We are all about preschool lately! In my home, we don’t receive any television service and aren’t in an area where we can get local channels without installing an outside antenna. So, we depend largely on DVD’s for entertainment (and the internet for news). Often times, most of the time, this is a blessing, but it sure makes it difficult when we are bored with the movies we have or the kids just need something different. I’m thrilled to be bringing you a review of a fun new series called Rachel and the Treeschoolers geared towards the preschool kiddos!
If you’ve seen Signing Time, then you’ll recognize Rachel Coleman. This series is along the same lines as that, only it’s meant for the little ones. They learn about life through music and movement, with a little signing thrown in as well. This episode, A Rainy Day, taught my kiddos about rain, weather, and addressed things like the fear of thunder. She even talked about dressing appropriately for the weather, and explained how clouds form, all on a level my preschool toddlers understood! Yes – my two year old twins have been going around for two weeks now signing rain, cloud, and weather!
The only thing I took possible issue with was the chameleon character. Her name is Chroma, which I’ll readily admit is better than the possible “charma” they could have chosen as this name makes it all about color, but she definitely gives off a meditation sort of vibe that I’m not entirely comfortable with. There wasn’t anything in this episode that I found objectionable, but it’s something for the conscious Christian parent to be aware of and remember to watch with your preschool kiddos!
The DVD comes with a separate music CD, which my kids love! We can take it in the car and listen to it to keep kids occupied in the car, or run it through our computer so we can have access to it digitally and listen through our computer speakers as well. My kids really actually loved the theme song best; the Rachel and the Treeschoolers song is quite catchy! There were songs about clouds (tiny, tiny, tiny bits of ice… floating, floating, floating all around…) and songs about thunder and lightning, rhyming, itsy bitsy spider, and more! On the website you’ll even have access to an activity guide – one for parents, and one for teachers.
All in all we’ve really enjoyed this episode and will likely look for more of them, as well as the other series from Two Little Hands Productions. I’ve heard of Signing Time before but didn’t realize there were so many different series for it, and haven’t seen it, and now I know it’s great quality stuff. Keep an eye out for these, and let me know what your favorite preschool shows are! Do you watch Signing Time or any of its sister shows with your preschool kids?
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