On many blogs and forum posts I have seen people ask the question, “How did you teach your child to read?” I am very interested in this topic, and have noticed that an astonishing amount of parents mention something in common: Leapfrog videos, specifically Letter Factory. I disregarded it at first, as I try not let Curly watch too much T.V. and only have a few videos in the house for her.
I spotted a Leapfrog DVD set while shopping, and on a whim decided to look at them. If I didn’t like them, I figured they’d be easy enough to resell. Here is my review: These videos are AWESOME. I haven’t seen all of them, but Letter Factory is absolutely fantastic for learning beginning phonics.
This was driven home to me yesterday evening. Curly was playing with Bananagram tiles and suddenly she held up an F and said, “Mom, look! fffffff”. Every subsequent letter she picked up she could tell me it’s sound. And I know for a fact it’s from that video. We even sang the little ditty the video teaches for each letter she picked up. (“The B says buh, the B says buh, every letter makes a sound, the B says buh.”)
My daughter is 2. Almost 3.
Color me impressed! I’ve been casually working with her on her letters for awhile, but this video gave her a huge boost. She now randomly points out things that look like letters. “Look, Mom! This fry is a letter C!”
I’m now on the Leapfrog bandwagon. (Lilypad? … … I know, I know…it’s pretty bad.)