Educational DVDs?

Are there any DVDs that your kids have loved?  I’m looking for engaging DVDs that cover pre-school concepts like colors, shapes, numbers, letters, etc.  Monkey has learned so many signs from the Signing Time DVDs, we’re hoping to capitalize on this mode of learning to fill in gaps and firm up what he already knows in some cases.

What other techniques do you find work well?  We’re trying to come up with a list of learning activities for Duhdee and Monkey for this summer break.  Monkey is NOT a fan of board games, puzzles or flash cards *sigh* what creative ways have you found that you’ll share? 

4 thoughts on “Educational DVDs?

  • June 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm
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    The boys used to like Richard Scarry’s Best ABC Video Ever and the Best Counting Video Ever, and there was one more, I think. I’m assuming that they’re on DVD now!
    Starfall.com is great for ABC’s and phonics.
    The boys aren’t big fans of board games, but Trouble is one that they will play…Monkey is probably a little young for that.
    Do you know about Mailbox magazines? I like those.
    So much of what we did was random stuff—still is. I let you know if any creative memories pop into my head.

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  • June 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm
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    Elmo. We love Elmo. And Blues Clues sometimes because it’s a tad calmer than Elmo. He started naming the shapes with the main character right away. Elmo’s Potty Time is especially good. Scholastic also has dvds out now that are basically classic books set to music and a little animation. David has one with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and I think 6 other stories. I like it because it’s hard to get him to sit and listen to a book anymore, but at least he is getting some language exposure. I don’t like Little Einsteins. They talk too much about music terms and not enough about fundamental math. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse does, though. I think someone gave us a Singing Time dvd. I’ll have to check that out.

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  • June 10, 2008 at 8:43 pm
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    The Richard Scarry DVDs are on my list, they get great reviews. I’ll have to check out all the other stuff here, some great ideas.

    I asked the home school group/list for ideas and Brainy Baby and Leap Frog were mentioned as well, I’ve requested those through my library so we can test drive them 🙂

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  • June 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm
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    We have one Leap Frog dvd that is good. I totally forgot about it, though, because when we watched it it was way beyond Punkin’s level. Maybe in a year or two…. But I bet they have ones that are appropriate.

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