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March 28, 2014

Edu-tainment in a pinch


By Jessica Kelmon, Associate Editor

Picking up BBQ supplies at the store on Sunday, I saw a mom perform one of the quickest tantrum turnarounds ever. Faced with a 3-year-old on the brink, the mom made a beeline for the card section. Squatting beside their cart full of groceries, mother and daughter enjoyed reading card after illustrated card. "Nice save," I said as I passed. The mom looked up and smiled.

This mom found the perfect bit of edu-tainment for when the going got rough – one of those benign tricks every parent needs in this chaotic world of traffic jams and grocery store meltdowns.

Funny birthday cards are good. But what I recently discovered – teed up on a smartphone – is better because all you need is something you're already carrying. Oh, and something your kid pretty much always wants to play with to boot. Turns out there are people – nice lovely people – who have posted videos of themselves on YouTube reading children’s books aloud and with expression, page by page.

I know this is no substitute for parents reading books to their children, cuddled on the couch or tucked in for bedtime. But in the car when the whining reaches a fever pitch or the day your child is home sick and your big work project is due or when you’ve got laryngitis, these digitally captured stories may be just the ticket. They're lifesavers when all heck has broken lose – and they support your child’s education. 

My first discovery: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs read aloud, page by page.


Here are some of my other finds, but there are plenty more!

The Day the Crayons Quit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDBTwtEuY24

Pinkalicious- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeVr-xjGc7A

Purplicious - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERBgIvDylzk

Dragons Love Tacos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rizHcQjektA

Green Eggs and Ham - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbeSIiN1R-M

Do you know of other quick, magical e-learning tricks or resources that have made your life easier while still helping your child? Please share and share alike! 



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