Learning History with American Girl (Civil Rights Movement)

There is a brand new American Girl movie coming out based on their “Melody” doll. Melody’s story is set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement and examines the joyful life and troubled times of an irrepressible 10-year-old African-American girl whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.

Even though we’ve never purchased the actual American Girl dolls – we are big fans of their stories! Both of my kids (5 year old girl and 11 year old boy) enjoy reading about the lives of the girls and the times they lived in. I think it brings history “home” when kids see other kids their age living their lives in different historical times! We have a couple of the non-fiction books (“Welcome to Kit’s World, 1934: Growing Up During America’s Great Depression” and “Welcome to Molly’s World, 1944: Growing Up in World War Two America“) that teach kids about specific time periods (with lots of photos!) I’m hoping that they come out with one for Melody also!

Until then – here are some books for kids about the Civil Rights Movement and the 1960’s:

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Also, here are a couple lesson ideas for teaching about Civil Rights:

  1. Civil Rights Activity Book via Teaching Tolerance
  2. Civil Rights Movement for Kids (.pdf file)
  3. Civil Rights Lesson Ideas via BrainPOP

Don’t forget! An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win premiers on Amazon on 10/21!

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FREE! Disney Moana Coloring Pages

Disney's MOANA

We here at ThatNerdyMama are HUGE Disney fans! The boy-child (age 11) might be in denial, but he loves Disney as much as little-sister (age 5) and Mama do! We are SUPER excited about the November 23 release of Moana – especially since we lived in Hawaii for three years! The islands are a magical place and the people and culture are so amazing!

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. (via Disney’s Moana)

I’d love to share with you some FREE coloring pages to celebrate the arrival of Moana! Click on them to bring up the page and download them. Enjoy! <3

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Moana sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. For more information, visit the official website or Facebook page!

 

Planes: Fire & Rescue FREE Educational Activity Book #FireAndRescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue / Educational Activity BookSmoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’ Planes: Fire & Rescue have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer!

The activity book has a word search, a quiz, camping safety tips, facts about wild fires, and lots of tips on general outdoor fire safety. I would recommend this for ages 5 to 10; it’s an easy read for the older kids, but there aren’t any coloring pages.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it will be released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on July 18, 2014.

You can download this free activity book by clicking this link!

#FireAndRescue

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

I’ve written before on here about this amazing online company called Little Passports who specialize in developing fun and exciting children’s subscriptions that deliver the world to your child’s doorstep!

Every month in the World Edition subscription, follow  Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.

If you are planning a fundraiser at your child’s school then Little Passports is the perfect partner! They have an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love and it’s not an “over done” fundraiser!

Here’s how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and they donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. They handle the orders, processing, shipping, and report back to you on how much was raised. All that’s left on your plate is promoting the program at your school!

Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools

Deliver the WORLD to your Child’s Doorstep

Little Passports develops fun and exciting children’s subscriptions that deliver the world to your child’s doorstep. Imaginary penpals Sam and Sofia travel the world on their scooter, visiting a new country (or two US States) each month and send a package in the mail to your child. Packages arrive full of goodies including a letter, souvenirs, activities and online games! Award-winning Little Passports has been featured in Parenting Magazine, Real Simple’s Holiday Gift Guide, the Wall Street Journal and many more!

Every month in the World Edition subscription, follow  Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.

With the USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.

Little Passports is recommended age 7 to 12 years old. Children and their parents absolutely love Little Passports! Give your child an awesome monthly gift that will teach them all about the world they live in!

Pst! If you are a blogger be sure to check out the Little Passports Affiliate Program! Awesome!

COMING SOON! Jim Henson’s Teeny Tiny Dogs

Jim Henson’s Teeny Tiny Dogs is a puppet preschool series that follows the hilarious shenanigans of four teeny tiny dogs, Dinky, Butch, Butterfly, and Polly, during their day at doggie daycare. Despite their teeny tiny size these four furry friends have BIG FUN and invite the viewers to join their playful pack. This classic canine comedy puppet series is produced by The Jim Henson Company (Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train) and created by Howard Baker (Rugrats).

Integrated into Jim Henson’s Teeny Tiny Dogs is an inspiring 21st Century educational curriculum researched and developed by the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center: How to be happy! The GGSC’s curriculum introduces cutting-edge practices, including mindfulness, gratitude, awe, hope, altruism, and compassion— an all in one, HAPPINESS curriculum. Preschool is the perfect (and crucial) age to start learning how to cultivate happiness skills and our teeny tiny dogs model and discover all of the ways that kids can cultivate happiness into their daily lives.

Preschoolers and their parents are going to have a rolling, romping, digging, tail chasing, dog-piling fun time with their new puppy pals in Jim Henson’s Teeny Tiny Dogs! It’s time to get happy and play with Teeny Tiny Dogs!

The “animatic” for this new show can be previewed over at Amazon! This animatic is only a step in the shows development process that is used to reform the look, tempo and story of the series.  An animatic is a colored storyboard with voiceover.  There are a couple of scenes with the new puppet character Dinky because the final series will be a puppet production.  This is not the final show!  The completed show will star lots of Henson puppet dogs! Watch it here – hope you enjoy!