Sunday, October 24, 2010

T is for Tiger - A DNG Review

I was so excited to be able to review the newest release from Download-N-Go titled Terrific Tigers.  The main reason for that (which anyone who know me should know the answer) is that Tigers are one of my most FAVORITE animals.  In actuality I like all Big Cats on a similar level.  But what better way is there to spread my love of tigers to my children then by immersing ourselves in a unit study about them?  None!  Another reason I knew this one would be loved is that I already know that my girls do love Big Cats too.

Well this study has been amazing.  We are still delving into it - mainly because my books came in late.  The cool thing with this unit study is that even though it is only created as a 5 Day study you can lengthen it to 10 days easily.  I ordered (through the library) a bunch of books and I really wanted them to read them on their particular days.  In the past when we had gotten books, I just had them all available and they'd pick and choose and not really read the books. 

So this time I wanted to make sure that after they had completed their day of studying (which includes LOADS of things, but I'll get to that in a minute) they'd have time to work on coloring pages, notebooking aspects, reading specific books that coincided with that days subject matter, and really fully ingest the information.  (Did I mention that the book list comes in the study?  How's that for ease of planning.)

Here are the subjects you will cover in the 5 (or 10) days:
Day 1: What Is a Tiger?
Day 2: Getting to Know Tigers
Day 3: Where Are the Tigers?
Day 4: The Science of Tigers
Day 5: Cool Things About Tigers

One of Arianna's favorite parts of the studies are the videos.  I sit her at the computer and she is able to (after a few times of mom teaching her) click the link that is embedded in the DNG unit study and then click the play arrow for the video.  She also likes the different kinds of questions and the color.  I print our pages out in color to help keep her interest.  I love that she can almost do these on her own and she is only 7.

(Please ignore my messy desk) :)
Her 5 year old sister, also enjoys working alongside her sister.  I usually print her some similar pages, coloring pictures (that have been linked at the end of each day as extra resources) and she also helps put the lapbook together.  We haven't started our lapbook for this one yet, but when we do I'll come back and edit this to add in the picture.

Didn't I tell you that they had LOADS of things?  So now that I've whet your whistle on this new and intriguing study, I have some news for you.  You can win your very own copy!  (Unfortunately, TOS/DNG affiliates including the DNG Review Team and TOS Homeschool Crew are not eligible.) Isn't that awesome?  I thought you'd say that.

So now for the rules.  You must answer the following mandatory question for a chance to win:
What is your favorite type of Big Cat? (mandatory entry)

Each of the following can earn you an additional 1 entry.
1.  Follow my blog and leave a comment afterwards (or let me know you already are following.)
2. Post about this giveaway on your own blog and leave the link in the comments.
3. How many types of tigers are there?
4. Post about this giveaway on Facebook (and leave me a comment).
5. What is the largest type of tiger?

This contest will last from October 25th until November 1st.  You must leave an email or a way for me to get in contact with you if you win.  The winner will be picked by a random number generator.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new subsequent winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

*** I received free copy of this unit study from DNG in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of money for any of my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences with the products and services that I receive.***


Anonymous said...

Love this unit study on Tigers. My children would really enjoy this already, even as tots. And then I could save it for them to use in elementary years.

Love your blog, and YES I'm a follower!

Anonymous said...

I really want this unit study, so I did some research.

The Siberian Tiger is the largest type of tiger. I did not know this. But I also read that recent evidence has been found that shows that the northern race of the Bengal tiger may be just as large - at least in some instances. So this is my new fact for the day. I can't wait to tell my family what I learned about.

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