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Review: The Way Things Work, Animated

The Way Things Work DVD

For years we, like many homeschoolers, have enjoyed David Macaulay’s book The Way Things Work.   Recently we discovered that portions of this book have been animated! The movies give you both the science and the big woolly mammoths of the book.

Originally produced for the BBC, this set of 26 videos, each 13 minutes long, is aimed at grades 3-6.  Even though the series won a Gold World Award for Children’s Programming at the New York Festival in 2004, few homeschoolers know about it because it was sold primarily to schools and libraries.  However, it is a very worthwhile series for homeschoolers as well.

In these movies, quirky characters, a visiting inventor, and large numbers of mammoths learn about science on Mammoth Island….

Read more at the Curriculum Choice

This post is linked to Trivium Tuesdays.

This is the kind of resource I would recommend for your child’s science and math reading


  1. Jenn says:

    Yes, we love the books. I didn’t know they made DVD s. Thanks! M

  2. Leanne says:

    Love these! My kids have been watching the ones on simple machines for the past few weeks and they keep asking to watch them over and over! I need to take them back to the library today. 🙁

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, kids love these! It’s too bad they are hard to find.

  3. Amy says:

    Yeah! Great to know that these are on DVD! I’ll check my library for sure.

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