A lot of parents ask me ways their child can practice reading at home. Below is a list of reading resources shared by my reading specialist that supports student learning in school and at home. I have used a lot of these resources. My personal favorite for teachers is Readworks.
Today, the fourth and fifth grade students had the opportunity to see the movie “Wonder”. It is a highly recommended film for teaching kindness and for starting a discussion about how to include others who are different than you. Based on the book, “Wonder”, Auggie, the main character, has extreme congenital facial anomalies and starts public school for the first time. He has had 27 surgeries and often wears an astronaut helmet to hide his face.
“I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid….I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go… It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people… To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”
The movie does a great job diving into the emotions of the boy Auggie, his friends, his family, and the people he comes in contact with at school.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Be kind to people who are different
One kind action can have a ripple effect
Strengths of the Movie:
Emotions of the main character are shown clearly and makes him highly relatable
Reinforces the idea that every child, no matter how they look or what they do, want to build genuine friendships with others
One brave act can inspire other children to do the right thing
Possible Considerations Before Watching the Movie:
It is rated PG
Some kissing moments between the mom and dad, and the sister and her boyfriend (our students tended to react with EWWW and laughing at these parts)
Some scenes of adults drinking wine and there is a mention of getting drunk once in the movie
Also, there are fighting scenes between the boys/students (which is praised by the dad)