I remember the day in 1969 when man first walked on the Moon. I remember with pride, too, that it was America that put a man there first. I recall with awe the achievement this was and the eyes glued to the television, magazines, and newspapers trying to garner some insight some understanding of just what this was and what it meant to us. I recall, too, my young children simply enthralled even though they couldn't comprehend it or the immensity of it. The Space Program became household words. Schools ramped up their science programs even more than before. The new frontier had just been breeched and America wanted to stay first in line.
But the knowledge that keeps America first in line starts with that first instruction in science and the scientific study of Earth, of gravity, and of what makes things do what they do. The instruction must come to the child in a comprehensible and engaging manner. That leads us to Janet's Planet and the DVD we're going to talk about today.
From Janet Ivey: For the past decade, science education has been my passion and America’s children have been my inspiration. It is incredible to see how excited children can become about the world around them when the information is presented in an accessible and FUN way. That is the mission of Janet’s Planet, and I look forward to continuing to support better science education in the years to come.
Review: The DVD begins with a splash of color and sound that immediately grabs the child's attention. This is a fast paced, fact packed DVD that explores gravity and micro-gravity. It gives definitions of gravity that are precise and understandable. If not understood by the child on first mention, no worry. Janet Ivey repeats and reiterates. This is good instruction. This is lively. This is interesting. And this is fun.
I can see the 5 to 7 year old being entertained and gleaning some information from watching. I can also see that it would be very beneficial through the middle grades. Why, even adults can learn from this. The child will learn that science is not something new but it has been around for centuries and that great minds have had part in the evolving understanding of the facts of gravity.
The DVD ends with a flight aboard an airplane that simulates "0" gravity (or micro-gravity). This is fun to watch and the kids will enjoy. I recommend this DVD for homeschools, regular classroom use, and individuals who simply want to learn more. Check out the links below for more information.
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https:twitter.com/jpjanetsplanetDisclosure:I received a copy of the DVD above in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."