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Educational Videos

Our family has been watching educational videos as part of our daughter’s history curriculum. We recently purchased  several history videos from Drive Through History via the Homeschool Buyers Co-op Program…great site.

The videos are not only educational, but they are funny, fresh, and have a Christian Worldview, I like that. I think I enjoy watching them the most since I am the history lover in our family. My father was a history teacher amongst many things. I guess I inherited his love of history. I am one course short of a minor in history. Why didn’t I go ahead and take one more course????  Oh, well.

I would love to watch educational videos online, but alas, we have satellite for Internet and are limited on our daily download allowance. You Tube or anything similar eats up download allowances in a heart beat. We can watch them if we are willing to stay up until 2:00 a.m. when the restrictions are lifted. You have free reign from 2:00 a.m. until 6:59 a.m. Yes, I have actually stayed up a few times to download videos and such. My body hates me the next day, but I do it because my visual spatial learner benefits from it.

What educational videos do you and your family watch? Are there any that are clearly outstanding? Any that are a total waste of time? Share your insight with everyone.

                           

 

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Picture This: Visual History

We have been experimenting with different history supplements lately. I am a history LOVER, but my daughter HATES history. Right now, we are reviewing Heritage History’s Ancient Rome. It uses living books. So far, the resource is very good, but it is probably not going to be a solid fit for my visual spatial learner.

I have heard of Drive Thru History many times. I finally decided to preview a few of the You Tube videos with my daughter. She couldn’t stop laughing. That is not a bad thing. She wasn’t laughing because it was dumb, on the contrary, she was interested in the clip. Dave Stotts humor brought on the fits of laughter.

                                          

I am particularly interested in the American & Ancient History programs. The site states the lessons are geared for 6th grade and up, but also says younger kids love the program just as much.

Since my daughter is so visual, the video lessons appeal to her learning style, and the humor doesn’t hurt. I like that the lessons are based on a Christian worldview; that is a plus. I also like the on-site locations. I don’t know about you, but I tend to engage more whenever I see places I am learning about; it helps make it more real for me. However, I feel the resource is definitely just a supplement, not a whole curriculum. We already use a super online curriculum as our core, so this would be an added bonus. I also read that the series meets curriculum standards established by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Here is what HSLDA says about the series:

Tired of getting history from a dusty old book? Check out Drive Thru History America! With a comedic style, host Dave Stotts travels through time in an H1 Hummer introducing his viewers to the people and places that helped shape the United States of America. Discover the character, faith, and experiences of America’s Founders as they developed this great country where we can worship, work, travel, and live in freedom!

If you are currently using this series, or have used it in the past, I am very interested in what you have to say. Please leave a comment for me telling me about your thoughts on the resource.  

 

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curriculum reviews

I’ve been looking at resources to supplement our homeschool history lessons, or some folks say homeschool social studies lessons. I want something that will engage my daughter because unlike me, she HATES history. How can she hate history when she has my genes?? 

I am considering  video lessons because she is a visual spatial learner. However, I don’t want online video lessons because I am on satellite and my daily Internet usage is limited. That means no You Tube for us. OUCH!

Whenever I come across something I think might be interesting, I always check to see if there are any curriculum reviews of the product. I want to know what other folks think are the advantages and disadvantages of using the product. While their review won’t be my only deciding factor, I usually always learn something more about the product beyond what the resource pages from the company tell me.

I want to see a good mix of curriculum reviews (positive and negative) and see reviews that are pretty current. The reason for wanting to see a good mix of reviews is because I know everyone is different and we all learn differently. Sometimes what someone else sees as a disadvantage, I see as an advantage. Obviously I want current curriculum reviews because hopefully, if there is a major problem with the curriculum, the company has read about or heard about it and spent time making improvements…positive changes.

I don’t believe there is one “perfect” curriculum available, or at least not one for me. I like to use a healthy mix of supplements with one good core curriculum.

             

Help me in my quest for a good social studies supplement. Leave a comment telling me about the history program you are currently using. What do you like and dislike about it? What ages is geared toward? How much does it cost? I can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks in advance!

 

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Right On for the Right Brain Learner

My daughter is visual spatial learner. Her strength lies in the right brain. Majority of learners are left brain dominate. Schools primarily teach to the left brained learner. My daughter thinks in pictures. She is ultra creative, logical, artsy, mechanical, and very bent on being her own person. In the natural (sequential) world of learning, she is a failure, however, I realize her amazing strengths, and further, I insist she realize her amazing strengths!

She sees movies as she reads or listens because she engages all her senses. She learns in 3-D, she gets the “Big Picture”, she is a pattern finder, she turns work into play, she thinks outside the box, she is very emotional–her feelings and emotions intermingle… Her mind is like a computer. She can create, file, and pull up visual information as needed.

Visualizing works for all types of thinkers, but it is home base for picture thinkers. Impatient picture thinkers never look at anything long enough to make a picture. They have need to be taught to take just a few seconds longer when trying to create a real and lasting visual memory. She sees ideas in 3-D, like computer animation with depth. She sees the whole picture and not parts. She can examine relationships and connections. She can quickly scan her senses to check what she has taken in (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, sensing) and mentally connect the dots that spell out what is going on. She can make pictures to represent ideas. She is adept at finding patterns. If a recurring pattern is present, she will find it. This means she learns math facts better when she is aware of interconnecting number patterns.

Trying to teach math to a visual learner involves more than just drill work. Rote memorization or old-fashioned drill work is futile! Playing games that use number patterns works far better than old-fashioned drilling since her memory doesn’t hold isolated, disconnected facts. She is able to find patterns that others often overlook. She isn’t comfortable following linear lines of thought–her mind doesn’t work step by step. She can take in the step by step process, but without the big picture, it simply fades away.

She does need time to try out her ideas to make sure they are going to work–processing time. She is moody–she can take off and fly with an idea if she is upbeat and feeling confident, or be sullen and refuse to even give it a try if she is feeling upset, confused, angry, or depressed. Her feelings and emotions intertwine with her learning. Her emotions affect her way of thinking. She loves to have fun. She is eager to explore nature, curious about her surroundings, delights in unusual discoveries… She is either stirring up an argument or playing the clown, devising ways to liven things up. She needs a rich, colorful, stimulating environment to thrive. This is part of why others find her interesting and fun. She livens things up and provides a much-needed zest to life. Thus, homeschooling is the perfect avenue for my right brain learner.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Helpful

 

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