I had never heard of Curiosity Quest so I had to do a little research. On first glance, it looked very interesting and I was intrigued. The DVD Combo Pack – Produce (Mushrooms, Cranberries, Orange Packing) and DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea (Sea Turtle Rescue, Penguins, Salmon), which were the episodes that were made available for the review, looked particularly interesting for my kids.
Curiosity Quest is a TV shows aired on PBS stations across the US with the idea to explore topics kids are curious about. Joel Greene is the host of each episode which is a 30 minute show exploring a particular topic of interest. Various topics available include: dolphins, rescue dogs, cranberries, glass factory, and how construction vehicles move. There are approximately 73 topics available on video at the time of this review.
The videos or episodes are geared toward children ages 7 through 14; however, they can easily be interesting to every age group. I know I learned something from the episodes just like my 9 year old and my 4 year old. I even heard my husband say “I didn’t know that” at least once during the viewing of some of the episodes.
Joel, the host of the episodes, is lively and funny and makes the episodes very interesting to every age group. He begins by explaining the topic of interest, takes us on a tour of whatever we are exploring, and interjects fun facts throughout the episodes as well as questions posed to children on the street to break up the episode. The kids found it fun to try and answer the questions he posed and then compare their answers to the answers of the other children on the street that were interviewed in the episode.
The second DVD we received was DVD Combo Pack – Produce. We learned about cranberries, mushrooms, and orange packing. It was fascinating to learn about how cranberries are harvested and shipped as well as other interesting facts about mushrooms and orange packing. The kids liked the episode about the cranberries the best from this group. Though they are all, without a doubt, fun and interesting. At the end of each episodes, Joel asks the kids “what are you curious about” and tells them to email him to send him on a quest. My daughter wanted to do this right away. She was full of ideas. I thought this was interesting and considered this a great way to get conversations going and find out more of what sparked her interest that this type of video brought out in her. My son asked to watch the episode about the sea turtles again and again. He loved seeing them swim around and eat.
The videos are available to purchase on the website for $19.95 per episode and there are a few bundled DVDs like the ones we received to view. The Swimmers of the Sea DVD mentioned above is available for purchase on the website for $24.95 and the Produce DVD mentioned above is available for purchase on the website for $24.95 as well. Of course, shipping and handling is additional. Also, there is a homeschool option to received 2 DVD per month for $24.95 payable by month or annually, which I thought would be a great science curriculum.
This is an excellent DVD. Filmed well, interactive and fun for every age. This would be an excellent addition to any science curriculum or just additional viewing for the family to learn more these fun topics. My kids, ages 4 and 9, loved the videos and so did I. I am so happy we found Curiosity Quest!
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