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The Big Submarine
The Big Submarine
by Little Mammoth Media

See what it's like to live underwater for months at a time. Discover how a submarine works. Visit the conning tower, bridge, kitchens, torpedo room and more. You'll learn about the very first submarines and how submarines help scientists find out about life deep in the ocean.

Age: 5 Year-olds | Title: The Big Submarine  |  Company: Little Mammoth Media

See what it's like to live underwater for months at a time. Discover how a submarine works. Visit the conning tower, bridge, kitchens, torpedo room and more. You'll learn about the very first submarines and how submarines help scientists find out about life deep in the ocean.

This video explores the ocean deep with the largest submarine in the Navy known as the Trident Submarine.  The movie starts out by informing your child that earth consists of 73 percent water and takes us to Kingsland, Georgia where the Navy is preparing to set sail on a Trident Submarine.  This will captivate your child's curiosity as the facts of life at sea are delivered in an exciting and easy to understand format.  The narration is done by children throughout the entire learning journey.  Words associated with the activities on screen are colorfully portrayed to help your child associate each object or activity with its appropriate title.  Different Navy officers of varying ranks are interviewed and parts of their jobs are demonstrated so that children can not only learn about submarines and their oceanic home, but also the way they operate and the jobs that are important to successfully running a submarine mission.

 

As your child watches The Big Submarine they will be learning many fascinating facts about the use of submarines and will likely have many questions.  You can help to make their learning experience more meaningful by offering more in depth answers or by researching the answers together.  This can provide an important bonding experience around learning that will help make it a special and enjoyable activity for both you and your child. Your child may want to watch this video again and again, and don't be surprised if they come away with a new fascination about submarines.

 

Last year I toured a submarine with my friend and her five year-old son Harry. He was a little nervous at first, but once inside, he was fascinated by all the activity and familiar surroundings. He was surprised that there were kitchens and dining rooms, as well as "play" rooms and even a gym. He loved the sleeping quarters and couldn't believe how "cool" the control room looked. After that visit, he decided he wanted to be a “submarine person" instead of a fireman. For Christmas, I have Harry this video and we have watched it over and over again. He says it brings back all the "fantastic" memories of his visit to a real submarine.

 

--Kendall

Filmmaker William VanDerKloot was watching kids' videos with his children. He was disappointed with what he saw... and what he didn't. With a few notable exceptions, most children's videos were poorly done and overly simplistic. "It seemed as if very little effort was put into the research or production of those products," said VanDerKloot. "Many looked like amateur home videos."

Then he got an idea.... A Peabody award-winning director/producer, VanDerKloot decided to produce one himself. The first subject came to him while driving past the Atlanta airport in a car full of children. As they drove down I-75, a giant plane took off overhead. Immediately VanDerKloot was bombarded with questions from the kids, "What kind of plane is that?" How fast is it going?" "How many passengers are in it?" The Big Plane Trip, the first video in The Big Adventure Series®, was born.

But VanDerKloot did not want to make a simplistic video "just for kids." Each subsequent video in the series, is constructed with various levels of information so that an entire family, from the youngest to the oldest, can enjoy and learn something new with every viewing. "There is something that happens when you become a parent," says VanDerKloot. "You begin to look at the world through the eyes of a child. Suddenly the normal becomes the extraordinary and you see things in a whole new way."

The Big Adventure Series® shows how things work with a child's sense of wonder. And who better to critique an adventure-in-progress than kids themselves. The team at Little Mammoth holds a number of screenings for children's groups while videos are in their rough edit stage. Utilizing the input, the videos are modified. The results are productions that have received national acclaim from the critics, and most importantly, from families and children.

This hard work has paid off. The BIG Adventure Series®, which is now sixteen titles strong, has received dozens of awards and citations from such organizations as Parent's Choice, Kids First!, Video Librarian, CINE, and International Monitor Awards.

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