When Mr. Websley is accidentally silenced by the Silent E Machine, Leap, Lily, and Tad must journey through the Complex Word Complex to build the code words needed to return his voice. Guided only by the "Absent Professor ... more »Device," the kids learn how to build the complex words needed to solve the code and save the day. Humorous songs add to the fun and help teach the rules for advanced word building.« less
Sarah F. from PROVDENCE FRG, VA Reviewed on 2/3/2014...
This is a good movie to use. My kids learned the rules taught about letter sounds and combinations. It has catchy but not annoying songs. and its only 30 min I think that is the best length for kids movies. I love this whole series!
Eve R. from LAWRENCEVILLE, GA Reviewed on 11/8/2010...
My 5yr old did not show interest in reading until he watched this video. It is fun and interactive, the songs are pretty catchy and my son would memorize and sing along. It teaches kids the vowels and sounds that make up the words. Also complex words with the silent "e" at the end of the word. I would say this is ideal for Kindergarden or 5-6yr olds.
Ashley N. from BLOOMINGTON, IL Reviewed on 7/21/2010...
Great educational video. Kids love it.
Another Great Video from LeapFrog -- Code word caper
Pam Tee | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The other reviews are right. If you like the Talking Words Factory, you should like this follow-on video.
In this episode, children are taught about long vowel sounds, 'silent E", blended letters (such as sh and th), as well as blended vowels (the old when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking).
In addition, children are shown how vowels are forced to say their names when E's are added to their ends. Fat becomes long-A fate, for example.
Worth the money, for sure. [Certainly my 2.5 year-old would not know his letters and their sounds without these videos.]"
You learn something new every day
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 05/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You DO learn something new every day, and this DVD will give you a few days worth.
While visiting the Complex Words Complex with their Dad and the Professor, Leap, Lily and Tad accidentally cause Mr. Websley to lose his voice in the Silent E Machine, and have to solve a word puzzle to get it back for him.
This DVD teaches three lessons in an easy and fun way that will have kids singing along and actually enjoying an educational program.
First of all, we learn about the silent E, visually depicted by a semi-transparent letter E with band-aids across its mouth. Next, we learn about the sounds CH, SH and TH, and finally, how to pronounce words where two vowels come together.
Of course, given the complexities of the English language, these simple rules don?t work in all cases, but your kids will easily grasp the basic concepts.
My one problem is in the opening sequence, where it sounds as if the Professor is incorrectly singing ?the O says Aaaaah?, but that may be a case of either a strange accent or a bad audio transfer, so I?ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
It certainly opened my eyes to a few learning tools, and I would recommend it to the parent or guardian of any child between 2 and 6 years old.
Amanda Richards, May 1, 2006 "
Excellent DVD Teaching Blends, Vowel Teams, and Silent 'E'
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 02/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My son has every Leapfrog DVD and they're all *excellent*. Code Word Caper is no different, showing children long vowel sounds, how the silent "e" changes a word, vowel blends, etc.
This DVD explains how that although there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are far more sounds than just 26.
Through an engaging caper at the Complex Word Complex, Tad, Leap and Lily learn about A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. At the Silent E Machine, it's explained that the silent "e" makes the first vowel say it's "name". For example, cap and cape, pet and Pete, hid and hide, hope and hope, cut and cute, dim and dime, not and note. There's a fun song reinforcing this principle with lots of examples.
Then, at the Ch-Sh-Th Sound Machine, the youngsters are shown how to make blends and how they sound, e.g., chin, chat, ship, shop, thin, and think. Using another fun song, children are shown how consonant combos form blends: "First you take a letter C then you add a letter H--put them both together and a whole new sound you make."
Lastly, Code Word Capers demonstrates "vowel teams"...when two vowels are "stuck" together. For example, oa, ea, and ie. An excellent song (whose lyrics were once on either Sesame Street or the Electric Company...I remember it as a kid!) says "When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking". So the first vowel says its name in a vowel team. E.g. team, tail, leap, pay, pie, goat, boat, bee, and see.
My son really enjoys this DVD and it wasn't long before he was singing the songs around the house! Code Word Caper has helped him read consonant blends, vowel teams, and words with the silent 'e'...the results are very noticeable.
