Being a primary school teacher I am more than familiar with helping children learn to read – in fact, that is my everyday job in reception class! We have just introduced a new phonics scheme at school to teach the letter sounds which is fab… and I am pleased to say that the Alphablocks fit in beautifully, pronouncing the pure sounds correctly to help children learn even more.
If you are not familiar with them, The Alphablocks are 26 living letters who fell out of the sky and discover that if they hold hands and make a word, it comes to life. When words are magic and anything is possible, it’s adventure, songs and games all the way! And when you are learning to read, adventures, songs and games make learning fun – just as it should be!
I LOVE the Alphablocks, and find the episodes GREAT for a wet playtime to fill 10 minutes on the carpet! So when we were asked if we would like to take a look at a copy of the new Learn to read with the Alphablocks : Volume 3 Letter Teams, I couldn’t resist! Not only were the Alphablocks going to help with the individual pure sounds represented by one letter, now they are going one step further to introduce and reinforce pure sounds that are represented by two letters, or letter teams as they are called here!
With a running time of 87 minutes, the DVD contains 17 episodes and it also introduces the letter names (not sounds) in a funny alphabet song, which I giggled throughout! Letter names are something which do not need introducing straight away as the children need to learn the letter sounds first. Letter names are used really for spelling when the children are more competent with letters and sounds, rather than for reading a word. So it is really good that the Alphablocks have’held off’ until Volume 3 to introduce these. The diagraphs (or two letters making one sound) presented on the DVD are ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, oi, ow and er and it is brilliant that on the menu it clearly shows the diagraph that each episode is working on!
For me this DVD is brilliant, and I know it is going to get hammered at school for the children I have who are learning to read and recognise these diagraphs and sounds. I LOVE it… and am so pleased to be able to offer 3 copies to giveaway to you… my lovely readers!
Each winner (remember… there will be 3!!!) will receive their VERY OWN copy of Learn to read with the Alphablocks : Volume 3 Letter Teams from Abbey Media as a prize!
So, how do you enter?
To enter and be in with the chance of winning 1 of the 3 DVDs, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below!
Three winners will be chosen on September 22nd 2013 and contacted via e-mail within 3 days. UK delivery only.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD myself to write this review and host the competition. All my views and opinions are my own, as always!