Rock 'n Learn produces a variety of educational DVDs and CDs. And, education is foremost, not just an added bonus to their programs! The idea behind Rock 'n Learn's materials is to help children learn through a multi-sensory approach, using styles of music that appeal to kids.
This time, Jonathan (age 6) has been testing out "Telling Time" - a DVD that explains all about time, instruments used for telling time and shows in a very detailed way how to tell time. The DVD starts off with introducing the characters - a clock called Timothy Time and a bird called Cuckoo. They speak in rhyme, which makes what they say and teach very catchy! Jonathan seems to really enjoy watching the DVD, and over the weeks has shared tidbits of information with me that I know he's picked up from the DVD. In a step-by-step fashion, the DVD progresses through telling time to the hour, then to the half hours, and then on to quarter hours and minutes. I don't think Jonathan has learned anything about telling time in school yet (at least not formally), but he knows quite a bit about the clock face and can tell time to the hour quite successfully. He is doing pretty good with the half hours as well - and I really think the DVD has helped him quite a bit.
- Learning Time Today
- Parts of an Analog Clock
- Telling Time to the Hour
- AM and PM
- Telling Time to the Half Hour
- Telling Time to the Quarter Hour
- Practice Counting By Fives
- Telling Time to Five Minutes
- Review and Practice
- Telling Time to the Exact Minute
- Digital Clocks
- Bonus: Calendars, Days of the Week, Months of the Year
A feature I really like about the DVDs we've seen so far is that they ask the viewer(s) questions, and give time to answer before progressing to the answer and on to the next question or section. As a teacher, or homeschooler, you could easily pause the DVD, wait for your student's or child's answer and then continue on. This is a great way to reinforce the learning, and to check that it's really sinking in!
Daniel (age 3) watches the DVD along with his brother for a while, but it's over his head so he loses interest after a while. He's seen the clock face, and the 3 hands, but beyond that, he's really not ready for the content, and it isn't designed for him either (it's rated ages 6 and up).
From what we've seen of Rock 'n Learn DVDs so far, we've been very impressed. Check out what we thought of Sight Words and Letter Sounds here, and also what Stacey thought of Nursery Rhymes and Phonics here.
Rock 'n Learn items are available through their webstore and retailers. Canadians can order through KidSource and Scholar's Choice as well as several retailers in BC and Ontario.
Three winners will win their choice of DVD or CD from Rock 'n Learn!!! Thanks Rock 'n Learn for helping us celebrate our birthday!!! To enter, please tell us which DVD or CD you'd choose. Contest open to Canadian and US residents and ends on November 4th, 2011.