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The scientific process is made clear in the kick-off song, Science is Real. Songs with influences from every decade of rock and roll will help students make meaning of tricky scientific topics such as circulation, photosynthesis, speed and velocity, and states of matter.
Additionally, the music and video help to dispel common scientific myths, as well as inspires the use of scientific inquiry at every level. Using real-world connections students can relate to, a stimulating soundtrack that educates, and eye-popping graphics that punch the point make Here Comes Science a great teaching tool.
Teachers can use the songs and video to begin a unit of study, assess prior knowledge of a topic to help plan instruction, differentiate instruction, stimulate further discussion of a topic, expose students to new concepts, and develop science vocabulary and comprehension. -- Susan Lee Poage, Kindergarten Teacher Professor of Early Childhood Education Winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics
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I highly recommend this album to parents out there, as well as science fans of all ages.
As a huge "fan" of science (I read science blogs while my coworkers check out ESPN), I can't tell you how fantastic it feels to have an entire album dedicated to, *ahem*, "singing the praises" of everything from anatomy to geology, astrophysics to zoology, the Big Bang to DNA. When I was a little kid, I was a little too late for Sagan's COSMOS, but I would watch hours of this silly little HBO show called ENCYCLOPEDIA, where they did silly sketches and songs about a lot of science facts and history. I know my fascination for learning new things about the How's and Why's of the world were, in part, kindled at that early age by such educational entertainment. I can't tell you how much it thrills me to see my kids starting on the same path of knowledge and discovery.
Thank you, John and John.
"Here Comes Science" resembles any TMBG album, with catchy melodies and clever lyrics, sung in the nasal tones of John and John, along with guest shots by friends like Robin Goldwasser, who's worked with Flansburgh in Mono Puff. Truthfully, there's not a bad track on the album...my personal favorites are "I Am A Paleontologist" and "Put It to the Test," probably because these two tracks could easily fit on any TMBG album without any changes ("And all the kids who wanna see 'em/Are lining up at our museum"). These song-lessons occasionally put scientific accuracy (a good thing) at odds with song structure (a bad thing).
Of course, the album is called "Here Comes Science," so it's a good thing that the Johns are accurate. However, its reliance on sing-songy vocals (always a hallmark of TMBG, but usually more varied) makes this a minor struggle to get through on one sitting. However, for the under-10 crowd, it's easy to see both its usefulness and effectiveness. It's catchy, no doubt.
If anything, the songs on this album are better viewed in their video versions on the DVD. Not only is the animation goofy and fun, but the two Johns (in simplistic cartoon form) narrate and introduce the songs, often dropping useful facts and mnemonics to help the viewer better follow the subject matter. The DVD is consistently entertaining, fun, and educational, and therein lies the true value of this media project.Read more ›
The songs are catchy and fun and, gasp!, informative for kids. They may seem like very basic stuff to us adults, but anything that will help the youngers remember their planets (and millions of other things), the colors of the rainbow, and what elements are is good in my book.
Today I popped in the DVD and watched it. There are both the songs in alphabetical order and a show that goes through the songs in the same order as they are on the CD. The show is hilarious and I laughed out loud at more than one part. I also learned a few things, such as what sand is made out of and that there is more than one dwarf planet in our solar system. Maybe everyone already knew these things, but I didn't.
A warning for those who take their respective holy books literally, this CD/DVD set is about science, meaning it does deal with evolution. That's not an issue in my book, but I know it can be for some. Off the top of my head, the songs "Science Is Real," "My Brother The Ape," and "I'm A Paleontologist" all either deal with the concept or at least mention it.
One thing to note that I really liked, though others might not or might find it confusing. The song "Why Does The Sun Shine?" (an older TMBG song that was rerecorded for this album) contains some outdated scientific information. Instead of changing the song, TMBG added another right after that one called "Why Does The Sun Really Shine?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We all love this album! Kid (4yo) and parents all sing along very happily :)Published 3 days ago by Seven Oaks
Great CD. We love watching the DVD. I will admit the songs really got on my nerves at first. But the kids love it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KrisSwid
best science related songs for kids! my nieces love it, but i think my husband and i like it more hahaPublished 1 month ago by Renee
For kiddo - who thought it was "okay" as he is more into Powerglove during this time. I was often singing around office to the entertainment/torture of my coworkers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DDJM
My daughter has loved these! We started with the 1 2 3's at a year, moved to A BC's, and now this one! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Morgan D. Lemasters
Gave this to my grandson for his 7th bithday. It was a big hit, and he repeated the facts he learned right away. I am a fan of TMBG's , so I enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by Lori Kobz
I love this entire album. My kids love it to. But I love it myself, as an adult. The songs are catchy and fun. Most of them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Obi Wan
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|Offensive to religious people||
Not to mention how many unicorn believers are going to be offended! they should be ashamed.
Aug 30, 2009 by M. Rock | See all 61 posts
|Can't wait for it, but where's Mammal?||
"Dig him up and shake his hand" and "the torments of Christ"? I don't think that it will make it to a children's album unchanged....
Aug 15, 2009 by Tanner Huisman | See all 6 posts
|Delayed? You don't have to hear, "Is it here yet?!"||
Puh-leeze. What in the world makes you think it's the fault of the band? It's not. It's the fault of the company that actually puts out the thing. And that would be, hm....oh yeah! Disney! Why are you protecting the corporate mouse? Everybody knows that TMBG is one of the most generous bands on... Read More
Sep 2, 2009 by sara sue | See all 10 posts
|What makes this exclusive?||
The physical version (CD/DVD) is only available on Amazon at first. It hits other retail outlets later.
Aug 23, 2009 by Chris Lesher | See all 2 posts
|Who is delaying this CD?||
It is still coming out...you can download the entire album and videos from iTunes now.
Sep 5, 2009 by Brian A. Wolters | See all 2 posts
|Ridiculously awesome CD... what next?||Be the first to reply|