If you are an educator (including homeschoolers) or librarian, then you might have already heard of Library & Educational Services. This wholesale company offers incredible deals (30 to 70% off retail price) on materials, many of which are Christian and all of which are deemed a good fit for Christian values.
One product line that they offer and our family had a chance to ‘sample’ through a review is the video series Go Science. This series features Ben Roy doing multiple demonstrations with an audience of children that are also called upon to help him. Each demonstration also reiterates God as Creator. He ends each segment by stating, “Every time we learn something about SCIENCE, we learn something about our CREATOR GOD!” (I give a big Amen to that!)
Right now, there are 6 different DVDs in the Go Science series, ranging in length from 29 to 59 minutes.
Volume 1 ~ Motion: Discovering the Laws of Gravity and Motion - includes a Gyroscope and Newtonian Cradle
Volume 2 ~ Simple Machines, Sound and Weather – includes an Incline Plane, Trebuchet, and Making a Cloud
Volume 3 ~ Magnetism, Engineering, Electricity, and Design – includes Making a Compass, Light Bulb, Solar Energy, and a Heat Engine
Volume 4 ~ Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Science – including Chemical Luminescence and Optical Illusion
Volume 5 ~ Air and Flight – including the Bernoulli Effect, Drum Crush, and Balloon Balance
Volume 6 ~ Water, Space, and the Solar System – includes how to Boil Water in a Paper Cup, and how to Make a Rocket
Our thoughts ~
For our review, the boys chose to do Volumes 3 and 6. We viewed volume 6 first, which totaled just around 30 minutes. Volume 3 came next, but was watched over several days as it was about an hour.
Feedback from the boys (D is in 3rd grade and R is in 6th grade) was mixed. Certain segments, e.g. the Jacobs Ladder segment on Volume 3 and the Boil Water in a Paper Cup on Volume 6, really caught their attention. But, others seemed to visit things they felt they already knew and didn’t want to see again. Also, I think they wished some of the demonstrations would have then told them how to do it at home.
For a homeschool parent, the ability for the kids to watch something being done that you can not always do at home is a blessing. And, sometimes it just gets hard to do so many hands on experiments when you have real little ones in the house trying to join the fun. So, a sprinkling of video can provide the exposure you want to science experiments without danger or additional mess. However, I can appreciate that my ‘hands-on’ learners prefer something to do to something to watch.
The other thing that did not resonate for my boys was the style of presentation. While I liked Mr. Roy’s upbeat approach to things, the boys felt that it was geared towards younger elementary students. (Maybe the 8 year old really thinks he’s 14?) J did join in on the viewing fun and was entranced on more than one occasion with what was happening on the screen.
I strongly believe in seeing before you buy and they do have a sample video segment for preview. It’s for the Jacobs Ladder demonstration that my boys did enjoy.
If you have a youngster interested in learning more about God’s wonderful creation through science investigation, then check out Go Science. The DVDs retail for $14.95 each – or $79.95 for the set of 6. However, if you join Library & Educational Services, that price becomes $8.97 each, or $47.95 for the entire set. Odds are that once you start poking around their site, you’ll find other items to add to the shopping cart in no time.
You can also keep up with Ben Roy on his site, Science Zone, where he travels the country putting on mobile science shows and drug education programs for school groups, churches, and youth groups, conducts teacher workshops, and is a convention speaker.
Disclaimer ~ This informational review was done as part of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew program. No compensation occurred and all opinions are my own. You can find the thoughts of other homeschool parents at the Homeschool Crew page for this product.