LeapFrog: Letter Factory
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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second purchase of this dvd. My now three year old enjoys watching this dvd and has learned her letters better and their sounds. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mother Borden
I highly recommend! My 2 ½ year old is speech delayed and doesn’t really talk and he’s still speaking in baby gibberish. Read morePublished 2 days ago by houda stamper
Amazing! Both my children used it before pre-k and I was so happy that by the time they started kindergarten they knew all the letters and sounds and I didn't have to do anything... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ALOHILANI WRIGHT
Great educational movie! My son's preschool teacher required that we get this and watch it regularly. He loves it and picked up on his letters and letter sounds so quickly!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. My 3.2 year old has seemed ready to learn letter sounds for months now but his preschool doesn't do so until the next academic year. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful DVD my son learned his phonics in a week and reading by 4 yrs old.Published 5 days ago by sharon wade
Our grandchildren, ages 2, 3, and 4 are learning these letters and sounds and want to watch this over and over. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Barbara Smith
Great for kids, my daughter watches it daily and it seems to improving her letter and sound recognition.Published 7 days ago by Katrina Hutsell