A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Learning is presented as fun, and educational concepts like phonics, counting, and days of the week are reinforced through fun songs and an engaging story.
Tad and Lily learn to transform their school-related fears into excitement. They also empathize with others who are nervous, too.
Positive Role Models
Tad and Lily are typical young kids -- er, frogs -- who are nervous about a new situation, but by the end they’re feeling confident and excited. Older brother Leap is kind and reassuring about school.
Products & Purchases
The movie is part of LeapFrog’s line of Learning Path products, which is promoted through a song in the movie’s introduction and on the DVD packaging. Tad and Lily, along with older brother Leap, are well-known LeapFrog characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the latest educational DVD from popular toymaker LeapFrog focuses on kids' fears about going to school for the first time. What will they have to learn? How will they know what time it is? As the main characters, Tad and Lily, interact with classroom objects and learn about concepts such as phonics, counting, days of the week, and animals, their fears turn to excitement. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Going off to kindergarten can be a scary prospect for kids, and LET'S GO TO SCHOOL could be a big help to parents looking to soothe their kids' nerves. The songs are catchy, and the characters are fun to watch (particularly the clock, who gets a little gruff at times). Young kids will relate to the animated objects and their fears; for example, the blocks keep jumping back in the box because they're scared.
The movie covers a fair bit of educational territory in 35 minutes, perhaps too much to teach younger preschoolers all the concepts from scratch, but kids who are getting ready for kindergarten will enjoy the reinforcement of concepts they've already been introduced to.
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