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    1. Leap Frog - Letter Factory
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    2. Leap Frog - Talking Words Factory
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    3. 1-2-3 Magic - Managing difficult
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    1. Leap Frog - Letter Factory
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    Asin: B0000INU7C
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 39
    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    The Letter Factory follows popular LeapFrog characters Leap, Lily, Tad and wacky Professor Quigley on their wild adventure through The Letter Factory. Here, these engaging characters tour various rooms where each letter of the alphabet is learning to pronounce its sound. For example, the letter Cs are in the freezer room where it is "Ccc-Ccc-Ccc-COLD." Featuring original songs designed to educate and entertain, The Letter Factory teaches children ages 2-5 letters, phonics and listening skills while fostering language development. ... Read more

    Reviews (58)

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent video for preschoolers
    We love this video. We borrowed it from the library for 1 week and my 2 year old and 3 1/2 year old watched it over and over. I thought a week would be enough, but my girls don't want to give it back, so we are going to buy one. I was very surprized to here them repeating the letters and their sounds after the first time they watched it. I also have a one year old who watches it and has started making a few of the letter sounds. The only other movies my kids enjoy watching this much are the Dora ones and the Cookie Monster's Best Bites, and they are not nearly as educational. I don't like my girls to watch a lot of TV, but this movie gives me a break, makes them happy, and helps them learn all the letters and sounds in a fun way. It also encourages my daughter to use her Leap Pad Phonics book 1 which teaches the letters and sounds with the same songs as in the movie. I think this movie is great and I hope they make more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Video! Very Educational!
    We purchased this video for our 3 yr. old preschooler for Christmas, so we've only had it for a week... but all I have to say is WOW! I've been spending a lot of time in the last few months teaching my son his letters. He really only seemed to "get" a few of them. After watching this video a few times, he now identifies most of the letters!
    The video introduces each letter by taking Tad into each letter's "room" where the letter is practicing making its sound. For example, the A's are scared by a silly monster and yell "Aaaahh". They give letters names like "tap dancing T" and "karate kicking K" which help children to remember the sound leach letter makes. My son really enjoys the video and asks to watch it quite often.
    I bought this video in addition to the Leap Frog magnetic refrigerator letters--and both items reinforce one another and the concept of letter recognition and letter sounds.

    As a mother of a preschooler and an elementary school teacher, I highly recommend this video. I think it's an excellent tool for teaching preschoolers to recognize the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best video for toddlers ever
    This is my daughter's favourite video - it is sooo positive. Funny to see that a cup of tea needs salt and not sugar (but of course trying to avoid sugar in kids diets).
    Wish that more videos were as positive as this could be produced - leaves the quality of many, many others behind.

    Future videos will hopefully show a girl such as Lily as a featured person.
    PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE POSITIVE AND EDUCTIONAL VIDEOS/DVDs FOR TODDLERS - THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF THEM

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning made fun and easy!
    This is by far the best DVD I have bought for my 2 1/2 year old son. He is always asking to "Watch ABCs" He loves it. But most importantly, he's learning. Letter Factory makes it easy for toddlers and preschoolers to associate the letters with the sounds. Yesterday we were playing with his letter magnets. I was so surprised when he was naming the letters as he put them on the refrigerator and even more surprised when he told me what sound some of them made!! I can't wait to buy the word dvd!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clever system
    This video is the cleverest, most entertaining way of teaching phonics I have seen yet. Although I'm not a great fan of the Leap Frog graphics, they do have a catchy way of making you remember all the sounds. I think my three year eight month old son pretty much memorized all the sounds after watching the video just three or four times. We followed up with the Word Factory, so now he understands the concept of letters combining phonetically to make words.

    It's not one of his favorite videos, but I think that he already learned the lessons to be learned, so it was money well spent. ... Read more


    2. Leap Frog - Talking Words Factory
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    Asin: B0000INU72
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    Sales Rank: 23
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    Produced to complement The Letter Factory by LeapFrog, The Talking Words Factory takes the educational process to the next level by focusing on word construction, rhyming and vocabulary. In the video, Leap, Lily and Tad journey to the Talking Words Factory where machines like the Word Whammer and Sticky-Icky-O-Rama make a group of letters into words. The Talking Words Factory also incorporates humorous songs to engage children ages three and up. ... Read more

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great video from Leap Frog
    After learning their letters and phonics in less than 2 days from watching the Letter Factory video, I decided to go out and buy the Word Factory video for my boys (just turned 3 & 4). You cannot beat the price, Walmart and Target had the DVD for just $9.99! Both of the boys love this video too, especially my 4 year old. He has learned all about the vowels A,E,I,O,U and how they stick the words together like glue. It's got very catchy tunes and lots of colors to keep thier attention. They have no idea they are learning how to read, just that they are watching TV! I am so impressed with both of the videos (Letter and Word Factory) I just hope Leap Frog continues to make more with the same great quality. At the beginning of the Word Factory, Tad is playing with his Dad with Leap Frog Letter Flash Cards, I REALLY hope to see them in stores soon, my son asks me for them EVERY time we watch the video. Everyone must go buy both of the videos, the price is great and the investment is priceless!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Our Boys loved it!
    We have a 4 year old and a six year old. It was a great introduction to our 4 year old and a fantastic review for our 6 year old. They want to watch it over and over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The DVD includes a great game!
    The PS2 is a great way to let you your child take advantage of the letter game on this dvd. You can play the game with the dvd remote, but my son kept messing up the settings on the dvd player.

    Since the PS2 is very capable of playing dvds it seemed like a good idea to play the dvd in the PS2 and let him use the game controller.

    The game is very good. It displays all of the letters and tells them a sound. Then they try and find the correct letter that goes with the sound they just heard. The most frustrating one for us is the "m" and "n" sounds, becuase they sound very much the same.

    The game lets them try twice, and if they don't find the correct letter it plays the section of the movie that helps them remember which letter makes the sound they were hearing.

    Overall, the game (AND THE MOVIE) are excellent, and I'm extremely happy!

    I strongly think that this is my all time favorite leap frog product! It taught my son a lot about PHONICS in 2 days! Prior to this video we use to spend 2 days on trying to learn just one letter!

    This movie makes learning phonics FUN for kids, and makes me one very happy parent!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
    I just had to state how amazing this video is. I just spent 2 weeks with my daughter, son-in-law, grand daughter and brand new grand son. My grand daughter is 23 months old and she knows all her letters. She can pick them out at random anywhere a letter appears. She knows the names of the letters and their sounds. She has been doing this since they brought the letter factory into their home when she was only 21 months old. Well, it is time for her 2nd birthday and the best present I can send her is the Word Factory. Now Leap Frog needs to come up with number and color videos!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Waiting for more Leap Frog videos...
    We bought this video for our son months ago, and he STILL loves to watch it over anything else he can choose from. Not only did it help him to learn his alphabet, but he thoroughly enjoyed learning it as well. He loved this video so much he would walk around all day asking us things like, "What does the 'A' say?" with a huge smile on his face when he'd say the letter sounds before us. When he saw the Words Factory video in the store, he was as excited as we were to get him started on that one as well. We can't wait to see what Leap Frog videos will follow. It would be great to see some Leap Frog videos dedicated to learning numbers as well. *hint, hint* We hope you all enjoy this video as much as we have. It's a keeper, without a doubt! I recommend it for any child. ... Read more


    3. 1-2-3 Magic - Managing difficult Behavior in Children 2-12
    Director: Ned Miller
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    Asin: 6301924967
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 688
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This 1990 production has been getting good words on Web parentingmessage boards and for good reason: it works. Dr. Thomas Phelan, a clinicalpsychologist, developed the program for his own children when they were young and in the thralls of hyperactivity and sibling rivalry. The two-hour show features his explanation of the program interspersed with dramatic scenarios and parent testimonials. The corny vignettes and repetitivetestimonials are somewhat extraneous, but the nut of the information isinvaluable. Phelan urges parents to get away from explaining everything to kids,who aren't listening to you anyway, he says, but he's not a spanking advocateeither. His approach is rational and simple: counting and then time-out.You've done that, you say? Well, watch the tape and see what you're doingwrong. His method has been honed by parents and teachers who have come back to him with refinements. These include ways to encourage kids to start good behaviors once the bad behaviors are under control. Phelan is personable anddryly funny (think parents as wild-animal trainers), and the absence of a hard- sell tone makes watching this production a pleasant experience. --KimberlyHeinrichs ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars New Stress Reliever- 1-2-3 Magic!
    I'm a 34 year old, stay at home Mom, trying to raise a 6 year old daughter. She's a very demanding,stubborn,and mature child. I'm also raising a 16 year old with Down's Syndrome,and my husband is away alot with work. Before I saw the video of 1-2-3 Magic,I was at my wits end with my little tyrant,who was definitely running my home. Every supper time was horendous,getting out the door in the morning was the same. She was upsetting the whole family and I'd basically tried everything. She didn't like what was put before her for supper,and never finished it. Her focus was on dessert. Getting up for school and out the door in the morning was just as bad. She didn't have anything to wear and what she did have was stupid,according to her. I tried punishing her with the usual things like "time out",I yelled at her when my patience was gone,I took away her privileges,nothing worked. When I was asked to view this video 1-2-3 Magic,I was skepticle,but agreed anyway. After just a few minutes,I grabbed a pen and paper and started making notes. It was as if Dr.Phlen actually knew me and my child personally. That same day after watching the video,I waited patiently for my beloved 6 year old to come home,and I sat her down and explained briefly,the way things were going to be around here. I picked some things out of the video that was applicable to my child,and instantly started incorporating them. She was appalled that she had to start "paying me" for doing "her" chores,only if "she" refused to do them herself of course. She has also started making her bed before going to school in the morning,and getting better at the supper table. I would definitely incourage all parents to watch this video,it sure changed my family's life for the better. It was a relief! Thank-you Dr.Phelan for relieving some of my stress and enjoying my beloved 6 year old again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It really is magic!
    I have seen this technique work with really hard kids, the kids nothing else works for. Many other parents love the technique; so much so that they tend to STEAL my video and I've had to buy several over the years. The book is simply not the same. The best thing is: it works at my house with my fiesty 4-year old!

