Intentional Parenting Family Movies
Talking and Playing for Growth with . . .
Horton Hears a Who!
Social-Emotional Learning — Friendship; Courage.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility; Respect; Caring.
At a Glance — Ages: 4 - 8; MPAA Rating: G; Animated; 2008; 86 minutes; Color.
Description — One day, while having fun in his jungle home, Horton the elephant finds a speck that just happens to contain the entire world of Whoville. Although he can't see tiny Whoville, Horton can sometimes hear it. He decides that he must protect the tiny little Whos, because, as he often states, "A person's a person, no matter how small." Unfortunately, some of the other jungle animals don't agree. They tire of Horton encouraging everyone to use their imagination and to believe in the speck. The jungle mob, led by angry mom Kangaroo, decides to destroy the speck, Whoville, and Horton's imagination, once and for all.
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Benefits of the Movie — The lesson of this tale, "A person's a person, no matter how small" ... or strange, or big, or sick, or fat, or skinny, or who belongs to another ethnic group or who believes in another religion . . . is a lesson that people need to repeat to themselves throughout their lives. This is an entertaining and visually spectacular adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story. It is full of Dr. Seuss' rich vocabulary. He is one of the few storytellers who doesn't "dumb it down" for kids. The Guide contains vocabulary exercises for ten words used in the story that children will probably not already know.
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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.
Horton Hears a Who! is a classic children's tale made into a great animated film that can help parents raise their children.
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