Friday, August 13, 2010
Review: Download N Go - Rollercoasters
When I heard that Download N Go was looking for people to review their product I jumped at the chance. Amanda Bennett is well known for her Unit Studies and I had a Download n' Go unit that the boys really loved.
Since Download N Go studies are meant to be covered in a week it was perfect for the gap week we had before starting our regular school year.
The entire Download N Go series is available in The Old Schoolhouse Store. Roller Coasters is available in e-book format for $7.95.
There is an introduction to the topic by Amanda then you find the daily objectives, book suggestions - our library didn't have these but I found others that worked just as well - then a short intro to lapbooking. We've been lapbooking or lap n' noting for awhile now but it was still interesting to read.
Day 1 was about defining a roller coaster. My kids have only seen them on TV. (In my 43 years I never found the need to ride a roller coaster but then I'm the one who is scared of the Ferris Wheel). They loved the videos. All of mine are 'special learners' and hands on and visuals help them retain so much more than just plain text.
Day 2 covered The History of Roller Coasters which I found interesting - my boys are not really history buffs. They did like learning how they came to be and are clamoring to go on one. I think it might be time for Mom to call in her brother aka The Brave.
Day 3 talked of People and Places of Roller Coasters. I really loved the way that physics is worked into the lesson and my boys learned without realizing it. This was also covered more in Day 4 - Science Secrets of Roller Coasters & Rides. We learned about laws of motion and played with slinkies - a bit hit as the youngest in particular - loves any excuse to try one out. The boys wanted to know what a Ferris Wheel was and I can see a trip to the county fair in our future this fall. Hopefully Dad will brave the scary rides or maybe Uncle The Brave.
Due to family illness we didn't get to cover Day 5 - Goodies & Gadgets of Roller Coasters in much depth. We also didn't get to the lap n' note I wanted to do or take pictures.
This was my second use of Download N Go in our homeschool and I can say that it was VERY enjoyable. I will certainly reuse this study in the future and I will be using other units. We run on a 9 week - one week off schedule and these are great for any gaps we might encounter. The variety of activities really helped my boys gain a better understanding of the topic.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this Download n' Go Unit Study for the purpose of review in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation. All families are different and your results may vary.