Tuesday 22 January 2013

Review: Homeschool Awesome Science.

awesome-science-mt-st-helens-(dvd)Awesome Science – Explore Mount St. Helens with Noah Justice (Episode 5)
Published at Master Books
ISBN: 978-0-89051-679-9
About the DVD

The first DVD series for teens by teens showing how science & the Bible agree!
  • Hosted by the engaging 14-year-old host, Noah Justice
  • Evidence of biblical history and truth at some of the world’s most amazing destinations
  • Fast-paced and informative presentations with a biblical worldview are filmed on location at these national parks
  • Study guides create educational opportunities for home or church study
The Awesome Science video series takes teens and adults on a field trip around the world to explore geologic and historical evidence which supports the biblical record. Innovative, high-quality and designed to make science fun, this new series for the whole family helps discover evidences that the Bible is the true history book of the world!

The study guide is available for each Awesome Science DVD (a new series from Master Books). These help create a reflective learning situation after viewing each exciting episode, and are filled with substantial discussion questions, fill in the blank, true and false, as well as bonus activities. It can be used in Science and Religion class -and it would also be great for church youth groups.

 Our Reflections
Just as soon as I received this this DVD series in the mail, and my kids literally jumped up and down. Their excitement rose when I told them that I remembered Mount St. Helens erupting. They could not wait to watch it. What were you doing on May 18. 1980 at 8:32 am?
Since my grandmother lived in Oregon, we were able to collect some of the official mount St. Helens volcanic ash, that settled on her car. How cool is that?

The DVD is 30 minutes long and takes you through a fast paced learning adventure. It is lead by dynamic Noah Justice, who is only 14 himself. Noah is fun to watch and the kids really enjoyed his excitement and knowledge throughout the movie. We stopped the video quite a few times, as there was a lot of information to be processed. I believe to get the full benefit of this great resource it needs to be watched more than once. There is enough content in this resource to get one to two weeks worth of studying using the video and study guide.

My only wish on this one is that the study guide was in a larger format as it would be easier to hold and work through. Otherwise it is a wonderful resource that includes a word list, key concepts, fill in the blanks, true and false questions, discussion questions and bonus activities. Very inclusive and complete!

My older kids had no problems with the work (10 and 12) but I think this unit is more geared for over 10 years of age. I also enjoyed this study. My favorite topic was the lava cast forests. It was interesting to see the holes where trees once stood, and the kids loved when Noah crawled through the tunnel of a fallen tree, in theTrail Of Two Forests.

I would recommend this great study on Mount St. Helens to both homeschooling and public schooled kids. It can't get better than this, an entertaining video and learning wrapped up in one!

Disclaimer: Thanks to New Leaf Publishing Group for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

About the Author:

Kyle Justice

The Awesome Science series is brought to you by Kyle Justice, the same producer of the “X-Nilo Show” and “The Creation Network.” His work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and The Outdoor Channel. A true family project, Awesome Science is brought to you by 14-year-old host Noah Justice, producer and father Kyle Justice, and younger brother Jeremiah Justice who helps with video editing and their website.

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