Perhaps no other two subjects can cause as much anxiety for a
homeschool teacher than Math and Phys Ed. Both are necessary, and
both can stir up feelings of inadequacy and fear of "getting it
right." Enter the Can Do Kids DVD. Unbelievably, this
curriculum tackles both topics in a kid-friendly way.
The DVD has four 20 to 25-minute sections: Addition Adventure,
Subtraction Safari, Multiplication March, and Division Detective.
The segments teach the math facts for 0s through 12s and are progressively
difficult, so the easiest one is Addition Adventure and the toughest
one is Division Detective. The seven Can Do Kids lead their young
viewers through marches, moves, and rhyming songs as they work
their way through the numbers.
The CD-Rom part of the disc offers Teacher and Student Guides
for each of the four parts. The guides include lots of information,
such as words to the songs and dances; exercise instructions; hints
and tips; supplementary ideas; student progress record; charts,
quizzes, tests, and answer keys; and activity pages. These resources
are easy to read and understand and really bulk up the program.
The Can Do Kids website also offers facts and figures about homeschooling,
physical education, and learning styles, as well as bios on the
neat kids on the video.
The reasonably priced Can Do Kids DVD ($19.95) is aimed
at kids from age four through the third grade. Of course, younger
and older siblings would benefit from it as well. This supplemental
curriculum can be used at home, in a formal school setting, or
at a homeschool co-op.
Pros: The Can Do Kids DVD incorporates so
many things that I try to do in our homeschool: it multi-tasks
(math and P.E.), it offers reinforcement in the printable
lesson plans and activities, and it uses music to teach. It is
offered in a convenient, compact package with an information-packed
website as a supplement.
Cons: I'll admit that the DVD looks a bit cheesy at
first glance. My 8-year old son stood in front the television with
crossed arms and a look of scorn on his face. However, when I (intentionally)
left the room, he got right into it.
I am so excited at the opportunity for my youngest to have all
of his multiplication and division tables learned before he even
needs to use them! When he's got the wiggles, he can pop in the
DVD, get physical, and regain his focus for his other schoolwork
(with the secret bonus that he's learning and developing more eye-hand