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This show highlights the importance of dance education and seeks to educate students in the art of physical movement. Listeners learn new words, how to stretch, dance, match a beat, and more.
The host encourages listeners to "put their screens down" and engage in physical activity, which may be a welcome message for parents to share with their kids. Additionally, the show makes sure to emphasize the importance of being safe while partaking in physical activity.
Positive Role Models
The host is kind and encouraging to kids who are looking to be more physical, without discussing weight-loss. She sprinkles in lessons about perseverance, literacy, and setting goals throughout each episode.
The exercises and movements included in the podcast are inclusive to many different body types, skill-levels, and levels of ability. Episodes take in to consideration listeners of disabilities. Modifications are provided for all exercises.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Listen.Think.Leap! is an educational exercise podcast that teaches kids skills about movement, literacy, and observations. This is a great show for young kids, and will most likely be too "baby-ish" for teens. It could be very helpful in a classroom environment to get kids moving during a gym or English class. Because of each episode's short time length, these lessons could work well for kids with short attention spans or families who just want to take a quick dance break throughout the day. This show is completely void of adult content and entirely geared toward young kids, which may give parents relief in feeling comfortable enough to leave their child alone to listen to the show, if so preferred.
Is It Any Good?
This pod is a unique combination of mental and physical exercising, specifically for younger, elementary-age kids. In Listen.Think.Leap!, families have the opportunity to work on these skills together, and although adults will almost certainly already know these concepts, dancing and learning with the family will help encourage kids to think of education as a fun concept, instead of a chore.The lessons and their delivery aren't repetitive in the slightest, and while older kids and teens may find it to be too simple, this could be fun for families with younger kids to listen to together. Each episode covers several different literary skills and combines them with a physical movement to really help the lesson stick. Additionally, the show's message of ensuring that "every child has access to quality dance education" is admirable, and this pod certainly feels like a big step toward that goal.
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