Whenever we study something in our homeschool, I am always looks for fun and engaging resources to compliment our studies. When BrainFood Learning offered the Schoolhouse Review Crew a choice of three different videos, I was excited to review The Fascinating World of Birds ($14.99). We are currently doing a year-long study on ornithology, and having a fun, educational DVD to go along with it is a huge bonus! BrainFood Learning was started by parents of young children who wanted both fun and stimulating content. This video delivers!
As soon as the DVD arrived, the boys wanted to watch it. The Fascinating World of Birds starts out with a brief overview of common characteristics of all birds. We learned about down feathers and contour feathers, toothless beaks, and other features common to all birds. The video then focuses on 10 different birds, including common backyard birds and popular exotic birds. All of the birds are generally well-known birds that children are going to find interesting.
- Canada Geese
- American Robins
I liked that they chose a wide variety of birds, but still focused on species that children are likely to see in their own backyard/neighborhood, or at a zoo, wildlife center or aviary. In fact, it would make a great DVD to watch before or after such a field trip!
The video is full of live footage, which makes it fun and exciting for visual learners. It is interspersed with scientific terms and facts about birds, which makes it interesting for children who like learning new vocabulary. The narration is easy to listen to, and perfectly paced for children. It was fun to see whether I would hear "Hey, I knew that!" if my first grader remembered something from a previous study, or an excited "Hey momma, did you know . . . ?" if he learned something new.
BrainFood Learning claims this video is appropriate for all ages, and I agree. My children are 3 and 6, and both enjoyed it on their own level. I found it developmentally appropriate for both of them, and could easily see it being informative and interesting enough for older children too.
The individual segments are very short too. This makes it great for younger children with short attention spans, as you can watch it over a few days. It's also great if you just want to watch each segment as it fits into your studies.
Free Lesson Plans
BrainFood Learning has recently added Free Lesson Plans to go with this series. I like that there are activities that even preschoolers can do!
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the DVD and I'd love to see the others in the series! The Schoolhouse Review Crew also reviewed The Fascinating World of Insects and The Fascinating World of Mammals, so be sure to read all of our reviews!
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