Thursday, November 19, 2009

Exploramania / GyMathtics ~ TOS Review

As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a workout DVD called GyMathtics. It's more than an exercise workout, but also a workout for the brain. While the children exercise, they are exposed to 2nd-5th grade math facts.

My 4-year-old preschooler enjoyed doing the exercises and especially giving the "high fives" throughout the workout. But, most of the math concepts were above her head, but it was nice for her to hear them since she is an auditory leaner.

My 7-year-old daughter enjoyed the workout and had fun. Some of the math concepts were below her level, some right on, and of course some were above. But, again it was good for her to be exposed and introduced to the concepts.

My 8-year-old son was not interested in a workout DVD at all. He'd rather go outside and play football or do push-ups and sit-ups in his bedroom.

I think the overall concept of this DVD is terrific. We found the voice overs in the DVD to be a bit "cheesy." The children sometimes got lost on some of the exercises because the exercise part of the screen gets small to make room for the math concepts that are being taught.

I definitely do not think this is a "must have" for every homeschool family, but it is a nice thing to have on hand if the weather outside isn't good for running around and you NEED to have an organized and safe way to allow your children to burn off all the extra energy they seem to obtain during the cold winter months. I also think the DVD is over priced at $24.99.

The DVD has four parts:
1) Shape Stretches - Warm Up
2) Counting Calisthenics
3) Pattern Power
4) Well-Being Wind Down
*My children's favorite parts were the shape stretches and counting calisthenics.

This 30 minute educational workout DVD costs $24.99. Go to Exploramania's website to view other products they sell, and to read about their new DVD that is going to be available soon.

To read more reviews on the GyMathtics DVD, click here to go to the TOS blog and see what other crew members have to say.

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