Hello Blog world! This is my very first product review. I must say at first how very excited I am about this! When this opportunity presented itself I was thrilled to be a part of it. I was given a free copy of the product in exchange for my honest review of it.
So let me give you some basic info about me and my family. My husband and I met online back in 1998 and got married in 2001. We decided even before we got married that we would educate our children at home. We wanted them to have a solid Christian foundation in their education and learning experiences. We now have 3 boys ages 8, 3, and 7 months. Homeschooling has been a true blessing for us. I have been able to enjoy my children as they grow up. Lord knows that time goes all too quickly. Plus I am able to individualize the education and goals for each child.
When I first heard about the product Download N Go, I was very intrigued. I am familiar with unit studies (which is basically what DNG is) because my mother used them with me and my sister when we were educated at home. We had a blast with unit studies then and I figured my boys would have a blast as well. The unique feature of this specific set of unit studies is that it incorporates Lapbooks. I had never heard of a lapbook but I will say that, with some assistance, my son found creating one quite easy!
The first unit study I am able to share with you for review is Download N Go’s Roller Coasters. When my two oldest boys found out we would be doing a study on Roller Coasters they were thrilled! We went to Kennywood (an amusement park in the Pittsburgh area) last year so this was just a great way to follow up even though it has been almost a year. Both boys rode roller coasters and are looking forward to our Kennywood trip this year. Our oldest is now going to be able to ride the Phantoms Revenge and has been telling me that I will be taking him on the ride.
I wasn’t quite sure what all I would find in a DNG unit study as they are really for 5 days of study. Was I surprised! Each day covered something different. These were the topics covered each day.
Day 1 – What is a Roller coaster?
Day 2 – The History of Roller Coasters (This was really interesting)
Day 3 – People & Places of Roller Coasters
Day 4 – Science Secrets of Roller Coasters & Rides
Day 5 – Goodies & Gadgets of Roller Coasters
There were so many videos and informational links for each day. The book suggestions were really good. We used our local library’s loan program which allows us to borrow resources from libraries in the the Greater Pittsburgh area. The books suggested covered several age/grade groups. It let my middle child enjoy being part of the study as well. Every day my boys asked what we would learn next about roller coasters. There were so many different facts that I didn’t even know!
I wound up taking the unit to my local Office Max to have it printed. I would have the DNG file opened on my PC and also have the printed version with us so we could fill in the pages. We put them in a notebook and also made our first lapbook. I think next time I will definitely print it up in color instead of black & white. Though it does give the kids an opportunity to color the illustrations. It does provide several pages for drawing which was great for my oldest! He loves to draw and make pictures for others. This was right up his ally.
It was such a great treat to share this experience with them and I am looking forward to doing more Download N Go Unit Studies with my boys. I know this will be a great way to enhance our education experience. This is definitely a great way to get away from the textbook and do more specific topics to study.
Take a glance at what is in the Roller Coaster Unit here.
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Now for the fun part! I have been authorized to do a giveaway! YAY!!! Here is how to participate.
The giveaway deadline is Monday, August 23rd, 2010.
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