Friday, July 20, 2012

Back to Preschool Giveaway Blast: Sponsor Spotlight- Rock 'N Learn Dance With The Animals

Tots and Me

Welcome to another Back to Preschool Giveaway Blast Sponsor Spotlight. The month of July is going to be filled with reviews of some great products geared toward older toddlers and/or young preschoolers in anticipation of the giveaway which starts on August 1st. 

"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. I was lucky enough to win a couple of DVD's at the end of last year. And then I was offered the chance a couple of months later to do a review and giveaway of the Sight Words DVD.  We have enjoyed the music and the learning in these DVD's. I thought they would be a great addition to my Back to Preschool Blast and was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted to review their NEW Sight Words 2 DVD. What perfect timing! I will be dedicating this post to the review of Dance with the Animals (a DVD I figured would be more fitting for the theme of the event), but stay tuned for the Sight Words 2 review.

Dance with the Animals is one of Rock 'N Learn's Early Education DVD's and is suitable for children 2 and up.  This DVD is filled with songs about animals that will get your children up and moving. Children learn the names of the animals, sounds they make, ways they move and places they live through catchy songs with live action and animation. The DVD is divided into sections that focus on different kinds of animals: Pets, Farm, Forest and Zoo. With each different section the children are introduced to some examples of real life animals through song. Children learn along with animated Katie Cat and her friends Rex Rooster and Freddy Fox. 
In the first section on Pets they learned:
Pet Care
Sounds pets make in an animated song (where the children were given a chance to make the sounds too)
To move and speak like animals in the Pet Sounds Game and Pet Parade.

In the second section Rex Rooster teaches Katie Cat and the children about Farm Animals:

Real life animals are introduced with song
They did the barn yard dance with other "real" kids moving like animals and making the sounds

In the next section Freddy Fox tells Katie Cat and Rex Rooster all about creatures living in the forest, once again introducing them in song.
They learn about Forest Animals' homes and participate in the Forest Frolic.

Lastly it is explained that some animals live in a zoo so we can go and watch them even though they come from different parts of the world.
The DVD ends with a Safari Line.

 At first my girls just sat watching. 

They were captivated, but not really interacting.  I don't know if they think they have to sit while watching movies so they won't get up and participate, but with a little encouragement they joined in. 

I think this DVD is great for teaching children that animals live in different places, make a wide variety of sounds and move in different ways. I love the way live animals and children are included with the animated scenes. At first Amelia complained it was too long. That was before I encouraged them to join in. She was then the one moving around the most. 

This DVD also includes bonus material: Make the sounds of farm animals and Where are the Farm Animals. I have to admit, I didn't realize that until I started writing the post, so I will have to have the girls watch it and see what they think of it. I will edit the post with their thoughts. 

There were a couple of things that I wanted to mention. 
There were a few times when the animated animals were marching in line across the screen that the ground and background are moving the other direction. For some reason, at times, it made me a little dizzy and seemed to be moving at the wrong pace.
I also wish they had been able to include a larger number of animals. I realize this would have made for a longer DVD which wouldn't be the best for young children. But if each section (Pet, Farm, Forest, Zoo) was a separate chapter they could be watched at different times. 

Obviously these are minor things and didn't bother the children. 
I think this is a great DVD and highly recommend it.

Are you ready for some exciting news? 
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. Not only that, if you don't want to wait until the giveaway, 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.

How would you like some extra entries into this giveaway before it even starts? 
  • Head on over to the Rock 'N Learn website and tell me which DVD or CD you would love to have. 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 points. 
  • 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.

Tots and Me


  1. How can they not get up and dance?! Looks like fun and learning at the same time!

  2. Rock n Learn is my kids favorite learning dvd's! Mine too, it's not one that will drive you crazy like some of the others. :)

  3. It is nice that they have different choices for the sciences and social studies.

  4. Thanks for the heads up on Rock n Learn! Obviously your kids were enthralled! lol...I'll be looking for some for my kids!

  5. we already own several of the rock n learn videos- sight words, letter sounds, color shapes & numbers. All of them are great. I'd like to try the Spanish volume 1 & 2 dvd

  6. Anything that involves dance is great for my little one!

  7. i would love to have the colors, shapes & counting dvd
    reljsw at gmail dot com

  8. i have the button on my blog
    reljsw at gmail dot com

  9. I would choose either this one (Dance With the Animals) or the Sight Words DVD.
    tvpg at aol dot com

  10. Solar System CD & Book!

    My email: orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Colors, Shapes and Counting DVD!

  12. I'd want the Colors, Shapes & Counting DVD for my daughter.

  13. I would like to have the Spanish Volumes I & II Video.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  14. ooh Sight Words Level 2. I saw it immediately when I clicked over and knew that's the one I'd want the most!
    zucchinisummer at gmail dot com

  15. Sight Words and Sight Words 2!!!

    1. I have no received my word for this one yet.

  16. Money &
    Making Change

  17. I think these are beautiful mathematics workouts for kids, my kids really love to learn with these DVDs

  18. I was lucky enough to win Rock N Learn's Reading Comprehension and Money and Making Change videos, and my 2nd grader gleaned a lot of information from both videos! When my youngest is ready, I hope he'll pick up some useful tidbits, too! Dancing with the Animals sounds like a fun way to start!

  19. Rock & Learn looks like they have the right concept - music for learning! I love that they have things for older kids too - the math facts certainly grabbed my attention.

  20. The earth Science DVD looks interesting

  21. I would love the Alphabet Exercise DVD. My 5 year old knows the letters by sight but he refuses to say them in order. This will help.
    Sara Campbell

  22. I like the Writing Strategies dvd

  23. I'd like to try Getting Ready for Kindergarten

    icefairyisme at gmail dot com


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