It was a typical day at the library. The story lady was trying to read a story to the wiggly toddlers. The children's computers were loud and distracting, only a few feet away.
As the computers beckoned the lively children, they wandered over to faceless gods where fist fights broke out as the children fought over who would have the privilege to sit glassy eyed in the seat of worship.
Frenzied mothers sat bleary eyed as they brushed through the mental fog to attempt to maintain order in this chaotic moment.
Yes, it was a typical day at the library story time.
At the end of my patience and overloaded with stress, I took my daughter's hand to leave the land of upheaval, when I was met with a typical tantrum.
Arms flailing, voice breaking the sound barrier, my little princess turned into Mrs. Hyde, stimulated beyond capacity to endure the activity.
In an effort to break the spell, I grabbed the first thing that I could reach on the shelf. It happened to be a video.
" See, honey? How about we get this video and watch it when we get home? OK?"
Attention successfully diverted, my little princess returned and we checked out the video and walked peacefully to the car.
Whew. Another day at the library gone by.
KIDS IN MOTION
I looked at the cover of this mysterious video. KIDS IN MOTION with SCOTT BAIO. Scott Baio? Heck, this video was OLD! Made in 1987 featuring Julie Weissman, an expert in creative dance an movement, this video looked interesting, but I was not expecting too much.
I did get a kick out of the fact that the TEMPTATIONS did the theme song on the tape.
I popped the video into the machine.
My daughter sat still. For an HOUR!
My daughter does not sit still for more than two minutes at any given time unless she is sleeping, and even then she is constantly moving!
I was shocked at the power of this video to hold her attention.
As the week went on, my daughter would beg to see this video. She would not do anything with it, but would be fascinated to watch the children. There were a couple of days when she watched this video three times in a row.
Finally the day came to return the video. I could not find it. That crazy kid hid it.
She did not want to take it back to the library.
With a replacement fee of $30, I was at loose ends to find the video. Finally I located it, and returned it to the library.
My daughter was depressed. We got out the video one more time a few weeks later, and the system repeated itself. I had to locate the hidden video to return it.
WHERE DO YOU GET THIS VIDEO?
Well, I tried to find this video in several places. This was the most frustrating of all experiences.
I tried www.amazon.com, www.half.com, www.ebay.com, and other places where I could find used or older videos.
There is a CD with the soundtrack of the video that is found widely, but the visual is what I wanted.
I found one copy, waited the few weeks to receive it with a tremendous buildup to our excited daughter, but it was taped over with news reports of Bill Clinton. Our daughter will probably hate that man for eternity for taking away her precious video......(grin)
Well, by now, we had a very frustrated child on our hands. I tried to record a copy from the library copy. The tape I used was bad, and I had to borrow the equipment in the first place to record it!
I finally found a copy on ebay, but we had severe lightning storms that day and I was unable to bid! I lost my only chance to find this crazy video.
At last a few weeks ago, I got an email from www.half.com that a copy was up for sale.
I purchased it and now my daughter is getting her fill of KIDS IN MOTION
WHAT IS THIS VIDEO LIKE?
KIDS IN MOTION is a creative exercise, dance, poetry, and movement video. Julie Weissman is a very pleasant woman dressed in bright colored leotard with a very happy attitude. She does not look fake or forced. She really seems to enjoy what she is doing.
There is a different group of children in each of the activities. Each activity features a song, with a specified activity.
There is a bean bag boogie song with instructions in the song of what to do with a beanbag. There is a song with nature interpretation- act like a spider, etc.called "Animal Action". There is a song about shadow dancing, and a song about enacting the way that food moves (Tummy Tango).
Greg and Steve, a singing duet who perform many of the songs on the video actually sit and sing with the kids in a very personal and friendly way in a sort of Barry Manilow sing along style.
The activities are creative and engaging.
The songs range from rocky to calypso, salsa to meditative.
Songs with poetry are enacted by the group in silhouette with really soft and quiet music.
The background is full of bright colors, and the children are dressed brightly as well.
Scott Baio is kind of obnoxious from time to time as he sticks his head up in the middle of every song/activity and says some coined comment, but our daughter does not seem to mind.
The songs are excellently done and the kids are delightful to watch. The assortment of people used in this video represent a great variety of personalities, appearances, and activity styles. Some children really participate, and others stand there embarrassed through a song or two.
There is a part one to the video of about 34 minutes long, and a part two that follows about the same length.
I really like this video. It is one of the few videos that I do not mind seeing/hearing over and over again.
There are two printings of this video. This is the second printing. The first was part one and part two on two different videos of 34 minutes each.
This video is over an hour long and has both parts on the video.
If you have young children of ages 2-5 years old, I would say that this video is worth looking up at the library or online at a used video source. It is still on www.amazon.com where people occasionally sell used copies.
I love the attitude of Julie, who is truly a delight to watch. She seems to enjoy herself sincerely with the kids, and dancing is carefree and childlike.
The colors are bright and energizing, and the rest songs are perfectly placed to calm the kids down.
I highly recommend this video, despite its age, if you can find it. The songs are timeless, and unique.
KIDS IN MOTION could actually be put out in DVD and still be current and loved by children today. (only the parents will know that Scott Baio is a LOT older today).
Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8
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