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The Talking Words Factory

Today was the first day I sat down with Jenna and put on the “Talking Words Factory”.  She’s 23 months old now, and knows all of her uppercase letters and sounds.  As a teacher, I feel that it’s time to move on to making words.

But, ahem… as you can see from the following picture, she wasn’t very interested in the Word Bammer 3000 and all of the fun things it can do making words with Professor Quiggley.

Jenna lasted about ten minuts and then started scooting around the room, pushing over the Sit and Spin, and ransacking the Elmo videos.  (This picture also exposes our ancient TV and media cabinet.  It’s actually nice that it is so old and beat up because we have it secured down with multiple baby proofing straps so the whole thing won’t fall over.  I don’t think we’ll upgrade until we no longer need to secure our TV like Fort Knox.)

I’m going to wait a couple of days, and then try out the “Talking Words Factory” again with Jenna.  It might be the case that I just need to train her to like it.  That sounds bad, except that training her to like the “Letter Factory” is what taught her all of her sounds before she was even 2 years old!


  1. Claire H. says:

    My kids all preferred playing with the Word Whammer word builder fridge toy to the video. They liked the video okay but *LOVED* putting the magnets in to build words. My youngest is still in the “put in 3 random letters to hear their sounds” stage at the moment, but it’s good reinforcement to learning her letter sounds.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I almost bought that! Our fridge in stainless steel and isn’t magnetized, so the only place it would work would be the laundry room. I don’t want Jenna in there by herself so I passed. But I think we have a Leapfrog ebook system up in the closet that has a version of the Word Whammer in it with cards. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  2. Claire H. says:

    A really handy purchase for homeschooling/afterschooling is a magnetized whiteboard. I’ve got an easel that has a blackboard on one side and a magnetized whiteboard on the other. I think I found it at Lakeshore Learning Ctr. but it might’ve been at Morrison’s in San Carlos (bet that name brings back memories!)

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Yes that name does! That’s a good idea about the magnetized white board. I think I wait until Jenna doesn’t put so many things in her mouth though. There was a scary news story up our way about a little boy who swallowed magnets and died.

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