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LeapFrog: Letter Factory (2009)

Ginny Westcott , Roy Allen Smith  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,522 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ginny Westcott
  • Directors: Roy Allen Smith
  • Producers: Chris D'Angelo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,522 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TKUXUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "LeapFrog: Letter Factory" on IMDb

Special Features

• "Alphabet Game"

Editorial Reviews

Have Fun learning about letters and their sounds! LeapFrog characters spring to life in this engaging and educational DVD. Popular LeapFrog characters, Leap, Lily and Tad go on a wild adventure to the Letter Factory. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time.

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226 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Must Have Children's DVD! October 1, 2012
Format:DVD
There is a reason why the majority of Leapfrog reviews are five stars - LeapFrog: Letter Factory is the perfect mix of educational content and entertainment. I am convinced that it is one of the best children's DVDs to ever hit the market.

I have two beautiful boys: the oldest is nearly five and the youngest is 18 months. My oldest was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. While he does well in other subjects, he had shown some delays with speech and used to get frustrated and agitated when I tried to sit him down to read.

Six months ago, my best friend suggested I play some educational DVDs for him. She bought me a copy of Letter Factory to play for the oldest. "Blown away" best describes how I felt when I saw him fall in love with the DVD. I literally cried I was so happy. Now all he wants to do is watch it. The most amazing part is that not only has his speech has significantly improved, but he has started to read books on his own!

After seeing how great "Letter Factory" was for my oldest I tried showing it to my youngest. Unfortunately it was a little too advanced for him, so I did some research on Amazon to find a more age-appropriate DVD and ended up buying the Tiny Tutor DVD set. The videos are very simple and slow paced but really hold his attention. After about three months of watching my youngest son has picked up most of the numbers and a few letters. I am saving "Letter Factory" for when he is older and actual reading (not just word recognition) becomes more important.

The rest of the Leapfrog series is now on my Christmas list.
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181 of 201 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Concept But Some Serious Errors... December 18, 2008
Format:DVD
The creators of this program have come up with an excellent concept; animating letters that make sounds representing each letter in the Alphabet. I have a degree in Psychology and studied several modules on how children learn to read. I also have 2 preteen children who I taught to read and one 4 year old daughter who I bought this learning video for. The four year old learnt all the sounds pretty quickly. However, there are a few letters pronounced incorrectly; L is pronounced ULL, R is pronounced ER and a few others are not clear.

But by far the BIGGEST problem with this video is that all the letters are only taught in UPPER CASE letters. So your lovely child may learn all her sounds but most books for children are written in lower case letters, with CAPS only at the beginning of sentences and names. Some parents may not see this as a problem because we take for granted that our experienced minds can easily switch between reading lower and upper case letters, but from the numourous case studies I did to complete my modules, plus from my own experience with my children, most childhood educators recommend teaching lower case letters first, then very early introduction of upper case letters. 98% of all prose in all books is written in lower case! Imagine a 4 year old learning the letter 'A', then in a simple book you expect them to identify the 'a' in printed text then link the two objects as being the same?! To their young eyes its a completely different object and you will have to reteach them from scratch as I have had to do with my 4 year old.

However, buying this video is still recommended though, but what I have done to help my child is to have a book with colourful lower case letters close by to show her everytime the capital letter is shown on the video.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Arguing Over Which Movie To Watch! April 1, 2005
Format:DVD
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 this amazing movie and now I am telling you...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. I knew there might be a problem with this obsession when all his arts and crafts from pre-preschool came home with letters all over them in place of eyes, noses, etc!

Talking Word Factory 2: It doesn't stop there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Springboard for Teaching Phonics
While this video is not perfect, it has been such an amazing aid to teach my two older children phonics. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by C. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars They love them I already own it at my house
I ordered these for birthday gifts (2 girls turning 4). They love them I already own it at my house. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jodi Arens
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
The educational and fun.
Published 2 days ago by shinjung kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Some consonant sounds taught WRONG
Okay but it does teach several of the consonants incorrectly. The "R" is taught to say "err" instead of "ruh." Same with the L sound. Read more
Published 3 days ago by momof5nh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Leapfrog DVD
This is about the 5th time I have purchased this DVD. I buy it for all my friends because it worked so well with my son. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J9
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Educational Tool
What a great idea. My son love this video and the repetition really helped him learn his letter sounds!
Published 3 days ago by Chrystal Boyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Your child deserves this!
This is the best DVD for preschoolers out there! I have two older girls that learned to read at five and four years old. Read more
Published 4 days ago by TM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
terrific product
Published 6 days ago by D. M. Titus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD! My 2 year old loves it and is picking up a lot from it.
Published 6 days ago by K P
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love this video
My kids love this video. It has helped them transition them to learning their alphabet AND the letter sounds.
Published 10 days ago by Meghan Hokom Stapleton
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Does Leap Frog Letter Factory teach lower case?
Hi, Yes it does and it is great. My 22 month old knows his alphabet already and it's just from this DVD. Can't recommend it enough.
Jan 22, 2008 by Clare Cottreau |  See all 8 posts
code for trutech tv to use your little leaps
Hi Rosemary,
I cant get mine to work either...did you ever find the code?
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