{review & giveaway} Dolphin Tale 2

Winter is back! Dolphin Tale 2 hits theaters this Friday and I've got some fun freebies for you!

First here's a little about the movie:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”

The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed “Dolphin Tale,” wrote the sequel and is again at the helm. 

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. {source}

To go along wit the release of Dolphin Tale 2, there are two exciting things: 1. Homeschool Day at the movies and 2. a free curriculum - every homeschooler likes a bargain, right?!

The free curriculum can be found at Homeschool Movie Club. It is a well-written, thorough study of dolphins. Although it's written for five days of study, I think this curriculum could be rounded out with some books and writing to make it last a month. Here is the breakdown of the topics:

Lesson 1: Get to know dolphins: anatomy and physical science
Lesson 2: A day in the life of dolphins
Lesson 3: Dolphins in the ocean
Lesson 4: Aquarium life
Lesson 5: Dolphins and us

Each lesson includes a short video and downloadable .pdf file with vocabulary words, small experiments and exercises to reinforce what the student has learned. There is also a downloadable 77 page curriculum from Classical Conversations available on the same page. They are colorful, interesting and loaded with great information.  Here are a couple of examples from the Classical Conversations curriculum:

And it's free! You can't beat it!

To support the release of Dolphin Tale 2, the folks at Homeschool Movie Club have declared September 12 to be Homeschool Day at the movies! So find it in your local theater and head to the 12 noon matinee. Let's show Hollywood that homeschoolers have a voice and we use it to support good, wholesome family entertainment.

So what am I giving away to show our support of Dolphin Tale 2? Raise your hand if you'd like to win a Dolphin Tale 2 Prize Pack, containing a t-shirt and a pair of Dolphin Tale 2 sunglasses!

The giveaway will end on September 19 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email. Enter below!

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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