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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2012
I think the alphabet one of these CDs (there's also one for numbers) is the best. There is a separate song for each letter of the alphabet, comprising a familiar nursery rhyme tune, but with new words. Each letter has a little introduction, where the listening child (and adults!) are encouraged to pronounce the letter out loud. I really liked this, as did my kid! It's quite fun shouting in the car A-A-A-A-A!
then there is a little song (as described) on the subject of ants, for A; bells, for B; etc etc. And a bit of revision at the end of the song of the sound you've been learning and the letter's name.
I like the fact that it combines both the name of the letter and the sound - they are going to have to learn them both (and their connection) eventually and this is a really fun way to do it. I didn't feel it was too advanced for my almost three year old - he really liked it and liked the little song, and because he knows all the tunes already I feel we should learn them quite quickly.
I thought it showed quite a lot of thought by someone with some brains and experience of teaching reading, and that it was also fairly enjoyable musically.
For the purpose of learning the alphabet and the phonic sounds, I think it's a good acquisition.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2012
I have been looking for a fun way to start my 3 year old on learning her letters and letter sounds, and so far she is loving this CD. A combination of letters and letter rhymes/ songs done the 'old fashioned' way, including the traditional 'Alphabet Song' as well sections where the child hears the letters pronounced phonemically (tying in with the Phonics system for teaching early reading), makes this the perfect CD to have handy in the car for both short and longer journeys.
My 6 year old (year 2) thinks this is a bit babyish for her...but it's perfect for preschool going into Reception if you want your child to at least be familiar with their letters and letter sounds before they start school. My 3y year old has started singing the songs outside of the car - so some of that learning must be sinking in!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2012
I wasn't sure if this was a bit advanced for a 7 month old. It is in the whole learning the alphabet sense, however as a CD for playing while driving and getting the worlds largest smiles out of said 7 month old it is hard to top. She loves the bouncy tunes, and it's good to know she'll be picking up language skills and associated those sound patterns early, even before she actually understands them. I'm sure by the time she's ready to count she'll take straight to it as she'll already know what comes next.
She may not be talking yet but she is certainly starting to try since we started listening to this one in the car. I suspect she will be singing along in no time what so ever.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2012
Audio CDs can be rather hit and miss and this edutainment piece from the Beeb is certainly a hit. Every letter of the alphabet is covered, so you'll get your money's worth. In well spoken English the letters are covered both via their name and their phonetic sound and every letter has a song. The songs use well known tunes (from nursery rhymes) and there is plenty of repetition to help young ones sing along.
I was surprised by how quick my 3 and 5 year old children picked up the songs. The CD was only at M and they were both already joining in. A little basic for Year one children, however great fun whilst learning for 3-4 year old children and it isn't too trite slightly older children either.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2013
Just like the
123: Learn to Count with Songs and Rhymes (BBC Audio)
CD, this is absolutely perfect for preschool and primary school kids. Both my daughters (2 & 7 years old) love to listen to it all day long, especially now during half term, they even dance to it. The songs are quite catchy, the collection include many nursery classic songs loved by children. The CD work very well for my girls, I like the idea that it is only audio so they can draw and do other things while listening to the music... much better than watching TV! I can imaging it would be also good in a car.
We also go the excellent '123 Learn to Count' CD in the same series, and like that one this CD is equally enjoyed by my young nephews. The songs are good fun, and definitely have a sing-a-long quality to them that helps mean they want to listen. It is particularly good on car journeys to mix up things a bit and at least try and make journey times a bit more educational.
All in all a good product my nephews really like, so from them it is definitely recommended!
5.0 out of 5 starsSongs perfect for learning early.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2012
My 7 month old nephew loved this cd happily bouncing in his baby bouncer.although he is too young to sing along yet, i was reminded how his older bothers found this found learning so easy.There fore with letters and music together, i'm sure he will learn his alphabet quickly.The letters are said clearly there's a good variety of music and the CD is lots of fun.The bright cover makes the CD appealing and would make a nice gift for a child.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2012
After singing the traditional A.B.C song there was little else for me to use to support my 4 year old's recognition of alphabet letter names --- now here is the answer! I would recommend not just putting it on and expecting your child to just learn their letter names - little and often is much better. Certainly a recommend and a fun way to learn. Very popular on car journeys - even with grown-ups!