Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curiosity Quest: DVD Combo Pack {Crew Review}

If you are looking for a great new video to use for Science in your homeschooling,  or if your children are simply interested in learning Science through television, look no further than Curiosity Quest.  These wonderful videos are jam-packed full with information, teaching kids through a short video at home.  My entire family loved these videos and have watched them repeatedly since we first received these videos a few weeks ago.

Joel Greene takes us on an adventure of it's own through each video.  The videos are DVD Combo Pack- Produce and DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea.  He takes you through every step of the process, discussing unusual details and digging for information so you gain a thorough understanding of what you are learning about.  The best thing is these videos are fun and  encouraging to watch, leaving you wanting to see more.  

Throughout the videos there are questions asked and answered that also help to build the understanding of what you are learning about.  These questions are directed to children just like yours who give their best guesses and are followed with the correct answer so that children really get the answer to the question given.  This makes kids laugh and leaves them with the fact stuck in their heads so they retain the information.  What a fun way to learn!

There are also Fun Facts shared by children throughout the videos.  These Fun Facts are a quick piece of information shared.  Since this comes from a kid to a kid, it also allows children to better retain the information so they learn.  Just another great part of the videos.

As I mentioned above, my entire family LOVED these videos, from Grandma to my one year old.  My 11 year old learned so much from them that she never knew before viewing the videos.  She wasn't able to decide which video she liked best.

We received two Curiosity Quest videos.  DVD Combo Pack - Produce was about Cranberries, Mushrooms and Oranges, while the other video, DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea was about Salmon, Sea Turtles and Penguins. Both videos shared the same format for learning as I mentioned previously.

We learned that Mushrooms are a fungus.  The first step in growing them is hay, which is broken down to become soil by adding water and other ingredients to help make it rich for the mushrooms to grow.  Through this video we were able to see how large mushrooms grow and what they are used for.

In the next video we learned about Cranberries and were able to see fresh Cranberries harvested.  Cranberries are not grown in water as most people think.  They are grown dry and grow on vines, much like grapes but on the ground.  They are buoyant so water is added at harvest to help boost the cranberries from the ground making them easier for the harvester to pick.  They are perennials so they regrow year after year if they are well cared for.

Last we learned about Oranges on this particular video.  Oranges bruise easily causing rot to form.  People are used to pick oranges because machines are much more brutal causing the fruit to bruise, leading to the breakdown of the fruit.  Orange flowers are also used for making orange honey.  Bee keepers pay the orange farm to bring their bees so they can make this sweet treat.  Oranges are inspected under black lights so that bruising and rot shows up easily.  These bad fruits are then separated to be used for making penicillin and other medicinal forms.

This information is from only one of the two videos that we received for review.  We learned just as much from Salmon, Sea Turtles and Penguins.  Did you know that Sea Turtles have never evolved, remaining the same for millions of years?  Or that Florida has three sides of beaches, making it a great place to have Sea Animal rescues?  Sea Turtles can live with only one flipper.  Never use stainless steel hooks because they can get stuck in a sea animal and remain there for years to come.

Both these videos are amazing.  You can see for yourself by purchasing them from Curiosity Quest.  Each video is available for $24.95 each.  They are for ages 7-14.  They are well-worth the cost.

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