Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Kiki's Delivery Service
Social-Emotional Learning — Coming of Age; Talent; Friendship; Courage.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Caring.
At a Glance — Age: 4 - 8; MPAA Rating -- G; Animated; 1989; 103 minutes; Color.
Description — Created by legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, this delightful movie is set in a mythical Japan of the early 20th century. Kiki, the heroine, is a winsome 13-year-old witch. According to the customs of her witch-world, Kiki must leave home for a year and find her own way. And so, along with her wisecracking cat Jiji, Kiki takes off on her broomstick, ending up in a small seaside town. There, after many adventures, Kiki finds her niche.
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 — "Kiki's Delivery Service" tells a sweet, upbeat, and charming story. Kids will watch a girl growing up and learning from her surroundings. Kiki's ingenuity, goofiness, responsibility, courage and kindness make her a great role model. This story reassures children that even when the going gets tough, if you believe in yourself, treat others with respect and kindness, and persevere, you will see your way through.
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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.
Kiki's Delivery Service, created by Hayao Miyazaki, is an excellent movie for children 4 - 8.
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