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Oct 8, 2010

Rocking Robots Week in Review

UGH! Do we have to watch the Mars rover videos again?

That was me after a full week of the boys asking for the rover videos every. single. time. I got out the laptop and announced school time. We have a couple of future astronauts in this house. Remember this post?Well last week we learned all about Rocking Robots from Download N Go. Since we were down to one car, I never made it to the library for my usual "browsing of the shelves" to look for great books to use alongside our unit study. Guess what? It didn't matter one lick that I had not one single robot book in this house. It went quite well without them. Except for the little matter of the Mars rover videos!

Rocking Robots has daily objectives, just like all of the other DNG.
Day 1: What Is a Robot?
Day 2: The History of Robots
Day 3: People and Places of Robots
Day 4: Science Secrets of Robots
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Robots

We laughed our heads off watching a fantastic robot soccer video. Someone did a splendid job on those guys! Xavier enjoyed it so much, he used the little paperboard robots we colored and his small acorn collection to reenact a wonderful soccer game of his own!I love that the youtube videos open up in a special DNG window, but even so, we got sucked into watching the next recommended video several times. I mean, who could resist watching squids attack an underwater robot? Not us, obviously! Actually, the same thing happened during our Roller Coasters study! Not the squid part, just the video part. :)

We even made a robot cake. Xav did a great job outfitting this robot with all the necessary gadgets! He loves to cook. Download N Go unit studies are created by The Old Schoolhouse and Amanda Bennett. Geared toward grades K-4, I have found they can be adjusted a bit for the older and younger child. Each study is intended to take one week to complete, but can take longer. Each DNG study covers topics such as spelling and vocabulary, history, geography, science, it's all in there! And best of all, the work is done for you. The only time you need to spend ahead of time is checking out library books and choosing which pages you'd like to print for the lap/notebooks. It does not get any easier than that. A real blessing for busy moms!

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***I was provided a free copy of Rocking Robots in exchange for my honest review.***


Nicole said...

Oh fun! You made the cake! After seeing how cute your boys decorated it, I want to make it now. We have our 2yo's b-day coming up and I didn't want that much cake back to back.

Thanks for commenting on my blog :)

Erika said...

Oh, how fun! My kids would love this.