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Experience-Based Learning is now a “Thing”!!

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A(null) lot has happened since I posted about my Experience-Based Learning (“EBL”) idea…The biggest being that I had so much interest that I decided to create a Facebook group! So here it is:

Homeschooling with Experience-Based Learning Facebook Group

Check it out! We now have 190 members, as of the writing of this! And new members trickling in every day!

The most exciting part, though, has been how active this group is! I’ve started, and run, many online groups…it’s often a struggle to get conversations going and continuing regularly. Not on this group! These moms are excited about this new idea and are RUNNING with it!!

Not only that, but they are tweaking the idea to fit their needs! Which is fantastic!!! I love seeing this little idea of mine taken by others and run with!! It’s how homeschooling should be! Take what you like and leave and tweak the rest! Make it fit YOUR family!

I do NOT recommend Young Indiana Jones, the teen years.

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I will be putting a disclaimer on all my reviews so far…but once Indy grows up the show takes a very dark and disturbing turn. There’s very little education involved in it (though it’s still there, just minor), and it’s all about wars and battles and killing. I’m about 5 episodes in and it’s getting worse and worse and frankly I’m tiring of the show. It’s just killing galore. I don’t really need to see this much warfare and hand to hand combat. But I’m going to stick it out and see it all the way through. But it’s getting very rough to keep watching. And my children will not be watching any of this.

There’s even sexual content! So I’m not sure why they deemed this show educational at this point. Early years, yes, 10yr old Indy is adorable and lots of education in this first 5 episodes (which is actually 10, since each 1 and half hour episode is actually 2 episodes edited together.) But starting with episode 6, beware.

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5

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(Volume 1, episode 5 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: India and China
Topics: Discussion of major world religious beliefs, God, spirituality, Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture.

Historical characters this episode:  Jiddu Krishnamurti, Annie Besant, Yen Fu

This episode was a lot deeper than any other so far. I really enjoyed the religious discussions that Indy had with Krishnamurti. Some great insights. Nothing violent or disturbing in the first half to watch out for. Just really interesting insights into the world’s religions, and I really liked the visits to the holy places. Great religious education for our children!

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Indy even tried his hand at meditating. With pretty cute results, LOL!

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Krishnamurti was incredibly insightful for a young child, messiah or not.

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode #4 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 4

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(Volume 1, episode 4 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: Russia and Greece
Topics: Russian Cossacks,  Russian writers, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Philosophy

Historical characters this episode: Leo Tolstoy–Russian author

 

I seriously loved both parts of this episode. I think it may be my favorite so far.

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The first half we have Indy running away from home in Russia and ending up in a bickering friendship with the hilariously crabby Tolstoy. I absolutely LOVED Tolstoy! I wonder how accurate it is to the real life author’s personality? Must do some reading up on that.

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Things to watch for in the first half:

  • In the first half there is a portrayal of the devastation of a gypsy camp by Cossacks. Nothing horrifically graphic, mostly lots of screaming people and torches setting fire to everything…but sensitive kids may find it hard to watch.
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3

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(Volume 1, episode 3 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy
Topics: love, Italian opera, Renaissance art, Galileo and Da Vinci

Historical characters this episode:

  • Giacomo Puccini– Italian opera composer
  • Sigmund Freud— Austrian neurologist, father of psychoanalysis
  • Carl Jung—Austrian psychiatrist/psychotherapist, founder of analytic psychology
  • Alfred Adler—Austrian medical doctor and psychotherapist, founder of school of individual psychology
  • Princess Sophie—daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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The first half of this episode, with Indy falling in love with a little Austrian princess is adorable. Getting advice on love from the famous Freud, Jung and Adler at dinner is too funny!

Things to watch for in the first half:

  • Some sexual references at the dinner with Freud…but it’s pretty funny, especially the ladies’ reactions.
  • That’s pretty much it…it’s a pretty tame episode adventure-wise.