As a somewhat frugal homeschooler, I am always on the lookout for steals and deals. I often blog about wonderful deals when I happen upon them. So being about to tell you about this company is a pleasure for me.
Library and Educational Services (LES) is “a wholesale supplier of wholesome, educational books, DVDs, CDs, and more.” They sell primarily to schools, churches, and homeschoolers! LES sent the Homeschool Crew our choice of 2 DVDs from the GO SCIENCE DVD Series, recommended for ages 6-14. Included in this series are 6 DVDs on all kinds of science topics:
Volume 1 Motion: Discovering the Laws of Gravity and Motion
Volume 2 Simple Machines, Sound and Weather
Volume 3 Magnetism, Engineering, Electricity, and Design
Volume 4 Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Sciences
Volume 5 Air and Flight
Volume 6 Water, Space, and the Solar System
We received Volumes 4 and 5. Originally created for a TV program, the DVDs have a running time of approximately 45 minutes and contain 3-5 minute segments, with a different scientific concept presented with each segment. In Volume 4, some of the concepts include chemical luminescence, exploding balloons, root beer float, and liquid nitrogen. In Volume 5, your students will learn about concepts such as warmer air can crush, balloon balance, flight, and inverted water cup.
The science teacher in this series, Ben Roy, teaches science to education majors at the University of Chattanooga. He also owns 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.
Because my Ben loves learning with videos AND science, he couldn’t wait to pop these into the DVD player. Mr. Roy’s enthusiasm when he teaches is contagious. It’s obvious that he is passionate about both science and kids. The information presented was interesting and we learned so much! Ben loved that there were many explosions, especially in Volume 4 (what boy doesn’t like it when things explode?).
Ben did feel a little conflicted about the videos themselves. While the concepts being taught were definitely age-appropriate for 5th grade (and older even), he felt like Mr. Roy was teaching to a much younger audience by the way he spoke. You can get an idea of what he means on this video clip:
Mr. Roy infuses Biblical examples into his lessons and after each lesson taught, he ends the segment by looking straight into the camera and speaking these words:
Every time we learn something about SCIENCE, we learn something about our CREATOR GOD!
A couple of days ago, Ben and his Dad were having a conversation about the Hindenburg disaster. When Dad began talking with him about why the Hindenburg caught fire, including the properties of hydrogen and helium, Ben enthusiastically interjected what he new about the flamability of hydrogen, and why the Hindenburg caught fire. He had learned the concept from one of the GO SCIENCE videos!
Even though Ben was not crazy about the way the information was presented, he has still asked for me to purchase the rest of the videos. He has learned so much and wants to learn more. I love these videos for the simple fact that many of these experiments would be very difficult for us to do at home. Being able to watch them and hear the explanations, infused with a dose of praise for the Creator, all from the comfort of home, is a very good thing.
Because of Library and Educational Service’s wholesale discount pricing, the cost is very reasonable for these DVDs, just $8.97 each (list price: $14.95). You can purchase the entire set at an even greater discount of $47.95 (list price $79.95).
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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are those of myself and/or my son.