Welcome to another Back to Preschool Blast Sponsor Spotlight in anticipation of the giveaway which starts on August 8th (that is this week!).
(If you would like more information on this event click here.)
Now, onto the review:
Now, onto the review:
"Rock 'N Learn 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 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. [Their] DVDs incorporate music with exciting, colorful imagery. "
We have enjoyed several of these DVD's this past year. In fact, I have already reviewed Dance with the Animals for the Back to Preschool Blast. But I was generously offered another DVD to review. Rock 'N Learn has a brand new DVD out called Sight Words 2 and we were thrilled to receive it (having just recently reviewed Part 1).
Sight Words 2 starts off where the original Sight Words leaves off. We are reintroduced to the characters, which thrilled the children. Not only do children learn more sight words in this DVD while reviewing words from the first DVD, but they are also taught that there are different and proper ways to use them. First the children learn that words need to be placed in the correct order so they will make sense. Words can be used for songs and writing and so much more. The tunes were just as catchy as the first DVD, though at times I think they were too similar.
Repetition is used frequently, which is great for children. Songs are repeated by one character so the children have a chance to hear them again. When they are reviewing words with Word Bot (whom Tabitha really likes) the repeat them a couple of time so the children will really learn them.
In one segment of the DVD the children are encouraged to play along to discover, through word clues, whether they would use the past or present tense of the verb. For example, they were to chose between eat & ate, do & did, ran & run and say & said. There are plenty of opportunities to review the words throughout the DVD including chances for the children to chime in with the word before the characters say it. Now I just have to stop Tabitha from saying them all the time with out giving Amelia a chance. There is a section where a picture is shown with a sentence and they need to see if they can read it before the characters do. They are to use the pictures for clues.This DVD does a good job at teaching sight wors, but also sharing that there are other words we can know by sounding them out. I guess it just bothers me that so many of the sight words CAN be sounded out.
This DVD also includes bonus material. Like the first Sight Words DVD the bonus chapters focus on shapes of words and spelling skills.
There were a couple of things that I wanted to mention.
The children, for some strange reason did not take to this DVD as well as they did to the first one. Amelia said it was too long. I did check and it was 10 minutes longer. She definitely complains when things last too long.
However, after watching it a few times I think it is starting to grow on them.
In fact they wanted to play their guitars along with the songs.
For teaching sight words this is a great DVD. It teaches all the primer Dolch words (plus some from Fry's list) in a fun way. There is quite a bit of humor in the DVD, plays on words that may or may not go over the children's heads.
You can check out all the great DVD's Rock 'N Learn has for a wide range of ages at their website. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
I have already mentioned, in the previous Sponsor Spotlight, that Rock 'N Learn has agreed to give one lucky winner in the Back to Preschool Giveaway Blast their choice of DVD or CD. It will be a part of the Grand Prize Pack which is now worth over $300. Additionally, you can head over right now and use this coupon code JQ7711 for 25% off DVD's or CD's on the Rock 'N Learn Site.
I would like to give you the chance to earn even more extra entries into this giveaway before it starts?
- Head on over to the Rock 'N Learn website and tell me something you learned. Leave the answer here in the comments with your email and when the giveaway is live I will email you the secret code to place in the Rafflecopter for a bonus 10 entries. (You can also check out the Dance with the Animals review for a chance to earn 10 bonus entries)
- If you choose to purchase a DVD or CD with the code above you will get 25 extra points. Once again, just come back here and comment.
- Also, if you would like to spread the word about this event and place the button on your blog sidebar I will give you an additional 10 points. Again, please come back and comment.
Either way, don't forget to stop back between August 1st and 18th to enter the giveaway.