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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curiosity Quest answers "Why?" to many wonders. Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014

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Curiosity Quest Review

Do your kids often wonder Why? and How? some things are. I know I cannot remember a time when I did not hear the echo of those questions from my boys. Even now as teenagers I am still hearing it. Curiosity Quest helps answer those questions with their DVD Combo Packs. We  were sent two DVD Combo Pack- Produce and DVD Combo Pack Swimmers of the Sea. Each with 3 episodes, each episode covering a different topic. Hosted by Joel Greene, who keeps things fun and interesting without being corny. My boys often worry about shows like this, they feel like they are getting too old for learning shows such as this. These DVD's are geared for 7-14 year olds and my boys are just at the high end of this at 14 and 15.

They were however pleasantly surprised that these were not only enjoyable for them, but they learned something from each episode as well. It was refreshing to hear them say "Oh, I did not know that, how cool !" I sat and watched each episode with them and I found them equally enjoyable. There are fun Q and A sections throughout the episodes where Joel asks kids and adults fun factual questions and see what their answers are. There were some real groaners of answers but it was fun nonetheless. 
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On each episode you join Joel and his crew an on location virtual field trip.Who doesn't love a field trip? Our town is pretty boring so virtual field trips are fun when you can escape somewhere new when you flip on the DVD player. We had originally set out to watch one episode every couple days, but they were so much fun we watched an entire DVD with the 3 topical episodes on it in one sitting. So we did one DVD one week and the other the next. They are fun and easy to watch. The first DVD we watched was the Produce combo pack. In these episodes we learned about Oranges, Cranberries and Mushrooms. 

When I asked the boys what was one fact they thought was the coolest from this DVD they both agreed it was how the cranberries were harvested, how they over saturate their growing area, and that makes the cranberries float to the top and then they can easily harvest them. We are not huge cranberry fans in this house, but that did not stop us from enjoying the episode. 
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Growing up visiting Florida often I saw Orange Groves quite often, but my boys have never been in Citrus territory anywhere. So this was neat to be able to chime in and tell of my experiences when I was kid as we watched the episode.
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The Mushroom episode was our favorite as that is one of the staples in our house used in cooking, we always have cans, fresh and even fresh frozen. We never order a pizza without mushrooms either.  The boys were mesmerized by how many mushrooms were in one location. After watching this episode we have decided to give growing mushrooms a try in our garden this year. That is if it ever warms up and stays warm to plant here in Michigan. 

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The second Combo Pack we received was Swimmers of the Sea. Sea turtles, Salmon and Penguins Oh MY!  

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How we would love to get up close and personal with these dapperly dressed little creatures. The closest we have even gotten to a penguin was at the zoo, which means not that close. So much fun to learn about their habitat and what and how they eat. Makes me want to go visit the zoo. 

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Our absolute favorite was the Sea Turtle Episode, where we learned about not only Sea Turtles themselves but about The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys. Here is where injured turtles go for rehab or maybe to live forever depending on if it would be safe to return them to the Ocean. The coolest fact the boys loved hearing about and have shared with everyone we tell about the Curiosity Quest DVDs is that Some Sea Turtles grow to be as big as a Volkswagen. My boys are car guys, especially Alyx so this was fun to see him get excited about this detail.

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We saw hatchlings and "Senior Citizen" turtles. Makes me want to watch Finding Nemo, I loved Crush and Squirt. We learned about when you live close to the beaches where Turtle Hatchlings are born into the world, during hatching season you cannot keep lights on or the baby turtles will get confused and lost, as they follow the moonlight to the water but could easily mistake your streetlights and porch lights and go the wrong way. This is how many groups of hatchlings come to be at the Turtle Hospital. 

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The last episode was about Alaskan Salmon, my nephew is stationed in Alaska in the Army so it was neat to learn about something local for him. The most interesting fact about Salmon is that they are both Salt Water and Fresh Water fish. The boys were intrigued by this. We recently went to a screening of the new Disney Nature movie, it was all about Alaskan Brown Bears, which then led to Alaskan Salmon, because the bears live on the Salmon during the Summer. Salmon helps the mother bears store up fat for the Winter to help sustain her milk supply for nursing and keep her cubs healthy and strong during hibernation. See how one thing leads to another. Taylor was excited to share the facts he knew about Alaskan Salmon from the Curiosity Quest DVDs with my Mom and I after we got out of the movie. I was pleased to see how much he remembered. So then that led to us lending our DVD to her and my Dad so they could lean more about Salmon from Alaska, and I am sure they will love to watch the other episodes as well.

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Learning about the Oranges, Cranberries, and Mushrooms, as well as the Penguins, Sea Turtles and Salmon, also went hand in hand with our American History Studies, as we have been learning about the animals and products that are produced and exported by America. The boys had to pick and episode to write about and relate it to our studies of America. It really helped get the creative writing juices flowing and helped the boys produce some wonderfully written descriptive paragraphs and papers. 
I highly recommend picking up one or all of the DVD Combo Packs which sell for $24.95 or even the single episodes, I know we have our eye on the Jelly Belly one and the Sled Dog one. There is also  Homeschool Annual and Monthly Membership options that would keep you with new episodes to watch on a monthly basis, there is even one about Ben and Jerry Ice Cream. Be sure to check out all of the Social Media links below to keep up on the latest sales and episodes and to learn how your child can write to Curiosity Quest about something they are curious about and their topic may just be the next field trip Joel takes you on. Be sure to also click on the banner below to read all of the reviews from the crew.

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