Heading Overseas? Use Hotel Time As Learning Time For Kids

Posted on: 5 February 2018

Travelling overseas with children is a big adventure, and no matter where you are in the world, you can use every part of your journey as a learning experience. Sight-seeing is an obvious teaching moment, as you can impart information about history and culture. But, how do you use hotel time to educate your kids further? One way is to use the television in your hotel room, so consider your choice of programming when you want to teach your children something new.

Movies as teaching tools

All movies have a teaching lesson in them if you look hard enough, and since you are inside the hotel room, you have a variety of in-room, on-demand movies available through the television remote. You can use any genre of movie as a teaching tool. For example:

  • movies which cover real-life events are a history lesson
  • sports movies are a lesson in fair play and camaraderie
  • movies featuring bullying are a lesson in overcoming conflict

All movies have an age rating at the beginning of each one. Choose a movie that suits the age of your kids, and use the remote to pause the movie at times so you can discuss pivotal scenes with your children. Call in some popcorn via room service to help make the lesson an enjoyable one.

Documentaries for teaching tools

Documentaries are another source of lessons while you are in your hotel room, but if your child is not enthusiastic about watching this type of show, you need to find a way to make it more compelling to capture their interest. One of the best ways to sell a documentary to a child is to choose one which inspires their desire to change the world. A documentary about an endangered animal, for example, teaches lessons about protecting animals from poachers and how to rebuild animal numbers.

You can access documentaries on television both through the on-demand option and through television channels devoted to screening such shows.

It does not matter what you choose to watch with your children; any subject can be used as a teaching lesson if you look for the theme. Even animated movies have an underlying story of family, love and compassion in them. Use your television watching downtime to keep your child's mind active while they are enjoying a new country. As Walt Disney himself once said, "Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children".