Letter of the Week Movies
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
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!
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)
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
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)
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]
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)
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]
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]
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?