Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Social-Emotional Learning — Friendship; Teamwork.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Respect; Caring.
At a Glance — Age: 5-8; MPAA Rating -- G; Animated Drama; 1995; 81 minutes; Color.
Description — "Toy Story" is a film about toys coming to life when nobody is looking. Woody, the favorite toy of a young boy named Andy, gets replaced by a fancy new birthday present, "Buzz Lightyear". Woody tries to get rid of Buzz, only to find himself on an adventure in which he must save Buzz from destruction. On the long journey back to the toy box, through a series of challenges, Woody and Buzz become friends.
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 — This movie is highly engaging for children, and also entertaining for adults. It poses the question that so many children wonder about. "What if my toys come alive?" It demonstrates the importance of friendship, perseverance, and respect for property.
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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.
Toy Story is a classic children's animated film.
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