I love educational DVDs to use with the kids. I feel like they are a great way to get some extra learning in when I can’t be working one on one with them. I’ve heard a lot about the Rock ‘N Learn series of educational DVDs, but until we received Rock ‘N Learn: Letter Sounds for a review, I had no idea what the excitement was about.
I wanted to review this DVD mostly for my little one, who is starting to learn letter sounds. The early scenes in the video focus on learning letter sounds in isolation. There is a mouth onscreen to show proper letter formation, and the sounds are paired with simple words which show the same sound (for example, the video will teach /uh/ /uh/ /umbrella/).
From there, it progresses on to more difficult reading skills. I found this video to be helpful with my older emergent reader, who is 5, as well. Mr. Man does pretty well with basic stories and readers, but still enjoyed this video. There is a section called the “Name that Letter” game. Sentences like “Lovely Lions Leap over Lazy Leopards” are read aloud, and the goal is for your child to name what letter starts the words. Mr. Man liked to read the sentences aloud with the video.
This video also covers blending. It shows the letters separately (for example “H A D” will show on the screen) and then they move the letters closer and closer as they blend the letter sounds. Sometimes, they enlarge the letter that they are spelling out on the screen- either way, they make sure it’s clear that we are sounding out each letter and blending them together.
It even goes into more complicated topics, like multi-letter blends. For example, one of the words taught is “quack” which breaks down into only three sounds, /qu/ /a//ck/ and some spelling skills. Rhyming, some sight words, and some reading skills are also taught.
The DVD stars with a “new” more rocking alphabet song. The rest of the DVD is more “game show” type things with background music rather than songs to sing along with. Many reading topics are covered, and it is very educational and helpful.
There is a ton packing into this 62 minute DVD. My kids loved watching it, and I found it really held their attention well because it often was asking for their “interaction” in the form of games. The teaching is simple, but very effective, and covered a huge amount of information. Mr. Man has enjoyed reading along with the video, and I love that it’s an easy way for him to practice his new skills.
If you’re looking for teaching DVDs with lots of interaction for your child, the Rock ‘N Learn series may be for you!
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