Friday, June 9, 2017

MarshMedia REVIEW

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }
We have recently been reviewing the Homeschool Special from MarshMedia. This is a neat company that provides a variety of educational videos that cover topics such as nutrition, hygiene, and even puberty. Primarily used in the traditional school setting, MarshMedia has reached out to homeschoolers with a special homeschool offer.  If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your home schooler(s) click on the link below for more information: https://marshmedia.com/pages/homeschool-offer . This special offer allows homeschoolers to enjoy unlimited viewing of 59 programs with no time constraints until December 31, 2017. The pricing is also very different, so you must use the link provided for the homeschool offer. The link sometimes takes a wee bit to load fully, so be patient while it loads. 





Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }
Our Experience:




Mr. B loves watching videos as part of his school day, so I figured this would be a big hit with him. We were able to stream this to our TV, tablets, and computers with ease. I did not try any other devices, and we primarily used Chrome or Safari. Both worked equally well for us.

I wanted to preview the videos before Mr. B watched them, as I always do. I first went to a video that is supposed to educate boys on body changes and such through puberty. I figured this video, being marked for as low as grade 5, would talk about changing voices, and maybe some body hair changes and need to shave their faces. I will fully admit to being taken aback by the depth of this video, and I personally did not feel comfortable with my son watching this with such detail. I realize every family is different, so please always preview any videos before your child watches them. I will say this video was very in depth and covered everything you can think of, with picture graphics so there could be no confusion.


Next,  moved on to a video about health and hygiene. Anyone with Boys knows how gross they can be haha! I thought a video on the need to not be a gross goober would be great. 

This video was a bit more my style, but I still elected to watch with Mr. B just in case I missed something. This type of video is particularly useful for children on the spectrum as it gives them a visual reference to what is being asked of them.

We next went to the Special Needs tab. Under this tab you'll find the puberty videos, but also social skills videos. There are only two of these, but I liked them. One is to help your child understand that being different is OK. We are all different, and unique. Some have extra challenges than others. It's a pretty good pep talk for kids who have a low self esteem due to learning disabilities or the like. It helps to teach them how to avoid bullies, and build self-esteem and friendships.

The other one is "I Know How to Act." This is a good social skills video. This is good for both special needs students, and their peers. It can help the special needs student develop needed social skills, and it can help the typical student develop the skills to appropriately interact with their special needs counterparts. All too often, the problem isn't the special needs student but rather the typical peers who do not know how to act, treat them, etc. This video is good for both. I wouldn't put this in the younger kid category though. It doesn't show anything I would consider inappropriate, but topics include things like dating which wouldn't apply to a younger set.


There are a variety of other videos as well. There are Safety Videos that deal with topics such as Aids/HIV/ and your immune system. I did not view this as I figured any topic with HIV could also include sex, and that's not a video I want for Mr. B right now. But there are other safety videos that feature topics like Dangers and School Shootings. While school shootings aren't something most homeschoolers need to worry about, in this day and age we are seeing mass shootings occur in places other than schools too. As much as I hate to even think about it, being safe and knowing skills like this can help save lives. These videos also teach younger kids what to do if they feel they are in a dangerous situation. 

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }
Overall, MarshMedia has a good product with their streaming videos. Some subject material is too mature for my son, but all families are different. They say it's for K-8, and the graphics I've seen fit that age range, but the topics can extend beyond that. As always, I would suggest previewing any video prior to your child watching to make sure it aligns with your beliefs. These are not coming from a Christian view point, as they are also used in public schools, but there's nothing in them that I found to be offensive or troubling-just some topics my son isn't ready for at this time.

Does MarshMedia 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?


With the Homeschool Special, you have unlimited viewing of all videos until 12/31/2017, so you can pick and choose as you want. The videos are easily paused, and some include certain places where pausing is encouraged so that you can supplement what is being shown.    

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?
This covers topics for ages K-8, though I suggest previewing before your child watches. For example, there's a video on child birth that says it could be for 3rd graders, but I wouldn't want my 3rd grader seeing it. There are no hidden fees, but you MUST use the link provided at the top in order to receive the special discount for homeschoolers. 
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

The videos are pretty short, and the social skills videos are good for special needs particularly.    

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

It could depending on what you are covering. But overall, the topics of the videos extend out in life. So while they may not cover a specific history or science thing you are doing, they are more life-skills based.

With more than 50 programs to watch, there was no way we could get through them all. Please check out The Homeschool Review Crew to see what others watched, and what they had to say! 

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