A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
Tomorrow is the first day of school for frog siblings Tad and Lily, and they’re both a little scared! Their firefly pal Edison takes them on a magical tour of their classroom, where they discover that the objects in the classroom are just as nervous. As they interact with classroom objects like blocks, the calendar, and the clock, Tad and Lily get a taste of what’s in store -- phonics, counting, days of the week, and more. By the end of the DVD, everyone is looking forward to the first day of school.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how kids sometimes feel nervous and uncertain about starting school for the first time. What are Tad and Lily nervous about? How are those fears resolved by the end of the movie?
What learning concepts do preschoolers already know? How high can they count? Do they know the ABCs?
What can kids expect from the first day of school?