Friday, September 14, 2012

Marshall Publishing--Oregon Trail and Pony Express {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Have I mentioned before that we enjoy "video learning" in our home school? I have? Okay; well, I'll say it again: We enjoy using videos in our schooling!

You may also remember that we reviewed for Marshall Publishing last year, a video about George Washington Carver.

This year we are reviewing The History of The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express.


The Oregon Trail is a 2,000 mile path through prairie, desert, and rugged mountains, from the jumping-off places on the Missouri River, Independence, Westport, Weston, St. Joseph, and Council bluffs, to the Valley of Willamette River in Oregon. During its fifty to sixty year life span, more than 300,000 emigrants traveled the trail, and ninety percent of them made it!

This DVD will show you the reasons for going...the hauntingly beautiful landscape...the rivers they followed and crossed...the joys and hardships...and the elation and the dissension as described in immigrants’ diaries...all come to life in this detailed account of America’s longest and most famous trail.

Approximately 35 Minutes.


Most people don’t realize the Pony Express lasted only 19 months, because it was glossed over by all of the adventure and romance attached to it. 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.

Approximately 16 Minutes.

This video is appropriate for grade 4 and up. A study guide follows the description of the programs on the website.

This year in our core curriculum, we are learning some about the Westward expansion, traveling by wagon, etc. It will be great to use this video to assist us in our study adventures.

The boys were captivated, especially the adventures of the Pony Express. I think Botanist Boy enjoyed it more, since history is his "thing".

Other members of the Crew received videos about Lewis and Clark, America in the 1880s, and Penguins. I think I'm going to have to add these to my collection, to be honest with you!

Cost: Normal price is $24.95, but is now just $19.95. Also, you can get free first class shipping for this DVD, using coupon code TOS27 at checkout.

Contact Information:
Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc.
123 S. Hough St.
Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: 888-300-3455
FAX: 224-238-3531

Be sure to check out what my fellow Crew mates think about Marshall Publishing.

Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew 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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