I highly recommend this DVD for children who have mastered short vowel sounds and 3-letter words and are ready to move on to more advanced Phonics."
NO More Arguing Over Which Movie To Watch!
B. L. Christensen | 04/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never felt strong enough to actually take the time to write a review. I am a certified k-6 teacher who has told everyone I know about Leap Frog's 4 amazing movie and now I am telling you... LF Letter Factory: This was the first (out of 4) Leap Frog Movie that my children watched. My 3 1/2 year old and 2 years 2 month old boys are allowed to watch 1 movie a day. Each Day they agreed, in excitement, to watched this movie. Under a week my 3 1/2 year old knew his letter sounds. He could sing the letter sound song almost as fast as he could sing the alphabet. After a week, he amazed us when he sat down on the ground and wrote out the entire alphabet like a 4th grader. Had NO idea he could write like this! Shortly thereafter, the 2 year old knew all his letter sounds and letter recognition.
Talking Words Factory: I was so impressed that I bought them the Talking Words Factory that 2nd week. I wasn't surprised that my 3 1/2 year old began to spell, writing, and sounding out 3 letter words. He told me all about how the vowels were all sticky and their job was to stick letters together to make words. He went around singing the vowel song.
My kids loved the videos so much that for 10 months...My son's (who used to play with Thomas the Trains and puppies) were obsessed with letters and words. They made their own letter and word factory machines out of their toys and tubs, drew each letter cartoon character, and sang the letter and vowel songs, and the older one wrote, yes wrote, many of his own homemade books.
Talking Word Factory 2: It doesn't stop there...They got the Talking Word Factory 2 and Math Circus when they came out this Christmas. In a couple of days, the now 4 year old, was telling me all about sh, ch, th, and other blends. He told me how the silent e at the end of the word made the other vowel say its name (long vowel sound). He went on to tell me also how "when 2 vowels go walking the first one does the talking." And he wrote and read new complex words such as, boat, home, dime, wait, etc. This really increased his ability to read many, many new words - 8 letter words too!
Math Circus: They loved it too! Though it is fast moving for beginners, it is entertaining and has an easy concept. Adding and subtracting now comes pretty easy for my 4 year old. I gave him a math work sheet for addition and subtraction just for kicks. Wouldn't you know it, he did all of them with no problem. He was so interested in adding that he started asking about problems such as 3 + 3 + 3. Which helped him learn the concept of multiplication 3 x 3, 3 x 4, etc. But, we told him that he had plenty of time to learn that later!
The only negative comments that I have to say about these Leap Frog videos: Nothing, Oh, except that I wish my children weren't so obsessed with letters! They eat, breath, and sleep letters. Sometimes I just wish they would play with the trains, cars, and other toys. They will have their entire school life to learn about letters and reading! I just hope that when the time comes for school that they won't have grown board of it!
Other Leap Frog learning tools that reinforce what they learned on the videos:
LF Fridge Phonics Magnets - Love it. It sings each letters song when you put the letter in the hole.
LF Word Whammer Fridge Phonics Set - LF just came out with this. I know that they will love. I bought it for the next birthday! It is like the Fridge Phonics, but you can spell 3 letter words.
LF Letter Factory Board Game - Love it too! It is interactive and the board game talks and sings!
LF Sing Along Letters Flash Cards & CD - Songs from the DVDs. Not that you don't hear the songs sang enough from your children! Wish they would make computer CD's too!
LF Leap Pad - Fun but they got board with the same books over & over. $14 a book!
There are many others, but I had to draw the line somewhere!
If you check all the other reviews, I am not alone. Only two out of 121 people gave this movie less than 5 stars! It is about time someone made a movie that parents and children both agree on! Thank you Leap Frog! "
They don't even know they are learning! Great Videos!
V. Rodriguez | New Jersey | 11/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We have had this video for two days and the kids have already memorized the songs. Leapfrog is a great company encorporating fun with learning. I recommend watching the first two videos first if your child is still learning their letters and letter sounds. There is now a total of 3 videos on letters and phonics. You must get all three. The songs are catchy and it makes the concepts lots of fun. Both my three and half and five year old love to watch them over and over again, but most importantly, they have really absorbed the concepts. I highly recommend these educational videos. Leapfrog has truly done it again."