    5-0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time
    As a school social worker in two elementary schools (the technique is recommended for kids 2-12)I often am asked by parents how they should deal with their child's behaivor at home. The complaint is that the child will argue, refuse, question ("why? Why? Why?!), threatening ("I'll run away"), try to use guilt (" but you let Jimmy do it" ((resist the temptation to say that you like Jimmy better!)) and so on to get what they want. What I LOVE about this book is that it is easy to use! It teachs parents how to recognize what I call baiting behavior and address it in a non-emotional and non-wordy manner.

    I have given this video (2-hours in length so get your popcorn ready) to countless parents and I have had NOT ONE negative response yet! If I call to check up on the progress at home and they do tell me things are getting a little rough again I ask them "are you still using the 1-2-3 Majic?" If they say "no, I kind of got away from that". I tell them to get back to using it! Consistency is the key and it ain't hard!

    I'd also like to dispell the myth that using 1-2-3 is giving the child three chances to misbehave. This is ridiculous! Children are allowed imprefection, and a simple reminder or warning ("That's one") let's them know that their behavior is inappropriate. If they do it again they may be limit testing but this is developmentally appropriate at all ages ("That's two.) I guarentee you, if you even get to "three" it will be mostly in the beginning when they are trying to see if you will actually follow through with your consequence. And of course if the misbehavior is hitting or something equally bad you don't count from one; you go right to "That's three. Take 5."!

    Funny, when I was using this with my 8-year-old daughter she tested me just like they said she might (mocking me in a sassy voice "that's one") I just kept calm and said "That's two". She didn't say a word after that! If you want a simple to follow plan for dealing with back-talk, manipulation, rude comments, begging, etc. that works like majic this is seriously IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "1-2-3 MAGIC" REALLY WORKS
    I've used the "1-2-3 Magic" principles with kids with behavior problems who I was counseling, and my own grandkids, and also used the video in parenting classes which I was teaching to other parents and teachers. These methods really work.

    Dr. Phelan presents simple, straightforward methods to deal with kids ages 2-12, with before and after vignettes, and with wit and humor. He covers many problem situations such as a kid acting out when the parent is on the phone or when you're out shopping together or in the car on a trip, always with authority and humor.

    I reviewed numerous videos when I was counseling grade-school and high-school age kids who had behavior and/or academic problems, and their parents; I found nothing else which comes close to "1-2-3 Magic" for providing sound principles and methods for dealing with them. This is a complete system for dealing with kids ages 2-12. It also provides a good foundation for dealing with teenagers, though there are some more principles which are needed for teens (and the best source I've found for these principles are in one of Dr. Phelan's books, "How to Survive Your Adolescents".)

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1-2-3 Magic insights are 'real-world' and they WORK!
    Our local elementary school counselor offered to lend this video to any parent who was open-minded enough to watch and listen. My husband and I borrowed it, and were pleased to find that Thomas Phelan's suggests an approach to parenting that reflects: parents don't need to share parenting control with our children, we ARE the parents! Part-way into the school year we teamed with the teachers to employ the tactics Phelan describes, and watched our boy chose better behavior and attitude, then improve his grades significantly -- without bribing, cajoling, begging, yelling, or concocting exhausting and ineffective 'shared-control' parenting schemes (as prescribed by some other 'parenting experts') to outwit him! We've now purchased it so we can refresh our knowledge as needed. ... Read more


    4. Schoolhouse Rock! - America Rock
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    Asin: 1569494088
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 6395
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    Once upon a time kids learned many of their school lessons in the three-minute episodes of Schoolhouse Rock. These educational cartoons came on during the commercial breaks of the less-than-edifying Saturday morning fare in the 1970s, and despite their healthy content, kids stayed glued to the screen to sing along to the somewhat psychedelic cartoons. Countless children hummed their way through social studies. The Preamble to the Constitution is much easier to remember when it's set to music. And everyone who saw the cartoon remembers how a bill becomes a law ("Oh, I'm just a bill, a lonely old bill, sitting here on Capitol Hill").These and eight other shorts make up America Rock, a 30-minute program that will stir patriotism and teach kids a bit of history.Whether you're an adult who remembers fondly his Schoolhouse Rock days or a parent trying to help a child with school, this selection will have you singing that "knowledge is power." A bonus cartoon of "My Hero Zero," performed by the Lemonheads, is included at the end. --Jenny Brown ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No More Kings-An fun and educational video
    Jason Goode
    Period 4
    11/4/02

    It was one of the most significant events in American History when the Americans revolutionized against the British. The Schoolhouse Rock version of this event, entitled "No More Kings", is very entertaining and educational for children between the ages of seven and ten. It was appropriate and fun for the following reasons. Firstly, the creators simplified the events, therefore making it easier for children to comprehend. Secondly, it is illustrated with humorous cartoons, so that it is fun to watch and listen to. In addition, it is simply is educational, and will give kids a jump start on American History. Lastly, since the song is shown on television, the events in history, such as the Boston Tea Party were drawn out. Visuals always help young children remember things. As parents or teachers can tell, "No More Kings" is a great way to get kids or students to learn our country's history while having fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Schoolhouse Rock - The Shot Heard Round the World
    It was one of the most significant events in American History when the Americans revolutionized against the British. The schoolhouse Rock version of this event, entitled "No More Kings", is very entertaining and educational for children between the ages of seven through ten, It was appropriate and fun for the following reasons. Firstly, creators simplified the events, therefore making it easier for children to comprehend. Secondly, it is illustrated with humorous cartoons, so that it is fun to watch and listen to. In addition, it is simply educational and will give kids a jump start on American History. Lastly, since the song is shown on television, the events in history, such as the Boston Tea Party, are drawn out. Visuals always help young children remember things. As parents and teachers can tell, "No More Kings" is a great way to get children and students to learn our country's history while having fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling mother of five
    Well, i am here to say this is a fabulous tool! I watched all of these as a child and have shared them with my children. For those of you with the less than 5 star reviews let me say...This is not meant to be an exhaustive history lesson! It is a great way to introduce children to the history of our country. Something that, in my experience, schools made very boring. My children love history. If you find it not as accurate then be the one to take the next step and research it with your kids. I would agree it is geared toward younger kids but not that older kids would find it "stupid" at all! These reviews were pretty harsh. Also, the pilgrims DID plant food. Yes, the indians taught them everything and saved them but i wouldn't call that an inaccuracy. The movie just didn't get that deep into it. Come on now it is only a half hour! I highly recommend this to children of all ages. It opens the door to questions and conversations about our country that may not be raised otherwise. The music is very catchy and stays with you. It is plain and simple fun while being educational at the same time. Don't let the negative reviews sway you. This is a great video series and I highly recommend it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Schoolhouse Rock! teachers U.S. history and government
    All right, boys and girls, here is a little ditty that has got to jog your memory:

    I'm just a bill,
    Yes, I'm only a bill,
    And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
    Well, it's a long, long journey
    To the capital city,
    It's a long, long wait
    While I'm sitting in committee,
    But I know I'll be a law someday...
    At least I hope and pray that I will,
    But today I'm still just a bill.

    "Schoolhouse Rock! America Rock" collects the mini-cartoons ABC aired on the television in the mid-1970s and taught a generation of children about government and history (as well as grammar, science, and math in other rock counterparts). The ten America rocks are done in pretty much chronological order, with "No More Kings," "Fireworks" and "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" covering the founding of America, the Declaration of Independence, and the start of the American Revolution. I would be willing to bet that most of the kids in this country who can recite the Preamble to the Constitution learned it from "The Preamble" (or the "Star Trek" episode "The Omega Glory"). "Elbow Room" covers America going West while "The Great American Melting Pot" celebrates American diversity. Great American inventors get their due in "Mother Necessity" and "Sufferin' till Suffrage" covers women getting the right to vote. But the most popular one here has got to be "I'm Just a Bill," which explains how a bill comes a law in terms so simple that even a first term Congressman could understand it. "Three-Ring Government" explains the separation of powers between the three branches, and then there is also a bonus video of the Lemonheads doing "My Hero Zero."

    Granted, American History might not lend itself to 3-minute lessons as well as basic principles of grammar or mathematics, but these are still so much fun. Too bad there were not more of these (how would Schoolhouse Rock! have explained the Civil War or the Great Depression?), because they are just a lot of fun and then do a great job of driving a few essential points home in each lesson. "America Rock" is just the hook. It is up to history teachers and parents to provide the line. Even for more advanced students teachers can get some mileage out of these by showing them to students and either getting them to critique these (what inventors should be added?) or to be creative and write the script for their own (e.g., "Andy Jackson says no thanks to the National Bank!").

