Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Ice Age: The Meltdown
Subjects — The Environment.
Social-Emotional Learning — Friendship; Courage.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility (Taking Care of the Environment).
At a Glance — Ages: 6 - 8; MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and innuendo; Animated; 2006; 91 minutes; Color; Available from Barnesandnoble.com.
Description — Manny, Sid, and Diego are back for another adventure through the snow. This time, however, the Ice Age that they have known and love is slowly starting to melt. They must find dry land before they become washed away.
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Benefits — This movie can help teach children about perseverance, facing fears, being a good friend, and what it takes to be a family. There are also a handful of great vocabulary words, as well as the opportunity to expand your child's knowledge about the Ice Age.
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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.
"Ice Age: The Meltdown" is great entertainment. With this Guide parents and teachers can make it educational, too.
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