Thursday, November 15, 2012

Great DVDs from Scholastic Storybook Treasures That Teach Young Children About U.S. History (Review)

I am glad that the elections are over, as the phone calls have finally stopped, and I don't have to see all the sings in people's yards and along the side of the road.  I was kind of happy when it snowed earlier this month, as it covered the signs.  :-)  But, now that the election is over, I am finding people, including young children are asking what the results mean, and what will happen over the next four years.  Only time will tell.  As for the questions my nephew and his friends have been asking about being a President, I can help answer these questions by sharing two DVDs with them from Scholastic Storybook Treasures -- "So You Want to Be President?" and "Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship."

Prior to receiving review copies, I held a giveaway for "So You Want to Be President?," and was amazed at how many people entered the giveaway, or dropped me an email to tell me they picked up a copy to share with their children, in hopes to teach them about the elections and government.  A few even said their children were having mock elections at their schools.  I thought this was a novel idea, and one that wasn't done when I was in grade school.  It is one thing to read and be lectured to, but when you participate in an election by casting a vote, you begin to realize how important government and the role of the President is.  And, with "So You Want to Be President?" by Scholastic Storybook Treasures, young children will learn what the President does, as well as a Senator's role. This DVD contains four animated stories, which will teach young children about the government and history.  My favorites were "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C." and "I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote."

This DVD is geared towards children ages 5-10, and contains four short stories and bonus features, which are sure to entertain and educate young mind.  And, even though there will not be another Presidential election for another four years, this DVD can be enjoyed and watched over and over again, when you children begin asking about government, politics or history. 

As for "Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship," this is another wonderful Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD that shares stories that celebrate U.S. History.  I can see classrooms using this and other Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs to reiterate what textbook readings teaches young children.  I remember as a child that I enjoyed watching the movies that went along with the school curriculum, but found them at times to be out-dated.  These short stories are a pleasure to watch, and really get you excited about U.S. History.  My favorite on this 4 story DVD was that about the Pilgrims of Plimoth.  And, with Thanksgiving around the corner, this would be a wonderful story to share with your children.

Disclosure: I was sent copies of the above DVDs from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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