Wonderful value for money, I love this series and my daughter loves the opening song (I hope she'll like the whole thing, but she's a bit young to really get it yet at 22 months). Very educational. Bright colours and engaging characters with nicely individual voices. Each episode is nice and short (3-5 minutes) and has a nice simple story line that either introduces or reinforces phonics. A wonderful way to introduce reading and using phonics.
We've only used volumes 1 and 2 so far. My daughter loves these DVDs, she really enjoys the songs, stories and I can see that the strong characterisation of each letter is really helping her with grasping the alphabet. I just wish that the forming and saying of the words (when the letters hold hands) were a bit slower and repeated for emphasis. Great concept though, and we have been delighted to see that a new numbers version (Numberblocks) is coming out soon on TV!
Great series, my 22month old can talk a lot and she's now imitating some of the phonics that this teaches and she sometimes tries to write the letters on her various chalkboards. I can't be sure that this has developed her language skills per se, but we wouldn't perhaps have been so eager to teacher her letters that she has begun to learn without this series. The episodes are short and sweet and sometimes the puns are clever enough to elicit a wry smile from the adults, so the episodes are well written.
My son loves the alphablocks he has the reading magazine course and it gives refs to episodes so we got this and he loves it watches them over and over again and sings the songs. He's only 3 1/2 and he already can read a lot of basic words and some harder ones 😊
Yet to see how it influences her reading but my 16 month old daughter was instantly engaged and copy phonic sounds. Also giggling hysterically in some parts. Anything that lights up that little face gets a 5* from me 😏
These DVD's are wonderful. I would recommend any parent to buy these for pre-school/reception aged children. Watching these DVD's with my grandson have been so helpful for both of us. Definitely fun and educational.
Absolutely fantastic DVDs!! Within a couple of days of watching them my 2.5yr old knew the sounds of the whole alphabet. Episodes aren't too long and DVDs build off each other so worth watching each one a few times before going on to the next.
I really can't rate this highly enough. At a time when huge amounts of pressure is being put upon kids with tests, it's a joy to see a program so well made that helps them learn in a fun way. Not much more I can say about this, if you want your little one to learn about letters, buy this, it's puh, perfect.