Monday, May 30, 2011

Sun, Beaches, and Seashells - A New DNG Review!

Did you know that a snail is actually a mollusk with a univalve shell?  I didn't either.  That was one of many facts I learned while my family went on another journey with the Sunny Seashells, a Download N Go .

You haven't heard for Download N Go?  Well, then let me stop and tell you what they are.  They are educational gems.  For just 7.95 you get five day's worth of downloadable material for your entire K-4 crew (plus you can also use it again and again - great value.)  Each unit lets you and your family go on an incredible adventure or expedition.

While on these adventures you will be learning history, science, geography, writing, and reading.  They have even thrown in a little spelling and most times a little math.  But they are similar to Chef Boyardee that hides the full servings of vegetables in, each unit disguises the "learning" inside the neatly packaged adventures.

How?  By including clickable links and embedded videos within the unit, along with printable pages that have the children answering questions by filling in the blanks, writing sentences, matching, etc.  They also have book lists, lapbooking components, maps and other additional resources to help the subject
'come to life.'

So what will you receive when you buy Sunny Seashells?  Well this is  list of what will be taught on the five days:

Day 1: Seashells--What Are They?
Day 2: Seashells and History
Day 3: Types of Seashells
Day 4: The Science of Seashells
Day 5: Seashell Party!

And if you'd like a sneak peek of the actual unit you can click here to see that.

We learned about how seashells are made, how pearls are made, that it matters which side the shell opening is on to distinguish what type of shell it is, there are two types of shells, and you can even use some shells as a musical instrument.  The girls told me this morning that their favorite shell was a conch shell (Arianna) and a scallop shell (Audrie.)  They even spotted this oyster shell while we were walking around downtown with our friends over the weekend.
We try and do our unit studies with our laptop connected to our television screen so that we have a bigger viewing area.  Here are some pictures of the girls doing the study and some pictures from the unit on the big screen.  It makes it a  little easier then crowding in the bedroom around the smaller computer area.  So what are you waiting for ... go by your copy and start your summer off testing the waters with shelling!

Speaking of summer, if you haven't checked out Amanda Bennett's Summer of Fun Calendar you should.  First of all it's FREE!  Secondly it is packed with free to low cost daily suggestions to help bust the boredom bug in the butt. Each day has something different from discounts to exploration to activities.  Have fun and exciting adventures and journeys this summer, and be sure to let me know about your shelling experience.  I'm hoping this week we will be taking our crew on a shelling adventure and I'll be sure to show you our finds when we return!

*** I am a member of the DNG Review Team and receive free products 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.***

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