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Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Review!!! Math Tutor's Young Minds: Numbers and Counting!


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About the product/service:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free DVD from Math Tutor called Young Minds: Numbers and Counting for the purpose of checking it out and giving you my humble opinion! 

This DVD teaches preschoolers to count by showing beautiful pictures and then having them count along as they put the numbers up on the screen.  Music from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart play in the background, adding to the charm of this DVD.  Along the way, they also learn names of animals, colors, and names of machines.

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The DVD also includes a guess the animal game, connect the dots, and picture puzzles.   (These are done right on screen; the child simply watches and does not manipulate the screen.)
 
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An example of a picture puzzle.

What are the pros of this product?   This is just a wonderful product.  The music, the videos and photos, it's all just lovely! :)

What's not to like?  Nothing really jumps out at me as a negative.  How can you not like a sweet little DVD for you little ones?  The only thing I can even think of is one time when they were counting, they had the one and the two rather close and Baber pointed it out as a 12!  :)

The Crazy Mom take: I really like this DVD.  It's just beautifully done and the music is just so soothing!  It's far superior to most of the "cartoony" videos I've seen in the past.  I mean, it's not like I'm an expert or anything, but I was just pleasantly surprised when I saw how nice this was.  In searching for a word to describe it, I came up with artful.  It's very artfully done.  Our kids get so much exposure to pop culture these days, it's nice to have something so classy to set before them. 

Now, as amazing as it seems to me, after being surrounded for years by babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, my youngest, Baber, is now six and in first grade.  I still had him watch the DVD.  He made sure I knew that her already knew how to count.  He didn't mind watching it though, because, one, it made him feel smart to already know it, and, two, I think he really liked the pictures!  He also enjoyed the guess the animal game in the bonus features.

Again, this is a well done DVD.  I would recommend it for someone who has a preschool child, or even a toddler.  It's so nice to have some soothing music playing.  What a blessing that is in a house with a little one!  LOL  Or, if you're like I was, lots of little ones!  (Or big ones, I suppose, it's still very loud here!)  I will probably let Baber watch this a few more times and then pass in on to one of my younger nieces or nephews.  I really need the cool aunt cred!  LOL

BTW, I also reviewed two other videos from Math Tutor last year.  You can check it out here



 
What's the bottom line? The list price is $29.99, but the DVD can be purchased directly from Math Tutor for just $19.99.
   
I am going to give Young Minds:  Numbers and Counting 5 out of 5 smileys!!!

Check it out!  http://www.mathtutordvd.com/products/item58.cfm

See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HomeschoolCrew/753926/



*The Smiley System: 
I can't really recommend this product.
 I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.
 This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.
 Most homeschool moms will find this useful.
 This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

Disclaimer!!!  I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.  I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others.  Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way.  I am in no way obligated to give a positive review.  I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal!  What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive. 

As with all products, you must do the research before buying.  Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying.  I can't guarantee that a product will work for you.  You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s).  I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review.  I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else.  I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.

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