Friday, April 11, 2014

Schoolhouse Review: Curiosity Quest DVDs are fun! #hsreviews

Curiosity Quest Review

My kids are fascinated by science and history documentaries.  They are curious. They want to know how things are made, how myths are debunked, and just how dirty jobs can be.  They CHOOSE these shows over other things -- like sleep! It never fails that I'll be discussing something in science or history with them and they'll say "Oh, yeah!  I know about this, Mom.  I watched a show about this last night (or last week) and it taught me all about this."  With that said, I KNEW they'd enjoy the Curiosity Quest DVD episodes and I couldn't wait to have my 12-and 14-year-olds tucking away even more knowledge through such a fun avenue.

Fast-paced and energetic, show host Joel Greene takes families on a quest to fuel their curiosity and helps answer questions in an adventurous setting. Fielding letters from children that tell what they are curious about, Greene sets out to answer all of their questions and teach more than you ever imagined. He'll go anywhere at anytime to explore what kids are interested in.  Be it Wisconsin cranberry farms in pelting snow or swimming with penguins in Monterrey Bay, Joel Greene is not afraid to tackle any subject of curiosity.

Featuring 30-minute segments on given topics, the DVDs offer educational fun for kids of all ages (specifically geared for ages 7 - 14, but I enjoyed them just as much as my children did).  We've spent the last few weeks studying Sea Turtle Rescue, Penguins, and Salmon on the DVD Combo Pack -- Swimmers of the Sea along with Mushrooms, Cranberries, and Orange Packing on the DVD Combo Pack -- Produce.  You can get either of these DVD Combo Packs for only $24.95.

Curiosity Quest Review
Curiosity Quest Review

Throughout the videos, kids are asked specific questions pertaining to the subject being discussed.  It's fun to hear the different guesses made on-camera by other children and adults in a "taking it to the streets" manner before the question is answered in full detail for real.  For example, on the Sea Turtles quest, kids were asked "What do Sea Turtles eat?"  Funny answers were "other fish," "seaweed," and "sea food."  How interesting to find out that they actually eat their veggies stuffed with cat food pellets as extra protein or squid stuffed with shrimp for special treats.  Hmmmm . . .yum?

Curiosity Quest Review
Fun Facts are sprinkled throughout each video that share short fun and interesting facts with you and then explain them in detail.  Did YOU know that sea turtles have soft noses and they can "cry"?  I didn't.

I am fascinated with the spawning of the salmon in Alaska.  Did YOU know that most of America's salmon comes from Alaska?  I had no idea -- and I didn't know that salmon are almost as picky as I am about the type of bed they choose.  Neat, huh?

Can you guess how you grow a mushroom?  The first step in making mushrooms is HAY.  Who would have guessed that?  And it's not an overnight process either.  I had no idea how long it actually takes to grow "edible fungus" OR that you can determine how big (or small) a mushroom will be.

And wouldn't you just love to smell the orange blossoms on the trees in California?  I'm so thankful that Christopher Columbus shared oranges with the world.  Who knew that they are harvested was in the middle of winter and can be injured just like us?  These are just a few of the fun facts we've learned watching our Curiosity Quest DVDs.

Curiosity Quest Review
Cranberries are heart healthy.
New vocabulary words are introduced throughout the videos and definitions pop up on the screen to make sure that you not only hear the words, but that you also see them.. What a great way to help children learn new words and concepts and understand how to use them correctly.  Floating cranberries was the perfect setting to learn about the word buoyant and it's interesting to see the different types of harvesting farmers do.

With over 100 Curiosity Quest topics to choose from, there is definitely a DVD video to spark the interest of everyone in your family -- including you.  I promise you'll find something of interest and from the very first viewing you'll be hooked.  I'd love to take the Behind the Scenes tour offered on DVD and the Bread Baking DVD is definitely calling my name.

You can find even more cool stuff to quench your family's curiosity by checking out Curiosity Quest in the following places:


I'm loving the educational potential found in ALL of these DVDs.  Which one do you plan for your family to watch first?  We can't wait to explore the Boy Scouts DVD for my new Eagle Scout and the Horseback Riding DVD for my horse loving Princess.  There's even an episode that teaches all about making drums that my MainMost will enjoy.  There is truly something for every curious person in your world.  Enjoy.

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I was given the opportunity to review Curiosity Quest DVDs as a member of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)

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