The Magic School Bus The Complete Collection DVD Review

I am a huge fan of Scholastic Storybook Treasures titles but rarely do my children and I get so extremely excited about a DVD release that we literally jump up and down with joy. That all changed when I learned that Scholastic was releasing The Magic School Bus™-The Complete Collection on DVD. In celebration of The Magic School Bus™ 25th anniversary, all 52 episodes have been released in one amazing collection!

As a home educator of three young children, The Magic School Bus™ book series and episodes from the original Emmy awarding winning television series on DVD have been a wonderful part of our learning experience. Each outstanding episode literally transports children on a magical ride aboard a school bus with Ms. Frizzle and her students as they go on amazing field trips. Until now, my children only had a handful of individual episodes to watch but now we get to watch every single episode. Every fun-filled educational “field trip” exposes children to living sciences with such themes as “Spinning a Web” (spiders), “Out of This World” (Space Rocks), “Gets Planted” (Photosynthesis) and “Flexes Its Muscles” (Body Mechanics).

The Magic School Bus™-The Complete Collection on DVD has been an invaluable resource in our homeschool over the past two weeks. In science, my 4, 5 and 7 year old are learning about flight mechanics and in the chapter regarding air pressure I was able to incorporate the episode, “Goes on Air” which specifically features air pressure. By incorporating this DVD along with our lesson, I loved watching the light bulb go on when my children were able to demonstrate flight by making a homemade working toy glider (inspired by The Magic School Bus™ episode).

We are also doing a unit study on sharks inspired by watching a series of shark documentaries and my children learned quite a bit about ocean conservation and animal partnerships/cooperative behavior in the episode “Takes a Dive” featuring life on a coral reef.

The Magic School Bus™-The Complete Collection (SRP $79.95) features all 52 episodes on 8 DVD’s that are housed in a striking 3D cover that features all of the popular characters in the series. I love that it includes a Parent’s Guide with lessons and learning ideas as well as an activity booklet for the kids to enjoy. In my opinion, this timeless educational series is an exceptional resource to be enjoyed by children of all ages (and adults) who love to go on virtual adventures discovering the beauty of scientific experiences that surround them.

Releasing on September 7th, 2012 The Magic School Bus™-The Complete Series and additional DVD options will be available for purchase online and in stores. You are invited to visit New Video online to browse all of The Magic School Bus titles on DVD that are releasing soon!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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