The First Grade Class progresses through each of the layers of the rainforest and then goes into the different layers and animals found there. I was excited to try this product but I felt like it wasn’t that engaging for my first grader. She did find it fun to look at the pictures and she did enjoy the audio clips but I’m not sure she learned much. A lot of the video clips had words over them and she can’t read much yet so I had to read them to her. We did enjoy seeing the gorgeous pictures, however. I guess I was just expecting something that would require quite a bit less work from me. To really make this work well requires a lot of work from you. There are lots of papers that need printed out and research that needs done so you could teach and fill in the gaps between the gorgeous pictures and video clips.
Also, despite the fact that the website was gorgeous, it was very hard to navigate and understand. I think a lot of that could be due to the fact that it is new and they don’t have all the kinks worked out yet. I couldn’t understand what I needed to print and what we needed to do for each lesson. I just think they need some time to more fully form the meat of the lessons and the website. I think they have the beginnings of a great new resource and once they have more explanation and direction on the site for the teachers and homeschooling moms it will be a fabulous product for us homeschool moms to use for science in our homeschools.