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The ParaNorman Local Legends Schools and Libraries Initiative

Right From the Start will soon be reviewing this new DVD and offering readers the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway. In the meantime I wanted to share an initiative for schools and libraries in association with the release.

ParaNorman is a stunning animation which is the 1st ever stop motion film to utilize full-color 3D for replacement animation. The marvel concerns the misadventure of a young outsider called Norman who becomes a hero and saves his town.

The School and Libraries Initiative is targeted at children aged 7 – 10 years and aims to promote the opportunity that the film provides to explore the themes of local legends and individuality.

The initiative will provide a complete, high calibre teaching solution (creative, exciting and fully integrated into the National Curriculum) for Year 5 & 6 teachers that seamlessly works ParaNorman into a week of cross-curricular lesson plans
Additionally it will provide a complete library event that engages 7-10 year olds, encourages research and promotes ParaNorman. The event is linked to their local community and cements the place of the library within the children’s locality.
This is based around the idea of each community having its own local legends, ghost stories, folklore, oral history or unique characters.

In the classroom children will research or create these (e.g. you could create a school legend of your own) using history, geography, creative writing, art and drama.

In the library setting this will take the form of an event using local stories and history as a starting point, inviting local historians, museums, actors and writers in to take part.
Throughout the process, teachers and librarians will be using Norman’s tale as an example and using ParaNorman resources to illustrate their teaching/discussion points.
Participating groups will showcase their creative work (work that runs with the themes of ParaNorman) to Universal for a chance to win £1000 of media equipment  for schools and  funding for a children’s reading area makeover  for libraries.

Suggested ways of doing this are creating an online album, writing a class ‘local’ newspaper, writing a play about their local legend, creating a mural, creating a storyboard or flick book for a stop-motion short story.
Resource packs will be mailed out to participating schools and libraries. These will include the following:
o Covering letter with hints, tips and a drive to online resources for the teacher or librarian
o Poster for classroom/event poster for library
o ParaNorman giveaways (stickers, bookmarks, postcards, masks)
o ParaNorman Local Legends Reporter’s Notebook – a fully branded 8pp notebook with space for children to write their findings, draw and map their discoveries. This will also include an incentive to purchase the DVD.

Schools and libraries can register by visiting http://www.paranormanlegends.co.uk . Lesson plans will be available to download from the site from 14th January.  The first 100 schools to register will receive a complimentary DVD pack and a hard copy of the lesson plans.

The DVD is released in the UK on 28th January Blu-ray, 3D and DVD pack RRP £24.99, DVD RRP £19.99.


Tots 100 Film Club – Looney Tunes Big Faces Box Set

Following the success of last months Bugs Bunny Review, this month I chose to review a Box
Set of Looney Tunes favourites. As I have an Upcoming 10 hour flight to Seattle with 3 kids, I thought this would be perfect for keeping them amused.
What a fabulous box set this is. It contains 10 DVDs featuring Looney Tunes favourites such as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Porky Pig,Road Runner and Taz. Each DVD focuses on one character and features at least 10 episodes. The Tom and Jerry one kept them going for 2 hours in the car.
The episodes include all the old classics that we remember as kids, in fact the Porky Pig DVD begins with black and white episodes. It’s been great watching all the old Tom and Jerry classics.
My 3 year old loves the road runner and kept commenting on the fact that Wile e coyote kept getting hurt.
They have watched Tom and Jerry before but on the whole the Looney toons concept was new

Mummy why aren’t they talking?

I can highly recommend this DVD great value for money and it will definitely be accompanying us on our plane journey.


Leapfrog Maths Adventure to the Moon–A Review and the chance to win one of 3 copies.

Maths Adventure DVD 3DI wouldn’t recommend that you teach a child mathematical concepts via a DVD, however for all of us the electronic babysitter is at times a necessary evil .  If the kids are going to watch DVDs without me I’d like to know that it’s well made and entertaining and if it’s educational too that’s an added bonus.  Our kids watch DVDs in the car on long journeys, I think my husband may throw the Mr Men out of the window if he hears the music one more time, so a new addition to the collection is always welcome.

My 2 year old and 7 year old watched the DVD together, I didn’t expect the 7 year old to enjoy a DVD about counting but actually it has lots of levels and would appeal to a mixture of ages.  She managed to watch it till the end and  I even caught her joining in with the counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  The story revolves around  Tad and Lily ,a girl and a boy frog who are finding maths difficult and go on a journey to space where they see how maths can be applied in all kinds of contexts.MathsAdv1  It explores simple concepts like counting to 10, but also counting backwards, counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s , following repeated patterns, sorting by shape, size and colour and simple addition. Many of these are introduced using a catchy song helping to engage the younger children.  My 2 year old has asked to watch it again after watching a few times so I think it will be popular with her.  I would say it is ideally suited to children aged between 2 and 6. It lasts around 40 minutes and there are additional features including 5 songs and a sorting game.

It is a good quality, entertaining DVD that I think children would enjoy for a number of years before growing out of it.  Don’t use it as a quick fix to teach your child maths, but if you want to use it to back up playful, active mathematical learning then I think it is a good choice.

This never before seen on television title is released on May 9th with an RRP. of £9.99. 

I have 3 copies of this DVD to give away.  To be in with a chance simply subscribe to my blog or post a comment on any of my posts before 9th May .  Winners will be chosen at random on that date.

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