Saturday, October 29, 2011

Marshall Publishing: George Washington Carver

Marshall Publishing is an online multimedia publishing company that creates many educational dvd's. I was sent for review "George Washington Carver: His Life and Works". We thought it would be a great reinforcement to our studies, since we had just visited his memorial in Diamond, MO earlier this month.

The video is recommended for 4th graders and up, but all my kids watched it and took a few things away from it - even the 3 year old! The kids enjoyed it, but they had some questions after. There were a few facts that didn't mesh with what they had learned on our field trip. They were not major errors, just some discrepancies on dates and minor details on his childhood years. I told them that some dates may have been different because records were not as well-kept in the 1860's as they are today.

The video is a 29-minute documentary published in 2009. However, it felt much older than that. It had great content, but a very old-fashioned feel to it. The kids liked the narrator's voice, he had a deep southern accent. But they did say they wished that some of his quotes would have been recordings of his voice. Have you ever heard George's voice? It is as much an enigma as the man himself, and my kids just loved hearing it on our trip.

EXTRA: We did not use it, but there is also a study guide on their website to go along with the dvd - I wish I'd remembered, and so do the kids...I made them write reports instead! ;)

George Washington Carver is a man worth studying. He did so much for the United States, and he always accredited the Lord for his successes. If you plan on studying the man, this video will be a treat. The dvd is $24.95, but you can purchase it on the website, Marshall Publishing, for $19.95 right now. BONUS, you can use the Discount Code TOSC1 and receive 15% off –that makes it $16.95.

Their website is a font of useful information. So many dvd's on a multitude of subjects. You should really check their line out if your kids learn well with videos. I think I'll be a returning customer!

*Don't just take my word for it! Check out some of my fellow TOS Crew Members' reviews here.

**Disclaimer: I received this product via TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions stated are mine or my children's.


  1. Sounds like a very interesting DVD. I will have to check it out. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Wow, what an interesting thought. I have never heard George Washington Carver's voice. It never occurred to me to even look for it.
    Great post!