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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review: Young Minds – Numbers and Counting



As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free copy of Young Minds – Numbers and Counting from Math Tutor for review purposes. I received no other compensation.

Math Tutor has produced a truly beautiful DVD just for the little ones: Young Minds – Numbers and Counting. Set to music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and Vivaldi, Young Minds explores the numbers 1-10 with brilliant photographs of animals, vehicles, fruits and other common, everyday objects your kids will easily recognize. There are also some short videos, time-lapse photography, and some sound effects (animal noises, mostly) sprinkled in…just enough to keep their attention. Photographs have been enhanced (I’ve never seen bananas quite that yellow), but in a good way---you feel like you can almost reach out and grab those oranges as they zoom-in, they are better than life.

Each number is presented separately, first a “one” segment, then a “two” segment, and so on. You can choose a chapter to play, play the whole video, or put it on “repeat.” Bonus material includes, puzzles, dot-to-dot and guess the animal. The movie, not including extras, runs a little over 30 minutes.

My kiddos all know their numbers and how to count to 10 (except the baby, of course), but they all (ages 9, 6, 4 and 10 months) love this DVD. The music and pace are soothing. The voice-over is done by a young child, counting the objects and saying a little about them (“these oranges are orange”). The photography is excellent. Very high production values.

The extras are not truly interactive, but you can fix that. For the dot-to-dots, for example, the puzzle is presented, but the video pauses only briefly before doing the dot-to-dot for you. I would recommend pausing the video before the answer is given and allowing your child to trace the correct route with their finger on the screen.

Overall, a good gift for a family with little ones!

Young Minds – Numbers and Counting is available from for $19.99.

Here's a sample of the video

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