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Home School Field Trip DVDs

De Frahn Family Productions
www.fieldtripsondvd.com

19 Clark Road
Waverly, NY 14892
607-565-7267


The Home School Field Trip DVDs are "wholesome, informal video field trips" made by a fellow homeschooling family--the De Frahns. The two that my family viewed were the Keystone Cider Mill (Sayre, PA), which shows how apples are made into cider on an old-fashioned press, and the Spangler Candy Company (Bryan, OH), which shows how candy canes and Dum-Dums lollipops are made.

The DVD field trips can be used to supplement any home education program. The De Frahns are a Christian family, and that is obvious. The dvd's are very clean and appropriate for any age group. They could be viewed by your family or shared with a homeschool co-op class.

I found these DVDs to be very primitive in quality. They are much like viewing someone's home videos. My younger daughter (age 6) really enjoyed seeing how and where her favorite lollipops are made. However, my older daughter (age 13) only viewed the cider-making DVD, and she described it as "boring." I found both DVDs to be very interesting, despite the informal quality.

Both of these DVDs include unit study ideas. However, I was very disappointed to find that these were just words on the television screen following the actual field trip. It took a long time to sit and read through all of them. I am sure there are some good ideas shared. However, I would much prefer either a paper insert in the DVD case that I could read at my leisure or a CD-ROM that I could pop into my computer's disc drive and print off worksheets. The cost of the Home School Field Trip DVDs is $20 for the first DVD and $18 for each additional DVD. That seems too high to me. I would be more prone to purchase additional ones if the price were cheaper.

Still, it's nice to have products like this available. They are great for days when you need a respite from ordinary schoolwork but don't feel like leaving the house for a "real" field trip. Or, if you live in an area of the country where these types of things are not readily available for you to see, I would think that these DVDs would be very educational and beneficial.



Product review by Heidi Strawser, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January 2007


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