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Monday, September 10, 2012

Oregon Trail & Pony Express DVD Marshall Review

The History of The Oregon Trail 
& The Pony Express
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TOS Crew Review

The History of The Oregon Trail & The Pony Express  DVD 
Recommend for 4'th grade through adult.
$19.99 SALE Price (Regular Price  $24.95)
FREE Study Guide on their website with this DVD.
Item # - KVFD-109

I had the honor of reviewing this DVD with my children.

This DVD contains 2 programs on 1 DVD.  Color; approx. 50 minutes.

About the DVD:

THE OREGON TRAIL - @ 35 minutes

This video explains the reasons for traveling this hard road; the joys and the hardships.  It shows the hauntingly beautiful landscape, the rivers they followed and crossed, and the elation and the dissension as described in immigrants diaries.   As you watch this DVD, the Oregon Trail comes to life in this detailed account of Americas longest and most famous trail.

THE PONY EXPRESS - @ 16 minutes

With all of the adventure and romance attached to it, most people don't realize the Pony Express lasted only 19 months.  It was a grand gamble that eventually led to the bankruptcy of the three men who started it. Yet, during its brief life span it caught the attention of Americans, made a legend of the riders and provided a vital link between California and the Northern states at the onset of the Civil War.

A free study guide follows the description of the programs on their website!

What I thought:

The Oregon Trail program shows parts of the 2,000 miles trip these people took on this tail.  They went through many hardships, very rough roads, and even deathly accidents.  I found the DVD very interesting.  The 'trails' were exactly that.... 'trails'!  The DVD did a very good job showing the details of the Oregon Trail.  When I think of trail, I personally think of a pathway of dirt.  This DVD shows areas of two wheel imprints in the mud, dirt and rock.   The steep inclines these people took with their children and belongings were amazing!  I even learned something new watching this DVD :)

The Pony Express program wasn't as long, but was interesting.  These 'mail carriers' took their lives in their hands back then delivering letters and such.  The DVD gives you the feeling as if you were there during that time. 

The discussion questions on the website are very good.  This DVD would be a great start for a unit study!

My son, age 13, liked the DVD.  It kept him interested.  My other son, who is 9, not so much.  He lost interest in it after about 15 minutes.  I personally would recommend this DVD for the middle school age or at least 6'th grade; unless your 4'th grader has a very good attention span and/or loves history.

Overall, I give it 2 thumbs up.  DVD's are a great way to teach children and gives plenty of open discussion!

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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