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YOU CAN CHOOSE! (video/dvd series)

For Grades K-5

Ten DVDs with teaching guides for grades K-5

You Can Choose! starts children on the path to making positive, healthful life choices. This delightful video series teaches young people valuable lessons that contribute to self-discipline, good decision-making, high self-esteem, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to get along with others.

Warm, humorous, and highly entertaining, You Can Choose! combines comedy, drama, music, peer-education, and role modeling into a lively format that captivates and challenges young viewers. Each program in the series presents a compelling dramatic skit depicting a problem situation which is very real for children. While the skits are performed by a lovable cast of characters, the problems are ultimately resolved by the children, themselves.

Each volume is approximately 25 minutes in length. A teaching guide is included with each video, providing plenty of discussion questions, writing assignments, and follow-up activities that support the lesson.

You Can Choose!, with Michael Pritchard, provides teachers, librarians, and counselors with a terrific springboard for group discussion, and a powerful enhancement to any character education or life skills curriculum.

vol. 1 You Can Choose: COOPERATION
Moose learns how to work cooperatively with others. When his insistence on always having his own way causes the breakup of his singing quartet, Moose discovers the benefits of cooperating, and learns what it takes to be a cooperative animal.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

vol. 2 You Can Choose: BEING RESPONSIBLE
Being responsible does not come easily to Rhonda Bird, especially when she must choose between having a good time and taking her responsibilities seriously. When a chance to go to Disneyland conflicts with her commitment to work on a class project, Rhonda agonizes over what to do. In the end, she makes the responsible choice, winning the respect of her friends and making her feel very good about herself.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

vol. 3 You Can Choose: DEALING WITH FEELINGS
Tuggy Turtle discovers the importance of being honest about his emotions. In trying to hide his fears about going on a weekend camp out, Tuggy makes himself miserable and almost ruins his friendship with Moose. Then he learns that it's best to accept his feelings and express them honestly and positively.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

vol. 4 You Can Choose: SAYING NO (to smoking)
Missie Mouse has to choose whether to say no to a friend or do something she knows is wrong. When Missie's best friend, Rhonda, tries to pressure her into smoking cigarettes, Missie agonizes over her options before finding that there are ways to say no without ruffling Rhonda's feathers.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

vol. 5 You Can Choose: DOING THE RIGHT THING
Doing the right thing often feels a lot better than doing whatever we think we can get away with. At least that's what Rhonda and Fiona discover when they find a lost wallet on the playground. The girls struggle with the temptation to spend the money before finally concluding that it's not theirs to spend. And when they see what it means to the person who lost it, they feel very good that they decided to do the right thing.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

vol. 6 You Can Choose: DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT
Missie Mouse must learn to keep perspective and deal with disappointment in a positive way. When her baseball team falls into last place, Missie almost gives up the sport before realizing that losing is not the same thing as being a loser.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

 
vol. 7 You Can Choose: APPRECIATING YOURSELF
Tuggy learns that being himself is a lot better than pretending to be something he's not. When he becomes troubled by feelings of inadequacy, Tuggy starts making up stories until his friends help him to recognize and appreciate his own true wonderful qualities.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

 
vol. 8 You Can Choose: ASKING FOR HELP
Moose learns not to let pride or embarrassment get in the way of asking for help. After ruining a group science project, Moose finds that the only good way to cope with his "secret" reading problem is to get the help he needs to overcome it.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

 
vol. 9 You Can Choose: BEING FRIENDS
Being best friends isn't always easy. In this DVD, Rhonda, Missie, and Fiona learn about the complex nature of friendship. When Missie is not invited to the "in" party, the three girls sort out some important issues about friendship and deal with what it means to be left out.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

 
vol. 10 You Can Choose: RESOLVING CONFLICTS
Tuggy and Rhonda learn that there are ways to resolve disagreements without fighting. When a dispute between them puts their class art project in jeopardy, Tuggy and Rhonda learn to work out interpersonal conflicts in a peaceful and positive way.
Learn More / View Video Clips . . .

 


Parents' Choice Award Winner

"The American Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse the series You Can Choose!"

-Albert Shanker, American Federation of Teachers

"We hope that elementary schools will choose to show You Can Choose! to all their students across the country. It would make the world work a little bit better for all of us."

-Peggy Charren, Action for Children's Television

Episode Descriptions

  • You Can Choose: COOPERATION (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn that cooperation is a basic life skill that helps us work successfully in groups and interact harmoniously with others.


    Children learn about the benefits of being a cooperative person.


    Children learn how cooperative people behave toward each other.

     

    THE STORY:

    In episode #1 of this video series, Moose learns how to work cooperatively with others. When his insistence on always having his own way causes the breakup of his singing quartet, Moose discovers the benefits of cooperating with others, and learns what it takes to be a cooperative animal.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: BEING RESPONSIBLE (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:


    Chil
    dren learn that being responsible makes them feel good about themselves, and makes others respect and appreciate them.


    Children learn what responsibility is and what the attributes of a responsible person are.


    THE STORY:

    In episode #2 of this video series, we see that being responsible does not come easily to Rhonda Bird, especially when she must choose betweeen having a good time and taking her responsibilities seriously.
    When a chance to go to Disneyland conflicts with her commitment to work on a class project, Rhonda agonizes over what to do. In the end, she makes the responsible choice, winning the respect of her friends and making her feel very good about herself.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: DEALING WITH FEELINGS (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn that other kids experience the same kinds of emotions as they do.

    Children learn that it's important to understand what
    we're feeling and to be honest about it.

    Children learn that we can often benefit by discussing our feelings with someone we trust.

