A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As an instructional video only, no social behaviors are modeled though all the animated letter characters are smiling and cheery.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD is aimed at children as young as 15 months, but both Common Sense Media and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest no screen time at all until age 2. This instructional DVD is designed to augment pre-k and kindergarten reading lessons, not to stand alone as entertainment. The repetition may torture parents, but there's no denying the elegant simplicity of the approach. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The DVD keeps its approach simple, and if kids can put up with the utter lack of action, it certainly would underpin more comprehensive reading lessons. Meet the Sight Words is organized nicely for parents and teachers, including mini-lessons of four or five words, video flashcards, and games to build confidence in recognition. The constant is that each sight word is always associated with its animated version to jog kids' memories.
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