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is awesome dude
    School House Rock is mad awesome cool! I love all the song, like i'm just a bill. i memorized the preamble cause of the preamble song thing. peace ... Read more


    5. The Best of Schoolhouse Rock! - 30th Anniversary Edition
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    Asin: B000063W82
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    Sales Rank: 63
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    Admit it: if it weren't for Schoolhouse Rock, you probably couldn't recite the preamble to the Constitution, and you might be fuzzy on the function of conjunctions, too. All the more reason to cue up the 30th-anniversary video, which culls 25 fan-selected favorites ("I'm Just a Bill," "My Hero Zero") plus a new, informative and wacky Electoral College number. The countdown, kind of like Casey Kasem's of the same era, reaches out to old-school Schoolhouse Rockers with instant recognizability (number 25 is the frontier-busting "Elbow Room"), but better yet, the science, math, grammar, and history bits burst through the decades dust bunny-free--verbs are still happening, and Interplanet Janet's intergalactic gusto still seems groovy. Turn it off halfway though and a flurry of interjections from a new flock of 4- to 10-year-olds may fly. --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Schoolhouse Rock Rocks my house!
    This Video has most of my favorites - Conjunction Junction, I'm just a bill, you know them. It's amazing that in 25 years no one's been able to top them.
    I wonder how many high school seniors know as much as a kid who watches these videos about history, science, grammar, and math. I prefer DVD, but whatever.
    My kids watch it all the time. I like it too. The songs are as fun. These clever rhymes are unforgettable, but unlike some annoying kid's songs, you don't really want to forget these.
    I really feel like my kids need to be informed about the Bible too, (whatever they choose to believe later), so I have also been thrilled that they made a CD and DVD called
    Scripture Rock.

    5-0 out of 5 stars School House Rock!
    I like the songs. I saw these when I was in my 10 or 13yrs old. I like to see these cartoon on DVD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love when my kids love Schoolhouse Rock and Scripture Rock
    My kids love this tape. I'm amazed at how these songs hold up year after year. - Conjunction Junction, I'm Just A Bill- those are the best but the others are good too.
    I got this for them and noticed that the made a Schoolhouse Rock for Bible called Scripture Rock and my kids love both Schoolhouse Rock and Scripture Rock.

    5-0 out of 5 stars List of Songs
    This is a list of all the songs in the video. This list is arranged by subject. In the video, the songs are arranged by popularity.

    America Rock:
    Elbow Room
    Mother Necessity
    Great American Melting-pot
    No More Kings
    The Shot Heard 'Round the World
    The Preamble to the Constitution
    I'm just a Bill (my personal favorite)
    special bonus: Electoral College

    Grammar Rock:
    Verb
    Rufus Xavier Sasparilla (pronouns)
    Unpack your Adjectives
    A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing
    Interjections! (my other favorite)
    Lolly Lolly Lolly (adverbs)
    Conjunction Junction

    Science Rock:
    Them not-so-dry bones
    Telegraph line
    Interplanet Janet

    Math Rock and Money Rock:
    Naughty Number 9
    Dollars and Sense
    Elementary, my dear
    Here I come (counting by 5s)
    Figure 8
    My Hero Zero
    Three is a magic number

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'm Disappointed.
    I was soooo excited to get this home and play it because I grew up listening to these cartoon segments every Saturday morning! But it bored me. They just weren't as good as I remembered them, I guess. I ended up fast forwarding through most of it. I paused for the classics "I'm only a Bill" etc, but I didn't seem to recognize most of them anymore.
    If you're looking to relive a little childhood, rent it first- then if you think you can live with it, buy it. Perhaps you need to check to be sure you recognize more than 1/2 of the titles too. (I 'thought' I did!) -I personally wish I had my money back. (My kids even begged me to shut it off!) Just my opinion...hope it helps those of you looking to purchase it. ... Read more


    6. Schoolhouse Rock! - Multiplication Rock
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    Asin: 1569494096
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    Sales Rank: 1797
    Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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    From 1973 to 1985, a generation of kids watching Saturday morning television learned the function of conjunctions and the preamble to the U.S. Constitution with the help of an animated series called Schoolhouse Rock!The brainchild of executives at McCaffrey and McCall Advertising, the three-minute segments combined whimsical cartoons with catchy music (rock was only one of the styles) to help kids learn seemingly dry topics as easily as they could learn popular songs. Multiplication Rock tackles the multiplication tables, covering numbers 0 through 12 (but not 1 or 10), and chances are few people who grew up watching can multiply by 3 or 5 without hearing the familiar voice of composer-singer Bob Dorough. Other underlying talent included jazz drummer Grady Tate ("I Got Six," "Naughty Number Nine") and jazz pianist Blossom Dearie ("Figure Eight"), who contributed vocals. (Subsequent installments would feature many other jazz musicians and songs written by jazz pianist-composer Dave Frishberg and future Broadway composer Lynn Ahrens, who at the time was a fledgling secretary for McCaffrey and McCall.) Years later, the series was considered so hip that now-grown-up rock stars rerecorded the songs, and Multiplication Rock includes a music video of "Electricity, Electricity" by Goodness.--David Horiuchi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Schoolhouse Rock Testimonial
    When I was in third grade I never could get my times tables down pat- the sevens and twelves proved especially tricky. So my mom checked out this video from the library, and that changed immediately. I could rattle off my multiplication tables as fast as everybody else after watching this only a few times. Amazing! That same year I got put in advanced math. Coincidence? I think not! All the songs were just so catchy. I loved it when I saw the NIKE commercial playing "Three is the Magic Number", that's one of my favorites. Anyways, parents, this is a great buy for your kids and I doubt that you'll get tired of the tunes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best instructional videos in the world!!!
    I remember watching this on television when I was a child and learning my multiplication tables. When I found it was available publically, I immediately purchased it for my son who is now 11. He remembers his the same way I remembered mine -- by singing the songs!!! I would recommend all of the Schoolhouse Rock videos for anyone who has children, because it's never to early to learn. By the way, the only way I can remember the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States is to sing the song from America Rock!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This has 2 much excitement
    you tired of learning multipliplacation by talking and no videos?Well,those days are over because of Schoolhouse Rock!-Multiplication Rock (1973).This is more fun then just having to talk about multiplication and not understanding it.It has songs,too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
    EXCELLENT TAPE. REALLY HELPED MY NIECE WITH HER MULTIPLICATION. EXCELLENT TAPE.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Schoolhouse Rocks!
    I am a teacher of 13 years. Many people know that there are 5 specific learning styles and these tapes address many of these styles through innovation and repetition! Catchy songs have seen many of my classes singing to themselves and gaining confidence on tests and test scores! I cannot speak any higher of the series! GET IT!!! ... Read more


    7. Schoolhouse Rock! - Grammar Rock
    list price: $14.99
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    There are two types of Schoolhouse Rock fans. Type A: those who--inspired in the '70s and '80s by "Conjunction Junction" and "Interjections!"--went on to become grammar gurus, copyeditors, and computational linguists. And type B: those who--less inspired by grammar than by catchy refrains--can still sing lines that today sound less than P.C.:

    Though Geraldine played hard to get (uh huh),
    Geraldo knew he'd woo her yet.
    He showed his affection,
    Despite her objection,
    And Geraldine hollered some interjections!
    (Geraldo, if you'll recall, is a goat.) No matter. Both kinds of fans will enjoy revisiting these Saturday-morning shorts--and hopefully this video will find its way into classrooms, to boot. Clever teachers who grew up on this stuff will know how to make Schoolhouse Rock fans (ideally of type A) out of the next generation, too. --Erik Macki ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for ALL AGES!
    As a kid, I loved the Schoolhouse Rock series and still remember the Grammar Rock songs. As a mom, I came across Schoolhouse Rock again by chance and thought I'd get the tapes for my kids who are now 2 and (nearly) 5 to enjoy when they're older. Amazingly, not only my Kindergartener but also my 2 year old prefer this tape to just about anything else right now - including the Wiggles and Blues Clues! I thought I'd bought these for the future, but they absolutely love the music and the animation and my 2-year old goes around singing snatches of "Interjections" and "Lolly Lolly Lolly get your Adverbs Here". As for my Kindergarten-age son, he has grown to enjoy it on a whole new level now that he is reading and beginning to learn grammar and punctuation concepts. Parents, it's never too soon to invest in this gem! I'd much rather have them watching this than the Rugrats or something...

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's Your Function?
    By far my favorite of the School House Rock videos, Grammar Rock is a wonderful teaching tool for children and a fun trip down memory lane for those of us old enough to remember when it was first aired on television.

    Anyone who has watched these videos knows that there is definitely a link between music and memory, and School House Rock taps into that phenomenon. With cute animation and catchy lyrics, each video utilizes music as a mnemonic device so children can remember the principles of speech just by humming a familiar tune.

    Who can forget those timeless classics like "Conjunction Juntion," "Verb, That's What's Happening," "A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing," and my favorite from Grammar Rock, "Interjection!"? Many adults who grew up with these videos can still recall them today.

