Curiosity Quest {TOS review}

“Every great adventure begins with one person’s curiosity.” It is that belief that sets us off on an exciting adventure when viewing a Curiosity Quest episode with host Joel Greene. The DVD series responds to mail-in questions that are posed by its target audience of viewers who are children ranging in age of seven to 14.

We had the opportunity to review two Curiosity Quest DVDs, DVD Combo Pack – Produce and DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea. In Swimmers of the Sea, we are introduced to and educated about penguins, sea turtles and salmon and in Produce, we learn about mushrooms, cranberries and oranges. You see, I love all three foods and that is really why I wanted to review the DVDs.

When the DVDs arrived, we were so excited to watch them and ended up watching all three episodes of the produce DVD and one episode of the swimmers DVD. Once we got started, it was literally hard to turn off the television. Each episode is about 30 minutes, so almost two hours of straight television was plenty.

While watching the produce DVD, we were able to visit a mushrooms farm, because viewer Patricia asked, “How do they grow mushrooms?” I learned some new information about mushrooms and was reminded of another point that I may not want to focus on too much.

No matter how you shape it… mushrooms are a fungus. Then again, when purchasing a mushroom from Monterey Mushroom Farms in California, the mushrooms are vitamin D enhanced.

During Greene’s on location visits, the viewers receive an answer to the question posed at the beginning of each episode as well as learn quite a bit more information. There are also “fun fact” segments throughout the episode presented by a young person sharing a point of trivia.

Fun Fact: Mushroom farming started in America started in 1896 Pennsylvania

Another feature in each episode that all of us enjoyed were the segments where Greene would ask a general question of young people in the streets in regards to the episode topic. The people questioned were generally young people and their answers ranged from very intelligent to wondering how they came up with that answer. To their credit, some of the children are young and it was great that my children knew a lot of the answers. Even if you don’t, Joel answers the question as the program continues.

The cranberry quest was prompted by a question that I’ve often wondered too. Why are people always standing in water in the cranberry commercials. The questions was “Why are the men standing in a lake full of cranberries?” Greene took us to Wisconsin.

Since cranberries are hollow they are very buoyant. After they are harvested, the fields are flooded making it easier for the cranberries to collect. Can you imagine picking up those tiny berries from a dry ground?

Something else we learned are that cranberries are perennials.

Fun Fact: Cranberries are cholesterol free, fat-free, full of antioxidants and help maintain a healthy heart.

The learning continued as we watched the other episodes. We learned that oranges self-pollinate; skin on oranges respond similarly to the skin on our body where bruises on the outside can lead to damage on the inside.; and a typical sized Valencia orange tree can produce 500 to 800 to 1000 oranges per tree; and oranges.

Fun Fact: Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seedlings to America in 1493.

We ended up at the Aquarium of the Pacific when questions as how they care for their young and why can’t penguins fly> Well, one answer is that they do fly, but it is under water. Some other things that we learned about penguins is that they are soft.

Fun fact: The Fairy penguin is the smallest weighing about 2.5 pounds at 10 inches tall.

In Curiosity Quest Goes Green episode, Joel visited The Turtle Hospital where turtles are rescued, rehabilitated and released. We learned there are seven species of sea turtles. Also, a mama turtle will return to the same beach from where she was hatched, regardless of the distance.

Fun fact: Salt secretion behind the turtles eyes gives the impression that they are crying.

In the last episode, we visited a fish hatchery where wild salmon are sustained, so their numbers are never depleted.

Fun Fact: Some salmon migrate as far as Japan and are able to return to the home river where they were born.

The baby salmon imprint, memorize the smell of the fresh water stream, from where they originated and are able to return as adults after having been gone for years.

The enthusiasm that Greene exudes when visiting the site locations is as if he were the one who posed the original question. Although, at times, he seemed quite excitable, I would say that energy kept us glued to the screen. I love his humor and it did not hurt that the places he visited were so exciting.

Note: There is a mention of Mother Nature in the salmon episode.

My children and I love shows likes Curiosity Quest that are informative, visit really cool places where we would also love to go and make it fun to learn.

As long as children continue mailing in their letters with questions, Greene will be able to continue his adventures. Where he goes next can be up to you.

The Curiosity Quest DVD Combo Packs are both available for $24.95 each.

Learn more about Curiosity Quest on Facebook; follow them on Twitter; and watch other videos by them on YouTube.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

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