Rock ’N Learn Educational DVD’s {review & giveaway} CLOSED

As of a mom of five children I would say I have lots of experience in teaching children. My children are 1, 3, 5, 6 and 12 and the three oldest are in school. We began working with our kids by reading books and offering education movies early on to help build skills to prepare them for school.

I read books to the kids every nite before bed and books alone with each child for school projects are the AR reading programs in the schools. We also have the kids watch fun education programming mixed in with the fun shows kids love the watch.

A few weeks ago I found Rock ‘N Learn while searching for holiday gifts. Rock ‘N Learn, Inc. began as an idea that would help children learn by putting educational material to music with a current sound-the kind of music that kids enjoy and find motivating. Now with over 50 products, they have sold millions of audio/book and video programs to teachers and parents.educational kids moviesWhile I was looking at some of their products I fell in love with the color DVD covers and characters. I knew my kids would love them too. When Rock ‘N Learn offered to send me some DVD’s for review I was excited to get them! It would be prefect to see how well my kids liked the DVD’s before investing in the collection.

I received Phonics Volume 1 and Nursery Rhymes DVD. Nursery Rhymes is designed for children ages 2-5, so it was perfect for my youngest three. Phonics Volume 1 is for children ages 6+.

Phonics Volume 1 Description

Practicing the phonics skills that lead to reading and spelling success is more fun than ever. We’ve turbocharged our best-selling Phonics video program with new, enhanced animation along with sentence and story practice. Catchy rhymes make rules easy to remember. Delayed answers and our “on-screen mouth” let students check their reading and pronunciation. Read-along stories and fun songs provide practice with rules and build reading fluency. Context clues help students develop multiple strategies to read for meaning.

Phonics Volume 1 covers:
Introduction • Vowels • Short Vowel Sounds • Beginning Consonants With Vowels • Practice • c, g, qu, x • Find the Sounds (phonemic segmentation) • Sound It Out (oral blending) • Putting It All Together • Simple Phrases/ Rhyming Words • Double Consonants (words ending in ll, ss, ff) • Plural s and Ending s • Story: “Pip Gets a Pat” • Song: “Pip Gets a Pat” • Ending Blends • Practice • Beginning Blends • Three-Letter Blends • Sentence Practice • Consonant Digraphs and Trigraphs • Sentence Practice • Introduction to Silent e • Silent e Makes the Long Vowel Sound • Silent e Practice • Sentence Practice • Fun Quiz and Review • Story: “Hiss and Run” • Song: “Hiss and Run”

What’s the Verdict

My 6 year old has had a bit of hard time adjusting in school and we have been working hard to get her reading and writing well. What I really like about the Rock ‘N Learn Phonics Volume 1 DVD is it lets her process what she is learning before moving onto the next area. Not only did this DVD have my 6 year old daughter’s attention it had my 5 & 3 year old entertained the entire video. While the 6 year old was able to follow better the younger two enjoyed the characters and tried to keep up and repeat the oldest. Everyone enjoyed the rock-style songs and singing.

Everything in the DVD is fun, so it did a great job of keep my kids entertained while teaching them at the same time.

Nursery Rhymes Description

These nursery rhymes programs put a new spin on the classics to make favorite rhymes come alive. Brother and Sister Goose join Mother Goose to present 43 rhymes using upbeat, pop-style music sung to traditional and new melodies. The playful geese lead kids through each rhyme, teaching them about being safe, using manners, and accepting responsibility.

Rock ‘N Learn Nursery Rhymes Teaches
Humpty Dumpty • We Need to Be Careful • Three Little Kittens • There Was an Old Woman • Mary Had a Little Lamb • Where Has My Little Dog Gone? • Little Bo-Peep • Millie and Matthew • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep • I Had a Little Pony • This Old Man • Thirty Days • Going to St. Ives • Bow-Wow, Says the Dog • Hickory Dickory Dock • Jack and Jill • Sing a Song of Sixpence • Two Little Blackbirds • Old King Cole • Hey Diddle Diddle • Little Miss Muffet • Mary, Mary • Peter Pumpkin Eater • Georgie Porgie • Jack Be Nimble • Jack • Lucy Locket • To Market, To Market • This Little Piggy Went to Market • Pat-a-Cake • Hot Cross Buns • Little Tommy Tucker • Little Jack Horner • Jack Sprat • Row, Row Your Boat • London Bridge • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star • Star Light, Star Bright • Rub-a-Dub-Dub • Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling • Little Boy Blue • Wee Willie Winkie • Rock-a-Bye Baby

What’s the Verdict

I was amazed to see nursery rhymes I remember from being a child on this DVD! There were so many that I remembered hearing as a child. The Rock ‘N Learn Nursery Rhymes DVD is amazing! My kids have watched it over and over, then over and over again! While it is aged for children 3-5, my smallest even loves it. He claps and dances while the rhymes play and giggles at the older two as they dance and act like kids.

The animation is bold and designed to keep kids engaged, and it does just that! While Mother Goose takes you through dozens of nursery rhymes in a hip-pop-style, kids LOVE! Not only that, but Mother Gooses tosses in tips on fire safety and manners in a fun way to get kids to listen.

No worries mom…if you don’t remember some of the words, you can pop open the booklet that comes with the DVD to keep up!

As a mom who tries to not be an over spender, I try (really hard) not to buy a bunch of stuff that is pointless. These movies are WELL WELL worth the price ($19.99) and the benefits are rockin!! They have kept my children entertained and excited for hours! Not to mention, the ability to learn something from the Rock ‘N Learn collection.

I am looking forward to getting the Phonics Volume 2 DVD, Phonics Easy Reader DVD, and Alphabet Circus DVD’s as stocking stuffers this holiday!

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  1. I would choose the Alphabet Circus DVD ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Anara from able2able says:

    I have two preschoolers, one with Special Needs, and it is difficult to find dvd’s that they both can watch. This sounds like one that would work! I would choose Dance with the Animals to help with following directions. I’m teaching my children the usual preschool skills, but really am focusing on teaching them how to learn and to love learning.