Back to the Future
Topic: Homeschool Product Review
I loved the 60's and 70's and even the early 80's. All right, I'll admit it, that's when I grew up. But, they were exciting times. Times when the technology of today was just a dream. Oh, prototypes were coming out all of the time, but the modern luxuries we have today weren't yet readily available.
I remember going to our huge county fair one year. Bell Telephone had a tent with two telephones set up with television screens. When you picked up the phone, you could see and talk to who ever was on the other line. My cousin and I had a grand time playing with them that year. Whenever EPCOT opened up at Disney World, I would love going to see all of the neat things that were supposed to be "right around the corner". Some of those things really did come true, some didn't, but it was always fun to dream.
Although my values and priorities have changed somewhat since I was younger, I still like to dream of the future sometimes. That's why I was excited to review Download and Go's "Rocking Robots" unit study! Rocking Robots is all about robots and how they are used today, and about how robots will be used in the future.
Now let me tell you, this Download N Go unit study was just like the rest. It is almost impossible to do everything in the one week time span that they suggest. I don't know what Amanda Bennett, the author, is thinking! This one is 110 pages packed full of history, geography, vocabulary, math and, of course, science, along with a lot of fun activities and the usual lapbook. Here are the themes for the five days for Rocking Robots:
Day 1: What Is a Robot
Day 2: The History of Robots
Day 3: People and Places of Robots
Day 4: Science Secrets of Robots
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Robots
I could spend my whole day with Joshua on this and I still wouldn't have enough time to do it all. So, since Joshua and I are doing Download N Gos all year long, I've decided to focus on one thing each time so that, hopefully, by the end of the year, I'll be able to tell you all about each different aspect of this great resource. This time we decided to make it a goal of watching as many of the video clips as we could.
I don't know where Amanda finds all of these neat videos, but they are amazing. Each day has a "Robot of the Day" that they feature - do you know who "Lilliput" and "Asimo" are?. Each day also shows different ways that robots are used - you knew that robots aren't just for outerspace and factories didn't you? Robots can even perform household chores and work on a farm! And each day has a lot of other fascinating facts about robots! They're fascinating! Even Jacob loves to watch them.
I know that I've told you this before, but, since we have begun using Download N Go unit studies regularly we have fallen in love with them. They are fantastic. This one, like all of the rest of the Download N Go studies sells for just $7.95. To purchase one just click here to get to the Old Schoolhouse Store. To see all of the other great titles in the Download N Go series, just click here to get to the Download N Go website. And, to see what all of the other great Download N Go reviewers have to say about Rocking Robots just click here. As usual, these unit studies are great for homeschoolers or for kids that are just curious about different things and want to learn more. So, with that I'll say - "Happy Home Educating"!
As a member of the Download N Go review team I was sent a free download of the Download N Go unit study Rocking Robots in order to try out and review on my blog.
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