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Curiosity Quest DVDs ~ Product Review

by Dawn Oaks on April 16, 2014

It is so easy, especially as you are nearing the end of the school year, to find yourself in a good Old Fashioned Homeschool Rut. Our family tries to combat this by adding in some fun extras to curriculum that is starting to feel old and stale. Documentaries related to our science studies is always a big win. As we reviewed both the DVD Combo Pack – Produce and the DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea, it helped us to remember exactly why mixing things up a little bit was good. Both of these DVDs are produced by Curiosity Quest.

Curiosity Quest Review

What We Received:

Our family was blessed to receive both the Produce and Swimmers of the Sea DVD Combo Packs. The Produce Combo Pack contained segments on the growing and harvesting of oranges, cranberries, and mushrooms. Each of these three segments was about 30 minutes in length. The Swimmers of the Sea Combo Pack also had three 30 minute segments. These segments highlighted Salmon, Penguins, and Sea Turtles.

  

The Curiosity Quest video presentations are produced with viewers between the ages of 7 and 14 in mind. However, once they begin playing, the whole family may be found to be lured right in. The combo pack DVDs retail from the Curiosity Quest website for $24.95.

How We Used Them:

When the DVDs from Curiosity Quest first arrived, our family sat down together and watched the three episodes on the Swimmers of the Sea Combo Pack. There were interesting facts learned by all, but those that loved these videos the most were our sons who are 9 and 13. They were especially intrigued by the information on this first DVD as we have been studying the ocean and its creatures this year. These segments were a perfect tie-in to our studies. The boys were especially excited to hear facts and terminology that were presented in their science curriculum. The DVD was both great encouragement of all that we have in fact learned this year and also a terrific review.

Our family also watched the three episodes on the Produce Combo Pack. As farmers, we are always fascinated by how things are grown in this world. There are always lots of questions by our family on the techniques used and how they compare to the way things originally grew.

Whether watching the Swimmers of the Sea pack or the Produce pack, a huge added value of these videos was the fact that they are made on location. These are certainly not dry documentaries taken out of the archives from 50 years ago.

Our Thoughts:

The Combo Pack DVD sets from Curiosity Quest are very professionally put together. The on-location filming adds such a different dimension and thickness to the episodes that simply didn’t exist in most documentaries even 15 years ago. Joel Greene, who takes us on our journeys, is very personable and keeps the viewer’s attention. Some of the other features of these episodes that increase the overall quality are:

  • The solid scientific knowledge base and terminology that is presented.
  • Constant review of the material already presented to help with retention of the key elements of the segment.
  • Fun facts that provide the viewer with interesting tidbits of trivia related to the main topic of the episode.
  • Key questions that are presented and then children that responds with their own answers.  Some are right on target and others had a bit of comic relief.
  • A viewer rating of G, which is difficult to find in this day and age.

All in all, our 9 year definitely had the most interest in watching each episode. This falls right in line with the producer’s recommended age range of 7 to 14 year old children. However, my husband and I discovered new and interesting things by joining in this video experience. Our teens were a bit too cool to admit that they too were learning and enjoying these video resources when no one was making a big deal about it.

Curiosity Quest has many, many more video segments produced in like manner available for purchase. There are also some monthly subscriptions that will provide your family with exposure to new episodes each month.

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During the next five days, we will explore different ways to assist our struggling learners when homeschooling. Our time will be spent on curriculum, natural health and diet strategies, helping them to shine, and more. For today though, our focus is on one  word

Encouragement

I remember dreaming as a little girl of being a mommy some day. My baby doll would be wrapped in a receiving blanket as I fed my little one a bottle. During this time, that baby doll, her name was Susie, would be held close to my heart and I would tell her how much mommy loved her. I am thankful in looking back that God had provided me with a mother that demonstrated this to us in all that she did.

As I was expecting my first child, my desires had not changed. I always wanted a baby to love. My motivation and intent was not to have children to just foster the next Albert Einstein or Betsy Ross. Yes, as a mom, I want to raise children that can be world changers, but more than anything I want to love them and encourage them knowing that God will take care of the rest. Even this can sometimes be difficult when your reality is the day in and day out of working with a struggling learner.

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In looking back, I don’t think I can identify a greater time in my life that exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit was as essential as it was in the day to day working and discipling of our child with special learning needs when doing school. The Lord used those days and continues to demand much. The demands to exemplify the Fruit of the Spirit can feel like they totally deplete what reserves I have available; only to realize that it is in being emptied that God is desiring to stretch and grow me even more.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

So many times I stopped reading at the end of this verse, but allow us to skip down to chapter 6 verse 2.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

 Today’s post, Mom and Dad, are for you. Not a day goes by that  you do not carry the burden of your child that struggles in learning. The world judges us by our outward accomplishments and so many times we fear that the beauty in our special needs children will go overlooked, because they are not successful according to worldly standards. We grow tired and become depleted. Our world can feel lonely when we are in the midst of parents whose children seem to be receiving every accolade and high honor. We can feel like failures, because certainly we should be able to teach our child to subtract, write their letters in the right direction, or teach them to read.

Today, I want you to know that you are not alone. First and foremost, God the Father is standing beside you in loving your child and being faithful to never leave you depleted if you invite Him to fill you when you feel as if you have nothing left to give. There are also multitudes of other families that have struggling learners who understand. Don’t allow yourself to believe that you are alone or that you have failed. God has a special plan for your child. It may not look like the plan for your other children or the child down the street, but it will shine forth like gold in due time.

God simply calls us to be faithful for today and He will supply the strength and wisdom for tomorrow when tomorrow arrives just as He provided daily nourishment to the Israelites in the manna that fell from heaven with each new dawn. Do not lose heart or give up!

This post was for you. Be encouraged so that you may encourage others. Tomorrow, we will tackle a more practical side of homeschooling the special learner through curriculum choices.  So please stay tuned!

Many of my fellow crew mates are also participating in this week’s 5 day Blog Hop with each blogger writing on a different topic related to their homeschool experience. Below are links to just nine of my fellow bloggers series for this week. As you can see there is a wide range of topics and knowledge that we can gleam from one another. Below the links is the button that you can click on to access all the blogs and topics being written about this week. All in all there are about 70 bloggers participating.

Anne Marie @ Future.Flying.Saucers ~ Christian Worldview 101
Marya @ Suncoast Momma ~ Homeschooling Special Needs
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break ~ Ordinary Homeschooling
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Our Favorite Family Recipes
Gena @ I Choose Joy! ~ Homeschooling Middle School
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews ~ Free and Frugal Homeschooling
Monique @ Living Life and Learning ~ Homeschooling with Lapbooks
DaLynne @ For the Display of His Splendor ~ Diagramming the Proverbs

April Blog Hop

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