Here’s the thing: although I’d been in education for well over a decade, and although I had worked with students who were pre-readers, emergent readers, fluent readers… I’d never taught anyone to read straight-outta-the-gate. I was also slightly concerned because, well, no one taught me to read. Or rather, I learned to read so young, I have no memory of not knowing how to read. I really don’t know what age I learned to read, but I do remember my mother telling stories about how – once I’d realized that letters were combined into words, I’d pepper her constantly about any words I saw, demanding to know what the combinations of letters “said.” Later, in school, I remember watching the phonics lessons presented by Miss Faulkner, my kindergarten teacher, and thinking, oh, yes, I know, that letter does make that sound… But as a well established reader before entering kindergarten, I was never part of the reading groups. I was left to my own devices, to
devour peruse all the available books in the room at my own discretion.
Since I had no frame of reference of my own where to start, as a holy-moly-we’ll-be-homeschooling-soon parent, I did a ton of reading. I was also fortunate in that, as part of the education community, while I had not actually taught beginning readers, I had sat through many a discussion and even debates on the approaches to reading. In the end, I remembered…. the children actually taught themselves to read. I was just available to answer questions, redirect efforts when appropriate, and provide resources. All of which brings me to the topic of this post.
Rock ‘N Learn is offering a ten DVD set of discs for Learning to Read. this set really covers all your bases – all phonics rules as well as sight words, and is appropriate for learning levels kindergarten through grade two. The material on the discs support visual and aural learning styles through the use of rhythm, melody, and cues that include both imagery and text. In fact, the constant “subtitles” are always reinforcing the written word – both at the target learning level and beyond. Truly comprehensive in content, the discs can stand alone as a curriculum, but… they are also easily paired with other beginner level reading materials, such as BOB Books. Rock ‘N Learn Let’s Learn to Read offers the same phonics and sight words instruction found in books such as Teach You Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons or Teach Your Child to Read in Ten Minutes a Day. Rock ‘N Learn Let’s Learn to Read has a serious advantage over these books, though. With Teach You Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons or Teach Your Child to Read in Ten Minutes a Day, well, they are not very kid friendly, and as the parent, you have to generate the supplemental materials (games, flash cards, etc.). With Rock ‘N Learn Let’s Learn to Read, the videos are so engaging that you can add on other supportive activities, but you won’t need to just you get your child to pay attention. They’ll be hooked.
This is a truly comprehensive set that will serve all beginning reader needs and you preference for instructional style. Not into sight words? Skip those DVDs and use the Phonics discs. Prefer a whole language approach? Perfect! Start with the sight words discs and keep the phonics discs for exploration.
Or just start with disc 1 and let your children enjoy.
I think kids will watch these DVDs just for fun. I know mine would have. In fact, with the benefit of experience, if I had those years back again. I’d invest in these DVDs and have them available for watching… and never call them school. Why not let the kids have a blast learning and not make it about “work?” I believe the best work we (as human beings) can choose, and the best work-products we produce, come from work that we choose to do, work we want to do, work that we would pursue even if we didn’t “need” to. For me, this DVD set is a perfect example of a learning tool that is so engaging and enjoyable, watching isn’t work.
The thing is, the content on the discs is really engaging. As I sat watching, I clearly sensed how the songs and teaching patterns were getting under my skin… You know, when your little ones have a favorite song or nursery rhyme, and then it’s stuck in your head. You go about your day (even when your little one is elsewhere) and you’re singing the song while doing the laundry, or chanting the rhyme under your breath during your pre-dawn jog (supposed to be “me time,” right?!). Well, those songs and rhymes endure with children because they are so catchy and because children learn so much from them. And that, my friends, is true of these discs also.
And if my own earworms aren’t enough to convince you, let me share this. My children are all well past early reading skills, and are in the tweens and early teens. I chose to review this disc set in the living room because – theoretically – my boys were all quite busy with their own school and hobby projects. They were mostly in other rooms, but would come in and out to pick up something they needed or head to the kitchen for a drink. As my 9yo walked in this room, his head kind snapped around and he began gazing at the television screen, his task forgotten. After a bemused moment, I prompted him to move along, thinking it was just a fluke. Then my 11yo bounded into the room, stopped in his tracks, and was also immediately cuaght up in the singing cartoons, the talking animals, and the bouncy, catchy script. I let him watch a bit longer – partly because I thought he’d move on on his own, but also because I wanted to watch. It’s a kiddie-cartoon, but it’s catchy and captures kids’ attention.
In addition, if you still want extra reading materials, Rock ‘N Learn has their own beginning reader stories, available board books, on DVDs… or even as an app for your tablet. The convenience of being able to take your child’s readers on the go – I can vividly remember photographing BOB books with my phone so my child could continue his reading progress, but we wouldn’t have to carry/take care of those books on a trip. For more information on these supplemental resources, visit the Rock ‘N Learn website.
Plus! Rock ‘N Learn also provides over 70 printable learning-to-read worksheets absolutely free – no purchase necessary! These are a great resource for all new readers, so check them out: CLICK HERE.
And… here is it. Rock ‘N Learn is providing one free set to be given away to a reader of The Worthier Part!
<squee!> They picked you guys!
So, if this sounds like something that you can use – enter below!
Contest open only to residents of the Continental United States and District of Columbia. Winner must be aged 18 or older. Winner must respond with valid shipping information within 24 hours, or winner forfeits and a new winner will be drawn. “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Rock ‘N Learn for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are drawn randomly and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product for testing and review purposes. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Rock ‘N Learn in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” This post contains affiliate links.