We received Dive Into Diversity which teaches children about all the variety of life under the sea and how animals rely upon one another for survival. Take a ride to a depth of 1500 feet in the deep sea with a submarine pilot! Find out what happens on the reef at NIGHT. Learn what eating ice cream and brushing your teeth have in common. Why do crabs have claws? What can grow three feet in just one day?
Dive into Diversity has eight chapters. You can watch them all or choose one at a time.
1. Night Diving on the Reef
2. Dive into Diversity
3. Be a Submarine Pilot
4. Swim in a Kelp Forest
5. Invertebrates of the Sea
6. Coral Reef Living
7. Sea Animals with Back Bones
8. Wacky, Weird, Crusty Crustaceans
Bonus features include meeting Annie with a lesson on SCUBA, meeting Craig who is the musician behind the music in Dive into Diversity (I loved this segment) and the transcript for each chapter.
Total run time: 44 minutes
The photography in this video is just wonderful. Each chapter is short enough to keep your child's attention but still informative. You have the option of watching the video in English, Spanish or just have music in the background (which is a neat option I think). The narration is definitely geared toward younger children but the video is really stunning and appropriate for any age.
See more of Annie's videos by visiting her YouTube channels. Adventures of Ocean Annie and Dive into Your Imagination.
I do want to make a note that occasionally there are appearances of females in a 2 piece bathing suit. Not overly revealing, but I thought it was worth mentioning. There is also some slight evolutionary content but it is very subtle.
Along with these DVDs, they have created cross-curricular educator guides combining literacy, math, science, social studies, and geography with character education. There are 2 guides for each DVD. One for PreK-K and one for grades 1-3. These guides are around 300 pages long each and are an amazing resource. They are written for a classroom setting but can easily be used in a homeschool.
|A sample page describing how the guide is arranged.|
The Dive into Diversity DVD is $19.95 as are What Makes a Fish a Fish? and Who Lives in the Sea?. They are also offering free shipping for the months of May and June. The Educator Guides are available for $299 (that is not a typo) for each DVD and $69.95 for the pdf version. HOWEVER, if you mention you are a homeschool parent in the comment section you will receive the pdf version for the video you order FREE. Don't try to order the pdf just put it in the comments. I am not sure how long this offer will last.
Annie Crawley was born and raised in Chicago, she did not see the ocean until after college. Learning to scuba dive changed her my life . Trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, she lived and worked around the world as a scuba diving instructor, boat captain, underwater photographer and cinematographer before starting her own company, Dive Into Your Imagination. You can read her full biography here: http://www.anniecrawley.com/meet-annie-crawley/annie-crawley-biography/
Read what others are saying about Dive Into Your Imagination DVDs on the TOS Crew Blog.
disclaimer: I received a free copy of Dive into Diversity and accompanying study guides for
all 3 videos in exchange for an honest review.