Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly DVD Review and Giveaway

I admittedly don’t let my children watch a lot of television.  Needless to say that when the TV goes on, they are glued to it.  They see it as a real privilege.

So imagine their sheer delight when I told them I scheduled a DVD as part of school this week!

Cheers for Mama all around!

Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly

My children and I had the privilege to review Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly this past week.  In a nutshell:  I could not have been more impressed.

The content of the video was top-notch.  From describing the 30 day life-cycle of the monarch to explaining why they migrate, the educational piece of this was spot on.  While the topics could easily be too complex for my littles to understand, the easy approach and style made it so my two-year-old can tell you all 4 stages of the monarch’s life cycle.

While it’s wonderful that Crowe’s Nest Media made the video so educational, they made the effort to make it interesting.  My children loved the animation portions as well as the bloopers!  My children could relate to Taylor, Samuel and Grace and enjoyed going on their butterfly adventures.

Watching a transformation from egg to butterfly could be dry and boring, but this video is exciting and left us wanting more!

In fact when the DVD was finished, my 6 year old son said, “Where did this video come from and how can we get another one?!”  It thrills my heart when I see my children so excited about learning something new.

 (If you are reading this post in email or a reader, you’ll have to click through to watch the video.)

Upcoming Companion Study Guide

Crowe’s Nest Media is releasing a companion study guide to the Your Backyard Monarch DVD.  Its release date is mid-Spring of 2012 and will be priced around $8.95.

Your Backyard Monarch Butterfly DVD Study Guide

The Study Guide will include:

  • content review
  • discussion questions
  • fill-in-the-blank questions
  • true & false questions
  • diagrams to label
  • opportunities to draw
  • essay questions
  • copy work selections and copy work pages for various ages,
  • coloring pages
  • notebooking pages for various levels to create a monarch keepsake notebook

The exciting news:  If you choose to purchase this DVD now, you’ll get a coupon code for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the study guide upon its completion!  The coupon code will also give you $1 off of your order.

Use coupon code: LEARNINGCORNER to receive your discount and free study guide!

This coupon code will be valid through February 3, 2012.


Win a Copy of Your Backyard Monarch DVD!

Crowe’s Nest Media is generously offering one of my readers a copy of their Monarch DVD.  The only mandatory entry for this giveaway is that you leave a comment saying that you would like to win.

There are several ways you can earn extra entries with this giveaway.  If you choose to enter multiple times, make sure you leave a separate comment that you have completed the step.  The extra entries are as follows:

This giveaway will close on Sunday night, January 29, 2012 at 9pm EST.  The winner will be announced on Monday, January 30th.


You have many opportunities to win a copy of the Monarch DVD, as I’ve teamed up with several bloggers hosting the same giveaway.  Make sure you enter on each blog listed below for an opportunity to win a Monarch Butterfly DVD for your own home!

Spell Outloud
The Curriculum Choice
Finding Joy
Handbook of Nature Study
The Traveling Praters
Get Along Home

RULES:  Prizes can be shipped only to continental US addresses. You will be contacted by email and must reply within 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize, another winner will be chosen.

Disclosure:  I received this DVD in exchange for posting a review and giveaway of the product.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.  I receive a small affiliate commission if you purchase the DVD using the coupon code listed above.


  1. We would definitely use this video as part of our yearly lessons on butterflies and life cycles. We try to hatch monarchs as part of the study each year.
    Have tweeted, following on twitter now and subscribed to Crow’s Nest Media.
    Fun to find new resources and new blogs.

  2. We would love to win this! We also hatch monarchs at our house!

  3. Subscribed to Crows nest blog

  4. Does it count for one if I ‘liked’ their Facebook page?

  5. I like their DVD bundle pack. Thanks for entering us in the giveaway!

  6. Shannon Harrison says:

    We would love to win this dvd! Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Shannon Harrison says:

    I subscribed to Crowe’s nest blog.

  8. Shannon Harrison says:

    I looked around the store and found several things I liked, including the bundle pack and the dvd and feeder.

  9. Marjorie Sullivan says:

    I would like to win the dvd for my grandchildren. Thank you.

  10. I would love to win this!

  11. Marjorie Sullivan says:

    I have just subscribed to Crowe’s Nest blog.

  12. I would love to win this dvd!! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

  13. I follow Crowe’s Nest Media on twitter — kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

  14. I looked around the website and I think I may want to buy this: Your Backyard Starter Kit…

    Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

  15. Marjorie Sullivan says:

    I liked the dvd starter pack in the store.

  16. My children are homeschooled and we would love to win this dvd!

  17. I am a subscriber to the Crowe”s nest blog as of now.

  18. I like the DVD bundle in the store.

  19. My children would love to see this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Apryl Powell says:

    Would love to win this resource for my four wee scientists!

  21. my dd5 loves butterflies and would love to watch this video! Love getting interesting things like this for my homeschoolers!!

  22. I like the DVD bundle. The more we learn the better!

  23. I subscribed to the emial on Crowe’s nest!!

  24. I am now following crowe’s nest media on twitter!!

  25. Would love to win! 12 people – one RV – we love to have new DVDs set aside for a rainy (or scorcher) day :)

  26. love the DVD bundle in the website store!

  27. I sign up for crowe’s nest blog posts. What a wonderful give away.

  28. Looks like an awesome video! I would love to win this for my kids. It would go great with our plans for homeschool this spring when we are going to study butterflies and hatch monarchs! So neat!

    Thank you!

  29. I just visited the Crowe’s Nest store. Such neat products! I love the DVD bundle and the backyard starter kit! I’m going to bookmark that site! :)


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