Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TOS Review: ZeeZok Publishing--Z-Guides to the Movies

We enjoy using movies/videos in our homeschooling adventures, probably mostly because my kids (and I) are mostly visual learners. Videos are a great way to incorporate information in science and history!

I was thankful, and pleased, to learn we'd be able to use and review one of the Z-Guides to the Movies!

Z-Guides are a great way to incorporate media in to your curriculum. Each guide falls within a specific time period:
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval Europe
  • 16th Century Europe
  • 17th Century Europe
  • 18th Century Europe
  • American Revolution
  • French Revolution
  • 19th Century Europe
  • Westward Expansion
  • War Between the States
  • World War I
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Post-World War II
  • Vietnam War
As you can see, they would be easy to fit in to any history curriculum you may be using. 

Each Z-Guide begins with an overview, providing the student with information regarding the specific time period in which the movie is set. Then there is a synopsis, which assists the student in understanding what is going on in the movie and how the events, situations, and relationships all relate together. 

The first activity your student will need to do is answer the review questions. These will be best answered while watching the movie. This way your student will need to pay attention, and be an active learner rather than just a passive viewer.  

The next several activities all build around the historical time of the movie. Of course our favorite are the hands-on activities!

We were provided with the e-book version of the elementary level of Flyboys. Flyboys is about the first American fighter pilots, during World War 1.

Flyboys is full of action, portraying the dogfights over France, against the Germans. With an average life expectancy of three to six weeks, these American pilots risked life and limb for France over a year before the United States joined the Allies. A word of caution: This movie does contain adult themes; so if your children are very sensitive to scenes of killing, you may not want them to view this video. 

We were able to get the video through Netflix. Some libraries may also carry a copy.

We enjoyed working on some of the activities. We learned about World War 1 and the Lafayette Escadrille, aeronautics, distance and flight. The boys especially had fun making paper airplanes, and flying them, measuring the distance of each flight.

We had so much fun learning about World War 1, the fighter pilots, flight, in this way. I look forward to using more Z-Guides in the future.

Each Z-Guide can be purchased for $12.99, either as a download, or on CD. You can also purchase the videos through ZeeZok; prices vary. You can also see a sample of one of the guides here.

Contact Information:


Zeezok Publishing
PO Box 1960
Elyria, Ohio 44036-1960
Phone: 800-749-1681

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about ZeeZok's Z-Guides!

As a review blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.
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1 comment:

  1. Good review :) We know much more about WWII in our house (my dh watches a lot of documentaries) than WWI but this looks like it might be good to include in our exploration of it.
    I like Zeezok :)


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