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Meet the Phonics: Letter Sounds

As a douceur to convince Jenna(31m) to start blending C-V-C words, I’ve cracked open my wallet and loaded Preschool Prep’s “Meet the Phonics: Letter Sounds” onto Bruce’s Kindle Fire. Let me tell you, as somebody who has turned green from watching Leap Frog videos about 100 times, and who can sing the “Rusty and Rosie” songs by heart, “Meet the Phonics” is a nice change of pace!

That being said, I don’t think that “Meet the Phonics” would make the best starter video for a young learner because it introduces a lot of information very quickly. Conceptually, “Meet the Phonics” teaches material covered in Leap Frog’s “Letter Factory”, “Talking Words Factory”, and “Talking Words Factor Two”, all put together.

What is really interesting to me as a parent, is right in the middle of “Meet the Phonics” when they start showing a slot machine that blends C-V-C words, Jenna starts to immediately lose interest and starts wildly touching the screen trying to change the Kindle over to something else. This is proof yet again that she is still not ready to blend…

I think my new preferred order for introducing letter and phonics sounds to young children through videos, starting at 18 months and going in three week intervals, would go like this:

  1. Rusty and Rosie’s ABCs and Such
  2. Rusty and Rosie’s Letter Sound Songs
  3. Leap Frog’s Letter Factory
  4. Leap Frog’s Phonics Farm (egad, it’s boring!)
  5. Leap Frog’s Talking Word’s Factory
  6. Meet the Phonics: Letter Sounds
  7. Talking Words Factory Two, Code Word Caper

For Bruce(6.5), the videos that made the most difference were “Rusty and Rosie Letter Sound Songs”, and “Talking Words Factory #1 and #2”.  Jenna on the other hand, has responded the most to the “Letter Factory” .  So I think it is worth trying all of these videos out, if you can get them at your local library for free.


  1. Nicol says:

    I didn’t know that Preschool Prep did a Phonics DVD. I may have to look into that. I have used their Meet the Shapes, Meet the Colors, Meet the Numbers, Meet the Letters and Meet the Sight Words in the past and love them!

  2. Clemente says:

    Saved as a favorite, I enjoy your blog! 🙂

  3. jengod says:

    FWIW, our whole family just loved Signing Time’s ABC Signs video, and that’s how Jackson learned his alphabet (well, that and Curious George).

  4. jengod says:

    * Curious George Learns the Alphabet (the book), not the TV show! 🙂

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I’m glad you clarified because I was wondering what you meant. I’m going to have to add that book to our collection.

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