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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sid The Science Kid and Dive Olly Dive DVDs (review)

I've had these DVDs for quite some time, our DVD player broke so I was just now able to play the Sid The Science Kid DVDs for the kids. Both Sid The Science Kid and Dive Olly Dive are PBS shows. Sid the Science Kid is on PBS Kids, and Dive Olly Dive is on PBS Sprout.

The first DVD we watched was Dive Olly Dive. Here is a little bit from the site about what the series is about:
Dive Olly Dive follows the adventures of Olly, a young submarine-in-training, and Beth, his best friend and fellow sub-in-training. Stationed at the Special Underwater Research Facility (S.U.R.F.) under the guidance of Diver Doug, the young subs explore their spectacular underwater world.

Joining Olly and Beth are Skid, Doug's sleek transport vehicle; Brandt, a cantankerous hermit crab who imagines himself as a pirate; UMA, an eight-appendaged Underwater Maintenance Assistant; Ranger, a tiny cowboy seahorse who wrangles his herd of squid; Shankley, the Scottish sea crane who spins tales of the deep seas; Suzy, the awesome aerobatic seas plane; and Luseal, the fun-loving, athletic seal.

I had to explain to Jeffery and Jaylin what a submarine was, Jeffery quickly caught on, Jaylin still likes to call them "fish". When I first put the DVD in, it was SILENCE in my house for awhile (well, you know, besides the dvd playing lol). I would randomly hear Jeffery and Jaylin talking about what was going on, or saying "uh oh" when there was trouble. It was neat seeing them interact with it and eachother like that, Jeffery even tried to explain to Jaylin some things she didn't understand. I sat and watched Dive Olly Dive with them the 1st time, I loved they had adventures, and life lessons were taught. Such as why you must listen to eachother, and follow directions.

The other 2 DVDs we got to review were of Sid The Science Kid. Here is a little about the show from their site:

"Sid the Science Kid" is a new educational animated television series using comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. This landmark production of 40 half-hour episodes, co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS KIDS®, debuts on September 1, 2008, as part of the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, the hosted two-hour morning block and online destination.

"Sid the Science Kid", The Jim Henson Company's first series for PBS KIDS that features a practical in-school science curriculum, uses music and humor to celebrate children's natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question ("Why are my shoes shrinking?" "Why do bananas get mushy?") and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends.

I was surprised when Jeffery sat right down and watched the DVDs, I didn't think he'd be into something like this since it has nothing to do with cars, trucks, boats, airplanes or trains lol. I liked that he would ask me questions about the show, and how it relates to him such as in the "Change Happens" DVD there is one about why his shoes were "shrinking", so it explained about how everything living grew. Jeffery said "I'm not growing am I mommy?" and I showed him his old handprints from 2006 and let him hold his hand up to it, to show him how he IS growing, I also showed him and Jaylin, Jaylin's hand and foot print from 2006, I let her hold her big ole hand up to her itty bitty handprint, she was amazed.

Sid The Science Kid was fun to watch, it was entertaining yet educational. Sid would go to school and learn about all the neat things such as all about animal houses, his growing feet, why bananas get mushy, why his mom's pancakes were soft and his dad's pancakes were hard, but his grandma's pancakes were perfect (sounds like something that would happen in this house.) They do experiments in the classroom, like the one that sticks out to me was the mushy banana, the teacher had a new pumpkin, and a old decayed pumpkin (yes, they used the word DECAY! Talk about learning new awesome words) they put on gloves and explored each (don't worry, they made sure to include washing hands afterwards!)

So, check the sites for local times and channels to watch Sid the Science Kid and Dive Olly Dive!

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