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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Go Science DVDs (Series 2) By Library and Educational Services (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Go Science Review

My children and I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of Go Science DVD's (Series 2) by Library and Educational Services.

The first one we watched was Volume 2 which was broken up into two topics: Life Science and Weather.

Go Science Review

Life Science included:
  • Flashlight-Animal Eyes
  • Animal Skulls
  • Bobby Pins
  • What Are You Looking At?
  • How Much Do Your Lungs Hold?
  • Eating Nails for Breakfast
  • Naked Egg
Weather included:
  • Fire Tornado
  • Ping Pong Cannon
  • Liquid Nitrogen Cloud
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Garbage Can Vortex
We also watched Volume 7 which included Engineering/Design and Flight

Go Science Review

Engineering/Design included:
  • How Much Will It Hold
  • Leaning Tower of Lyra
  • Nail Balance
  • Trebuchet
  • Centrifuge
  • Walking on Eggs
  • Bed of Nails - Small
The DVDs are recommended for ages 4-12. My oldest son, age 13, did watch some of the videos but thought the experiments were too simple, so I would stick with the ages recommended. The cost of each video is $8.97.

About the DVDs

The Go Science DVDs include brief segments (lasting an average of less than 10 minutes) of various science experiments. They are done by teacher Ben Roy in front of a group of students. He uses the students to help with each experiment.

The experiments do not have to be watched in any kind of order.

These DVDs are Christian based and all end with a biblical lesson.

Our Thoughts

Below are the reasons I enjoyed these DVDs:
  • The segments were short and entertaining
  • Ben Roy seemed to really connect with the students and you can see this in the DVDs
  • The manner in which Ben tied the experiments with a biblical life lesson was well done
  • There were a good amount of experiments
  • A lot of the experiments shown could be done at home
As much as I enjoyed the science segments, my children however, did not. As I mentioned before, my 13-year-old thought the experiments were too simple. (This may not have been the case had he watched some of their other volumes). 

My youngest didn't appreciate that every experiment ended with a biblical lesson. He felt that because they were experiments they should have dealt strictly with science. Maybe he would have enjoyed it more if the biblical topics would have been interspersed among some of the experiments instead of all of them.

Here's a sample video from their Volume 1 DVD- Sound:


To read reviews about the other Go Science DVD volumes (there are 7 of them), click on the banner below.

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

New York City Through the Eyes of a Lens


One World Trade Center photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie
One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower)
One World Trade Center is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex. It is 105-stories high and is the tallest building in the United States due to its radio antenna which helps it reach 1,776 feet.

New York City Transportation Hub photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie
Transportation Hub
Once completed the Transportation Hub will be located between World Trade Center 1 and 2.

Twin Memorial Pool photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Twin Memorial Pool

Twin Memorial Pool photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Twin Memorial Pool
Twin Memorial Pool photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Twin Memorial Pool
Twin Memorial Pool photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Bronze parapets surrounding each Memorial pool with the names of those that died on 9/11 and during the WTC bombing in '93
To learn more about the memorial, you can visit 9/11 Memorial.

New York City FDNY Memorial Wall Story photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
FDNY Memorial Wall Story

New York City FDNY Memorial Wall Story photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
FDNY Memorial Wall Story

New York City FDNY Memorial Wall Story photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
FDNY Memorial Wall Story

New York City FDNY Memorial Wall Story photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
FDNY Memorial Wall Story

This is a memorial to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. To learn more about this wall, visit FDNY Memorial Wall.

Statue of Liberty Photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

View of Manhattan Photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
View of Manhattan from the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

New York City Times Square Photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Times Square
Wall Street (street sign) photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com


Family Photo at Central Park by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Central Park

New York City Subway Photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
Subway
Other places we visited include the 3-story Toys-R-Us store which is located at Times Square, and the Lego store, located near Rockefeller Center.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn located on Pearl Street. It was a nice hotel and their breakfasts were delicious! Parking was $20 a day.

We had a great time in New York City and if you have never been there, I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list. I want to leave you with this one tip, when buying from a vendor, make sure you ask the vendor how much their food is prior to placing your order. We learned this the hard way after paying $50 for 8 hot dogs and 2 bottles of water.


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Friday, May 30, 2014

What on Earth Can I Do? by Apologia Educational Ministries (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Apologia What On Earth Can I Do Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
I have always been interested in the products offered by Apologia Educational Ministries. I was recently given the opportunity to review their hardback book What on Earth Can I Do?, which is Volume 4 of their Biblical Worldview series. I was also given their optional resources which include: What on Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal, What on Earth Can I Do? Junior Notebooking Journal, and their What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book

The hardback book is recommended for children in Grades 1 - 6. I used it with both my 2nd and 7th grade children. The optional notebooking journals were a great addition as each spiral-bound book included questions that were geared towards the different ages of my children.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Guess Where I'll Be Going Soon

New York City by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

My family and I will soon be going to New York City. Being that I have siblings who live in New York, I have been there on several occasions, however this time we will be going as tourists. Have you ever been to New York City?

Some of the places we plan on visiting is the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Museum of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, Central Park, and Toys-R-Us (They have a large indoor Ferris Wheel that we just have to see.). I'm sure there will be other things we'll see as time allows.

Is there any other place that you feel are a "must see" while I'm there? If so, please share under comments below.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

How to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child in a Creative Manner

How to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child in a Creative Manner by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie

Until recently, I have not used a writing curriculum for my oldest child, except for last year when I wrote an Essentials in Writing Review. When my oldest son was younger he would shed tears over writing which quickly moved me to look for a better way to offer him writing opportunities. I wanted him to enjoy writing, and if I couldn't get him to enjoy it, I wanted to at least make it more meaningful for him.