Friday, January 20, 2012

Start to Finish DVD Review and Giveaway!!


My kids LOVE the DVD Start to Finish. It reminds me of the show "How it's made," but it's for kids. It is educational, entertaining, and interactive. My children (Sissy, 4yrs and Bubby, 20mos) have watched it several times. They really enjoy Whoops and think he is hilarious.

My husband and I are both teachers and we are always on the lookout for educational products for our children. We love this DVD. It's very educational. There are lots of facts shared throughout the movies. I enjoyed watching it for myself and learned a bit too.
There are four start to finish stories:

Where does milk come from?

They show us the process of milking cows to putting it into the stores to buy. I love how there are little tidbits and facts shared throughout each segment.  Simple facts such as how cows have eyes on the side of their head, so they can see almost all the way around.  Their skin jerks and moves to keep the flies off of them.  It only takes about 2 days for milk to get from the cow to the store.  My son loves the cows and Moo's every time.  A couple days after watching the DVD, I asked Sissy what she wanted to drink and she said, “I want milk.  It makes me healthy and makes my bones strong.” 


Apples to Applesauce
My kids loved watching how to make applesauce.  It was interesting to watch how the machines work to make the applesauce.  Sissy especially loved how the machine flips half of the applesauce containers upside down for the packaging.  At the end of this segment, Whoops begins making patterns with the red and green apples and asks the audience for help with completing the pattern.  The part I loved was that they taught manners.  We’ve been working with Sissy to say ‘excuse me’ when adults are talking rather than interrupting like she usually does.  I loved hearing Whoops and Bubbs discussing this very topic.

Making Pizza
A few weeks ago we went to a little pizza place and we got to see them making pizza dough.  My daughter asked questions about the huge mixer that makes the dough and interacted with the DVD by answering each question they asked.  I love that it isn’t something the children just sit and watch.  They didn’t show just how to make pizza, but discussed shapes.  They cut the dough into different shapes and ask what they are (ie traditional circle, square, triangle, and heart). 

 A day in the life of a Firefighter
What kid doesn’t like firefighters and fire trucks?  The most notable part for me was when they showed the SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), explained what it was for, and reminded the children not to be scared of it if they see a fireman wearing one.  We had our local fire department at our school for The Great American Teach-in and one of the big worries for firefighters is that children in need of help will run and hide because they are afraid of the mask.  They are pretty scary looking so it’s important for children to know that even though it looks scary it’s just to help the firefighters and not to be scared.  They also show how the firefighters do chores and asks what chores they do at home to help out.  My daughter cleaned her room the other day without being asked.  I wonder if there’s any correlation.  ;) 

I try to monitor and limit my children’s television viewing.  I prefer that they watch educational shows.  This is one DVD that I feel 100% comfortable with them watching.  It’s interactive and asks lots of questions throughout the movie and gives an appropriate time for a response.  Whoops and Bubbs provide entertainment throughout to keep children’s attention.  My children our 4 and 20 months, but I teach children ages 5-12 and I feel even the older children would enjoy the DVD.

I plan on using this DVD at school.  With all the budget cuts in the school system our County is cutting back on field trips for our students.  Although this DVD doesn’t replace the same experience of going on a true Field Trip, it does provide a virtual Field Trip for Students.  I’m sure I can relate it to Music by finding songs that would go with each segment.  It would also make a great substitute lesson plan for days that I’m out and don’t have a Music sub.  I wouldn’t have to worry that the students were disruptive because of lack of interest.

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Check out their Website!  If you would like to buy this DVD it is $12.99 at Amazon.  Rent it for 7 days on Amazon Instant Video for only $1.99 (SO worth it, but your child will probably want to see it again after the 7 days) or buy it from Amazon Instant Video for $7.99

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All opinions are my own. Sissy's opinions and comments are all her own as well. :)

38 comments:

Laura said...

I visited the site--really neat! My son would love this.

Thanks,
Laura

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The Teachers Wife said...

I visited the site - cute! My 2 boys would love this DVD!

Aynfarika said...

I visited the site. My daughter would love watching this our whole family likes the show "How its Made" so I am sure she would like this!

Anonymous said...

I visited the site, looks great! I would love this for my two boys 3 and 5 years!
Lisa B.
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Melissa B. said...

Love the site. Thanks for sharing!

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Mommy Square said...

Would love to win this for my children at home and for my children at school ;) My school system is also plagued with budget cuts and our field trips have been curtailed. This is a great way to give them that experience without the cost of the field trip.

Lindsay said...

This would be great to use! Thanks for sharing.
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mommy717 said...

I would love this for my kids..My daughter is 4 and love the real "How it's made" show.
stephwilcox717@yahoo.com

Jenn Spencer said...

I visited the site and My son would enjoy this!

Thanks!
Jenn from How to Make Bows out of Ribbon
learnquilling@gmail.com

Heather Johnson said...

I visited the site. My daughter will enjoy the DVD.

Marci (joyfulheart26@hotmail.com) said...

I visited the site.
My nephews!

Sunnie said...

I checked out the site, my girls would like this movie
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sandy1955 said...

I visited the site and it would be my 4 yr. old grandson who would be enjoying this dvd

Mom of Two said...

Both of my kids would love this!
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Wendy Rozema said...

I visited the site - both my kids would enjoy this DVD!

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Oh the joys of boys said...

I visited the site, My boys would love this! Esp. cause my oldest loves the how its made show. :)
Jessica Berry-eramian

Allen Family said...

I visited the site. My son would love this!

Danni said...

Went to the site--my 2 boys would enjoy this movie.

thank you,
Danni

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Char W said...

I looked at the site and both of my kids would enjoy this DVD. (On another note, I couldn't figure out how to find you on FB.)

Becky said...

I visited her site and like the Video on Demand! My four grandchildren would love this video. They LOVE learning where/how/why, etc.

Thanks!

jadavis said...

I visited the site and would share this with my classroom
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corey1971 said...

My youngest son (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

daivabaum said...

I visited the site. My boys will be enjoying this DVD if I win

airforcewife0405@gmail.com said...

I visited and my son (4) would really enjoy this one!

Diana said...

I visited the site and would love these for my 4 small granddaughters
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Holly S. said...

I visited the site. I'll be watching this with my 3 year old daughter.

deanna said...

visited site. I will watch it with Lola
xoxoo

Michelle P. said...

I visited the site. My 2.5 y.o. daughter would be watching it with me.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I visited the site. This will be for my grandkids.
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cocorricco said...

The site is so very cute!!!! I would be giving it the little boy I nanny

one frugal lady said...

I visited the site and both my kids would love this!
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Ledford Land said...

I visited the site and my 5 year old daughter would love this!

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skyrobinson said...

I visited the site and my 4 yr old daughter would enjoy this dvd.

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Nancy said...

I visited the site and this would be for a young member of our family or a young family friend.

nancy
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Christel Platt said...

love this, and my 3 yr old would stay glued to the tv if he had this, thanks


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Amy W. said...

I visited the site and my sons would like this DVD. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Emily said...

I linked and out would be for my daughter.
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•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I won! Thank you!

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