Thursday, November 19, 2009

Exploramania's Gymathtics DVD

The first thing my children did when the Exploracise Gymathtics DVD arrived in the mail, was to put it in the DVD player.  They love exercise videos and were eager to test a new one.  After their first test run, they were all worn-out.  Only the 3 year old and 8 year old actually finished the 30 minute workout -- the 5 and 10 year olds both quit.  My 8 year old son was intent on keeping up with the children on the DVD, and my 3 year old came to tell me how tired she was at the end.  "And my head is weally tweating," she said.  (sweating)

The Gymathtics DVD by Exploramania is more than just an exercise video.  It also includes math concepts for 2nd - 5th grade students:  basic geometry, counting, skip counting, and number patterns.  As the children exercise, they learn about parallel lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, polygons, skip counting, and patterns. You can see a more detailed list of the topics covered on the DVD HERE

Combining math concepts with full-body movement provides a multi-sensory approach to learning that can be very helpful for the kinesthetic learner.  The visual learners will also benefit from watching the DVD, and the auditory learner will benefit (to a lesser degree) from hearing and seeing the explanation.  Exploramania has based their Exploracise program on scientific research.

I consider this to be more of an exercise video than a math lesson.  The math is just a fun reinforcement of concepts already taught in your curriculum for most children.  But for the kinesthetic learner, it can be very helpful understanding the concepts covered.  The DVD  appeals to younger children than 2nd grade, so it also serves as an introduction to concepts that will be taught later.  Four of my kids (ages 3 - 10) enjoyed the DVD, although the 10 year old is already bordering on considering it silly.  The four children who have used this DVD enjoy using it occasionally, but it isn't their favorite exercise DVD.

I was surprised by the voice-over of wellness thoughts in the stretching wind-down at the end of the DVD.  It just reminded me of a New Age, pop psychology, positive thinking, meditation and relaxation recording.

  • "Relax your body and open your mind to think about good health and well-being."

  • "Be nice.  Ride the "nice wave". "

  • "Eat healthy super foods with lots of vitamins and minerals."

  • "Be a dream stretch star.  Stretch your dreams and reach for the stars.  Stretch your mind to reach for your dreams with hard work and determination."

In the future, I think we'll be turning the volume down for the wind-down segment.  There isn't anything overtly inappropriate in there, it just annoys us all.  As Christians, we do prefer to place our trust in God and follow His direction rather than believing in the supposed power of positive thinking.

The Gymathtics DVD is available for $24.99, and they are currently offering free shipping.  There is also a Gymathtics 2.0 DVD for 4th - 7th grade students.   Exploramania has Exploracise Mats (educational yoga/exercise mats) and Exploracise Thumballs available to combine math with exercise. 

Gymathtics DVD is a great way for young children to get the wiggles out and burn some energy on a rainy day ... and reinforce some math concepts at the same time.

This item was provided free for our review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  We received no other compensation, and this review is our honest opinion.  Click the TOS Homeschool Crew banner at the top to read more reviews on this product by other Homeschool Crew members.

Trusting In Him,

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