My boys, like most children, love to watch TV. However, what sets them apart, especially my oldest son, is the love of documentaries. In fact, given the choice, that is what they would choose to watch time and time again. I was very happy to for the opportunity to review a DVD from Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc about George Washington Carver (currently on sale for $19.95).
I had a vague knowledge of who George Washington Carver was prior to watching the DVD. I learned quite a few things and realized that he wasn't as old as I had anticipated. He died exactly one year prior to my mother being born, January 5, 1943. For some reason I thought he lived and died in the 1800s. Not only did he help revolutionize the way crops were grown, but he was also an inventor who found hundreds of uses for peanuts and many other inventions.
The video, about 30 minutes long, was well done although it did remind me a bit of the movies I used to watch when I was in school. It was thoroughly and weaved in quotes from George Washington Carver to help explain his view on life. The musical score was lovely and I enjoyed how real life photos were weaved in to the story. The life of George Washington Carver shows how the circumstances of your life (born into slavery, poor and dealing with prejudice) only helped him to overcome and succeed at his life.
I really enjoyed the DVD as did the boys. While it is geared for fourth grade and up, I did have my youngest son watch it with his brothers. He's only in second grade, but enjoyed it as much as they did. I love adding in videos to our school. It helps the kids remember it so much better. I really do try to use multi-media in our learning - everything from videos to audios to reading and more. This fit very well with our homeschool style. I also liked that there is a study guide online as well. A great way to extend the learning. You can see the study guide directly under the description of the video on the website.
Marshall Publishing and Promotions, Inc. is very generously offering my readers a code for a 15% discount on the video if they order now. Normally it sells for $24.95 but it is on sale for $19.95. The code will bring that price down to $16.95. Standard shipping & handling rates would still apply. Use code TOSC1 at checkout to receive the discount. You can order online at their website or by calling 1-888-300-3455 between 9am & 7pm CST.
Be sure to head over to the TOS Homeschool Crew blog to check out what my crew mates had to say about the video. Some members also reviewed Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc set of videos called Lots & Lots of Fire Trucks.
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in exchange for our unbiased opinion of the product.