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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 the Talking Words Factory from Amazon.com, especially since the reviews were so good.
I am very, very pleased with this DVD! My son watches it quite often, and he's now reading books on his own. I can see a marked difference in a matter of WEEKS. Before, he had to think about how some of the letters sounded. Now, he rattles them off like a pro--as well as 3-letter words!
This DVD also teaches about vowels and consonants, so he's learning how the vowels are sticky like glue, holding words together (thanks to Professor Quigley's Sticky-Ick-O-Rama machine!). The Word Whammer machine shows children how to put the consonants and vowels together, and how they sound. I like the fact that they'll switch around the vowels with the same beginning and ending consonants, to highlight how a vowel sounds within a word.
Talking Words Factory also teaches rhyming, which is a bonus.
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.Read more ›
Now, my 2-year old watches them and she only knows a few letters, but she knows almost ALL of her sounds when you ask her. That is impressive! After seeing the success with my kids, I bought them for my nieces, one of which was struggling with severe ADHD and classroom difficulty. She mastered sound and blending concepts that she could not master in the classroom and she now has a great phonetic background. I know she would not be where she is today if she didn't have these videos. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and I highly recommend them to ALL my parents at school. I have also donated the Letter Factory to all of my kindergarten and PK classrooms. I know they will enjoy them as much as my kids did (and still do!).
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We love LeapFrog. This DVD put my daughter well on her way to sounding out simple words. I love all of the LeapFrog DVD's. They have provided many hours of learning fun. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sarah
I agree with a lot of reviews that “Talking words factory” was much better. However at the end of the day it is not what parents think, it is about educational value. Read morePublished 12 days ago by barracuda
We really love this DVD. It makes learning fun and easy for my Girls.Published 14 days ago by Lonnie
We seem to buy every one of the LeapFrog dvd's and out of all of them this is our 19 month old's favorite. He watches it over and over again.Published 17 days ago by Evan'sMomma
Great series of learning videos. I have four children who have learned to read with the "Talking Letter Factory", "Talking Words Factory" and the ones that follow.Published 18 days ago by D.R.