Updated On: April 21, 2020

Home Alone

Art & Design

Cultural Literacy

Children and Teenagers
Listen: The music for Home Alone was written by John Williams. John Williams, winner of 24 Grammy awards, is one of the most famous movie score composers to ever live. He is the second-most nominated individuals for Academy awards – second to Walt Disney. Look up his work in his Wikipedia article here and get acquainted with his other scores that people so widely recognize. Here is his Spotify page.

Children and Teenagers
Watch: The cardboard cut out NBA player that Kevin attached to the train set is Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan may be the best basketball player ever. He led the Chicago Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. Watch his moves, his air time when he shoots, his long-range three point shots, and his slam dunks in this video to understand why he is so famous to this day around the world.

Illustration

Children and Teenagers
Follow Instructions: Follow a step-by-step illustration tutorial of a tarantula.

Leadership & Entrepreneurism

Children and Teenagers
Teach Passively: Notice the clear product placement on the family’s dining room table. The camera gives a clear view of every Pepsi can and bottle there – no one is drinking anything else. As opposed to the generic pizza delivery brand, this logo stands out. There are other branded products placed in the course of the movie that were likely deliberately placed, too. Businesses pay a lot of money to produce this kind of brand recognition among audience members. You know what the most valuable thing Coca-Cola owns is? It’s their good will – it may be the most internationally-known brand there is. This is more valuable to Coca-Cola than any of their physical assets. That is why Pepsi needs to pay for product placement in movies. That’s how they compete for market share.

Life & Home Skills

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment: Thieves get information in devious ways. This is why we need to know how to protect ourselves online, on the phone, and in our interactions with strangers. In the beginning of Home Alone 1, Harry comes to the house acting as a cop who is concerned about the protection of their home. He asks how the house is being protected to the dad, who tells him. Kevin’s mom volunteers more information about their long international trip. Later, acting as plumbers, they observe the details of homes in the neighborhood and behaviors of the neighbors to reduce the risk of their getting caught for burglary. Ask your kid(s) how learning these sorts of things might help a thief break into a house and steal things.

Values

Virtues

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Love: After Kevin sees a violent scene in a movie he knew he wasn’t supposed to be watching he screams for mom. At this moment hundreds of miles away on an international flight, his mom gets a feeling she forgot something important. At the realization it was Kevin she is overcome with guilt. Mothers have a special connectedness to their children.

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Love: We love our family members much more than we think we do. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this, because family life can be hard and we can get tired of each other. Kevin had it rough. The whole immediate and extended family was annoyed by him. Despite wishing they would disappear, he later missed them dreadfully. It’s better to just love our family without having to learn it the hard way and regret things later.

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Self-Reliance: Kids grow up fast when they don’t rely on their parents. Kevin learned to grocery shop, do laundry, use coupons to get good deals with the money he had, face his fear of the scary basement, and ultimately, protect the house from robbers. Amazingly, Kevin’s new-found courage was what convinced the old man, Marley to finally face his fear after years of not talking with his son and to finally rekindle his relationship.

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Understanding: Rumors about people are often inaccurate and sometimes entirely wrong. Marley was a caring old man who took care of his neighbors. He didn’t have his own family to take care of because of an unfortunate dispute he had with his son years past. The man Kevin feared the most – due to his blind acceptance of the rumors – turned out to be the man who saves him in the end. This is why it is important to seek understanding.

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