Wow, what a surprise to drop by my own blog and see new post up that I knew nothing about! Hmmm…. Time to change the administrator password perhaps.
I don’t usually post more than once a day, but since the last post wasn’t actually mine, I hope you’ll forgive the extra blogging. So, without further ado, on to my subject for the day…
A friend told us about this awesome video called The Letter Factory by Leap Frog. (Thanks for the recommendation, Amie!) While I subscribe firmly to the thought that most ‘educational’ kids programing is more entertaining than informative, and that limiting your child’s TV exposure is best, I have been thoroughly impressed by this video. Alethea enjoys watching it and I find it to be age appropriate and not annoying, which is all that I generally expect from our shows. However, (bonus!) she really is learning her alphabet sounds!
Check out this video I took of her a couple weeks ago, keeping in mind that she had only watched the Letter Factory DVD about half a dozen times over the course of a month at this point:
(For die-hard cute kid singing fans, you can watch letters Q-Z by clicking here.)
At the time I took the above video of her, I obviously realized she was learning the letter sounds in the song. But that wasn’t totally a shock to me, since Alethea picks up on anything set to music really quickly. What did surprise me was when today at the Library she, completely unprompted, walked up to a big sign that said ‘READ’, pointed to the R and said, “Rrrrrr!”
So, there’s my sales pitch. My two and a half year old can recognize the letter R and tell you what sound it makes. Not because I’m a great parent or implemented some crazy rigorous reading program, but because she watched the Letter Factory a handful of times. If you have a pre-reader in your life, I’d highly recommend this video!