As a homeschooling Mama, I'm always on the lookout for new and different things to use in our endeavors....whether to further our studies in a certain subject or to help me illustrate what Jacob is learning. We recently had the opportunity to review Meet Me at the Corner, a website that is full of virtual field trips, founded by Donna Guthrie in 2006. This is something that any child can enjoy, whether homeschooled or traditionally schooled. It's a resource I can use on those yuck winter days, when the going gets tough, and we just need a slight break from the norm.
I took the time to watch an episode, just to see how the site works. I chose to watch Interview With a Veteran: Evacuation of Saigon. The first thing I noticed was that a child was doing the actual video and interview, which makes it great for kids because they can watch interaction between one of their peers and the subject/person of interest, at hand. It makes it a bit more kid-friendly and even more interesting, since it's questions that they might ask themselves that they are learning the answers to. Now, with each video also comes questions that can be used, along with learning activities; there are also other websites that you can link to, in order to provide further study on that subject, if your child shows a lot of interest in it or he just needs more info. For example, along with this video came weblinks to the USS Midway Museum, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to Veterans' Day crafts. There were also recommended books at the bottom of the post. Honestly, this could be used for a great supplemental history lesson, if you just need something different than textbooks for a day, because with all of the video, activities, and study questions, it's a lesson plan for any learning style. This site would be great for visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learning styles, since it covers all the bases.
Other episodes you might find of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wolf Rescue at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
- Celebrate Chemistry Week: Interview With a Perfume Maker
- San Francisco Cable Cars
- Canine Companions for Independence
- Falconry at the United States Air Force Academy
- An American Cowboy: Interview With Bob Norris, T-Cross Ranch
The site also incorporates the Big Apple Book Club, which is a series of book reviews for kids, done by actual kids. This is exciting to me, since Jacob loves to read. There is also a series of lessons done by video, such as one on How to Make a Video Book Review. This gives me ideas of actually letting Jacob submit his own reviews at some point. There are also contests listed on the website, that are available for certain ages.
All in all, I found Meet Me at The Corner to be such a wonderful resource and a delight to review. Their videos are also listed on Curriki, Teacher Tube, Next Vista, and Watch Know. New episodes are uploaded every two weeks. I love the fact that the videos that are uploaded on this website are not only educational, but other children from around the world have actually recorded or worked on these podcasts. What a great way to educate and inform....and learn!
Melissa J's Thoughts