    I urge everyone who has children to buy the entire School House Rock video set. Start with Grammar Rock, and then move on to Math, then History, then Science. Your children will thank you for it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why I get straight "A's" in English!
    I love this video! My mom bought it for me and my siblings when I was in second grade. I fell in love immediately. I still watch it just for old time's sake. The tunes are so catchy that I still remember all the words. For years, whenever I had a question on adverbs, for instance, the song from this video would come to mind. This is also partly why I got a 660 on the verbal section of my PSATs last year! If you buy this you'll never regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, kids! Learn the rules of grammar and have fun doing it!
    When it comes to the rules of grammar I know the difference between an independent and a dependent clause and that is about it. If you want to talk about the building blocks of sentences I really do not even know the basics (you only had to go up and diagram sentences on the board if you were not putting them together directly and I was reading books all the time and sort of picked up correct sentence structure by osmosis, so I know how to fix sentences even if I am totally incapable of explaining the rules). Anyhow, the point of this meandering down memory lane is simply to state the obvious: Here are the basics. Learn that "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing," "Unpack Your Adjectives," and take a ride down to "Conjunction Junction." Also included are "Verb: That's What's Happening," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Adverbs Here," "Interjections," and the immortal "Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla" (no excuses if you do not know that last one is about pronouns).

    "Schoolhouse Rock" was created in the 1970s, when an advertising executive noticed his son was having trouble memorizing his multiplication tables but knew all the words to rock songs on the radio. The marriage of pop music with information spawned a series of three-minute cartoons on government, history, grammar, science, and math that aired on ABC television from 1973 to 1985. As long as the rules of grammar do not change (and they look like they are pretty much engraved in, uh, rock) then these seven mini-lessons are going to be useful to teachers and students alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grammar Rock is EXCITING,very creative,AND learnable!
    I watched it as a child on saturday morning cartoons and now I play the tapes for my children 2 and 5. It is the best teaching cartoon music video on the market today. I keep waiting for new ones to come out!
    My five year old can not yet spell or write well, but she knows what an adverb is. She is getting a strong foundation in grammar, math, history, and science from these tapes. I look forward to the complete collection in Aug 2002.
    Highly recommended.

    Renee Grover
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    8. Baby See 'N Sign
    Director: Kathryn Kronz Faber
    list price: $14.99
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    Asin: 0971366306
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 665
    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    AWARD WINNER of Parenting Magazine's BEST VIDEOs AND DVDs OF THE YEAR 2002.Baby See 'n Sign Volume 1 is described as "one of the most captivating" in the Birth to 18 Month category.It was the only signing video or DVD chosen for an award.

    Baby See 'n Sign uses American Sign Language and contains over 60 baby and toddler signs.Each sign is shown three times including one easy to follow slow-motion repetition and supported with a multitude of images, sounds, and lots of babies involved in all kinds of baby activities.The best way to describe Baby See 'n Sign is FUN.Fun to watch, fun to learn, and fun to sign with your baby.

    Baby See 'n Sign is not just for babies.Our products are excellent educational tools for other people who may have special needs.Baby See 'n Sign can be used to aid in communication for people who are Down's Syndrome, autistic, non-hearing, latent deaf, foreign adoptions, those who are learning English as a second language, and people that just want to learn American Sign Language.

    Baby See 'n Sign has all the words that most parents would ever need, but if you and your family want more, please visit our website. Baby See 'n Sign Volume 2 has over 100 new signs and DVD versions of both volumes of Baby See 'n Sign are available. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Baby See 'N Sign
    Baby See 'N Sign was a big dissapointment to me. I was very excited to recieve it, and could hardly wait to see it. I immediately watched the video when I got it. Unfortunately, I was so bored I had to force myself to watch it! The video has lots of signs, but it has the same person doing and speaking them all-BORING!!! Baby See 'N Sign isn't fun at all.

    Fortunately, I had purchased another video at the same time that is wonderful! Signing Time with Alex and Leah is the video I reccomend to everyone who is interested in teaching their children sign language. I would even reccomend it to an adult who wants to learn!!! My 14 month old has all three volumes. We love to watch and practice them. He uses and can sign about fifty different words he learned by watching Signing Time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best in Baby Sign Language
    I am so very impressed with this video set! When my son was about 10 months old, I began to teach him sign language using books as a reference for learning it myself. I found that the flat diagrams were often up to my inexperienced interpretation. The videos were so easy for both my son and I to follow and practice with that now my two year old son and I both know nearly all of the signs on both videos! My husband and mother have also learned many of our most often used words in sign language and are able to understand and reciprocate our efforts. I was pleased to discover that learning signs from books and flash cards became easier since I now had a reference point from which to interpret the movements in the pictures. My son and I speak our second language often throughout the day, with and without spoken words to accompany it. My husband and I have found that sometimes our toddler will respond better to our nonverbal sign language reminders and commands when he is being too emotional or distracted to listen to our verbal cues! We've even had the pleasure of coming across a deaf gentleman who works at a local store and who was delighted that we made the effort to speak his language:) I am planning on getting the DVD set and then lending my videos to interested friends and I eagerly look forward to future publications!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Product
    These videos are terrific. The first one was a gift and I was skeptical. My daughter loved the video, but it only appeared to be entertainment for her, then one day she signed "milk" it was amazing. She has continued to enjoy the videos and constantly uses more signs. Even now that she is almost two years old (and starting to talk)she continues to enjoy the videos and sign, often when she is tired she will only sign sometimes she will sign and talk at the same time. I cannot imagine a child not being able to do this. when she successfully communicates she is very happy. She enjoys the videos and her hand motions are continually improving. Last week she signed "dog" which i was surprised to see becasue it is a two part sign and she can already say the word. My daughter is also quite picky about the videos she watches, and these two and the baby Einstein videos are the only ones she will watch, so she is a tough customer. A great product I can't wait for volume III (I enjoy watching with her) Thank you for a entertaining and teaching my daughter to sign! Best wishes

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun way to begin teaching ASL to babies!
    I bought Baby See N Sign Vol. I and II for my daughter when she was 12 months old. She just turned 15 months and signs all the time!

    At first, she would only watch a couple of minutes at a time. I would put in the tapes and let them run while we were playing nearby. Eventually she became extremely interested in the colorful pictures, and she actually began signing along with the tape.

    Now my daughter wants to know the signs for EVERYTHING. I cannot believe how receptive she has been! I never would have thought it possible. And yet, although she can say only five or six words, she can sign around 20.

    I am really looking forward to Volume III!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Sign Video
    This video is a great place to start when wishing to sign with your young child. The pace is slow and the repetition is helpful for getting a good visual representation of each sign. What I didn't like about the tape was the mellow music. It is low and slow! I put in a cd with classical music in to play at the same time so the words and the music both could be heard at the same time. If you've bought the Signing Time videos you may be disappointed in the lack of action in this video, but it's a great starting place and there is a greater volume of signs than on the ST videos. If I had it to do over again, I'd purchase this video, then the Signing Time volumes 2 & 3 to move forward. ... Read more


    9. Baby Van Gogh (Video Only)
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    Sales Rank: 25042
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    When I received 'Baby Einstein' at our baby shower, I had never heard of this before and was kind of skeptical about introducing my child to TV in infancy. Now, almost 9 months later, I'm happy to say that we are all big fans. And these products are appearing more and more on baby registries for almost all of our friends who are expecting.

    We own several of the videos in the series, and Baby Van Gogh is probably the reigning champ (followed closely by Baby Mozart and the original, Baby Einstein). The use of color and art are really wonderful ways to delight and entertain a child, and my husband and I find ourselves a bit mesmerized as well. My daughter also loves seeing the other kids in the video and giggles pretty regularly at the same faces and smiles.

    The creation of these videos, DVDs, CDs and books was a stroke of genius...Baby Einstein is truly an appropriate name.

    4-0 out of 5 stars TV for baby? Well...maybe a little!
    I have strong feelings about letting my child watch television. I firmly believe that children should spend their time outside playing or using their imaginations and not sitting watching TV for hours on end. However, I find that I don't mind the Baby Einstein videos...in fact I really enjoy watching them as it provides some quality time. Yes I did say quality time in reference to watching a video. Once a day I sit down with my son and we watch a part of a video together. I point to the objects on the screen and name them for him. He divides his time between the screen and interacting with me. At 7 months old he is absolutely fascinated by seeing all the children in the videos. He is also very fond of the puppets. The Van Gogh video is fun in the way it introduces colors. The music is pleasant and soothing. Vincent Van Goat (the puppet host) adds a lively touch...especially with the subtle bandage on his ear on the title screen of the video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
    We own all the Baby Einstein videos and this is my son's favorite. He's been watching it since he was four months old, and it captivates him like no other in the series. I agree with the other reviews that this one is well structured, presenting colors in a logical and meaningful sequence while making it fun for baby at the same time. A close second would be Baby Neptune, but if you are considering buying any of the Baby Einsteins, this would be my first choice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Baby Van Gogh is so much better than the first Baby Eistein Videos - Baby Einstein, Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. This video has puppets that my children absolutely love, great classical music, a theme (learning colors) and structure. We also have Baby Doolittle: Neighborhood Animals, whcih is also great, and Baby Newton, which is not quite as good but still worth having. My kids are now two and four and they still watch this once in a while and enjoy it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Favorite of Mine, but not the baby...
    We are a Baby Einstein family, we have several of the DVDs, and as well as Toys, books etc. This is MY favorite DVD in the bunch. The music in this one is fun, and the puppet clips are actually humorous to an adult. The live action sequence are wonderful too, especially the introduction one with toys, animals and other things of every color. (And the annoying kids are kept to a minimum in this one, no corny jokes)

    That being said...

