Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rock N Learn: Phonics Vol. 1 Review and Giveaway

About Rock N Learn:



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, we have sold millions of audio/book and video programs to teachers and parents throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries.
Rock ’N Learn programs help students learn math, phonics, reading, early childhood, social studies, Spanish, test-taking strategies, writing, and science. Our DVDs incorporate cool music with exciting, colorful imagery.
Headquartered in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston, Rock ’N Learn is owned and operated by its founders, Richard and Brad Caudle. Our primary warehouse is in North Carolina.
Working as a school psychologist in 1986, Richard saw the need for multi-sensory learning programs using the styles of music that kids love. He consulted his younger brother Brad, an accomplished musician, to record their first program to help kids learn multiplication facts. Strong sales of this recording in the school specialty and book markets led to other programs and the start of a successful company.
Richard and Brad never varied from their number one goal of providing children with programs that would make learning easier as well as fun. Brad’s wife Melissa, a former second-grade teacher, writes material and coordinates educational research for Rock ’N Learn. Richard’s wife, Kathie, manages sales and marketing.
Rock ’N Learn programs have received numerous awards such as Dr. Toy, Parents’ Choice, iParenting, National Parenting Publications, Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice, Early Childhood News, National Parenting Center, and Parent's Guide to Children’s Media. Our programs lead in the areas of quality and customer satisfaction based on surveys of school supply stores.
As documented in hundreds of testimonials received each year, Rock ’N Learn programs work. The overwhelmingly positive response from parents, teachers, and kids generates tremendous word-of-mouth support. By consulting with educators and featuring talented vocalists and performers, Rock ’N Learn will continue to develop quality audio and video programs that hold interest and help kids learn.
About Phonics Vol. 1:
Practicing the phonics skills that lead to reading and spelling success is more fun than ever. We’ve turbocharged our best-selling Phonicsvideo 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.
Busy parents and teachers love the way Rock ’N Learn Phonics captures kids’ attention. Cool songs and humorous characters take the struggle out of learning to read. Students control the pace, advancing as they master each new skill, so they can practice on their own and feel proud of their accomplishments. Learners spend as much time as they need on each section before going to new sections. They can always review previous material; it’s fun with this highly-entertaining phonics DVD.
Students learn phonics rules through fun songs and word families. Next, they practice their skills by reading simple phrases using words that rhyme. When ready, students apply the skills they have learned to read complete sentences and stories. The read-along stories on this DVD are presented at a slow pace for beginning readers. As students practice, they also work on fluency by singing along with songs about the stories. These sections are so fun students want to use them again and again. A bonus section presents the stories at a normal pace to help students learn to read fluently.
Rock ’N Learn Phonics is perfect for regular education, special education, remedial classes, ESL, and even adult basic education. By covering a variety of skills at different levels, our phonics DVDs provide an effective tool for differentiated instruction in the classroom. Students at different abilities will find content that challenges and motivates them to master new skills. Some teachers use Rock ‘N Learn Phonics to facilitate individual instruction. While the main group is using Rock ‘N Learn Phonics, teachers can work with those students requiring extra attention. Plus, these phonics videos help students learn to speak English and really hear the sounds involved.
Rock ‘N Learn DVDs work great with any DVD player, computers with DVD players, projection screens, and interactive white boards. Some software kits for interactive whites boards allow teachers to stop the lesson and add their own content to the lessons on our phonics DVDs.
Rock N Learn Phonics Volume 1 is designed for children six years and older, and runs about 70 minutes. It is the recipient of two awards: The National Parenting Center Seal Of Approval and the Mom's Best Award! 
My Review:
As my daughter, who is 3.5 years old, is beginning to learn to recognize her letters, I am also starting to teach her the proper sounds that each letter makes. I want to eventually teach my girls to read phonetically versus memorizing words, and am always looking for products that will help this journey occur with as little frustration and stress as possible. I believe that I have found that such product in Rock N Learn Phonics volume 1.
Rock N Learn Phonics Volume 1 is full of fun, high-energy, brightly colored animation that my girls loved! Even my two year old was jumping and dancing around. After only a couple times of viewing this DVD, my older daughter is already singing many of the songs, both along with the DVD and on her own. I love that this DVD combines contemporary music and learning to keep children's attention in order for them to learn phonics. Both my children watched the DVD in its entirety and regularly ask to watch "the letter movie". One point that I love is that the DVD is divided into sections, so I can have the girl's watch the DVD in one sitting, or split it up as we learn the separate components. A great plus in my books! This DVD would be a great supplement to any homeschool program. I am definitely going to look at purchasing some more Rock N Learn products, particularly the Pre-K and K DVD's.
If you are looking for a fun, educational DVD that will teach your child early reading skills, than Rock N Learn Phonics Vol. 1 is the DVD you need! I highly recommend this product and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Rock N Learn Phonics Vol. 1 online here, directly through the Rock N Learn website.
WIN IT: One reader will win a copy of Rock N Learn Phonics Vol. 1
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***I received the above DVD courtesy of Rock N Learn, SSA Public Relations, and The Product Review Place. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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