Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Social-Emotional Learning — Friendship; Courage; Self-Esteem; Disabilities.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility; Respect; Caring.
At a Glance — Age: 5 - 8; MPAA Rating -- PG for mild peril and rude humor; Animated Drama; 2006; 108 minutes; Color.
Description — Mumble lives in a colony of emperor penguins who love to sing. Unfortunately, Mumble can't sing. The only way he can express himself is to dance. Mumble gets teased and leaves the colony. On his adventures, Mumble discovers a colony of Adelie penguins who love to dance. With the help of his new friends, Mumble shows his old community that he can really save the day.
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 — "Happy Feet" is an entertaining movie with catchy songs, thrilling dance numbers, and breathtaking computer-generated Antarctic scenery. It will encourage children to accept others who are disabled or different in some way. It will encourage children who are disabled or who can't fit in to believe in themselves and what they can do. "Happy Feet" talks powerfully about the Golden Rule. It is also a great movie for kids who are interested in dancing or singing. It also introduces children to the vital need to protect our environment.
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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.
"Happy Feet", in the hands of an interested parent or teacher, can teach valuable character lessons while entertaining children.
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