    This one won't hold my daughter's attention as well as some of the others. She'll watch a bit, and then it's off to explore the house! So this is one we'll put on in the background when we are playing other games, simply for the great music. I dig deeper in to the baby einstein series when I want one to have her watch while I prepare her lunch, or grab some laundry. For older babies, I recommend "Baby Neptune" or "Neighborhood Animals", which are her current favorites. For younger babies, the composer DVD's are like a magic on fussy babies, baby Mozart was an early favorite. ... Read more


    10. Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock
    list price: $12.99
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    Sales Rank: 12582
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for ALL AGES!
    As a kid, I loved the Schoolhouse Rock series and still remember the Grammar Rock songs. As a mom, I came across Schoolhouse Rock again by chance and thought I'd get the tapes for my kids who are now 2 and (nearly) 5 to enjoy when they're older. Amazingly, not only my Kindergartener but also my 2 year old prefer this tape to just about anything else right now - including the Wiggles and Blues Clues! I thought I'd bought these for the future, but they absolutely love the music and the animation and my 2-year old goes around singing snatches of "Interjections" and "Lolly Lolly Lolly get your Adverbs Here". As for my Kindergarten-age son, he has grown to enjoy it on a whole new level now that he is reading and beginning to learn grammar and punctuation concepts. Parents, it's never too soon to invest in this gem! I'd much rather have them watching this than the Rugrats or something...

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's Your Function?
    By far my favorite of the School House Rock videos, Grammar Rock is a wonderful teaching tool for children and a fun trip down memory lane for those of us old enough to remember when it was first aired on television.

    Anyone who has watched these videos knows that there is definitely a link between music and memory, and School House Rock taps into that phenomenon. With cute animation and catchy lyrics, each video utilizes music as a mnemonic device so children can remember the principles of speech just by humming a familiar tune.

    Who can forget those timeless classics like "Conjunction Juntion," "Verb, That's What's Happening," "A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing," and my favorite from Grammar Rock, "Interjection!"? Many adults who grew up with these videos can still recall them today.

    I urge everyone who has children to buy the entire School House Rock video set. Start with Grammar Rock, and then move on to Math, then History, then Science. Your children will thank you for it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why I get straight "A's" in English!
    I love this video! My mom bought it for me and my siblings when I was in second grade. I fell in love immediately. I still watch it just for old time's sake. The tunes are so catchy that I still remember all the words. For years, whenever I had a question on adverbs, for instance, the song from this video would come to mind. This is also partly why I got a 660 on the verbal section of my PSATs last year! If you buy this you'll never regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, kids! Learn the rules of grammar and have fun doing it!
    When it comes to the rules of grammar I know the difference between an independent and a dependent clause and that is about it. If you want to talk about the building blocks of sentences I really do not even know the basics (you only had to go up and diagram sentences on the board if you were not putting them together directly and I was reading books all the time and sort of picked up correct sentence structure by osmosis, so I know how to fix sentences even if I am totally incapable of explaining the rules). Anyhow, the point of this meandering down memory lane is simply to state the obvious: Here are the basics. Learn that "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing," "Unpack Your Adjectives," and take a ride down to "Conjunction Junction." Also included are "Verb: That's What's Happening," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Adverbs Here," "Interjections," and the immortal "Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla" (no excuses if you do not know that last one is about pronouns).

    "Schoolhouse Rock" was created in the 1970s, when an advertising executive noticed his son was having trouble memorizing his multiplication tables but knew all the words to rock songs on the radio. The marriage of pop music with information spawned a series of three-minute cartoons on government, history, grammar, science, and math that aired on ABC television from 1973 to 1985. As long as the rules of grammar do not change (and they look like they are pretty much engraved in, uh, rock) then these seven mini-lessons are going to be useful to teachers and students alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grammar Rock is EXCITING,very creative,AND learnable!
    I watched it as a child on saturday morning cartoons and now I play the tapes for my children 2 and 5. It is the best teaching cartoon music video on the market today. I keep waiting for new ones to come out!
    My five year old can not yet spell or write well, but she knows what an adverb is. She is getting a strong foundation in grammar, math, history, and science from these tapes. I look forward to the complete collection in Aug 2002.
    Highly recommended.

    Renee Grover
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    11. Signing Time:An American Sign Language (ASL) Video for Children
    Director: Emilie de Azevedo Brown Jon Pierre Francia
    list price: $16.99
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    Asin: B000068GQV
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    Sales Rank: 700
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    From their magical animated world, Alex (who can hear) and Leah (who is Deaf) invite infants and children to "Come sign with us!" Watch and enjoy as Alex, Leah, and their friends of varying ages share American Sign Language (ASL) with your child in a fun and playful way. Come join us for Signing Time!

    Research shows that babies can communicate with signs long before they are able to speak. And children have fun--and become smarter--learning a second language. Validating what their parents have long experienced first-hand, signing children have:

    Fewer tantrums

    Higher IQ scores

    Larger vocabularies

    By combining singing children and infants, delightful animation and music, and an adult to model each sign, Signing Time is sure to captivate pre-verbal infants and toddlers, as well as preschool-aged children while reinforcing these beginning signs.

    With Signing Time, children will discover how to experience the world around them using signs. So come join Alex, Leah, and all their friends for Signing Time!

    "Before my son could speak he used sign language to communicate. The frustration was gone in both our lives once he could sign words like milk, sleep, food, and more." --Scott Thompson, Santa Barbara, CA. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sign Language Tool Available!
    I got a LOT of Sign language videos and books our of the library before I bought these. I just could not learn signs from a book. I needed to see it. I like these dvd's the best because they're fun and use music to help teach some of the signs. My son likes these because of all the kids signing. Even my husband likes them and has learned these signs. This is the DVD we started with and these were the first signs he used. We got these at 9 months and 13 months he started signing MORE, MILK, BIRD, DOG, AIRPLANE all in a one week period. We can't say enough good things about Signing Time! and we are eagerly awaiting volumes 4,5, and 6. I just wish we got these when he was born. I won't wait to start signing with my next child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best video to learn signing with your kids
    The Signing Time series is wonderful because it's fun and full of smiles and facial gestures that are totally lacking in other videos. Anyone who has seen sign in action knows that sign language has lots of facial gestures to help communicate what is being signed. This series not only has cute animation but the two children are delightful and so happy. The mother who signs is wonderful to watch and hear. The kids in our playgroup (we all have hearing children) really enjoy watching the videos and learn SO QUICKLY (especially if they are over 12 mos. old). I would and DO recommend this as your first video to learn sign language, children OR adults.
    The only criticism I have with the video (and others) is why do they have to teach the sign for "cookie" to children!?! I can't tell you how quickly my son picked THAT one up, much to my chagrin. ;)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this video
    My 2 and 1/2 year old son has a speech delay. These video's saved us. He would grunt for everything. Now, if he wants a cookie, he uses that sign. I couldn't believe it worked. I thought there was no way, but it did. He is learning to talk but for the words he can't say, this video is the best! Plus I have learned sign language myself along with my other two children. They can understand my son and help him to remember signs. It is worth every penny! By the 3rd time he watched one of the video's he started to sign to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SIGNING VIDEOS OUT THERE!
    I purchased all three Signing Time videos when my son was 6 months old. He is almost two now and still loves the videos! He knows and practices ALL the signs from Signing Time 1,2 and 3! He signs while speaking, which is very helpful when new verbal words are spoken! Don't pass these videos up! You won't be dissapointed if you are serious about teaching your child to sign!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for kids AND parents
    We decided to start signing with our infant son in order to help him learn langauge and to communicate with him on some level. We were surprised how much Signing Time helped him get into signing. The video is fun to watch and seeing other children do their versions of the signs seemed to help our son. Seeing the very young signers also helps us recognize his version of a sign, since some signs are a little beyond infant motor skills. This first volume is maybe a little less polished than the next two in the series, but I heartily reccomend getting all three! ... Read more


    12. Blue's Clues - All Kinds of Signs
    Director: Nancy Keegan, Elizabeth Holder, John Rowe (VII), Paul Zehrer, Lucy Walker, Koyalee Chanda, Bruce Caines, Alan Zdinak, Daniel Silverman (II)
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    Asin: B000054OW8
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    Sales Rank: 1723
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Hearing-impaired (and Academy Award-winning) actress Marlee Matlin bookends two "Blue's Clues" episodes and gives the tape its theme by teaching Steve some American Sign Language. In the first story--in which Steve and friends attempt to ascertain where a certain blue dog would like to eat her snack--Steve teaches some signs and follows signs of another kind on poster boards. The written signs, of course, lead to the canine's clues, designated by her famous paw print. Blue Scadoo finds Steve jumping into Jane's book and meeting her deaf friend Carly, who tells a story in sign language. In the second episode, Steve tries to figure out where Blue wants to go by using a map the cunning dog has left behind. He eventually jumps into a Candyland-style game, finds Blue with the Gingerbread Girl, and winds up going to the library. Children ages 2 to 5 will enjoy and learn from this 51-minute video. --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Fair - not much learning of SIGNS.
    There is not a lot of SIGNING - more talking and running around, better for just entertainment. However, my 22 mo. old likes it, but I would rather have her LEARNING while being entertained, after that IS why I bought the video, right? "Talking Hands" is MUCH better.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Much ASL
    This is a good video for Blues Clues fans. However, it is billed as having ASL content, which I actually found to be minimal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Face
    The whole show over all is the best of children's shows, the way they encourage children to interact with the show is wonderful, the colors that teaches them of the colors of the world, shapes and detective work which teaches them to figure problems out on their own, it has help my daughter to speak, I find myself wanting to watch it with her. Thanks for a wonderful show. Melinda Fields

