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Respect Your Mother
on May 23, 2009
BBC makes you smarter - everybody knows that. The Natural History Collection is like a talking encyclopedia - and a pretty one, what's more.
These are documentary films, of course, but they're also high in entertainment-value, keeping interest throughout. My children (5 and 7) love them and often ask me to put one on.
Better than cartoons, certainly.
One of my favourite things about the films are the extras - the 'making ofs'. Not only is there lots of additional information, but you get a good perspective on just how amazing the footage actually is, when you hear that a photographer spent nine months in the Himalayas trying to capture images of a snow leopard.
As a homeschooling mother, I can't recommend these movies highly enough for other educators. There is a huge volume of subjects and most are presented as short sections: seven minutes on the polar bear, for example, or five on the blue whale. A lot of information is packed into these minutes, making them great resources for comp questions and unit studies. I searched online for lesson plans and found quite a few good ones that I printed out and used for my children.
BBC has done an incredible job on these films. You won't be sorry you have them, even at the given price.