Some time back I wrote a post about using educational songs to teach children about various subjects because my younger son has been demonstrating a strong inclination for music. Since then, I have heard of a couple of other Music CD/DVD programs that also teach various subjects through music. Here they are:
Peter Weatherall sells Music CDs and DVDs covering various topics under English, Science and Math. The music CDs contain just the songs and the DVDs include cute animations and explanations in between the songs. The songs include subtitles and optional karaoke so you can sing along with the kids.
To see samples of his work, you can check out his Youtube channel. Watch the sample on the periodic table. It’s not quite as cool as “Meet the Elements” on “Here Comes Science” by They Might Be Giants but it tells you more about the first ten elements of the periodic table.
He’s got quite a large collection and appears to be adding more on a regular basis. He also offers special promotions if you bulk buy. We bought his Science and Math multibuy consisting of 6 DVDs for $25 inclusive of shipping. The packaging is very basic, but for this price, I don’t think you can really ask for more. Not to mention he throws in a bonus CD containing all his songs on MP3 and he also added another DVD in my delivery which wasn’t mentioned on his website.
Rock ‘N Learn offers music CDs, DVDs, and iPad apps for some of their products. They cover a range of subjects for children aged 2 and above. There are programs specific for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten, Math, Phonics and Reading, Science and Social Studies, and other languages.
If you are planning to purchase Rock ‘N Learn, there is a coupon code to get 25% off your order: YT29. The bad news is that you can only order direct from them if you live in the US because they no longer entertain international orders. The good news is that you can get them from Amazon and they do have international distrubutors so check if they have one near you. The local distributor for Malaysia is RedRock Corner who are currently in The Curve (bridge connecting to Ikano), Hartamas Shopping Center (near the elevator on Level 2), and Pavillion (near Harvey Norman).
3. They Might Be Giants
I wrote about They Might Be Giants in my previous post on learning with music. We ended up getting “Here Comes Science” and “Here Comes the 123s“. The latter is too basic for Gavin but he enjoys watching it with Gareth and they both love the Mickey Mouse Theme song and the Hot Dog song at the end (Gareth will dance to it when he hears it being played). Gavin claims he doesn’t like “Here Comes Science”, but he looks just as rapt as Gareth whenever I put the disc on. His favourite song is the Blood Mobile.