My heart has been heavy since the calendar switched from July to August. Normally, the change of the month and all of the back to school commercials would be bring my joy but not this year. This year, my baby bird is leaving the nest for “Big School”. She has attended preschool in the past and it was only half days. By the time I got home from work, I would get to spend a few hours with my beautiful girl one on one.
This year, when the big yellow school bus pulls up, my three children will get on and head out for a full day of school. With my oldest, I was excited to move to each step. I couldn’t wait to see where that adventure would take us. With my middle, I was eager from him to start school. He was bored at home and needed as much attention as a mommy with a brand new baby needed time to nap! DD4 is a late August baby whereas her brothers where both early year babies. They had an extra half a year before they started JK. and I’m not sure if it is because she is the baby or if its because she is the only girl, but I’m worried about her going off to big school. She is a strong, independent little girl, but she will be in a new environment, completely different to everything she’s seen before and on top of it she’ll be thrown in a world that speaks a different language (French)! Will she be OK without being surrounded by her family? Will she make friends or be all alone?
Last week, I wanted to spend some quality time with DD4. After a busy day of playing, she had decided to take a break and watch Netflix. The show that she chose was a computer-animated television series, based on Chris Gall’s illustrated children’s books called #DinoTrux. The show was released on August 14, 2015, so we hadn’t seen it before. It features a fictional prehistoric world inhabited by hybrid characters that are part dinosaur and part mechanical construction vehicle. I like the concept of meshing the two of my kids’ favourite categories together and the graphics were really cool, but it wasn’t until we dove into the story line that I felt a connection to the show.
The story begins with a T-Trux named Ty. He wakes up from his nap to an earthquake and a volcano eruption. Has he scrambles for his life, saving baby DinoTrux along the way. Suddenly, a huge bolder is launched from the volcano and separates him from his home. Lost in a strange place all alone, he runs into an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux, named D-Structs, who challenges him to a duel. Ty fights hard but looses. D-Struct banishes him from the area. Just when he is down and out, Revvit, a Reptool, and other inhabitants team up to defend their new home and work from the evil D-Struct.
There’s nothing like the powerful messages of friendship and acceptance to help give children hope as they enter a new and unfamiliar environment, like school. For lessons about friendship, teamwork and overcoming difference I highly recommend sharing Netflix’ new show #DinoTrux.