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Watch 16 Short, G-Rated Films for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Keep the whole family further entertained this holiday season with original short Christmas films (animated and live action) released by Shorts International.  Each of the films are G-Rated, average 10-15 minutes long, and are produced by a variety of filmmakers from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

“Once Upon a Christmas Village,” an animated cartoon about a village trying to preserve the magic of Christmas, is voiced by actors Tim Curry and Jim Belushi.  “Mr. Bojagi,” a live action film about a mysterious man with a mind-reading machine, stars legendary British actor Brian Blessed.  Other films include ”Santa’s Little Helper,” about a young woman who finds love with the help of Santa’s elf, and “Santa’s Camels,” about Santa asking camels to help deliver toys to children in the Middle East.

Watch a trailer featuring clips from various  movies below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjsBCBq9UhE

 

Click here to visit Apple’s iTunes store to download the short films.

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Kideo.com Helps Kids Star in Cartoon Videos

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Dora Diego and MeHas your child ever wanted to star in a video featuring Dora the Explorer and Diego?

Kideo.com (a play on “kids” and “video”) gives kids the fun opportunity to upload their photos and customize them in videos that feature popular cartoon characters such as Dora, Diego, Spider-Man, Barney, Care Bears, and more. 

Kids can personalize their own entertainment and enjoy watching themselves go off on adventures with their favorite animated heroes.  Nine scenarios over 20 minutes long are currently available for kids to choose from including “Dora, Diego, and Me!,” “Dora the Explorer: Whose Birthday Is It?,” and “I Am the Amazing Spider-Man.”

Creating the videos are free, but keeping them involve pulling out your credit card–a streaming video costs $7.99, a download costs $9.99, and a DVD costs $19.99.  For a child who loves watching cartoons over and over again, this might be a unique and worthwhile gift for the holidays!

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup10 Controversial Toys That Won’t Be On This Year’s Wish Lists
Ten toys that reached the market over the past few years that probably never should have seen the light of day. [Wallet Pop]

Diaper Research Tracks Infant Estrogen Levels
The method, previously used in nonhuman primates, will allow researchers to learn more about the association between estrogen levels in human infants and their long-term reproductive development as well as the development of sex-specific behaviors, such as toy preference or cognitive differences. What’s more, the method will also allow researchers to look at how early disruption of the endocrine system affects long-term maturation, a growing concern among researchers and physicians. [Medical News Today]

Watch Video: The U.S. Gets Low Marks for Preemie Birth Rates [MSNBC]

Highlighting Gender Promotes Stereotyped Views In Preschoolers
In many preschool classrooms, gender is very noticeable – think of the greeting, “Good morning, boys and girls” or the instruction, “Girls line up on this side, boys on that.” A new study has found that when teachers call attention to gender in these simple ways, children are more likely to express stereotyped views of what activities are appropriate for boys and girls, and which gender they prefer to play with. [Medical News Today]

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, November 12th, 2010

This Week’s Goody Trailer:

Everyone’s favorite karate-chopping panda is making his way back to the big-screen this coming May in the sequel to Kung-Fu Panda. And we have a sneak peek of the new animated film. Check out the teaser trailer now!

So what do you think? Is this going on your must-see list? Or is it a wait-and-see?

This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Barney: Best Fairy Tales

Beyblade: Metal Fusion 1

Franny’s Feet: Farmhouse Friends

Hi-5: Complete Series

Ramona and Beezus

Sesame Street Elmo & Friends: The Letter Quest & Other Magical Tales

The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword Vol. 2

The Wow! I-Want-It-For-Christmas! Goody:

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series

The British Imports of the Week:

The Chronicles of Narnia (BBC Edition)

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

Sherlock: Season One

The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Grown Ups

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Video Tour of a Disney Cruise, Part 3

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In the last video postcard from Disney’s Baltic cruise, Sally Lee and her family take in Russia and Finland–and all the fun offered back on the boat. Check out the vid now or the previous installments by clicking here and here.

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Video Tour of a Disney Cruise, Part 2

Friday, November 5th, 2010

In her next video postcard, Sally Lee and her family continue on their awesome Disney cruise through Europe, with a fun stop in Germany. Check it out now:

Don’t forget to watch part 1 here. And come back next week for the final installment.

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How to make a teacher fall in love with you

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Back to school season is fast approaching and now is a great time to think about how you might volunteer  in your child’s classroom. Every study I’ve read shows that kids do better academically when their parents are actively involved in their schoolwork and education. Of course not everyone has the time and energy to be  class parent or even assistant class parent. But we all have talents that a teacher can put to good use. Love to knit? Bake? Golf? Make model airplanes? Scrapbook? Go share your special skills with a classroom full of kids.  Last year my husband Rob went into my nine year old daughter Gracie’s classroom to teach the fourth graders all about his particular passion: filmmaking. The kids were thrilled. So thrilled, that this year Rob is going back to run an after-school program on filmmaking for kids. Check out one of Gracie’s movie: She’s demonstrates how to build a stick chair in about a minute!

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