie: But it’s really good. There are trolls. And they get hunted.

Charlie: No.

Eddie: You would like it.

Charlie: No.

Maybe Eddie needs this…

This works for grown-ups too. For instance, I love Star Wars. A lot. But I haven’t seen Rogue One yet because it’s apparently hard to get out of the house to go to the theater without kids. Cortney, however, is cool with Star Wars, but hasn’t even seen all of the Original Three.

I KNOW!

Thankfully I have this handy dandy guide to help me persuade him:

Just kidding. All I need to say is, “Hey. Ya wanna watch Rogue One after the kids go to bed?” And he’d be like, “Sure. Let me grab a beer.”

The art of persuasion man.

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*Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. Netflix supplies the streaming and a device to stream it on; we provide our opinions. Beat Bug merch available at Target. Netflix did send us that too. We love it.

How Netflix Helps Us Cheat

We are a family of book lovers. In fact, one of Alice’s first words was “booky,” Charlie pretends to read books to Alice, and Eddie had his nose in a book this morning before I left for school. We get upwards of 40 books a week at the library in the summer and blow through all of them. My To Read pile is almost as tall as I am.

“booky? Peez? Ma Ma?”

We are a family of readers. Cortney read The Hunger Games trilogy and loved it, so I got him Divergent. Although he hasn’t cracked it open yet, I was confident he would.

Then I caught him watching the movie on TV and I was like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU HAVE THE BOOK! YOU CAN’T JUST WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST!”

We do not fool around here.

But I have a confession. Sometimes we cheat on books with Netflix.

It’s true and it’s almost hard for me to type these words, but Netflix has tons of great movies and shows based on books, and some of them we have watched without actually reading the book first.

For instance, we have watched The Jungle Book numerous times without actually having ever read it. Ever. We even own it. Maybe this is Ok, right? Because it’s a kid’s book? Maybe we get a pass?

And Eddie really loves Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The newest one is not my favorite solely based on the ending, but Eddie enjoys the weirdness of it. I will say we have read Roald Dahl’s version, but the boys were pretty little and I know my own Charlie doesn’t remember it. Eddie does, though. And like his mom, he is quick to point out the differences in the movie from the book. Good boy.

I am currently teaching The Giver to my 8th grade students, and I have actually not watched the 2014 movie yet. It’s on Netflix and I plan to watch it this weekend while I’m on midwinter break. But I plan to watch it with Cortney who has not read the book. I’m a cheating enabler!! (It should be noted, though, that he will watch it and become increasingly annoyed with my commentary about how it is not like the book).

Probably our worst offense, however, is that Eddie has been binge-watching A Series of Unfortunate Events and I have been encouraging it–even watching it with him from time to time (I can’t help it, I love Sunny!)–and NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE has ever read ANY of the books.

I AM SO ASHAMED!

But we can’t help ourselves! And I do have the full intention of getting the Lemony Snicket’s books for our home library so the kids (and I) can read them together. Really.

I SWEAR.

So tell me…how do you cheat with Netflix? Do you watch shows before your partner can get to them? Do have a guilty pleasure you let yourself indulge when you should be doing something else? Spill the beans, yo.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Netflix provides a year of streaming and a device for our family to watch it on. I am not paid for this content. The opinions are all our own. I am part of Netflix’s Stream Team, and I love it, yo.

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