Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Leap Frog - Letter Factory|
Actors: Leap Frog, LeapFrog
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Teaches letters, phonics and listening skills. A wild adventure to the Letter Factory with popular LeapFrog characters Leap, Lily and Tad. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practici... more »
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Donna M. (okcmommy) from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Reviewed on 9/7/2012...
Sherri C. from TALLAHASSEE, FL
Reviewed on 8/28/2012...
We are a homeschooling family and love this DVD! There are very few movies or shows that I let my children watch, but this one I recommend to all my friends. My two year old learned all her letter sounds from watching this movie just three times. My 17-month-old learned all his letter sounds after a month of viewing it about twice a week. We would also sing the little song in the car and try to work on the letter sounds in other ways. I have lent this DVD out to friends who have also had immediate success. And I've recommended it to friends who have went out to buy it; it has worked with all the children I know.
I would HIGHLY recommend for chidlren 18-months to 3 years old. Then follow it up at 3 or 4 years old with a book based phonics program to teach reading. We have been very successful with Letter Factory DVD followed by using the book "The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading." The combination of these two have equated to children reading well above grade level by age 5.
Joanna L. from KYLE, TX
Reviewed on 2/11/2011...
I homeschool and am very agagins many of the DVD's out there but came across these and love them. My only complaint is that they use all uppercase (no lowercase letters). Not very thrilled with math ones as much as the phonic ones... my son hated "reading" until we started watching these now he sings all the "rule" songs and can read simple books with just a little help. Worth the money!!!! or swap :)
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Lael H. from PEYTON, CO
Reviewed on 10/2/2010...
The very best movie ever for kids to learn their ABCs
Great for Primary Classrooms too!
Colleen D. Gallagher | Pittsburgh, PA | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best learning DVD's I have seen. It will be a great watch for the Pre-k to first grade classrooms. The DVD teaches the letter names. Most importantly, it teaches the letter sounds in a creative way. Viewers see the letters, hear the letter names, they see a picture/video that represents the sound each letter makes, and the viewer hears a catchy tune to match the letter sound. For instance, the letter C is shown in a cold environment with ice hanging from it. The letter comes to life by shivering and stating that it is /c/ /c/ /c/.... old. Then the characters in the story sing the catchy Leapfrog song; "The C says/c/, the C says /c/, every letter makes a sound. The C says /c/. This DVD/VHS is marketed towards parents to use with their PreK to First grader, but all teachers need to know about this video and share it with their class. It would be a great review or introduction to letter sounds. Teachers could also use the catchy phrases and visual representation of the letter sounds in their lessons by creating activities or visuals based on the video. Students will see the sounds letters make, hear the sounds, and sing the sounds. This video combined with strong phonics based classroom instruction will help reach a variety of learning styles and lead your students on the path to becoming strong readers."
The best there is! You HAVE to get this!
carolyn | Canal Winchester, OH | 12/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just can't believe how well done this DVD is for little ones. My little guy, age 3, learned his letters and sounds very quickly after watching this DVD. Then, 3 weeks later after not watching it for about that long, he's still talking about what sounds each letter makes. It's very well done, makes it very easy for children to understand, plus it's very enjoyable to watch. After about 34 times of hearing, "The R says errrr" with that tune attached gets a little redundant, but not to little ones. You have to get this for every preschooler you know. It's really that good!"
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 01/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My son was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified when he was 3. PDD-NOS is on the Autism spectrum, and children with this diagnosis often have developmental delays.
My son had a speech delay and other developmental delays. His speech is great now...no one can detect that he has this diagnosis. However, the delays have, understandably, affected his learning in some areas.
While his spatial skills have been way above average--as has his grasp of science (such as planets and their attributes)--he has resisted reading. He gets tired and frustrated.
Well, trying many approaches for helping him, I thought I'd take a chance and get Letter Factory from Amazon.com, especially since the reviews were so good.
I am so THRILLED that I did! I thought for SURE he'd suspect that I was "getting him to learn" (make no mistake, PDD-NOS doesn't mean a low IQ!), but surprisingly, he's been watching Letter Factory on a consistent basis for WEEKS now! I'll even hear him singing the catchy songs to himself as he goes about his business.
In the DVD, Tad (Leap's younger brother) joins Professor Quigley to all the different rooms where new letters learn their sounds. For example, when they enter the A room, there's a silly purpose monster that scares the little A's into saying "ahhhh!" In the K room, the little K's are practicing their karate kicks as they learn how to make the "kay" sound.
What's especially great about the Letter Factory is that it combines the visuals of the letters with the sound that the letter makes in a very catchy tune. For example, as the F's are flying, they sing "the F says 'eff', the F says 'eff'...every letter makes a sound, the F says 'eff'". This method helps both audio and visual learners to grasp the sounds...not to mention those that are more musically inclined.
I see my son applying what he's learned (very quickly, I might add!) to books. He'll now pick up books from the library ON HIS OWN, and attempt to sound out the words. Combined with the DVD's Talking Words Factory I and Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory, I KNOW The Letter Factory has contributed to his progress in a BIG way.