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous!!!
    My 18 month old is glued to this show, and this one is really focused on sign language. It has helped my son learn to communicate with signs rather than screeching. I give it really high praises.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong
    We have most of the Blue's Clues tapes, and this is easily one of my favorites. Not my son's, mine. He loves virtually all of them, so I tend to see them a lot and develop my own preferences. This one, perhaps because of the heavy interspercing of ASL I find less likely to drive me up a tree if I end up having to watch it with my kids. My son knows most of the signs in the tape by now, and will actually use them in other situations. He's also starting to get the idea of maps. If you feel you should watch TV with your youngster and want something that's less drivel than standard preschool fair, Blue's Clues and Bear in the Big Blue House would be my highest recommendations. ... Read more


    13. Schoolhouse Rock! - Money Rock
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    The world of finance bewilders many adults, so it's not surprising that kids often find it incomprehensible. Money Rock tackles subjects like budgeting, taxes, interest, and the stock market with simple definitions, fun animation, and lots of catchy music. The country-inspired "Dollars and Sense" explores the concept of interest with respect to saving and borrowing, "$7.50 Once a Week" teaches money management, and the bluesy "Where the Money Goes" covers living expenses and how to control them. A vaudeville act featuring "Tax Man Max" looks at government spending, then "Walkin' on Wall Street" takes a jazzy glimpse of the stock market. The historical development of bartering and its modern applications supply the thematic material of "This for That," a hungry dinosaur in "Tyrannosaurus Debt" personifies our national debt, and the complicated process initiated by the simple writing of a check is broken down in "The Check's in the Mail." If all this sounds potentially dry, even mind-numbing, recall how the potentially dull subject of grammar sprang to life with similar treatment in Grammar Rock. Rest assured that this 1998 addition to the multi-Emmy Award winning Schoolhouse Rock! series is both informative and exciting. --Tami Horiuchi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars COOL- pair it with SCRIPTURE ROCK
    Very cool.
    Kids need to know about good money management skills, and how better than with awesome fun songs.
    This and the SCRIPTURE ROCK together give a balanced view of what kids need today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Money Rock: great discussion-starter & provocative
    I was totally overwhelmed by the prospect of explaining to my 6-year-old what money was and why I couldn't just 'get it from the machine.'

    This video was great: it's fun for adults as well as kids, and makes it possible to segue into discussions about allowances, presidents, history, and budgeting. Even Wall Street gets a mention. The music is unexpectedly good. Paired with the game 'Moneywise Kids' and 'Monopoly Junior', it's a great part of a little 'home curriculum' on finance, even if you're just on addition and subtraction.

    Can't recommend it more highly as a place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want to know how the National Bank works?
    How about DOLLAR COST AVERAGING? Interest? The National Debt? You have to buy this. Economics courses in college were never this interesting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's classic. Absolutely generation spanning.
    Follow along: I'm just a bill, yes I'm only a bill, and I'm ... You filled in the words automatically, didn't you?

    My daughter was 4 when we were in Washington DC. It was July and I was 5 months pregnant. The 4 year old recognized Capitol Hill, and demanded we go looking for that darn bill.

    Buy them all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars National Debt? The check's in the mail
    I don't remember these from when I was a kid, but I'm sorry I missed them. From Tyrannasaurus Debt which talks about how how the national debt got started to pay for the Revolutionary War to how it grew to monsterous size, to how to manage your allowance, buy stocks, plan a budget, and mangage your checking account, this video chock full of advice and information that even helped this 28 year old. ... Read more


    14. National Geographic's Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
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    Although we romanticize lions as mighty kings of the jungle, their reign is in fact a tenuous one. It is challenged daily in southern Africa by vicious packs of hyenas that compete for prey. Between the two species exists an ancient feud, and it unfolds in Eternal Enemies with all the drama of the warring Capulets and Montagues. Watch as lions bring down a zebra, only to be attacked themselves by a pack of hyenas that chases them into the trees. Glowering, the big cats watch as the thieves devour their dinner. Days later the lions exact revenge, killing the hyena leader but leaving her uneaten as a warning to the rest of the clan. Other scenes in this video are equally impressive, including life inside a hyena den--which captures the sounds of lions growling outside--and a tense encounter between a snake-bitten lioness and a pack of hyenas. With its gripping story line, Eternal Enemies is a standout among animal documentaries. --Demian McLean ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars eternal enemies lions and hyenas
    this nature film is probably the best nature film ive ever seen.it shows to perfection the shear hatred lions and hyenas have for each other. no where else in africa is the hatred between lions and hyenas so intense than in botswana and dereck and beverly joubert have shot it down to a tee, especialy the lions,probably more so in two of the lions, one mattsumi a lioness who was bit by a snake and then had her new born cubs eaten by the hyenas and untwydumala the dominent male he tends to attack and kill hyenas at every possible chance.the end scene is truly amazing, where the hyena matriarc is tormenting the older male lion mandayvoo, when mattsumi attacks the matriarc the commotion is heard by untwydumala, who rushes out of the bush, the hyenas then scatter. mattsumi then chases the matriarc of the hyenas and trips it just to slow it down enough for untwydumala to catch up and make the kill.if your into lions this is the one.truly awsome.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story
    As a veteran of many lion documentaries, I was always curious at the relationship between these two animals. At several of the lion's kills in other films I'd seen, a pack of hyenas lurked menacingly nearby. My curiosity has been satisfied. This is an excellent piece of work that establishes the fact that man is not the only animal that wars. Lions and hyenas seemed to have a general intolerance and hatred torward the other that does not stem from any particular moment or cause. Through trials and tribulations, one aspect of these to amazing animal's personalities stays the same, a deeply-seeded disdain for the other species. The documentary follows a pride of lions dominated by two male brothers, and the rival pack of hyenas dominated by a female. At kills hyenas use their numbers to overwhelm the female lions while the males are not there. The lions, one male in particular, retaliate whenever possible. Though this film may be graphic for some, this is needed due to the nature of the story. Any lover of nature documentaries will find this video a welcome addition to his/her collection

    5-0 out of 5 stars "If Animals Could Hate..."
    then be prepared for some of the most spectacular and disturbing footage ever caught on film. From the outset it is made brutally clear that animals, in this case lions and hyaenas, DO in fact slaughter each other, not necessarily for food as most people believe, but for something much darker - HATRED.

    This point is made by showing a large male lion, Ntwydmala, breaking the back of an unlucky hyaena matriarch, then shortly afterwards, breaking the neck of another. It isn't always pleasant to watch, but it'll keep you glued to your seat in disbelief.

    This film is easily one of the best nature films I've ever seen, bar none!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
    Being a long time nature program viewer, I can easily say this might be the most fascinating video ever presented on TV. The interaction & violence between lions and hyenas is unforgettable.
    Like watching man wage war and retribution. Beautifully photographed and narrated. But not for young children. Also stronly recommend the book which is a companion to the video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
    This documentary of the lives of lions and hyenas is one of the best made documentaries I've seen. You will become acquainted with the inhabitants of this film and witness the drama of a secret world where the law of the jungle is harsh, yet profoundly beautiful. You will see never before seen footage of hyena behavior. You will cheer and be swept up in this film. It is a story that is real and beautifully shot. I have watched this film many times since buying it. If you like wildlife you will love this one. It is at times disturbing but shot honestly and with care. Very enjoyable. ... Read more


