We were sent the fabulous new DVD; Learn to read with the Alphablocks: Phonics First Steps. I was quite excited because eldest has had lots of help and encouragement to start reading and we needed a good method to kick start youngest off on his learning to read journey. He has enjoyed discovering the letters of the alphabet with the help of the comical little Alphablocks characters.
It is a great introduction for his age group; he is three (on his way to four very soon) and finds it hard to concentrate on some activities I try and suggest to help his reading. But he had no problem focusing on this DVD, so it is great I can use this DVD to aid his understanding in some way. He found the colourful Alphablocks very entertaining, they like singing and holding hands to spell out words, often with amusing results! It has definitely made him think reading is something fun at last!
He liked seeing the free poster, which accompanied the DVD; this will be handy to hang on his wall and reinforce the learning from the DVD.
I particularly liked how they sound out each letter and then say lots of words starting with that letter so children really get a feel for how they should start saying them. DVD’s are no replacement for books but they can be a good starting point, which you can build on. Youngest will hopefully be more receptive to his learning activities now that this DVD has sparked his interest!