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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2012
`Learn Your Alphabet' should perhaps be better called `From A to Zzzzz', as this is one educational CD that fulfils its aim of telling people about the alphabet, but large portions of it are very slow. Told through a series of adapted rhymes you are first introduced to a letter and then a song will play out. The process is great as an educational device; the letter is repeated many times so it should sink in. However, this repetitive nature also means that the CD can be a chore to listen to for the older listener. The male and female presenters repeating B, B, B, B a few times can be tiresome. When you get to M, M, M, M you want to call for your own Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother.
This was never a CD aimed at the adult, but the child. Here it is a success, but even so having no way of knowing which track has what on it can mean that your child will know the start of the alphabet really well, but as you never manage to get to the end, pray they know their XYZs. To criticise a basic learning tool for being basic is OTT, so `Know Your ABCs' does the job needed. I just imagine that more interactive device would be a better learning tool for the young. The structure is also a little off, `123' is a sister CD that is just full of songs, free from the slow build up that each track has here. A decent effort, but could have been better.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2012
This CD is ok in terms of value for money and sound quality, but in terms of the actual content quality I am in two minds. Some of the phonics seem a bit garbled or mumbled, which is a concern when trying to teach children to ennunciate properly.
It does have a mix of classic nursery rhymes, all jazzed up to suit the audience. I am not sure how much teaching this will impart, but it had a five year old singing along happily in the car, so it can't be all that bad.
I think I prefer the more interactive methods, such as Leap Pads, iPad apps, that kind of thing, but if you want a sing a long car CD to keep your youngster entertained then this could fit the bill.
3.0 out of 5 starsKids liked it, but seems incomplete
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 11, 2012
As an item to listen to, the kids seemed fairly happy with it. But it feels like it should be accompanied by visuals of some form (cards, video, etc). It starts with the alphabet song and then goes into the phonics of each individual letter, but part of learning the alphabet should surely involve learning to recognise the written alphabet? Even just a little booklet with the letters in the sleeve notes would be good.
Other small details seem a bit haphazard (running time stated as 35 minutes when it's more like an hour, no track listing, etc). But, it's not hugely expensive, and might be an educational way of keeping them entertained in the car.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2012
The CD says it lasts for 35 minutes in total made up from 27 tracks (it lasts about twice that); however there is no track list, so finding a special favourite can be hit and miss.
The tracks are supposed to be educational, and some of them are quite good for singing with the little ones to get them into the idea of counting, but many of them seemed to be based around the same few tunes and even young children can become bored with the same thing over and over again. The vocalists seemed to have problems putting the adapted words into the songs.
It starts with the famous "alphabet song" (and at least doesn't use the American "Zee"), then goes through the alphabet one letter at a time "a is for ant", and so on. It also includes phonetics which only seemed to confuse the little one (the letter l was pronounced "ull"!?, the letter "p" sounded like he was spitting on the microphone, and so on).
I wouldn't say it was "jam packed with fun", but it's better than the "
1, 2, 3
One of the ways that we tend to learn things through repetition, using such as songs and rhymes to assist us, so the songs and rhymes on this disc should help, however the rhymes and songs need to be interesting too.
Think about those you learnt as a child: things from rhymes like "30 days have September" and "animals in the garden" to mnemonics (points of the compass), chants (battles, times tables) and songs (kings and queens, colours of the rainbow). I even learnt the Bible using the "
Deck Of Cards
". Each of these had a different underlying beat; if they had been the same they would have blended into each other and lost a lot of their informative ability.
The little one in question wouldn't join in no matter how much encouragement he received.
There was an opportunity to do so much more and unfortunately for us it was a disappointment.
Bought this for my youngest niece. After asking my sister what she thought I was told its alright but drags on a little too long and gets quite boring. OK if the adults don't have to sit and listen to it.
3.0 out of 5 stars1hr 10mins of taking your little 'uns through the alphabet with songs & rhymes
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2012
The BBC Audiobook 'ABC: Learn Your Alphabet With Songs And Rhymes' is a 27 track CD that takes your little ones through the entire Alphabet using songs and bouncy rhymes to make it fun. The CD packaging states that the audiobook is suitable for pre-school and Key Stage 1 kids. So we're talking kids of around 3 who are attending nursery school.
Somewhat confusingly, the packaging also states that the CD's running time is 35 mins approx. Wow, that's very approximate considering its actual running time is 1hr and 10mins!!!
The CD starts off with a jolly little song that takes the listener through the alphabet. After this the CD alternates between introducing each letter separately with a coordinating song about an item they have attached to each letter (i.e. A for Ant). Following this the presenter repeats the pronunciation of the letter numerous times, encouraging your youngsters to join in.
To finish off the presenter then prompts your little one to think of other words beginning with that letter and then use tunes and classic nursery rhymes to sing about the items attached to the letter.
For example: For the letter D - Using the song of "I'm a little teapot short and stout" becomes "See the little dog, hear him bark".
For the Letter B - Using the song "Twinkle twinkle little star" becomes "Jingle Jangle little bell".
Playing the CD to our kids, what we have found is that with incorporating nursery rhymes which they're already very familiar with, but changing the lyrics, it can be a little confusing for them. When they hear the tune they want to sing along with the usual lyrics that they know so well, but get confused when different words are sung. This can lead to frustration for younger kids.
All in all we're only moderately happy with this CD. The kids (and the wife) prefer the
'123: Learn To Count With Songs And Rhymes'
CD from the same kids audiobook range. The formula used for this 'ABC' CD doesn't suit every young child and can become frustrating and annoying. Whereas the '123' CD is very geared-up for your kids learning their numbers, returning to the same musical chorus time and again to really get your kids learning to count to 10.
3.0 out of 5 starsNice ... but really only for the little ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2012
This is a nice CD full of fun little songs to help children learn about their ABCs. Whilst it states that it is for pre-school and Key Stage One, I would suggest sticking to pre-school. The little ones will enjoy the songs and their repetitive nature whilst older children may well get bored very quickly.