    15. Talking Hands: A Sign Language Video for Children
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    Kids gobble cookies, blow bubbles, open and close a box of dress-up items, even sit on the potty to illustrate some of the 31 hand gestures taught throughout this excellent sign language video. Much like a mini video "dictionary," teaching focuses on word recognition alone--not the alphabet nor on full sentence structure--and covers a smart variety of simple verbs and nouns (based on American Sign Language and Signing Exact English). The format is simplistic but highly effective, and keeps the action moving. After the word appears on-screen, an adult carefully signs and pronounces it twice. Then, scenes flip open like book pages or spin like revolving doors to reveal several real-life examples; for instance, "grandfather" fishes with his grandson, eats cereal, and reads a book. More hand gesture repetition, performed by a culturally diverse group of grownups and kids, offers lots of practice time. Probably best used in the home or in a hearing classroom, this visually and audibly appealing 40-minute show comes from the folks who created Parent's Choice award-winning Baby's First Impressions series. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best! A Great Video for ANY child
    The more I read about this topic (sign language for kids), the more I've discovered that introducing signs to your child is a great idea. And I do not have a hearing-impared child, but it's clear that my children (ages 2 & almost 5)get a great kick out of watching this video! We use the signs for "eat & drink," "girl and boy," "please & thank you" and lots of others, just for the pure fun of it. While my kids are not infants anymore and already have a good verbal language base, I read recently about the great benefits of using signs with kids as they are developing those skills, which helps them express themselves. Having seen many a frustrated toddler who can't explain what he wants, I think that's a great idea, and I, for one, am all for it. I recommend this tape to anyone!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too hard to watch
    I'm amazed at all the high scores this video gets from reviewers. I found it almost unbearable to watch. Even if babies like it, it needs to appeal to adults, too, since parents have to learn the signs to use with their babies. I'm glad I checked this out from my library before buying it. This video moves way too slow. I watched it one time all the way through, and the second time, I had to turn it off in the middle because it was so annoying. The adults are uninteresting, and they look like they come from the 70's. The words taught in this video are all taught in other baby-signing videos, so you won't miss anything if you own a few other signing videos. I highly recommend the "Signing Time" and "Baby See 'n Sign" videos instead (check out their websites: www.signingtime.com and www.babyseensign.com - there are sample video clips on both sights). To be fair, I have to say that special needs children who need an especially slow-moving video would probaby do well with this one. There is lots of repetition, and it's quite easy to learn the signs that are demonstrated. Hopefully your local library carries this video and you can try it out yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!
    My son is autistic and non verbal. We were teaching him sign in therapy and this video was excellent help at home! It was a very big help for my husband and I as well. Much better than any books because you can actually see how to move your hands properly in this video. I loved this video! We still watch it even though my son knows all of the signs shown in it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Did the job, but kinda boring to watch more than once
    My son has a birth defect that causes speech delay. He had been going to speech therapy for months in which they were trying to teach him sign so he could communicate in some way until he could speak. Months and month he didnt sign one word. We bought this video and after watching it once he never had an interested in it anymore. Then we bought the signing time video series,and the next day he was signing and is now up to 40 signs in 2 months and still going strong! He is so happy to be communicating and he thinks it is fun! I highly recommend the signing time videos they are much much better then talking hands and fun to watch over and over again , my husband and I love to watch them too and the music is awesome!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best first start
    This is the best first start for babies. I have a day care @ home. We watch 1 TV program per day. This video really teaches the children quickly. It also is so exciting for them. Babies can't communicate with many words, but they can sign for much more. This brings communication w/parents also much easier. ... Read more


    16. National Geographic's Really Wild Animals: Totally Tropical Rain Forest
    Director: William Kronick, Jack Kaufman, Bert Haanstra, Irwin Rosten, Terry Sanders, Nicholas Clapp, Nick Cominos, Jeff Myrow, Ed Spiegel (II), Nicolas Noxon, Robert Guenette, Jack Haley Jr., Barbara Jampel, David Seltzer, Dennis Azzarella, Alexander Grasshoff, Walon Green, Aram Boyajian
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    There's a plug for environmental causes (song lyric: "If there's a place worth saving, this must be the place"), a Darwinian crack aimed at parents, and faux news broadcasts to keep things moving. But most of all there are animals, animals, animals in this 37-minute National Geographic video. If a trip to the South American rain forest isn't part of the vacation plans, this video tour aimed at kids from preschool through grade school will more than suffice. Comparing the forest layers to an apartment building, animated planet guide Spin (Dudley Moore) steps onto an elevator to explore the forest floor on up to the canopy level--meeting tapirs, jaguars, bats, and spider monkeys along the way. Meanwhile kids become familiar with concepts such as echolocation, camouflage, and the equator. Now that's infotainment! --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and educational.
    I have a three-year-old who loves this video we borrowed from the local library. He already knows the layers of a rain forest and can name a few animals in each layer. I have a degree in elementary education and truly realize how important positive exposure to new things are to children. He also gets angry at the part where they show the cutting down of trees and tells the man to pick them back up! Hello! Do you need more of a hint? Videos like this are truly benificial to children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Humor Included!
    This video is really cool, and fuuny too. Kids can learn a lot from it, all the while being entertained. It's the best quality, the kind you expect from National Geographic. The answer to every question you ever had about tropical rainforests is right here, I can garauntee it. Dudley Moore, the histarical comedian, plays the loveable and always-good-for-a-laugh globe character Spin. A great way for kids 5-13 to learn and have fun!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Humorous Education
    The Tropical rainforest has over 1/2 of the earth's animals and plants!Hey I am NOT kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take a swing around the forest with Dudley Morre as Spin,your favorite globe-on-the-go!40 Min.Hoatzins included. What!!!!!?????Find out in the Totally Tropical Rain Forest! ... Read more


    17. Signing Time! Volume 2: Playtime Signs - American Sign Language (ASL)
    Director: Jon Pierre Francia/Emilie de Azevedo Brown
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    Everyone loves playtime!From their animated treehouse, Alex (who can hear) and Leah (who is Deaf) invite infants and children to "Come sign with Us!"Watch and enjoy as Alex, Leah and their friends share 30 playtime signs with your child.

    It's Signing Time: Playtime Signs--ASL you can use everyday!
    Signs included in Volume 2 are:
    Friend--Play--Train--Doll--Bike
    Bear--Please--Share--Your turn
    My turn--Book--Read--Socks--Yes
    No--Drink--Thirsty--Dirty--Clean

    Potty--Bath--Hurt--Sorry--Stop
    Go--Wait--Wash hands--Thank you
    Grandma--Grandpa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
    This is an excellent video. The first one was good and this one is even better. It ties words together so that children can begin to use two and three signs in a sentence. For instance- Share and please are tied together. The words are flashed up on the screen and then the adult shows the children how to make the sign. Then you will see several different children and several examples of this items and then the adult will show the sign again. There is more singing and more signing in this video.

    We have learned a lot as a family with this one.

    Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for every Childs Video Library
    We bought the 3 volume set along with the music CD when Leah's mom was featured on "Good Morning America" about 1 1/2 years ago. My girls (2 and 5) still just love them. They ask for them over the typical Disney and Nickolodean videos we have. Everyone who has ever watched them is so captivated by the original music, the animation, and all the different children signing. I actually forget there is a purpose to watching them too. As far as content, the videos contain what I'd consider the most, needed, important words that babies and children would use (except "please" and "thank you").

    I also love the fact that they give many different examples of the word being signed like "water". They show an ocean, a child drinking from a water fountain, Leah splashing in animated water puddles, a baby taking a bath, children in a swimming pool, etc. as well as lots of children showing the sign for "water".

    This video is such a fun way for children (and parents)to learn sign language and we have loaned them out on numerous occasions to nieces, nephews, and friends so that they can learn and enjoy them too. Everyone loves them!

    One thing about these videos that I have not seen mentioned yet in the reviews is that actual written word is flashed on the screen before they actually go into all of many different children doing the sign. Great pre-reading and word recognition exercise as far as this mom is concerned. It seems like they thought of everything. I just wish there were more then 3 out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one!
    The "Signing Time" video series is targeted to young hearing children (intended audience: 0-5 years), though it is a wonderfully non-threatening way for persons of any age to learn sign language. Parents don't need to already know sign language in order to help their children learn the signs in the videos. The videos are quite thorough - with each sign being demonstrated once by Rachel (mother of a deaf child, and co-creator of the series), and then multiple times in a variety of situations by a variety of children. (Note that volumes 2 and 3 are a little less repetitious than Volume 1 - for better or worse, depending on your preference.) The narration on the videos is done primarily by young children. The signs are linked well with the objects, emotions, etc., that they represent. The children in the videos are "real" - demonstrating the signs in their own imperfect ways, according to their abilities - much the same as when children learn to speak with their voices. There is cute animation and fun background music with sound effects that make the videos pleasing to watch.

    I purchased volumes 1-3 of the Signing Time video series a few weeks ago (along with the music CD containing all the songs in these volumes). While volume 1 ("My First Signs" - with 18 signs) is very good, volumes 2 ("Playtime Signs" - with 28 signs) and 3 ("Everyday Signs" - with 32 signs) are even better. For starters, I thought Rachel looked too serious and tense when she demonstrated signs in the first video, whereas she appears more relaxed and inviting in the newer videos. Perhaps more importantly, though, the latter two videos make much broader use of Rachel's musical talents, with catchy, original songs sprinkled throughout the video (as opposed to only an opening and closing song in the first video). Another change is that in the 2nd and 3rd videos, words are presented in groups (e.g., hot & cold, friend & play, etc) rather than individually. I was disappointed that there isn't a parent's guide with the videos, but I have found helpful information on the signingtime.com website. If you need to be convinced of the benefits of teaching sign language to your hearing child, or you want to see clips from the videos, check out that website. ... Read more


