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#1 of 37 Old 09-18-2010, 05:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We signed up for the free 12 hour history of America DVD that was being provided to educators (including homeschoolers.) We recently received it and played some of it last night. We were shocked. Maybe if our son was older it wouldn't have been such a big deal, but for our 4 year old it was too much.

Now, I'd expect some recreation of battle scenes, but when we started out with the pilgrim era we thought we'd be okay. One of the first scenes they show is a man being burned at the stake for killing his pregnant wife with plans to eat her. You can imagine how a 4 year old would react to seeing a person being burned (he wasn't actually on fire, but he was tied up and surrounded by flames.)

So we looked through the table of contents. Most chapters were about wars so we figured we'd just pass by on those. "Cities" seemed a safe bet. All was fine until they showed a fire in a sweat shop. One young woman was dragged onto the elevator towards safety as she screamed for her sister. The narrator stated the sister died. That's when we turned it off and cuddled our son and told him sometimes bad things happen in life. However, because of that fire they now put sprinklers and smoke detectors in buildings and they make sure people can get out of the buildings if there's a fire. Don't know if it's true (per se) but he felt better.

So, if you got this dvd and you're planning on watching it, just be aware that it's not appropriate for all kids. I'll probably watch more on my own, but certainly not with my kids for many years.

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I totally agree with you-- there are several scenes in that series that are likely to be too much even for elementary school kids, IMO. Definitely pre-screen!

FYI, the Triangle Shirt factory scene only gets worse after the point where you stopped. They show the girls leaping out of the windows.
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To be fair, I don't think they were aiming it at kids that young!

I swear I remember ordering the dvd, but I haven't gotten it.
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Is this the History of America or the Story of Us? Just wondering because we just got the Story of Us in the mail and I was wondering if I should preview it before watching it with my 4- and 5-year-old.
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Having watched a lot of stuff on the history channel and given that this was a program for schools I wouldn't have even thought to show it to a 4 year old. Their stuff just isn't geared towards that age group.
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Is this the History of America or the Story of Us? Just wondering because we just got the Story of Us in the mail and I was wondering if I should preview it before watching it with my 4- and 5-year-old.
It's the Story of US. Absolutely preview it. I wouldn't show it to my 4 year old.
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Good to know. Thanks for the heads up.

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eek yes thx!

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My almost-10 year old watched this when it was on TV and was excited when the DVD came in the mail the other day. I may let 7yo dd watch it, but not the 5yo or 3yo.

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we just received ours last week, and agree- it is for older (meaning able to handle the heaviness, etc) audiences for sure! its good though, and great cuz its free!

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It's the Story of US. Absolutely preview it. I wouldn't show it to my 4 year old.
That's it. I was clueless. I figured it was geared to elementary students so should be fine. Boy was I naive.

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I swear I remember ordering the dvd, but I haven't gotten it.
Me too! We haven't gotten it either. I figured it was a good thing to add to our materials for future years, but I got the impression from the description that we'd be hanging onto it 2-3 years before we watched it. Thank you for the warning!

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Wow, thanks for the heads-up. We just got ours last week and I was wondering if I needed to preview it. Guess it's going back on the shelf for a few years.

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Thanks for the heads up! I am sure many who got it may not realize that!

We did get ours, and I set it aside with our History curriculum for the future b/c I knew it would be 'too much' right now for my (almost) 5 year old. I vaguely remember catching pieces of it when it was on the History Channel and knew from that, that it wasn't something we would use for a while...

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Thanks for the warning!


Um... is it too late to get in on this? A free history DvD would be awesome!

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Thanks for the warning!


Um... is it too late to get in on this? A free history DvD would be awesome!
They had an end date for the promo, but it wouldn't hurt to email them. Google history channel.

I emailed them asking them to put age ranges on any future promos.

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Yikes! $40. I wish I'd gotten in on that!

Sorry your daughter was freaked out, OP.

I hope the rest of you are able to make it work for your home educating purposes.

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Mine just came in the mail today. I had read some warnings about the content on the WTM forums, so DH and I will watch the DVD ourselves but we'll shelve it for a few years before showing it to DS1.

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Yeah, I too watched the discussion on the WTM forums. The DVD is aimed at high school aged kids. I'd like to know how biased the show is myself, vs. how historically accurate.. but man, sitting through 12 hours of video just to preview it for my son is just too much for me! And we're not even doing US history this year. So, I tossed it into the dark corners of our video collection.

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Ours actually arrived today. Thanks for the heads up, my kids are young. Might have to put it away for a couple of years.
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We got ours in the mail a couple of days ago (I had completely forgotten about signing up for it way back when). Thanks for the heads up. My daughter was going to watch it with my MIL, and neither of them like anything intense/scary. Guess we'll put it away for a few years.

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I didn't think it was actually very good but it will be a good jumping off point for some discussion and correction.

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Yikes! $40. I wish I'd gotten in on that!

Sorry your daughter was freaked out, OP.

I hope the rest of you are able to make it work for your home educating purposes.
It is $40???!?!? Wow!!

It is NOT worth that IMO.

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No fair, I haven't gotten ours yet. The adults in this house are big fans of history shows, particularly ones that make us think "gee how inaccurate may that be" and then cause us to go looking to see what really happened lol. I figured based on it being a History Channel thing that it wouldn't be a good choice for my girls yet, so it will stay on our high shelf in the bedroom until we feel they are old enough to watch such things.

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Maybe try This Is America, Charlie Brown. My son really liked (still does) that one.
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No fair, I haven't gotten ours yet. The adults in this house are big fans of history shows, particularly ones that make us think "gee how inaccurate may that be" and then cause us to go looking to see what really happened lol.
I also find watching something and just getting familiar with whatever it is suffices to have a keener interest in it when it comes up again (we have lots of history books). Then he'll usually want to watch the dvd again and when there are discrepancies we can look into other sources too. It's a lot of fun.
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Thank you so much for the warning.
Ours showed up this last week and I was planning on starting up watching it on Monday as part of our history curriculum. I may wait another week so that I can preview it really well.

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I agree with abimommy, I didn't think it was that great really. They already showed it on tv anyway.
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Yikes! My US History teachin' husband has seen it & almost showed it to my 7, 5 & 3 year olds today. I'm hoping he was just being forgetful! I can't imagine those scenes even being appropriate for high schoolers.

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Yikes! My US History teachin' husband has seen it & almost showed it to my 7, 5 & 3 year olds today. I'm hoping he was just being forgetful! I can't imagine those scenes even being appropriate for high schoolers.
The way they were presented would be ok for most middle schoolers in my opinion. I haven't watched the entire series, but there wasn't gore in the stuff I saw, just an acknowledgment that sometimes life is brutal. You can't teach history and leave out the tough stuff.
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