Exploramania was created by Carrie Scheiner, who, as a parent was concerned about too much non-educational TV, and not enough exercise. Her passion for education and healthy lifestyle, commitment to her children’s well being, and desire for more options for parents and educators grew into development of several multi-sensory learning products. You can read more about her story and inspiration here.
For review, I received the first Exploracise Gymathtics DVD. It is a 30 minute workout teaching math and healthy lifestyle concepts while performing a complete exercise routine. The math facts target 2nd through 5th grades, but the exercise program is great for all ages.
The complete Program (copied from the DVD cover) includes:
*Shape Stretches Warm Up – stretch your mind and body with line, circle, and polygon stretches
*Counting Calisthenics- Aerobic movements work your heart as fun counting concepts work your brain
*Pattern Power- Growing and repeating pattern exercise combinations challenge minds and strengthens muscles.
*Well Being Wind Down- Relaxing stretches cool down the body and open the mind to think about healthy lifestyle choices including the Nice Wave Stretch and BIG DREAM Stretch.
You can see more detail of math concepts and actual photos of parts of the program here.
So how did my family like this?
As you can imagine, my girls ( 9 and almost 13) groaned when I explained we would be watching a math/exercise program. I think they might have envisioned Sesame Street counting with the big purple dinosaur singing cheesy songs. "Just give it a fair shake," I told them.
As I began, we noticed the music was upbeat and motivational, not annoying as they had imagined. But math facts?? Well, the inclusion of educational content on the side of the screen where the folks are performing the routine are well organized and easy to follow. The screen is colorful and well organized, and the voice of the exercise instructor is pleasant and energetic. All three kids thought it was a fun and upbeat video and exercise routine, but definitely geared for the younger set (elementary).
We don’t even have a TV in our home, so too much screen time really isn’t a problem. My girls spend a majority of their spare time outside riding horses or exploring our caliche cliffs, so exercise isn’t much of a problem either. My three year old goes non-stop as well, although I was quite disappointed for a time last year when he became seemingly addicted to sitting watching cartoons at the babysitter’s house. I can certainly say I understand Carrie’s concern for too much tv and not enough exercise in our youth. While I’m so thankful our family has had the opportunity to provide our kids with 30 acres and a ranch full of critters to tend to in exchange for tv time, I know this is certainly not the norm in today’s society. I love the idea behind Exploramania’s mission as an alternative and healthy addition to families commited to their children’s well being.
You can purchase this DVD for $24.99 by visiting the Exploramania website. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other neat products they have, including GyMathtics 2.0 dvd. In a personal message, Carrie stated that several new products will be rolling in over the next few months, so be sure to keep a watch for some fun and educational additions to your children’s learning experience.
Visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog to read more reviews of this and other great homeschool products!
I received this DVD for review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was received, and opinions expressed in this review are my own.