    18. Baby Dolittle Neighborhood Animals
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    When Baby Einstein started its "video board books" in 1997, the company was virtually alone in the field of baby development. By its sixth video, the field has become crowded with similar-sounding titles. Now scientists might be able to analyze what a baby will get out of a video like Baby Dolittle compared to Baby Van Gogh, but is it worth getting more baby videos? Absolutely--babies love variety as much as their adult counterparts. On that level, Baby Dolittle scores. The theme of animals is a natural, and this show should cause squeals of delight from little ones 1 to 4 years old. Using a stimulating mix of brightly colored toys, whimsical puppets (including your host, Pavlov the Dog), and lots of pictures, Baby Dolittle takes the viewer on a 30-minute tour of commonly found animals. Help your little pal spot a pig on the farm or a dog in the house. Baby Dolittle uses animals' sounds, kids' drawings, and photography for each animal in four habitats. The natural settings and original, bright recordings of Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi, and others should make this a favorite every time you want to visit Old MacDonald's Farm. Followed by a companion production, Baby Dolittle World Animals. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This video is my 7 month old daughters favorite!
    We used the baby Bach and baby Mozart videos when our 7 month old was younger and she loves them, but Neighborhood Animals is her all time favorite. She sits in her walker and watches the animals and even tries to talk to them. She gets excited when the pupets/animals make sounds and loves the music. She smiles and starts making her little baby sounds everytime she see Pavlov the dog. We used to put her in her swing and let her watch Bach or Mozart while we get ready for work in the A.M. But with this video she got so excited in the swing that we had to put her on the floor or in her walker! Even though the age recommendations are 1 yr to 4 yr I highly recommend it for younger babies. I took the video over to the sitters and she said all the kids liked it and watched intently. (the ages are 8mth, 7mth, 5mth and 2 years!) I'm not a big fan of sitting my daughter in front of the TV; however, when both parents work and you need to buy a little time in the morning this is the greatest! I hope your children love it as much as my daughter does!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another good video for a rainy day
    This video is what you would expect from the Baby Einstein Company--puppetry, classical music score, toys, live action children and video footage of animals. It's designed around 4 themes, animals in the house (dog, cat, mouse), yard, (bird, rabbit, bug), farm (cow, horse, pig)and river (frog, otter, duck). My 14 month old daughter enjoys it, especially the children singing "Old MacDonald" during the farm sequence, and the flying cow marrionette. I didn't give it a full five stars largely because, on the whole, the quality of the puppetry (as opposed to others in the series like Baby Shakespeare and Baby Van Gogh) is not of the same caliber and the toy sequences don't seem to have the same level of wit and humor that sparkles in the other videos. My opinion is that this video is simply following their tried and true formula, granted, it is one that, judging from my child's reaction, works well, but maybe needs some fine tuning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great toddler-pleaser!
    I recently bought this video for our 2 year old daughter, who has loved the other BE videos for some time now. She absolutely loved it! She has always loved animals and so this, along with world animals are her favorites. I've actually caught myself interested in it while doing dishes even! These videos are aimed toward birth to toddler ages, however even our five year old loves this one with all the animal footage. I highly recommend it- a great way to settle down before naps, too.

    2-0 out of 5 stars child's attention not held
    I have used Baby Einstein products in past but I have found the more recent titles lacking in the entertainment quality of the older titles. My child gets bored pretty easily with them now, and actually gets a little scared with some of the segments. I am concerned that these products are being made too quickly without being tested on young children.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Only one complaint
    This video is very good. It is simple and enjoyable. My only complaint is about the sound. It is of poor quality. It sounds muffled and it is quite loud. It is mostly the music and not so much the sound effects and the child's voice that sounds bad. If the sound were better I would have given it five stars. ... Read more


    19. Ballet 101, A Beginner's Class - VHS
    Director: Tim Russ
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    Join a School of Dance with a Little Class! Bring a beginning ballet class right into the privacy of your living room with "Ballet 101, A Beginner's Class".

    "Ballet 101" is a simple, stress free and informative session that challenges both adults and children who wish to be introduced to the world of the arts. Dancers are taken on a step-by-step journey that begins with preparation and warm-up, and paces them through easy ballet moves that focus on the barre. The instruction is presented without music accompaniment, and the class ends with a grand dance finale to music, all incorporating what's been taught. It's a learning experience that's as exciting as it is fun, and is specifically designed for beginners.

    "Ballet 101" is an easy to follow, hands-on tape that is based upon the syllabus of a major University of California program, and is both endorsed and recommended by private instructors. Ballet terms & definitions that assist dancers can be printed from the abridgeclub.com site.

    Dancers who are ready to use their new moves in fun & challenging dance combinations to classical music will benefit from, "Ballet 101 & 201, Combinations 1" and"Ballet 101 & 201, Combinations 2". DANCE NOW & TAKE YOUR BOW. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for absolute beginners!
    As a complete beginner, I appreciated the appropriate pacing. The video progresses at a nice slow pace and all the moves are repeated a couple times to give the viewer time to adjust and make the moves correctly. The instructor also shows all moves from both the left and the right side, which is helpful. There's a nice combination movement at the end where you can put all your 'skills' together in one final grand mini-movement. This is not like a typical workout video where you sweat buckets after the class (like a cardio video), but it is definitely challenging, especially if you are a non-dancer, and great fun if you love the ballet. I have only one complaint: the dancers do not do their movements in mirror image so you can just copy them literally... if you're supposed to go to the right, then the dancers go to the right as well (which is left when you're watching them). This is a bit off-putting for me since I am used to just copying instructors in the front of me literally. But after all, this is a tape and you can pause, stop, rewind, etc whenever you want. Highly recommended for beginners!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good beginner's video
    I would recommend this video to anyone who is just beginning ballet! It goes over the very basic of steps, simple enough for anyone of any age. This tape definately does not replace going to an actual dance class, but is good to have so that when you start a class, you will know the basics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Educational Video
    I have been teaching dance for over 20 years and I finally found a good beginning ballet video that I can share with parents to give them a great introdution to the dance form. Also, it is a good opportunity for students and teachers to make sure that their terminology is correct. I like the educational style of the tape. Good job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beginner's Best
    As a beginner, I love this tape. I had read the other reviews and did not agree with a few, so I am posting my own. This ballet class is taught in a dance classroom, and I thought the quality was fine. I have never taken a ballet class, but have always wanted to. Like others, I am to nervous to try this in a public setting. I was able to follow along easily, and needed the pace to be slow. The repetition didn't bother me, because I am so new to this, and from what I have observed by watching several classes, this tape is right on the mark. I had purchased other tapes that seemed to dance off without me, and I cheer this instructor for thinking of the novice. After many failed attempts, I have found something that fits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's brilliant
    I recommed this video if you love ballet and want a different type of workout. I workout to it everyweek and showing good results for the effort. I have now purchased the second video in the series and can't wait to start working out to that. A big thumbs up! ... Read more


    20. Baby Einstein: Language Nursery
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    If you've been around babies in the last few years, you've seen these newfangled toys that are abstract in color (or just black, white, and red) and make curious, crunching noises. Studies have shown that these types of toys stimulate newborns, expanding the capacity of their little sponge-like minds. That concept comes to the video age in Baby Einstein. This 30-minute tape is called a "video board book" and the creators instructparents of 1- to 18-month-olds to use it that way: huddle around the TV often pointing out objects and interacting with the child as you would with a book.Bright toys, patterns, blocks, and the like move across the screen accompanied by natural sounds, music, and voices. English, Japanese, Russian, German, and other languages are heard telling nursery rhymes or counting to 20. Now the creators don't expect your baby to recite "Humpty Dumpty" in Spanish by the end of the tape, but, as they state in theintroduction, hearing different languages invigorates a baby's mind. These educatorswent on to combine classical music with their program on Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 26 Months and still requests
    My son (26 months) still enjoys baby einstein, especially the CD now. We practice saying the alphabet, numbers and other words in numerous languages. His confidence with foreign language can be directly attributed to this video/CD as it was his only exposure for the first 2 years. Now, my husband and I are learning the other languages along with our son. We count in spanish, french, and german - our son can count in japanese we can't discern the sounds well enough, but he can. We also own baby mozart, bach, newton, doolittle and shakespeare. All of them are requested on a regular basis and preferred to blue's clues and the other "more entertaining" TV he is exposed to. When we listen to the radio with classical music, he will tell us which video the music comes from. We watch shakespeare before going to bed and listen to the poetry before going to find a book to read. These materials have enriched all of our lives and hopefully they will do the same for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An educated parent's $.02
    I had to add my input after reading all the reviews, positive and negative. This video does indeed appear "homemade." However, the creator (Julie Clark) and her husband, who does all the video, have gotten progressively more sophisticated with each video, although I would not recommend any of the Baby _____ videos for their video quality. Regardless, they are captivating to young babies. My six month old son has been watching all three, Einstein, Mozart and Bach since he was one month old. I was very dubious regarding the claims that they would interest a baby this young. He reacted with delight then, and continues to enjoy them all. He has just started watching Baby Shakespeare which seems to be his favorite, so don't be afraid to start your baby early on this one. I would suggest if your baby doesn't take to it the first time, give it a second try. You can get all the adult opinions you want, but really, it's how your baby reacts that counts! It's been designed to appeal to babies and their view of the world.

    1-0 out of 5 stars does not fit age suggestion
    This video would be ok for an older child. The majority of the video is in different languages. They don't even give you subtitles to help the children possibly learn the other languages. There are only a few in english. The only section where you can select an English only part (DVD) they only do the alphabet and count to 20. My 7 month old is very attentive with these videos, but even he was not entertained, not even by the colors.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It made my 3-month-old squeal with delight!
    Although we limit the amount of TV our daughter watches, we let her start watching this video at 3 months for the colors and movement. She actually squealed with delight each time she watched it!

    The video shows colorful graphics and toys while people say the alphabet, count to 20 or say a nursery rhyme in many languages. I only wish there were a translation for each nursery rhyme with the video.

    We have several other Baby Einstein videos and this one and Baby Shakespeare are her favorite! We like the music on Baby Bach, but agree that the videography is not as good and there are too many features of Julie Clark's children.

    1-0 out of 5 stars not entertaining for babies
    The concept is ok. My 9 mo old daughter could not care less about this video and i can hardly stand to watch it either. You have no idea what they are saying in the other languages. What's going on on the screen has nothing to do with what they're saying. My advice: music & babies - these two things will keep your little one very content so you can take a little break. ... Read more


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