I got this in a forward a week ago:
My two youngest have watched the Mathtacular DVDs 1 and 2 over and over. Well, the new 3rd edition came out so I immediately ordered it as they are wonderful supplements to any math curriculum. Christmas came and the children received a Wii from Grandma and Grandpa but what do my two youngest enjoy most and actually choose to do over the Wii - watch Justin!!!!
Fantastic! I'm glad that my children are more interested in MathTacular than the "amusement box."
I must admit that every time I hear things like this I find them hard to believe. It floors me that I have been involved in producing content that is the "favorite movie" of kids all around the world. "My" DVD can bring more joy than Nintendo?
Several years ago, right out of film school, I planned to produce movies that would impact viewers worldwide. Toward this end I started my own production company. It never went anywhere. And so after a year of struggling to find clients I gave up.
That started me producing media almost exclusively for Sonlight. Sure, I was making educational videos, but my dream had died. Everything I had worked toward had fallen through.
Today, for the first time, I finally put two and two together:
I've produced media that have impacted children worldwide.
So, in a sense, my dream came true--yes, I know, I'm dense because I didn't realize this sooner. But my dream didn't come true in the way I expected at all. The same is true, I believe, of our adoption journey: We expected to get pregnant, but didn't. Now we are on a path to another way for that dream to come true.
It hasn't been easy. It isn't easy now.
But it's good.
So what's better than a Wii?
Well, the MathTacular DVDs are one of those things.
But more than that: The profoundly odd way that life so often turns so that tragedy becomes a dream come true.
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father