Energetic music and fun activities build excitement about learning to read. Letter Sounds covers the most common sound that each letter makes. The completely new Letter Sounds DVD with its "on-screen mouth" shows how to form each sound and features exciting animation. Lovable characters on the DVD help engage kids. Letter Sounds CD comes with a full-color illustrated book. By the end of either program, students are combining letters to read words and even simple sentences. Ages 4–7.
Approx. 62 minutes (DVD video)
Approx. 51 minutes (audio CD)
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Learning to read is more fun than ever with this new version of Letter Sounds, Rock 'N Learn's best-selling DVD video. Engaging characters and new material help kids learn the skills to become competent readers. After a quick review of upper and lowercase letters, young learners practice the most common sound each letter makes. An on-screen mouth shows how to form the sounds.
Excitement builds as kids race the clock to say letter sounds in silly sentences before hearing the answers. Then, learners play several games along with the video to solidify their understanding of letter-sound associations that will help them read and spell. Finally, after learning some common sight words, kids feel successful reading complete sentences and short stories.
For over a decade, Letter Sounds DVD video has been one of Rock 'N Learn's most successful programs for helping kids learn to read. It's been used in classrooms all over the world and by millions of kids at home. We love getting testimonials on how our Letter Sounds video has changed lives by helping kids become competent readers and spellers. During this time, we've also received suggestions on how we could make Letter Sounds even better. Plus, we recently hired university professors, graduate students, and reading specialists in classrooms to offer their suggestions on how we could improve this reading video by incorporating the latest research on what helps students learn literacy skills.
With this latest version of our Letter Sounds DVD video, you'll find totally new animation, fun characters, an improved soundtrack, and additional content for phonemic awareness. In focus groups where we tested our new content, kids loved watching regardless of whether they were very young (actually below the intended age) or older and had already developed some reading skills. This was not surprising because the material includes content that allows differentiated instruction to meet individual needs at different levels. In other words, students can participate and have fun even if they are at different stages in learning to read and spell. The multisensory approach of Letter Sounds engages kids, and the variety of activities help students regardless of their preferred learning styles.
Teachers and parents often ask us, "For what age do you recommend Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds?" The answer is any age after 2 or 3, depending on the maturity level of the child. We have heard of teachers and parents using Letter Sounds DVD video for teaching phonics to preschoolers with remarkable results. According to the success stories we receive, some children around the age of four have actually learned to read with Letter Sounds. The Letter Sounds video has been used for preschool alphabet activities, teaching basic phonics rules, teaching phonics to preschoolers, and phonological awareness activities for preschool children.
We also hear success stories about older students in secondary grades who have used Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds in a remedial way to boost reading and spelling skills. Phonics instruction is effective for learning important rules about the structure of words.
Students with learning disabilities in written expression have benefited from beginning phonics instruction through our Letter Sounds programs. We have also heard how students in adult basic education classes are learning to read with Letter Sounds in either audio CD or video format.
Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds has helped individuals of all ages learn to speak English. Letter Sounds is often recommended by teachers who specialize in teaching English Language Learners (ESL). Plus, the "on-screen mouth" in Letter Sounds DVD has been a huge hit with speech therapists. Our development team included professionals in speech and language to make certain that each common sound of the alphabet was correctly presented.
Please note that Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds comes in either a DVD video version or an audio/book version. The audio version does not include all of the new material that we've added to the DVD video. Regardless of how you use Letter Sounds, you will love the results.
Letter Sounds DVD includes:
Letter Sounds Audio CD & Book includes:
"My oldest already has a solid foundation in the short-letter sounds that are introduced on the DVD, but doesn't have a great understanding of connecting letter sounds and names, something the "Letter Sounds Quiz" is designed to remedy. Presented in a game show format, a sentence with a prevalent sound is read to the children (accompanied by cheerful pictures). After listening for the repeating sound the child is to give the letter's name before the timer goes off." - Jennifer of QuiverFullFamily.com
"I have purchased multiple Rock N Learn products through the years. My kids watch your Letters Sounds DVD in the car on the way to school. I want to order your Phonics DVD. We love your outstanding products."
