We're planning on homeschooling Luthien when she's old enough, in a combination of Montessori and Waldorf styles, which make extensive use of educational materials. However, I'm not averse to the occasional use of educational videos, particularly of the how-to type; depending on the process being shown, there are some steps that are more easily visualized as a moving image than a stationary one or a textual description. We also like the idea of science and history films, especially when they show places we'll probably never visit, microscopic phenomena, and space, and films that show how people live around the world. Winged Migration and March of the Penguins are some of my favorite science-and-nature films. They're slow-moving, low-key, and inspire viewers with the beauty of the natural world. For older children, I like a series of films called Nunavut, which are produced by Inuit from the Canadian Arctic. In these short films, they recreate traditional life skills and activities, such as building an iglu or going on a seal hunt by kayak. Again, the films move slowly and are informative without being full of intrusive special effects. They're available as streaming videos through Isuma Productions, a film and television company in the town of Iglulik, Nunavut, Canada. They created their production company as an effort to produce high-quality multimedia that isn't full of gratuitous violence or other things that clash with their cultural values (a big reason why the town of Iglulik declined several offers to have satellite TV set up in their community; they finally allowed it once native-language, native-values TV stations became available). I hope your summer is going well, Catholic Mama and the rest of the TV-free family!