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Phonics 4 Babies: Baby's First Words

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Phonics lessons don't beat books and interaction.

Movie NR 2007 75 minutes
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Lewis' positive approach to both discipline and praise is exemplary for the parents of young children. She cheerfully but firmly corrects Giggles when she forgets to use her words to ask for what she wants, or behaves rudely (as when she says, "You are not rude, but your behavior is. You are sweet and kind").

The producers take the task of teaching phonics seriously, including a tongue-in-cheek warning that exposure to the DVD may cause children to grow up to be President and find a cure for the common cold. A few live-action shots of toddlers following Lewis' commands to "close the toy box" and "shut the door" energize the rudimentary computer-generated animation that backs Lewis and her puppets, the Tummy Tots.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 24, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: September 25, 2007
  • Cast: Mallory Lewis
  • Studio: Starz Media
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 75 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: not rated
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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