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Children’s education as a whole is always finding ways to keep your children engaged, informed, and entertained. Sometimes a curriculum forgets that the entertainment portion of education must be relevant; it’s not watching videos that are three decades old with music that these students’ grandparents listened to back in the day. “Hip Hop Harry” uses music and dance to address emotional skills, cognitive skills, creative skills, health skills, and more! It uses activities from Dr. Gordon Berry’s curriculum for children ages four to ten years old.
Harry, director at the after-school center Hip Hop Central, teaches the children that attend his center about the big topics: friendship, healthy living, imagination, creativity, and academics. What sets Harry a part from other educational series is that he uses rhythm, dance, and lyrics that represent our current pop culture. The catchy beats organically promote exercise by getting the students out of their seats and grooving to the music.
Many parents must agree that Hip Hop Harry is doing something right because this show has a Daytime Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Preschool Series”, Two Parents’ Choice Award seals of Approval and The Telly Award. A committee of parents, teachers, librarians, performers, and kids gave Hip Hop Harry the Parents’ Choice Award seal as an indication that it was not only safe for children to view but would help them grow in so many ways!
While you can find Hip Hop Harry online on websites like YouTube and Amazon Prime, you can also purchase the DVDs which are a great addition to any home or classroom. The “Move Those Feet” DVD includes three episodes that all focus on friendship and the importance of word choice. This DVD has a run time of 75 minutes and would be a great add-on to your current curriculum or a great after-school activity.