Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dive Into Your Imagination - a review

My kids love the ocean! They love anything to do with sea animals and the sea. Zachary is my biggest fan of sea creatures. While at the beach recently he spent hours with his goggles watching all the critters in the sea. So, naturally a video and accompanying curriculum about what lives in the sea would be very appealing to him!

We recently reviewed a video and the accompanying PDF curriculum for "Who Lives in the Sea". It is one of three video/curriculum sets done by Annie Crawley (aka "Ocean Annie"). Ocean Annie's desire is to create a love for all things ocean related. Along with this love she hopes children, and adults alike, will learn to respect and care for the creatures of the sea! My kids already love the ocean, but they are always anxious to learn more.

They loved the video, especially Zach, my animal lover. With the video came 2 PDF educator guides. One for the Pre-K to Kindergarten level, and one for the 1st-3rd grade level (each of them are over 300 pages long!) Since I have one rising 2nd grader and one rising Kindergartener we used bits and pieces of both levels. Paul really didn't do this curriculum with us, since he's a past the grade levels and he has so many other things going on I didn't add this to his plate. Zach and Molly loved the accompanying worksheets and activities. They couldn't get enough of it, and learned a great deal. We focused on the first unit about dolphins for a few weeks. You can definitely do it faster then we did, but they were enjoying the dolphins so much we just stuck with that. They learned ALL about dolphins and were even more excited about seeing the dolphins on our recent beach trip!

The DVD can be watched in its entirety (about 45 minutes) or it can be broken in to chapters based on what you are studying. The chapters are:

Let's Swim With the Dolphins
Playtime With the Sea Lions
Baby Birds and Their Families
Dinosaurs of the Sea: Marine Reptiles
Eight Armed Animals
Living Forever Under the Sea
Nudi, Nudi, Nudibranchs
Whale Sharks: World's Biggest Fish
Bonus Chapter: The Ocean Alphabet

We have watched it in it's entirety and the kids can't wait to learn about all the other animals and see the amazing photography of the ocean!

Ocean Annie has also made two other videos with accompanying educator guides.
"Dive Into Diversity"

"What Makes a Fish a Fish?"

Each of the DVD's are available for $19.95

You can purchase the entire set of Educator Guides for all three DVD's for $299, or just one of the individual guides for $69.95. However, Annie is offering a wonderful deal for you!

"As a special for the Homeschool Crew and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and followers Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination, will gift you a set of PDFs with the purchase of the DVDs. When you place your DVD order, just let her know in the notes that you are a Homeschool Parent!"

There is also free shipping for the months of May and June!

Take a look at Annie's Store to purchase whatever products you desire! With this great deal I would suggest getting all the DVD's now!

These Educator Guides and DVD's would be a wonderful summer science program if you are looking for something fun and easy to add to your day this summer! Or use them for your Science curriculum for next school year! We plan on finishing the current DVD we already have this summer! The kids will be learning and think they are just having fun!

Don't forget to head over to the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog to see what my CrewMates had to say about these products!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the above mentioned items in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions stated here are my own, honest opinions. There was no other compensation given for this review.

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