Intentional Parenting Family Movies
The Lorax*Note: The Development of This Guide is Still in Progress.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility; Citizenship.
At a Glance — Age: 5 - 8; MPAA Rating -- PG; Animated; 2012; 86 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.
Description — The Lorax is adapted from Dr. Seuss' famous book of the same name. In this thought-provoking tale, a young boy, Ted, seeks to impress his crush by finding her a tree. Thneedville, where they live, has no trees at all, and Ted learns that this is the work of a man called the Once-ler. The Once-ler tells Ted about the Lorax, a creature who had protected the wonderful Truffula trees. The Once-ler chopped down all of the Truffula trees in existence, trying to build up his business and become successful. This hurt the environment, and Thneedville, taking away all the clean air and beauty of nature. Ted, working with the Once-ler, convinces the town to fight back for their right to have clean air and a healthy place to live, and a very special Truffula tree grows once again.
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 — This movie teaches children about the importance of protecting their environment and that nature is not something disposable and pointless. It shows the power of perseverance and warns against the dangers of being too greedy and of not thinking about others.
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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.
Talking and playing based on family movies is an excellent way to enhance verbal skills and foster social and emotional learning. It's also a great opportunity for character education and increases communication between parent and child. When fathers and mothers make entertainment an engine for their child's growth and development, they are practicing intentional parenting at its best.
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