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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Math Tutor DVD Review Part Two



Last year as part of the TOS Crew, I received two videos to review from Math Tutor DVD. The review of those DVDs is HERE.

This year, I received another math DVD they offer-but this one for a totally different age group. It's called Young Minds Numbers and Counting, and it was very different from what I was expecting!

Young Minds Numbers and Counting is a DVD that focuses on teaching the numbers one through ten, and uses pictures of animals, nature, and other everyday items to teach counting. It has won countless awards. It features beautiful photography set to classical music with narration that counts aloud the numbers being focused on. Other teaching takes place too, such as the names of the animals in the pictures and the sounds that they make. And beyond the "Numbers and Counting" section, there are also bonus features such as connect the dot and puzzles that reinforce the learning presented in the main section.


The pros: Young Minds Numbers and Counting was very professionally made. While I try NOT to draw comparisons to other products, it is similar to the "Baby Einstein" type videos. The music in the background is classical and pleasant to listen to. This is one "kids" DVD you won't mind listening to. The photography images are great. The bonus features, particularly the dot-to-dot is a neat way to present the same material in a different format. Each number is "counted" several times so your child has the chance to practice along.


The cons: Because of the repetition of counting each number several times, the main section of the DVD is a little too long for smaller children. My daughter watched the whole thing in one sitting, but she kept wandering away from the TV and then going back to it. And I think, even given how professional it is, that it is a little overpriced. The list price is $29.99, and it is available from MathTutorDVD.com for $19.99. Even that $10 savings makes the price a little too steep for me.

The bottom line: This video is very well done and professional. The music is great and the photography is breathtaking. But I think it's too long to be effective for the age that would be learning how to count to 10. You can get around that by watching it in segments, but that makes it higher maintenance than most kids' videos. And then there's the price...a little too high in my opinion. But I did REALLY like the video and the way it is done. If you are looking for a product like this, I'd encourage you to check out the video on their site HERE.


To order this DVD, or the others that MathTutorDVD.com has to offer, go HERE. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say (some of them reviewed a second video that I looked at last year) go HERE.
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this DVD for FREE so that I could review it and give my honest opinion. That free DVD was the only payment I received for my review.
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