Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Social-Emotional Learning — Friendship; Caring for Animals; Courage.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility; Respect; Caring.
At a Glance — Age: 5 - 8; MPAA Rating -- G; Drama; 1995; 89 minutes; Color.
Description — Babe is a pig born in a cavernous factory farm with thousands of other pigs. By chance, Babe is selected to be the prize for a raffle at the county fair. He is awarded to Farmer Hoggett, a tall, eccentric man who raises sheep. At Hoggett Farm, a mother sheepdog takes care of the orphaned piglet. Babe grows into a friendly, caring animal who shows that he can do anything he sets his mind to . . . and he is determined to be a sheepdog.
Every Guide to Talking and Playing With Movies contains film-related discussion prompts, games, and a short story related to the themes of the film.
Each Guide helps parents and teachers use family movies to enhance verbal development, increase social-emotional learning, and foster character education.
Benefits of the Movie — "Babe" is a great film for kids of all ages, teaching important lessons about friendship, perseverance, and the benefits of being a nice person. It's filled with many different animals and shows life on a small farm from the animal's point of view.
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For a more complete explanation of how to use movies to foster development through talk and play, see Ideas for Talking and Playing Using Family Movies. Babysitters can better serve their charges by talking with children about the movies children watch and organizing games based on situations in the films. See How Babysitters Can Enhance Verbal Development and Social-Emotional Learning.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against putting children age 2 or younger in front of a screen. For children 3 and above it recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of educational, nonviolent programs each day. For these children family movies are a great way for intentional parents to use entertainment to enhance a child's verbal skills, social and emotional learning and character education.
"Babe" is great entertainment. With this Guide parents and teachers can make it educational, too.
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