Letter of the Week Movies

Letter of the Week Movies

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Let’s get real here for a second:

My kids love to watch TV.
I let them watch TV.
And they watch a lot of TV.

Whew. I’m glad I got that off my chest. Are we still friends? Or have you found a soul mate mommy in me? Let me know, but don’t be too judgy judgy okay?

Here’s the thing. TV is way different than when I was a kid (which wasn’t really that long ago). I watched crap cartoons and ridiculous sitcoms like these:

Which, believe me, are still available. But there’s also a huge amount of educational TV. I use this to completely and totally justify the amount of television they watch. Dora may be lame, but Nicole has learned the ever-so-useful Spanish word for “open” from Dora. I can see that as a life skill. Diego is much cooler than Dora; and she’s learning about macaws. Believe me, I am not the one to teach my child about macaws. I’ll let little Hispanic American (?) cartoon children with their world passports to teach them about macaws. (Diego even has a rescue pack! Dora just has a stupid backpack. Diego’s rescue pack can turn into anything you want if you say “Actívate!” Take that, Backpack.)

I think I lost track of where this was going in my disdain for Dora the Stupid Explorer.

Oh yeah. The thing is, my kids are watching TV. So let’s pretend it’s educational and tie it into our Letter of the Week curriculum, Walk Beside Me. I made an alphabetized list of movies that are parent approved and kid loved. Some letters were a little hard to come by, so bear with me. For instance, when you learn about the letter M, you can justify their TV watching by saying things like, “Let’s watch Mulan! M is for Mmmmulan!” It feels like a well balanced curriculum that way, am I right? Let’s get started!

A

Alice in Wonderland

Aladdin (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams

B

Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Bob the Builder: The Best of Bob the Builder
The Backyardigans: Big Backyard Adventure

C

Cars 2 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Cars (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Cinderella (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Curious George (Widescreen Edition)

D

Despicable Me
Dumbo
Dinosaur Train

E

Electric Company
Best of Elmo’s World DVD Collection
The Emperor’s New Groove – The New Groove Edition

F

Disney’s Little Einsteins – Rocket’s Firebird Rescue
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Disney Little Einsteins – Flight of the Instrument Fairies

G

The Gruffalo
A Goofy Movie (Walt Disney Gold Collection)

H

Hercules (Gold Collection)
Horton Hears a Who! [Blu-ray]
Happy Feet [Blu-ray]

I

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [Blu-ray]
Ice Age (2-Disc Special Edition)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (Widescreen Edition)

J

The Incredibles (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Gnomeo & Juliet (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

K

Where the Wild Things Are…and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak (Scholastic Storybook Treasures) (the additional stories include some great ones for the letter “K” like “Nutshell Kids.”
The Berenstain Bears: Kindness, Caring, and Sharing

L

The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Lady and the Tramp (Diamond Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
The Land Before Time (Anniversary Edition)

M

Mulan (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Monsters, Inc. (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Megamind (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

N

Finding Nemo (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)
LeapFrog: Numbers Ahoy
The Secret of NIMH [Blu-ray]

O

The Adventures of Milo and Otis [Blu-ray]
Olivia: Olivia

P

Pocahontas (Two-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition)
Peter Pan (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
The Princess and The Frog (Three Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Prince of Egypt
Pinocchio (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Q

Giggle Giggle Quack… and More Stories By Doreen Cronin
Dora the Explorer: Quack! Quack!
Peep and the Big Wide World: Quack Knows It All

R

Rio (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Rango (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Backyardigans: We Arrrr Pirates

S

Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live w/ Blu-ray packaging)
Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set (Shrek / Shrek 2 / Shrek the Third / Shrek Forever After)

T

Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Tarzan (Special Edition)
Tinker Bell [Blu-ray + DVD]Toy Story 3D Trilogy [Blu-ray]

U

Up (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby
Go Diego Go! – Underwater Mystery

