Saturday, June 25, 2016

Masterbooks Awesome Science Historical Geology REVIEW


I don't think it's a secret just how much I LOVE MasterBooks.com! I was so excited to receive their Awesome Science: Historical Geology, and I must say they have another knock out curriculum with this set! It totally ROCKS! (See what I did there?! HaHa!) For this review, we were graciously blessed with the complete Awesome Science: Historical Geology set.


This set is jam packed with goodness! It is intended to fulfill 1 year of science requirement for grades 7-8, and I would say that is on par. The set includes a Teacher's Guide (PLP,) a 6 set of DVDs, and guide books for both the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.  My son is entering 6th, and the workbook was a bit much for him at this time. I'm sure in the next few months it will become easier for him as he matures a bit. The books are AWESOME! He LOVES the books, and regularly reads them for fun. Now...the DVDs. I can't say enough how much he LOVES these DVDs. We have watched them over...and over....and over. They have a fantastic Christian message, and even the message of salvation at the end of each episode. My words can't do these DVDs justice, seriously. 



Let's Break it Down:

America's National Parks: A Creation Tour DVDs are loads of fun to watch. Noah Justice is animated and really knows his stuff! Mr. B would giggle and laugh, and his attention was held the entire time. There are a total of 6 DVDs with 2 episodes on each DVD. I only wish there were more episodes! Mr. B has watched these over and over again. You are supposed to watch an episode, then your student is to complete the corresponding work in the PLP over the next few weeks. Then watch the next episode, etc. Well, we couldn't stop at just one, and I think that's totally ok! The DVDs detail things like mountain creation or the creation of the Grand Canyon, and it takes a new earth perspective and explains just how these events could have all taken place in a short amount of time. It was truly eye opening for ME, and of course it has been for Mr. B as well, answering many questions he had.

Here are a few samples of the DVDs:






As you can see, these are a great resource! 


Your Guide to the Grand Canyon is wonderful. I have always been fascinated with the Grand Canyon, and I've passed that fascination on to Mr. B. When this set came in the mail, we were actually made late for an appointment because I had to open it for him to take this and the Yellowstone Guide with him in the car. Totally worth it! These are album-like in nature. Meaning they are a hardback, but wire bound style book. Here is a really great sample PDF that shows you the inside of the book in better detail than I can provide. We love how colorful it is, and all of the great information inside. In addition to the beautiful photos and fold out maps, you will learn about plants, animals, and more in the book. This is 5x8x1/2" and has 124 pages.





Your Guide to Yellowstone  Is very similar to the Grand Canyon. It is designed the same way, and is the same quality (which is very, very good!) I think Yellowstone must be one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and this book furthers that opinion. I hope to one day be able to go see it for myself, but since we can't yet, this book is a nice adventure in a book form. You can check out the PDF sample for yourself to see how colorful and info packed this book is. Like Your Guide to the Grand Canyon, Your Guide to Yellowstone is not a huge book, which makes taking it in the car or on the go super easy! This is 6x9x1/2" and has 188 pages.





The Parent Lesson Planner (PLP) is what sets MasterBooks.com apart from the rest. You find EVERYTHING you need inside of this handy book. The Awesome Science: Historical Geology (Teacher Guide) has everything needed to pull this curriculum together. There's a great, easy to follow, lesson plan plus all of the needed worksheets and tests, and answer key. I love that the lesson plans are arranged in such a way that you can work on different days of the week if you want. It is simply labeled for the week and day. So Week one, day 1, day 2, etc. Great if you need change things up for any reason.



Overall:

Overall, MasterBooks.com has another winner with Awesome Science: Historical Geology. I love the Christian point of view, and appreciate how it presents evolution has a science theory, but not the absolute truth. The Bible and Biblical point of view is the basis and takes precedence over all others. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christian message of salvation through Jesus Christ that is included with each DVD episode. LOVE! I highly recommend this science curriculum to my friends and all others!



Does MasterBooks.com Awesome Science: Historical Geology Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

The PLP makes it easy to schedule. If, for some reason, you need to miss a week. That's ok. You check off the days as you complete them. This is a physical product, so there's no time constraint. I do not suggest skipping as you will miss important lessons. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
You can spread this across grades. It is intended for grades 7-8, but Mr. B is in 6th and able to complete the work with a little help from me. I can even see 9th graders utilizing this. This is a physical product set that includes everything you need, except a pencil! There are no hidden fees. 
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Mr. B LOVES this! We've gone through some med changes and I used these DVDs to help provide a sense of calm to him to ground him when he was going through the changes of the meds! Lessons are relatively quick, and the subject matter quite interesting. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

You could easily tie this in with a history lesson. Especially history concerning native Americans, volcanoes, the wild west, pioneers, etc. 


I was given a free copy of this product through MasterBooks.com in exchange for my honest opinion. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. 

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