Well my girls have watched them quite a few times since Christmas. The older girls really enjoy Money and Making Change, but they said they were bored with Letter Sounds. I sort of figured they would be, as they already know their letter names and sounds, which is why I gave it to Hannah for Christmas. I have to admit, I was not really paying attention when the girls were watching it. Lo and behold, when I sat down and paid attention, I realized the repetition that was boring them was part of a game and once they understood that, they started enjoying the Letter Sounds DVD too.
Here is what I love about these DVDs:
In Money and Making Change Penny and Bill (yeah, that is them on the cover) teach the viewer to recognize the different coins to The Coin Song, so helpful in learning. Then they learn to count coins, also learning to count on and skip count. I loved that a little bit of history of the coins was thrown in too. And they were taught how to count back change. The first time they watched this DVD, they got out their banks and started counting their money.
Tabitha was even counting by two's. She also wanted to add up all her coins to see if she had a dollar.
There is so much more the girls will be able to comprehend as they get older. I think this is a great DVD for learning to recognize coins and count money. Even today, Amelia asked me what a coin was and then she answered for herself before I had a chance to.
I do have to admit, the garage sale section seemed to be very repetitive to me. The girls on the other hand are fixated. They show different items with price tags and a certain amount of money, different every time. They have to count to see if they have enough money to buy the item and then later they learned how to make change.
In Letter Sounds the children are greeted with The New Alphabet Song. After this introductory song the children are taught how to properly form each sound from an on-screen mouth. The children are shown the letter (both upper case and lower case), taught the sound and then a word with a picture is shown to represent that sound. Then they are given a little quiz to see if they can say it. Then they get to play "Name That Letter." This was the part that was boring them, until they realized it was a game and they were supposed to say which letter/sound they heard in the sentence. Once they were playing along, they had a lot more fun. Tabitha said, "I like that game. That game is fun." They also got to read simple C-V-C words and blend some words with consonant combinations. Tabitha sat there using the words in sentences after the word was complete. At least I know she understood what the word was. They also learned some sight words. The DVD finished off with building sentences with simple words.
Now I realize both of these DVD's should really be over Hannah's head, but she loves sitting there watching them. I did think there would be more songs involved in the learning, but that was just my assumption. There is quite a bit of music in the background, which might be what captures Hannah's attention so much. Or maybe it is the cute cartoon characters teaching or the bright colors. Whatever it is, the girls are hooked on these DVD's. I would highly recommend looking into these DVD's for your children. They have so many to choose from. Preschool and Kindergarten DVD's for learning the alphabet, letter sounds, shapes, colors and counting, even animals and nursery rhymes. Phonics and Reading DVD's and CD's, Math (such as Telling Time, Adding and Subtracting, Fractions and Decimals and Multiplication), and for older children Science and Social Studies and Languages.
So head on over to the Rock 'N Learn site and see what your children would like. In fact, Rock 'N Learn has generously offered my readers a 25% discount, just use the code JQ7711 when you order.
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Disclosure: I received both of these DVD's as a prize on other blogs. I did not receive anything from Rock 'N Learn in exchange for this review. I wanted to review these DVD's because I feel they are a great product and Rock 'N Learn is allowing me to offer a giveaway.
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