Teaching children the alphabet at home, during or before they are in kindergarten, is proven to be an effective method of fostering their developing minds. At a young age, people are at their most curious stage and always eager to learn about interesting new things. Studies on children ages four, five, and six suggest that teaching them the alphabet whilst at home is a great booster to the learning curve they are already getting at school. One DVD in particular, the Leapfrog Letter Factory to be precise, has been of great help to teaching the alphabet to children ages six and below.
A bit of history
Leapfrog Enterprises Inc. is a children’s toy company in Emeryville, California, that targets the learning needs of children. Mixing three things, technology, teaching, and playing, the company creates highly interactive, fun, and educational toys for children. Since its founding back in 1995, the company has taken on a pitched effort in an attempt to combine learning and playing together. By far those efforts are proving to be very successful. In fact, Leapfrog Enterprises now sell its products overseas, to ten countries besides the US. In 1997, the company was backed by the Knowledge Universe and its founders; brothers Lowell Milken and Michael Milken, and Oracle Corp’s CEO himself, Larry Ellison. In the coming years Leapfrog Enterprise obtained Explore Technologies Ltd; and in 1999, it launched the LeapPad, which quickly became a flagship product.
In addition to the company’s lineup of very popular educational products, the Leapfrog Letter Factory is an effective method of teaching children the alphabet. The Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD not only teaches letters and their familiar sounds to children, but it does so while providing great entertainment to both the parent and the child. Typically, parents would not allow their children to sit for more than half an hour watching TV, but with Leapfrog Letter Factory, and its partner DVD, the Talking Word Factory, parents find themselves helplessly indulging their kids’ newfound educational hobby. The great thing about this is that either of the DVDs are short enough, and do not exceed their tolerance for their children watching TV for too long. To quote a few parents, ‘this doesn’t turn their kids to zombies who want nothing but to sit all day and watch TV’.
In kindergarten, teachers consider the Leapfrog Letter Factory to be an invaluable method of teaching the English alphabet. In contrast to other educational media, the DVD brings life to individual letters. It brings emphasis to various memory triggers so that children could more easily be able to familiarize the alphabet. The letter ‘C’, for example, is partnered up with the word ‘cold’. And so it clatters like it’s really C-C-C-C-Cold.
The show features amusing characters—Professor Quigley, Tad, and Lily—while on a fun trip to Leapfrog’s Letter factory. Through singsong talks and rhymes, children can effortlessly familiarize themselves with the sounds of each letter, and the meaning associated with them. Long story short, the DVD is yet another excellent addition to Leapfrog’s never-ending lineup of educational playthings for children.
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