What Makes a Good DVD?
DVDs, when carefully selected and properly used, are
among the most enjoyable, low cost learning tools for children.
- Entertain and teach
- Stimulate imagination
- Lead a child to reading
For many children, seeing a story on the screen is an incentive to reading it. Children's librarians report that a book televised one day is a book requested the next. For more on books and movies that encourage reading, try these Parents' Choice lists:
And follow these 5 easy steps to choose the best DVDs for your kids ...
- Select stories you liked as a kid.
For example: Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Little Red Riding Hood, Curious George. If you find more than one version look for first rate talent - an actor, musician, animator or film company whose work you know and admire.
- Choose by author.
Writers your child or you may already know - Hans Christian Andersen, Maurice Sendak, Robert McCloskey, Beatrice Potter, Tomi Ungerer, Edward Lear - will seldom let you down.
- Consider movies you enjoyed as a child.
- Ask advice your child's teacher or librarian.
- Get Parents' Choice recommendations.
Review the latest DVD winners or use the Product Finder to search for videos that would be most suitable to your child's age and interests.
- If it's boring, it's bad.
- If it blunts the imagination, it's worse.
- If its purpose is to sell products, be wary of it.
Here are some question to ask yourself as you begin building a video library that will last:
- Do the characters, music, plot and photography come together to make a lively production?
- Does the theme promote values I believe in?
- Does the content provoke thought?
- Does it encourage questions?
- Is the length suitable to my child's attention span?
- Is the film based on the kind of story I want my child to read? Is it a story that may appeal to people of different ages?