As a member of the Sandwich Generation juggling the issues of caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren, I am wonderfully blessed with a whole “passel” of adorable grandkids, both boys and girls, some close by, some living a long distance from me.
Frequently I find goodies for one set of grandkids that the other is not very interested in. For example, the girls all love anything to do with princesses while the boys will only tolerate them if they have several knights in shining armor and dragons. The boys love building with their new and old Star Wars and Power Miner LEGOs while the girls prefer dressing their dollies. The girls love Gigi Gods Little Princess DVD videos such as and, when they were younger, the boys did too. But now that they are 6 and 7, they only like Gigi if Will – God's Mighty Warrior is also in the video. 🙂
There are, however, a few things they all love and the Leap Frog DVDs are definitely included in that group. They feature a cute family of frogs who teach phonics and reading skills in a fun and engaging way. The Leap Frog DVD set has been one of our favorite series for years.
Each of these three Leap Frog reading and phonics resources DVDs teach terrific lessons with the goal of teaching a child to read:
Leap Frog DVDs 1 – Letter Factory works on the letter sounds. They go through each letter and its sound, all as part of an interesting story the grandkids really enjoy.
Leap Frog DVDs 2 – Talking Words Factory takes those sounds and teaches the kids to roll them into words, along with teaching more advanced phonics activities, such as "when two vowels go walking, the first does the talking."
Leap Frog DVDs 3 – Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory continues to work on their phonics, reading, and spelling skills using stories to help them with the actual reading.
My grandkids really enjoy all of these Leap Frog DVDs with their fun stories and characters. I primarily use these in the car and, as often as I’ve heard them, they continue to stay fresh and interesting even for me. More importantly, I love that they are having a fun time combined with learning phonics skills that will bless them for a lifetime
If you have been looking for help in how to teach a child or grandchild to read, these are definitely good "tools" for your "granny nanny or pappy toolbox." Their phonics resources and lessons are, indeed, a great way of helping in the process of teaching a child to read.
I do have one complaint about the series. In at least a couple of the DVDs, they have an older frog sit there and go Ommmm, with his fingers up. It's totally unnecessary to the story, and I don't care for the precedent it sets. Then again, I have discussed it with them on more than one occasion, turning this negative into a good teaching opportunity about different kinds of meditation, and what the Bible teaches about it.
Four of my grandchildren are now reading, and others are getting closer each day! I’m not going to say this is the only reason, as both families and I do other reading and phonics activities with the children, but they have been an important part of the process. Learning the alphabet, reading, and phonics has never been quite so much fun and watching them together and discussing them is one of the fun and educational activities for grandparents and their grandchildren that we all enjoy. 🙂