Magic School Bus - Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
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"In a Beehive" - Ms Frizzle and her class discover all about bees and how they make honey.
"Gets Ants in Its Pants"- the class discovers the life cycle of an ant and how industrious ants are
"Butterfly and the Bog Beast" - how caterpillars change into butterflies
Ms Frizzle's learning principle "Take chances, make mistakes and get messy" is hilariously portrayed throughout the episodes. The language is pitched at the right level for young children, and my 5-year-old was able to follow the episodes without needing much clarification.
These shows make science appear fun and interesting, as it is, and encourages children to explore and learn new things. I highly recommend the Magic School Bus series to all children for their high educational value and their ability to make learning fun.
If you're unfamiliar with the premise, the central characters are Ms. Frizzle (a teacher), her class, Liz the lizard and the Bus. Ms. Frizzle takes her class on crazy field trips, where Bus--and sometimes the kids!--experience a transformation so they can get closer to the action. (For example, become a bee or turning into water droplets.)
One of our most recent purchases was Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! and it's excellent as always. These three episodes are:
*In a Beehive - Exploring bee behavior and a beehive
*Gets Ants in Its Pants - Learning about the industrial world of ants
*Butterfly and the Bog Beast - Metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly
There is also a few bonus features:
*Find the Camouflage Butterflies
This CD runs about 82 minutes and is supposedly geared towards children 3-8. Personally, I think the age-appropriate range is more like 6-10 because of the complex concepts introduced.
However, if younger kids enjoy it--more power to them! It certainly can't hurt to introduce science to younger kids if the Magic School Bus holds their interest.
My 8-year old son really enjoys the series now (he didn't get into it when he was younger), so I use the Magic School Bus series to supplement our learning/experimenting with science principles.
I started watching these with my children when they were two and four. Sure they miss out on some of the finer scientific fine points, but I am *sure* that they are gaining a foundation in a variety of scientific topics. Things that we can *build upon* later.
For example, I couldn't find my car keys and I asked my 5 year-old daughter if she had seen them. She then began gyrating around-much to my confusion. When I asked her `what the heck ` she was doing, she answered that she was `dancing' out the directions to them the way that bees do. LOL.
In any case, after watching this show, we go outside and 'dissect' some flowers. Or we do something like grow beans in a glass cup so that what we have seen in the show is reinforced.
Five Stars. Top notch Edu-tainment.
As an adult, I enjoy the dvds. They're interesting and educational - full of fascinating facts that you never knew. Plus, Lily Tomlin is the perfect Ms. Frizzle.
These are well written and acted (voice) enough to keep children engrossed. There is enough drama and humor throughout to keep it from ever feeling like they're being forced to learn something useful - but they are!
They're also excellent tools to open discussions about nature, bees, how caterpillars turn into butterfly's and they explain way better than I ever could.
Another added bonus for me personally is that my son has loads and loads of anxiety. These informative dvds educate him about things such as bees and take the fear out. He's not even afraid of spiders after watching "creepy, crawly fun."
I highly recommend for all children.
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would prefer a better box; not well made, won't stay closed, cd holder peg is brokenPublished 2 months ago by K. Petrey
its a birthday present. i do not own this in my house but i have heard that its very goodPublished 22 months ago by Gris
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