Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Review of Media Enhanced Books from Weigl Publishers

Books, books, books!!!  Oh how we love them in our home.  We recently discovered a new way to learn from books in our house thanks to Weigl Publishers.   They sent us three digital books to review.  The titles included Glaciers, A Lion's World, and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant.  Each book was interesting to read through and fun because of all the extra things Little Miss could do and learn from the books.
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Weigl Publishers Media Enhanced Books
Have you even heard of media enhanced books before?  Me neither until we received these books for review. So what is this enhancement?  It is all about making books come alive to your students.  This happens not only by making the books read along, read aloud books, but also by adding extra educational videos, printable PDF activities, slideshows, transparencies that layer maps, graphs, and timelines, interactive maps, quizzes, and keywords.  Weigl Publishers has books for students of all ages.

The first book we worked with was Glaciers from the "Earth's Water" series.  This book is intended for students in grades 3-6.  It is enhanced by using Lightbox and a special code in the book.  This takes the book from being just a book, to a true in-depth study guide.  This book had extra video clips that Little Miss could click on and watch.  In one video she watched as a man who was studying glaciers and capturing photos of them called home and gave his wife a report of his findings.  It was a really neat video that showed and told lots of details about glaciers.  The book also had charts, graphs, and timelines that she could click on.  At first they had all the information on the chart, graph, or timeline, but when she clicked it, the information would be removed so she practice putting the facts back on and this would help her learn the facts the picture taught.  There were also a couple of worksheets throughout the book that she could click on from the sidebar and it would pop-up a PDF worksheet for her to fill out.  These were good because they checked her understanding of the material she read and the videos she watched.  There was also a quiz and an experiment for her in the book.  Glaciers featured amazing pictures, lots of science facts and information, and using Lightbox to view the book digitally, made it a lot more fun for Little Miss.  She said that she wished all of her science material was presented this way.  It took her a couple of days to get through the book because she would work on it for about 20 minutes at a time.  She learned a lot about glaciers this way and I think everyone in the family sat down to watch the book with her at some point because of the amazing pictures.  I appreciated that it captured her attention and made her want to work on it more.
A Lions World

Even though  A Lion's World is intended for students in grades K-2, Little Miss wanted to see what it was all about.  She can't pass up a good cat book and this one about lions looked fun to her.  It used EYEDISCOVER to enhance the book.  This program can be used on a computer, tablet, or whiteboard.  It enhances the book by allowing students to read the book, listen to it being read aloud, and watching as the pages are brought to life.  You can hear a lion's roar, see cubs, and see them run among other videos.  Little Miss enjoyed having this book and reading it for a fun study break from her normal school.  She is an animal lover so she loved learning all the facts about lions like how far you can hear them roar.  This book would be perfect for younger students and I appreciated that even though Little Miss is older, she learned a couple of things about lions from it.
There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant
The last book we reviewed was There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant.  This book is intended for students in grades K-2 and is a fun, fiction book.  It is a AV² book that is enhanced because you can have it read to your child or have your child read it aloud.  They click the words on the book page to highlight them and have it read.  This story is pure fun and that is what Little Miss read it for.  I have not heard so many belly laughs from her in a long time as I did when she was reading this book.  It cracked her up.  It would be a great way to help kids that are learning to read because they can follow along as it is read aloud and they can practice reading what they highlight.
Little Miss learning from the enhanced content of Glaciers.
This was one of the PDF activity sheets from Glaciers.
When Little Miss clicked on these sidebar items, it took her to safe enhanced content.
These books from Weigl Publishers were educational and fun which make them a win in my opinion.  I will definitely check out the other books they offer to see what other titles they have for older students like Little Miss.  The enhanced content never expires and it is a way to make learning fun for my student.  With over 1800 AV² titles there is something for everyone.  You can learn more about Weigl Publishers and all they offer on their website.  You can learn more about how my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew used these books by clicking on the banner below.
Multimedia Digital Books {Weigl Publishers Reviews}

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