Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rock 'N Learn's Phonics Volume 1 Review & Giveaway

With Kindergarten looming in the near future (ok really we still have a year but Big J is growing so fast!) I am always looking for fun ways to help Big J learn new things and be prepared when she has to go to "big" school. Rock 'N Learn has just the products for a girl who loves to sing and dance.

We received the Phonics Volume 1 DVD to review and although it said 6 years and up, Big J loved it. (she is 4) She is in love with Doug, the main character and carries around the bookmark we received and calls him her best friend. (it is pretty cute, especially because she keeps asking me what his name is) She even chose it to bring to school for Movie day this week and the other children in her class really enjoyed it as well.

I love that the lessons are set to music which always helped helps me learn better. Big J also seems to learn better when she can sing the lessons. Looks like I will be purchasing some more to help prepare her for Kindergarten next year!

Rock ’N Learn, Inc. 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 cool music with exciting, colorful imagery.

Headquartered in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston, Rock ’N Learn is owned and operated by its founders, Richard and Brad Caudle. Their primary warehouse is in North Carolina. (THAT IS WHERE WE LIVE!!)

Working as a school psychologist in 1986, Richard saw the need for multi-sensory learning programs using the styles of music that kids love. He consulted his younger brother Brad, an accomplished musician, to record their first program to help kids learn multiplication facts. Strong sales of this recording in the school specialty and book markets led to other programs and the start of a successful company.

Richard and Brad never varied from their number one goal of providing children with programs that would make learning easier as well as fun. Brad’s wife Melissa, a former second-grade teacher, writes material and coordinates educational research for Rock ’N Learn. Richard’s wife, Kathie, manages sales and marketing. (Love that it is a family run business)

Rock ’N Learn programs have received numerous awards such as Dr. Toy, Parents’ Choice, iParenting, National Parenting Publications, Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice, Early Childhood News, National Parenting Center, and Parent's Guide to Children’s Media. Their programs lead in the areas of quality and customer satisfaction based on surveys of school supply stores.

To Purchase:
DVDs available for:
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Phonics/Reading/Writing
  • Math
  • Other Languages
  • Science & Social Studies
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Specials and More

1 (One) Lucky Reader will win their own copy of Rock 'N Learn's Phonics Volume 1. (US or Canada!)

Mandatory Entry: Visit and tell me which DVD you would like and who you would give it to. (leave a comment below, be sure to include your e-mail)

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Giveaway ends on August 31, 2010.
1 (one) winner will be chosen by Winner has 48 hours to respond to my e-mail or another winner will be chosen.

We received a copy of Rock 'N Learn's Phonics Volume 1 DVD for review purposes.. All opinions are 100% mine and those of Big J and are 100% honest.


  1. I would like the Nursery Rhymes DVD for my daughter
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