Documentary Teaching: Awesome Science DVDs

Documentary Teaching

I’ve been wanting to try Documentary Teaching with Jenny for awhile, but I wasn’t sure if she was ready or not.

Documentary Teaching = showing a documentary and asking Jenny to write down 10 things that she learned. {It covers multiple academic subjects – science/history, writing/reading, and more – all in one activity.}

When Master Books sent me two Awesome Science DVDs and supplemental study guides, I decided we’d try Documentary Teaching.

Documentary Teaching

I’m not sure if these weren’t the best DVDs to start our Documentary Teaching with or maybe she’s just not quite ready for Documentary Teaching.

Jenny’s response 20 minutes into Awesome Science: Explore the Grand Canyon was, “I don’t think I like this DVD,” but she did sit and watch the entire thing. {David seemed to really enjoy the DVD, even asking to watch it again when it was over!}

We’ll definitely watch the Awesome Science DVDs again. Maybe we’ll just include some additional activities to complement the subject matter for after the DVDs {i.e. Charlie & Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure} or use the supplemental study guides to create a unit of study using the DVDs as our introduction to the unit.

Documentary Teaching

7 Reasons Why We Like the Awesome Science DVDs:

  1. Having a kid host the DVDs helps kids relate. {Jenny really liked this!}
  2. The host is well spoken and appropriately energetic.
  3. The DVDs are full of great facts.
  4. The DVDs are based on Creation, not evolution, and address Creation vs Evolution issues.
  5. The DVDs are short{only 30 minutes} to accommodate kids’ attention spans. {Even David, 3.5yo, sat still and watched!}
  6. The DVDs are professionally put together and well-edited.
  7. The DVDs include lots of great pictures of the subject matter being discussed. {One of my favorite parts!}

Documentary Teaching

More about Awesome Science: Explore the Grand Canyon {from Master Books}:

Join 14-year-old host Noah Justice as he explores the 40 layers of the Grand Canyon. In this first episode of the Awesome Science DVD series, Noah’s adventure educates children, teens, and adults about how earth science actually supports the Biblical record.

In this 30-minute segment, you and your student will learn how:

  • The Grand Canyon was cut in just days, not millions of years
  • Its massive layers show evidence of being laid down in less than a year
  • The Biblical record can be trusted as Earth’s history book

Awesome Science is a high quality DVD series produced by a family that homeschools and works on the series together. Kyle Justice, Noah Justice’s dad, has produced video which has appeared on networks including National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel. Noah is the field guide and host for all 13 episodes which explore the globe to discover evidence of the accuracy of the Bible. The first three are released March 2012 and include Explore the Grand Canyon, Explore Yellowstone, and Explore Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest. Each episode offers a study guide which is sold separately. The series can be used in any Christian education setting including churches, schools, and homes.

Two Ways to Win an Awesome Science DVD:

#1 – Moms of Master Books April #TeachTheTruth Twitter Party:

Join the Moms of Master Books on April 19th at 9pm ET for a fun hour of Truth, Education Tips & Awesome Science DVD prizes. Get the details here: April #teachthetruth Twitter Party details.

Our Next Twitter Party

#2 – Enter the giveaway on LIFE by Ashley Pichea:

On Friday, April 20th, I’ll be hosting a 24 hour giveaway for the Awesome Science DVDs. Be sure to stop by and enter!!

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Disclosure: As part of the Moms of Master Books Review Team, I received the Awesome Science DVDs and study guides in exchange for my honest review.


  • Homeschool Pool

    Found this via Hip Homeschool Hop.  Great post about documentaries.  We use them a lot to supplement various subjects.  

    • Ashley Pichea

      Thanks for stopping by, Kat! I’m looking forward to including more documentaries in our homeschooling in the future.

  • Paula

    That’s a great idea. We have watched some documentaries before, but I have never had them write anything about it. The Awesome Science videos look intriguing too!

    • Ashley Pichea

      I got the idea from another homeschooler and loved it… I’m always looking for ways to combine subjects!

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