V

Veggie Tales Sing Alongs: Very Silly Songs
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories

W

Winnie the Pooh (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
Veggie Tales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s
Wall-E (Two-Disc Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

X

Dora the Explorer – Dora’s Ultimate Adventure Collection
The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound Two (Three-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Donkey X [Blu-ray]
The Missing Lynx [Blu-Ray]

Y

Yo Gabba Gabba!: The Dancey Dance Bunch
Yo Gabba Gabba!: Party in a Box

Z

Sesame Street – Zoe’s Dance Moves
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Barney – Let’s Go to the Zoo
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 9 – The Zoo Train

Movies that Teach the ABC’s

Rock ‘N Learn: Alphabet Sesame Street: Preschool Is Cool! ABCs with Elmo Sesame Street – The Alphabet Jungle Game LeapFrog: Letter Factory LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory LeapFrog: The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park Rock ‘N Learn: Letter Sounds Rock ‘N Learn: Letter Sounds Signing Time Volume 5: ABC Signs DVD Yoga Kids, Vol. 2: ABC’s for Ages 3-6 Disney’s Learning Adventures – Winnie the Pooh – ABC’s Barney: Six-DVD Learning Pack (Now I Know My ABC’s / Numbers Numbers / Rhyme Time Rhythm / Let’s Play School / Red Yellow Blue / It’s Time For Counting)

Wow. That’s a lot of movies. If you scrolled this far, go you! Just a note; this movies are all links that will take you to Amazon. They are affiliate links, and should you decide to buy any, I will get a small percentage of the proceeds. I think I’m legally obligated to tell you that. :)

What do you think of the list? Any movies I should add? Do you use TV as an educational, uh, tool?

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10 Responses to Letter of the Week Movies

  1. Miss Amanda says:

    I love it! I consider us good friends just from this little confession! Just the other day I was in dire need of peace and quiet and thought, gee, we’ve been struggling with numbers, let’s see what’s on Netflix streaming. There happened to be two kid shows that popped up and I let them watch movies about numbers for as long as their attention span would hold them :) yay! by the way, best of luck hiding and not seeking! I’m in that state quite a bit lately :( hide well my friend!

    • Don’t you love Netflix?? Instant gratification – they get to watch the shows they request, and I get a nap. It’s a win-win! Lol. You should try the Leapfrog movies on Netflix. They have several about numbers and we LOVE them!! (I credit the Leapfrog movies for teaching my daughter the sounds of every letter!)

  2. Aimee says:

    Well, I still like you. I use educational videos as part of their curriculum as well. My baby girl is hooked on Dora *ugh* so like you I try to steer her in different directions. Love netflix instant streaming for documentaries and love you tube for old cartoons. Also – PBS kids has some GREAT educational shows – Sid the Science kid is AWESOME! And I almost feel more disappointed than they do if we miss Sesame Street.

    • I LOVE the PBS shows! They are more gender neutral than my all-girl princess typically likes, but I try to push her in that direction as often as possible. SOOO much better than Dora!

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  3. Linda says:

    Super why is also a fun learning show it teaches ABC’s, spelling, and goes through different story books with a ttwist of their own (in the princess and the pea story the princess ate the pea and had a good night sleep lol but now i’m babbling sorry)
    I realized how relient i have been on the tv to calm my munchkins down this last week as my dvd player broke(we only watch dvd’s)and now i face the terrible two’s head on sigh.
    I love your site by the way thank you so much for making it.

    • Ooh, Super Why is awesome! I wish my daughter enjoyed it more, but I can usually talk her into it. The princess and the pea episode is classic–and would be great for learning the letter P of course!

      We don’t have cable, but we do netflix. I love that I can control content they watch without sitting them mindlessly in front of whatever comes on. Plus commercials for kids?? The WORST idea ever, so I love that Netflix doesn’t have them. Now Linda: go buy a dvd player. Save yourself!! Lol.

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