I absolutely love this product. I am a 1st grade self-contained teacher. My students are very interested in this video. They love it! - Mary V.
Letter Sounds CD – "With this product, children will learn the sounds of letters with songs and games that help them learn reading skills. The music and illustrations hold attention and get results." – Dr. Toy's 10 Best Children's Audio/Video Products
"Learning the alphabet with rock rhythms helps energize the extensive repetition needed to master the naming of letters and sounds, recognizing word families, decoding, and building simple sentences. The colorful, read-a-long booklet connects sounds to print with practice drills and word games. Use this musical tool for added variety to pre-reading activities in learning centers, small groups, or at home with parent and child." – Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award
"I absolutely love your Letter Sounds Video. The phonological and orthological aspects of this video combined with that little human mouth in the upper right hand corner of each screen makes your video the most innovative beginning phonics video I have ever viewed. We intend to order Letter Sounds Video for every Child Development Center in Oakland. – Janet Ohanis, M.A., Ed., Administrator, Oakland Unified School District and Pre-K Regional Coordinator, California Reading & Language Project
"Our customers love your videos. We have a lot of customers with language/hearing impaired children. Several parents said Letter Sounds helped immensely. The teachers were amazed at the progress." – Beth, Toys that Teach, Florida
"I recently purchased and LOVE the Letter Sounds Video. This video, with the upper right screen showing the mouth and lips moving to form the sounds, is exactly what my son needs. Thanks for such a great educational video." – Dona A., parent
"Letter Sounds and Colors, Shapes and Counting are very excellent videos for my kindergarten aged children. My son brought it to school and the teacher shared it with students up to grade 4. More videos like these should be in the store. I am so glad that there are companies like you who are very helpful to kids and parents like me." – Mrs. Baradas
"I went to a local teacher supply store and asked for a recommendation for teaching early phonics. They told me Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds was the best out there. I agree. Furthermore, the music is actually pretty good, so it doesn't drive parents crazy." – Jeri D.
"The Letter Sounds video is excellent! I just discovered it yesterday in my local Educational Supply, and I can't wait to go back and buy other videos. Thanks for making such a terrific and fun video." – Cheryl Robinson, Rule Kindergarten
"I just purchased the Letter Sounds DVD and my daughter loves it very much. I am very pleased with this video because of its simple and easy to use format and the music is great. My daughter is very excited about this video and can't wait to view others. Thank you for making these educational yet fun videos for children that help them get a head start in learning." – Mrs. A. Velazquez
"I can't say enough about this CD and book! I started playing the Letter Sounds CD for my son when he was about 2. He loved it. Every time we drove in the car, he wanted to hear it. It's got a fun beat (easy for parents to listen to!) and a great book with lots of color. In fact, I had to order extra books, because his friends wanted to have their own when they were in the car." – parent
"I teach Kindergarten, and recently showed your Letter Sounds Video for the first time to my class. After the video was over, a student came up to me, rather excitedly, and told me that 'that video gave me a new brain, and now I can read! My old brain didn't know how to read, but now I can!' Sure enough, he went home that night and read an entire story to his parents! He was so proud of himself, and we are so proud of him too. Keep up the good work!" – Cindy DeKeyrel, Skyline North School
"I purchased Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds for my two year old daughter. She loved following along in the book to the very catchy songs. There are many colorful pictures to hold her interest. Also, it has a quick pace to keep her interested, but not too fast for her to keep up. She learned her letters and all their sounds before she turned three." – parent
"My daughter started using Letter Sounds at age 3 and within weeks she was reading. At age 4 she entered public kindergarten and was tested by her instructor. She tested at a second grade reading level, she was writing and spelling at a higher level, and she was invited to join the first graders during writing." – Rundal H.
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Mom's Choice Awards, Gold Recognition
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award (Learning to Read DVDs category)
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Learning Magazine Teachers' ChoiceSM for the Family Award
PAL Award – Play Advances Language
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.
Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.