Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review: Young Minds Numbers & Counting (Math Tutor DVD)

Last year I reviewed two products by Math Tutor DVD, a provider of math instruction on DVD. It received a thumbs up in our household and I ended up purchasing additional products from Math Tutor DVD. You can read the full review of the products from last year here.

When I was told that I would be receiving the new Young Minds Numbers and Counting DVD for review this year, I wasn't quite sure what to think. The format for the previous products had instructor Jason Gibson standing at a whiteboard working out problems. Obviously, I didn't think this would appeal much to young children learning to count to 10!

When Young Minds Numbers and Counting arrived, it was obvious that Mr. Gibson adjusted the presentation for little ones, starting with the box and all the way to the “lessons”. For starters, the close-up of a colorful tree frog will turn more little eyes than the customary warning sign on the other Math Tutor DVDs. As I soon found out, the colorful pictures don't stop at the box.

Learning to count from 1 to 10 is the main objective of the DVD. Each lesson, or rather learning session, focuses on counting a certain number of every day objects using gorgeous pictures and video. The child narrator has perfect enunciation. Children will enjoy the vivid pictures from nature and their world, from baby birds to fighter jets. Classical music, by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Chopin, softly plays in the background throughout. Bonus features include: Repeat Play, Puzzles, Connect the Dots, Guess the Animal.

I don't have little ones anymore and our counting to 10 days are long gone. However, this DVD would definitely be my preference over abnormally large birds and monsters dancing around. An appreciation of the world in which we live while being exposed to musical pieces of art is far superior to frantically counting cookies being greedily consumed by a monster, is it not? The content isn't just math either, and includes both every day object names and likely unfamiliar vocabulary for this age, such as "nebula". Also integrated are sounds and colors of the objects introduced.

While some moms may cringe at the thought of putting children young enough to not know how to count in front of a screen to learn, many of us can admit that the lives of our little ones are not completely screenless. Sometimes it is the only sanity saver available in our busy homeschools. Young Minds will make the best use of your occasional use of the rectangular babysitter.

Young Minds has a list price of $24.00 and is currently available at the Math Tutor DVD website for $14.99, a savings of 40%. For Facebook users, get an additional $10 off if you become a fan. Math Tutor DVD offers many other products, with levels from preschool college.

Visit the TOS Homeschool Crew's blog to read more reviews on this product and others.

Disclaimer: This review was provided as a result in my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew, a team of 100+ homeschooling parents. While the product was provided at no expense to me in order to provide this review, I have not received any other compensation. Furthermore, receipt of the product does not guarantee a positive review. I strive to give a balanced overview of each product, detailing my opinion of both pros and cons and how the product worked for my family. What works for one family may not work for another. I encourage you to read reviews of other Crew members and research sufficiently to determine if any product will be a benefit to your homeschool.

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