There are two new movies from Leap Frog featuring Scout and friends just in time for the holidays. Scout and Friends: Number Land and Scout and Friends: Phonics Farm. Your little one will love watching and interacting along with the movies all the while learning important math and literacy skills. As a parent, you can feel good about allowing your children to watch these movies, especially knowing there are educational advisers behind these movies who have the education and work experience in order to know what your child should be learning and how. As a mother and an Early Childhood Educator, I find this to be an appealing aspect of these movies.
Scout and Friends: Number Land finds Scout, Violet, Eli, and Penny getting ready to help Rabbit plant seeds. The seeds are split up into number baskets which correspond with the numbers on the rows in the garden. But there is a problem and its name is gopher. The gopher digs holes and not only dumps the baskets but upsets the number stakes in the garden. Scout and his friends figure out that they do not know which numbers come in which order. They must travel to Number Land in order to learn the order in which numbers go. While in Number Land, not only will they find out which numbers come in which order but also how a number looks and associating it with a quantity. All of those aspects of numbers are important pre-math skills for a child to learn. It is important for children to know how to count in route and recognize the numbers visually but it is also just as important for them to understand the meaning of a number. A number is there to represent a quantity. Part of the adventure in Number Land sees the friends counting items and attaching it to the number. There are also elements of sequencing and comparing sizes.
Scout and Friends: Phonics Farm has the group; Scout, Violet, Eli, and Penny traveling to the farm to figure out some new animals, in order to play a better game of “guess who I am”. While at the farm the animals come out in boxes. The friends must figure out what animal is in the box based on the letter they are given before the box opens. There is one animal for every letter of the alphabet, and with the exception of the letter X which is Ox, all the animals start with that letter. There are many literacy aspects in this movie. The children are introduced to the upper and lower case letters, the letters sounds, the concepts that letters and sounds make words, and well as rich vocabulary. As in Number Land there is more than meets the eye with this learning program. There are so many different aspects to literacy that go into a child learning to read. One of the most fundamental is learning what the letters look like as well as the sound they make. Beyond that a child must understand that these letters and sounds make words, and this is what we read. It should also be noted that a diverse vocabulary helps children to learn to read. As they are learning to read and sound out the words it will come easier to them due to the fact that they are already aware of the word. Phonics Farm gives the children a chance to get all of this information without pushing it down their necks. Most children will not even realize the amount of learning that is taking place.
There are many special features included in this two disc set which can enhance your child’s learning, not to mention a really nice plush Scout. The special features include sing-alongs, games, read-alongs, and Parent Curriculum Guide. The read-alongs, feature a Leap Frog book, which is being read aloud. While it is being read the words light up on the screen with certain key concepts emphasized, for instance directional words such as behind, on top, or beside. The Parent Curriculum Guide goes through the aspects of the learning, as well as why and how it is put into the movie. There are also great ideas on how to enhance your child’s learning through games and other activities. Not only are children learning but parents as well. What more could you ask for in a learning DVD.