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Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales


Quiet Time Productions, LLC
www.quiettime.com

11333 Moorpark St. #228
Studio City, CA 91602
888-660-READ


Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales includes twelve 55-minute DVDs (each containing five stories), a music CD, and a 20-page downloadable lesson plan. The DVDs include classic stories like "The Three Bears," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Little Red Riding Hood" along with lesser know stories like "Why The Sea Is Salty," "Felecia and the Pink Flowers," and "The Little Oak Tree." The CD is a collection of 13 soothing original songs. The download gives tips on extending beyond the story telling and music to create reports, complete mazes and word searches, etc. Quiet Time Tales is created for ages 1-6, but my eight-year-old enjoyed them too.

Grab a blanket and snuggle up on a comfy couch or chair to watch Grandpa Read tell stories. Watch along as Grandpa Read's faithful dog, Champ, demonstrates rest beside his chair and Sparky and Wanda listen quietly from their goldfish tank. After a story is told, you can pause the DVD and do extension activities or allow children to narrate what they just watched. Pull out the lesson plan suggestions and do a little learning, or hit play and continue watching another story together. The CD is nice to listen to at bedtime or on car drives.

My kids enjoyed watching Quiet Time Tales. I liked the peacefulness it brought into my home by emphasizing quiet and promoting relaxed listening skills. Some of the volumes had technical flaws that caused them to repeat the opening sequence and not advance to the storytelling portion. That was a bit frustrating. There is supposed to be a star icon that rests over the selections and allows you to choose a specific story or select them all. This feature was missing from three of the volumes, making them impossible to watch. I reviewed the downloadable lesson plans but instead used my own informal, conversational approach after my children watched a story. A few times they acted out a story for their Dad once he came home from work. This approach worked for us and allowed me to confirm that they were listening and getting the messages and morals behind each story. My six-year-old son liked listening to the CD at bedtime.

I think Quiet Time Tales is a nice, restful way to sneak in some literary listening time. At the cost of $129, though, I think I'd be checking all of my DVDs immediately and contacting the company with any technical issues. Personally, I recommend visiting the website and purchasing a few volumes at $14.99 rather than purchasing the entire set. Our favorite volumes were 4,9,10, and 12. If you need to add some peaceful rest time into your child's day, Quiet Time Tales might be a good solution for you.



Product review by Heather Randall, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, June 2010


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