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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Natural Killers

One of the best methods of teaching a child about nature is to be out in the natural world. For most of us, however, traveling to exotic locations in order to teach our child about various animals just is not an option. Instead, we have to rely on books and videos to give our child exposure to those exotic animals.

The Natural Killers series is a marvelous set of narrated videos that depict the habitats and lifestyles of a wide range of creatures. The focus of the videos, of course, is the killers that live in the wild. These videos are fairly graphic in their depiction in nature. They show the world as it really is, including the deaths of some animals and the births of others, yet the presentation is such that the graphic nature of the videos is reasonable and acceptable even for small children.

To get these videos, you must subscribe and then you will receive two new videos about every three weeks. Each package costs about $40.00, but considering that your child will watch these videos for several years to come, it is a good investment. As with any subscription, you can always cancel your shipments at any time and choose to return any specific shipment that you don't really want to keep.

Kira's favorite is the Big Cats movie. My personal favorite is the Jelly Fish movie.

What amazes me most about these videos is that Kira, at the age of 3, has learned the differences between leopards, cheetahs, lions, tigers, and other predator cats. We generally watch one or two videos each week and sometimes the same video all week long, over and over and over and over. So I have also learned quite a bit from these videos just by being nearby when Kira is watching.


Petula Wright said...

Sounds exciting! My kids -- especially my son -- love to watch nature-type shows/movies. And I know it's educational too, which makes it all the better.