PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Ready Jet Go! Episodes next month on DVD. The new collection, Chasing The Sun, is set for release April 9. While audiences wait for the DVD’s release, they have another collection of episodes from the hit series in the form of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks. Released this past January, the DVD features four episodes from the series’ first season that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages. Those episodes are themselves are just one of a group of reasons for any family to own this DVD. The episodes’ secondary content plays its own critical role in the DVD’s presentation. It will be discussed a little later. When the DVD’s primary and secondary content is coupled with the DVD’s average price point, the whole of the single-disc presentation makes the collection a (space) rocking – yes, that awful pun was intentional – collection that the whole family will enjoy.
PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is a collection that space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy. That is due in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content. All four of the episodes featured in this latest RJG compilation are lifted from the series’ debut season, and are presented in exactly the same chronological order in which they were originally aired on television. This is good in itself in that it means nothing is left out as audiences watch. Instead of jumping around from one point to another, audiences can feel as if they are watching it on television instead of on DVD. It’s a minor aesthetic element, sure, but in the bigger picture, that element goes a long way toward the DVD’s presentation.
The actual primary content presented in the episodes is just as important to note of the episodes as their sequencing. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the lessons about the changing forms of space rocks in “Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites” and the lessons about the compositions of meteorites and comets in the episodes. Older audiences will enjoy the lessons because, honestly, plenty of adults forget the specifics of the noted topics very easily. So for adults, the lessons would be learned for the first time again while for younger viewers, the lessons will be just as fresh, learning them for the first time ever. As if this is not enough, the lessons tie into one another from the first to the last. First is the lesson about the different terms used to classify space rocks as they make their way toward and onto Earth. From there, audiences learn how to determine an average Earth rock from a space rock in terms of its composition and characteristics. Immediately after that episode, audiences are taught about the composition of comets, which themselves are space rocks. From there, Jet and his friends create their own asteroid patrol, a smaller version of what NASA already does. They are then introduced to what the said scientists do every single day. Again, older audiences will enjoy learning facts that they likely forgot over the years while younger viewers will enjoy just as much, learning those same lessons for the first time. It makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family. That is more than enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD, but most definitely not the only reason. The secondary lessons incorporated into the episodes add even more reason for audiences to view the DVD.
Audiences learn how to make their own homemade comet in the secondary lesson in “Comet Fever.” “Mindy’s Meteorite Stand” uses the lesson of how to tell the difference in an Earth and space rock as its primary AND secondary lesson. The use of the magnets plays into the traits that determine if a rock is from space or Earth. This is the starting point for families and even teachers to do their own lesson about how to spot Earth rocks and space rocks. “Asteroid Patrol” helps viewers of all ages learn where to look for asteroids in the sky and what to look for. Simply put, the lessons presented in each episode are just as valuable as the primary content because they take the information presented in the primary lessons and use them to continue that learning first hand. When the two lessons are coupled, they give audiences more than enough to appreciate. Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.
The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is $5.17. That price is obtained by averaging prices from PBS’ online store, from Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million. The least expensive listing at the time of this review is at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart at $4.79. The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store. Whether one purchases the DVD at the low end or high, neither price is very high. Purchasing the DVD will not break any family’s budget, and will be enjoyed plenty of times at that one-time price. Considering all that the DVD offers, that makes the disc’s average price point quite affordable. Keeping everything in mind here, the DVD in whole proves itself a positive addition to any family’s home DVD library.
PBS Distribution’s most recent Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is another enjoyable new offering from Craig Bartlett’s (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) hit science-based educational series. That is thanks in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content, which will entertain and educate audiences of all ages. The secondary content serves as a solid starting point for educators and families alike to try their own related experiments and experiences. The disc’s average price point is money well-spent, considering all that the primary and secondary has to offer audiences. Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks. All things considered, they make the DVD another out of this world hit for the whole family. More information on Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is available online along with lots of games, activities and printables at:
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