A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that AngelinaBallerina.com is a fun and entertaining yet advertising-heavy site based on the book series by Katharine Holabird, as well as the television series that can be viewed on PBS Kids. Kids can play interactive games and learn about different styles of dance on the site; they can also use a webcam to watch themselves on the computer screen, as if they were performing on the big stage. Registered members gain access to their own personalized dressing room where they can sit before a magic mirror -- a reflection of the user's face, which can be changed into a variety of funny faces. A profile description is attached to the mirror with the member's favorite color and book, and names of their hometown, pet, and best friend. In the "Dance Studio," Angelina teaches kids pirouettes and tutu turns. She also offers a sing-along section with inspirational lyrics.
Is it any good?
ANGELINA BALLERINA is an engaging site that offers an introduction to the many intriguing Angelina Ballerina characters, which can be a great way to encourage kids to read the series. The site includes coloring pages, bookmarks, and photo frames, along with fun games that are easy to play. Not only will kids be interested in the stationary activities, but they will also enjoy moving to the music. By following Angelina's instructions they can learn different styles of dance and how to improve their techniques. Plus, the parent page has some good tips for moms and dads of dancers.
Unfortunately the site falls short with too many advertisements pushing kids to buy merchandise. Also, the construction of the site is a bit skewed; border ads hinder the view of the movie screen, interfering with some of the most fun activities offered.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different styles of dancing and techniques. List some of your favorite types of dance and discuss different ways to stay active.
Families can also discuss the importance of practicing extracurricular activities and staying active. How does someone become a professional dancer or athlete?