    THE STORY:

    In episose #3 of this series, Tuggy Turtle discovers the importance of being honest about his emotions. In trying to hide his fears about going on a weekend camp out, Tuggy makes himself miserable and almost ruins his

    friendship with Moose. Then he learns that it's best to accept his feelings and express them honestly and positively.

    view video clips

      see all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose!: SAYING NO (to smoking) (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:


    Children learn that sometimes we have to say "no" to our friends.

    Children learn some good ideas for how to say "no" to a friend and still be cool.

    Children learn (or have it reaffirmed) that smoking is very definitely something to say "no" to.


    THE STORY:

    In this episode, #4 in the series, Missie Mouse has to choose whether to say no to a friend or do something she knows is wrong. When Missie's best friend, Rhonda, tries to pressure her into smoking cigarettes, Missie agonizes over her options before finding that there are ways to say no without ruffling Rhonda's feathers.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: DOING THE RIGHT THING (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn to think about whether something is right or wrong before making a choice.

    Children learn that there's an important difference between doing what's right and doing what they can get away with.

    Children learn guidelines for deciding what is the right thing to do.

    THE STORY:

    In episode #5 of this series, we see that doing the right thing often feels a lot better than doing whatever we think we can get awaywith. At least that's what Rhonda and Fiona discover when they find a lost wallet on the playground. The girls struggle with the temptation to spend the money before finally concluding that it's
    not theirs to spend. And when they see what it means to the person who lost it, they feel very good that they decided to do the right thing.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn ways of helping themselves keep perspective and handle disappointments constructively.

    Children learn that losing doesn't make them losers and failing doesn't make them failures.


    THE STORY:

    In this episode, #6 in the series, Missie Mouse must learn to keep perspective and deal with disappointment in a positive way. When her baseball team falls into last place, Missie almost gives up the sport before realizing that losing is not the same thing asbeing a loser.

    view video clips
    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: APPRECIATING YOURSELF (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children are encouraged to recognize and value the positive inner qualities they posses.

    Children are encouraged to recognize and value other  people's positive inner qualities.

    Children learn that it's important always to be themselves.


    THE STORY:

    In episode #7 in this series, Tuggy learns that being himself is a lot better than pretending to be something he's not. When he becomes troubled by feelings of inadequacy, Tuggy starts making up stories until his friends help him to recognize and appreciate his own true wonderful qualities.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: ASKING FOR HELP (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn that it's important to ask for help when they are having difficulties.

    Children learn not to let pride or embarrassment keep them from asking for help.

    Children learn that everyone needs help occasionally, and that it's nothing to be ashamed of.

    THE STORY:

    In the 8th episode of this series, Moose learns not to let pride or embarrassment get in the way of asking for help. After ruining a group science project, Moose finds that the only good way to cope with his "secret" reading problem is to get the help he needs to overcome it.

    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

  • You Can Choose: BEING FRIENDS (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:


    Children learn about the value of having good friendships.

    Children learn what makes good friendships work.

    Children learn that it's good to be open to friendships with people who are different.

    THE STORY:

    Being best friends isn't always easy. In this DVD (#9 in the series), Rhonda, Missie, and Fiona learn about the
    complex nature of friendship. When Missie is not invited to the "in" party, the three girls sort out some important issues about friendship and deal with what it means to be left out.

    view video clips

    download teaching guide

  • You Can Choose: RESOLVING CONFLICTS (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

    Children learn ways to work out conflicts without fighting.

    Children learn that name-calling makes matters worse.

    Children learn the importance and value of listening to each other.

    THE STORY:

    In this final episode in the series, Tuggy and Rhonda learn that there are ways to resolve disagreements without fighting. When a dispute between them puts their class art project in jeopardy, Tuggy and Rhonda learn to work out interpersonal conflicts in a peaceful and positive way.


    view video clips

    download teaching guidesee all titles in this series

Pricing & Ordering

Awards & Reviews

 

Parents' Choice Award

National Council on Family Relations

CINE Golden Eagle

California Children's Video Award

National Educational Film and Video Festival

 

What People Are Saying...

"The American Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse the series You Can Choose!"

- Albert Shanker, American Federation of Teachers

"A must for anyone helping youngsters to be happy and contributing members of society."

- Martha Dewing, Children's Video Report

"Fast-paced, challenging and ultimately beneficial to today's children who are sorely lacking in role models, the You Can Choose! series is top-notch educational entertainment for both school and public libraries. Highly recommended."

- Randy Pitman, Video Librarian

"Picking these videos for your kids is a right choice. Each is supportive of family values, fun, profound and not without a point or two for grownups."

- Scott Blakey, Los Angeles Times Syndicate

"Powerful concepts presented with humor and delight."

- Leroy Foster, National Council for Self-Esteem

"We hope that elementary schools will choose to show You Can Choose! to all their students across the country. It would make the world work a little bit better for all of us."

-Peggy Charren, Action for Children's Television

 

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Buying Options
Individual Titles - Pick & Choose Full Series - All Ten DVDs Item Bundles
Volume 1
You Can Choose: COOPERATION (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 2
You Can Choose: BEING RESPONSIBLE (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 3
You Can Choose: DEALING WITH FEELINGS (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 4
You Can Choose!: SAYING NO (to smoking) (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 5
You Can Choose: DOING THE RIGHT THING (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 6
You Can Choose: DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 7
You Can Choose: APPRECIATING YOURSELF (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 8
You Can Choose: ASKING FOR HELP (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 9
You Can Choose: BEING FRIENDS (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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Volume 10
You Can Choose: RESOLVING CONFLICTS (dvd)
featuring Michael Pritchard
Price $ 59.95
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YOU CAN CHOOSE! (video/dvd series)
Ten DVDs with teaching guides for grades K-5
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