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Letter Learning Fun

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Is your child entering kindergarten or pre-school in the fall? Teach letter recognition over the summer using two fun, educational resources: How to Build an A and the LeapFrog – Letter Factory.

How to Build an A is an ideal book for tactile (or kinesthetic) learners. Tactile learners learn best by doing. This hands-on book teaches the alphabet through fun illustrations of each letter and by encouraging kids to build each letter using the 11 foam shapes.

The foam shapes are safety-tested EVA. While my son (age 14 months) tried to grab and eat the pieces, his older playmate (3 years old) happily constructed letters with the help of his mother. This is a great book for 3 & 4 year olds who may lack the dexterity to write all of their letters but who are ready to learn the alphabet.

I would warn moms to be careful to store the pieces in the mesh bag that comes with the book after each use as all 11 pieces are required to construct the full alphabet. If you’re prone to losing things, you may want to buy a second copy. How to Build an A is available for $11.67 at Amazon.

The LeapFrog – Letter Factory DVD is a joy to watch. Tad, from the popular LeapFrog series of toys, tours a Letter Factory and learns that each letter of the alphabet makes a sound.  Each letter is taught through an imaginative visual presentation and a catchy song.   For example, the M says mmmm, so Tad and the M letters eat yummy cupcakes….”mmmmm.” The T tapdances, the Q quacks like a duck, the D drums, and the S sounds like a snake.

This phonics program will appeal to both auditory and visual learners. I enjoy watching this DVD with my son since it is so interactive. He dances to the songs and makes the sounds for the letters. We’ve been watching this DVD a few times a week for the past month, and I’ve noticed that my son now makes some of the letter sounds unprompted when I read him an alphabet book.

The LeapFrog – Letter Factory is available for $9.99 at Amazon. If you’re looking for a fun yet educational video, I give LeapFrog – Letter Factory my highest recommendation.

* Disclosure: Mamanista received sample copies of the products reviewed here.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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4 Responses to "Letter Learning Fun"

  1. Aren’t we forcing a bit our children to emancipate? I thought it is the school’s job to teach children the alphabet and how to write. In preschool they should be busy playing and learning socializing. I am not saying that it is not a great book; I’m just saying that I will want my 4 year old to grab it only in a couple of years, when he’ll start attending class.

  2. Candace says:

    I’m not sure this has anything to do with emancipation.

    As a professional educator, I believe that education is primarily the parents’ responsibility. They entrust a portion of that responsibility to the community and the school, but they do not abdicate any of it.

    Many two and three year olds know the alphabet and some three year olds are learning to write. If your child expresses interest in these areas, I hope you will encourage him.

    This is not about forcing skills on a child, but rather learning through play. Children who go to kindergarten with certain skills are more engaged and confident. They see themselves as successful readers, which sets a great foundation.

    I agree wholeheartedly that the primary business of childhood is play–but that does not mean that no formal learning (such as pre-literacy) need take place.

  3. הובלות בישראל says:

    I love that I can see her nipples!

  4. There is perceptibly a bundle to know about this. I assume you made some good points in features also.

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