Growing Up Wild is a DVD series following the life of a missionary family and their 4 sons in the jungles of Indonesia. Each DVD comes with three 15 minute episodes that share an aspect of missionary life: where they live, how they get supplies, how they get water and energy, what is the culture like, what animals they encounter, etc. Plus, suggested activities are provided at the end of each episode with an Activity Guide cd for more details on those activities.
The purpose of the series is to introduce children, ages 5-12, to missions work and what it looks like. My kids, ages 4 and 5, thoroughly enjoyed the episodes I pre-selected for them to watch. The videos are short and engaging, and very boy-friendly.
I did feel the need to preview the episodes and was selective about which ones I allowed my children to watch. This is filmed in the jungles of Indonesia; and while I understand that the culture there accepts a different standard of dress, I was not comfortable with my children seeing native men with next to nothing on. There were also a couple of scenes that I thought might disturb my five year old: for instance, in one episode, the boys are getting their noses pierced and you watch the entire process.
The episodes we did watch opened up some great discussion, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed completing the suggested activities.
The DVDs are available for $18.99 plus S&H; or you can purchase the complete set (all 5 DVDs) for $80.99 plus S&H (a 15% discount).
Visit the Growing Up Wild website for several video samples and a sample from an activity guide, and read more about this family and their project to educate the next generation of missionaries. Then, read what others on the Schoolhouse Review Crew thought about this product.