Monday, July 11, 2011

Rock N Learn - Sight Words: DVD 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 Sight Words:
After receiving many requests for a sight words DVD, Rock 'N Learn went about creating the most fun and effective DVD to help learn beginning sight words. Featuring the best animation we've ever achieved on an educational program, Rock 'N Learn Sight Words holds the attention of young learners through lively characters, humorous dialogue, and outstanding music with catchy songs.
To develop Sight Words, we worked with reading specialists—actual classroom teachers with combined experience of over 50 years. These teachers had been through all kinds of fads and training to eventually determine by experience what actually works when helping kids learn to read.
Often we hear the recommendation from educators that sight words need to be taught in a meaningful context that gives learners understanding and insight as opposed to simply repeating words in isolation. Rock 'N Learn Sight Words is built upon research showing that children learn to read more effectively when they are presented words within a logical context. This becomes even more important for children who are learning a new language. For example, when children learn "up" and "down," these words are taught in the context of seeing objects or characters moving up and down.
Another prime example of contextual learning from Sight Words DVD occurs in the section "Look, See, Find." Children practice a simple but fun dance that helps them associate actions with these words. In our focus groups, children loved performing these movements and singing right along with the Sight Words DVD.
To get the most from Rock 'N Learn Sight Words, we recommend that your child watch this DVD again and again. A fun, entertaining DVD like Rock 'N Learn Sight Words will likely become one of your child's favorites. Kids love joining in with the fun characters and singing these songs, reading the words, and participating over and over. Soon, your child will be reading more than 60 beginning sight words quickly and automatically.
With our Sight Words DVD, children also get practice reading words in simple sentences and stories. This helps learners make a solid connection between the sight words and their meaning.
Rock 'N Learn Sight Words DVD is designed to be effective at home or in the classroom, with individuals or groups. A supporting website offers free, supplemental activities.
On the Sight Words DVD, one bonus section helps students focus on the shape of each word and practice spelling it. Another bonus section provides kids with insight into the pronunciation of "t-h-e," something that even a lot of the adults on our development team found fascinating.
We're confident you will not find a better DVD to help your child or class learn sight words. It's perfect for learners of all ages, both young beginners and older kids with remedial or special needs. As with all of our products, we offer a complete 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
Children learn over 60 sight words through engaging characters, entertaining songs, and fun practice. Words are presented in context to help build reading comprehension. Includes all pre-primer Dolch words, the top 20 from Fry's, and more. A bonus section helps kids with word shapes and spelling skills.
Pre-k & up. Approx. 50 minutes

My Review:
If you have a pre-kindergarten, or early elementary aged child, I cannot recommend Sight Words, from Rock N Learn more. It is awesome. With bright words, lots of music, and hours of entertainment. I love that you can break up the dvd into sections to learn one sight word at a time, or watch the whole thing right through. So far, we have only watched it right through but it has kept the attention of both my children. Though my younger child is only three, she also did enjoy Sight Words and it does give her a little head start in her learning. Mostly, right now she just dances to the music. I know this is one DVD that will be used around our home, and with my home daycare for a long time to come. Thank you, Rock N Learn, for another great product. 
I highly recommend this product and give it (and all the Rock N Learn products) a huge thumbs up!  
BUY IT: You can purchase Sight Words from Rock N Learn online here. Canadian readers check out Rock N Learn products at KidSource.
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***I received a complimentary copy of the above product, courtesy of Rock N Learn, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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