October 08, 2010

Rockin' Robots!

We've had a great couple of weeks learning about robots with our Download n Go.  All of use have enjoyed all the robots videos we've seen, and more than once I've seen Jacob getting books out of the library bag to learn more!

Here's what you'll study when you do Rockin' Robots:
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

My kids thoroughly enjoyed developing their own tooth brushing robot, though Mattie decided hers would actually stand on the tips of her toes and be a dancing ballerina robot - that did all of her chores!

There is a lot offered in this unit that we didn't even get to.  I'm finding if we watch all of the videos and links on each page, there is really no way we can do an entire day's offerings in one day (not if we're doing any other school anyway).  And if we do too much with the videos and links we've definitely run out of focusing energy to do lapbooking components.  

The best part is that DownloadnGos are all about fitting into our  family school routine!  So we can keep tweaking until we find the way it best works for us: stretching the unit to two weeks, choosing certain topics to study and other topics to skip, delving into some concepts with discussion only and not doing anything written, etc.  There are endless options, really!

October 05, 2010

Happy Birthday DNG!

DNG is having a birthday!  And in order to celebrate, there are contests and specials offered all week on their blog.

Click HERE to register for a chance to win a pound of fudge!!

Click HERE to check out the daily specials.  Remember to check out the specials each day so you don't miss any! Today's special includes Birthday Bonanza - not available for individual purchase - for FREE!

All contests and specials end Saturday, October 9th.