I love anything that encourages early reading and helps to increase vocabulary in young children. Memory verses, rhymes, songs and music are all elements that have been proven to help. As a homeschooling family, we have employed all of them at various stages in our children’s educations. It has been known for years that children who recognize rhyming words have a much easier time learning to read. Nursery rhymes are a great way to help them understand rhyming. As someone who grew up reading and reciting Mother Goose rhymes, I was tickled to share this review project with my grandson. He and I often play and sing rhymes together and his favorite is The Itsy Bitsy Spider. That probably has something to do with Grandma being VERY animated when we play it. 🙂
I had the chance to review The Mother Goose Club DVD, music CD’s and coloring book. My grandson and two pre-school granddaughters watched the DVD with great concentration and intensity the first time through. (Yes, there was definitely more than once through.) I wasn’t quite sure if they were liking it or not, as they barely moved or made a sound, but also never took their eyes from the screen. The DVD is several short episodes of the Mother Goose Club TV series, compiled onto one DVD, and we actually watched them all straight through and then the kids wanted to watch again. That second time is when they got a lot more active, dancing and singing along. I guess they were just studying and memorizing the first time. lol Our middle granddaughter actually had to be MADE to shut the television off and come eat lunch, later. She was enjoying it too much to be bothered by food!
As I mentioned, my grandson loves playing Itsy Bitsy Spider with me, but is usually more interested in watching Grandma than doing it himself. He climbs up in my lap and says, “Gumma, Bitsy Pider”. He sits silently, watching and listening and sometimes doing the spider movements with his fingers. That’s why it was so fun for me to pop around the corner and catch this brief little moment on video, when he was watching the DVD. He was actually doing all the actions along with them and it’s hard to tell under that pacifier, but he was singing some of the words. Too fun!
The Mother Goose Club started out as 1-minute educational programs for preschools that promoted early reading. It was featured on PBS. Now, it is available for your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy, anytime. The package we received included the DVD, 2 CD’s of music and rhymes and a coloring book. The two CD’s didn’t really hold the kids’ interests as long as the DVD, but I think that was because the DVD was right there, available to them. The CD’s would be great for car rides or places where a TV isn’t available and the coloring book is a hit anytime! You can save $5 off this same Super Pack when you visit The Mother Goose Club website and use the promo code summer at checkout. The website also includes audio and text files of rhymes and songs, as well as videos and printable coloring pages. It’s a great way to check out what the Mother Goose Club is all about!
I received this Mother Goose Club Super Pack, through Team Mom, to review and test the products. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.