Syd has started to show an interest in reading, often stopping us during books to point at words and ask what they say. He knows his alphabet, and is starting to know the related phonic sounds and is able to recognise his own name as well as Mum and No. I was offered the chance to review the Alphablocks reading programme and thought it would be a great way to build on his interest. He will be starting school just after his 4th birthday next Summer, and I am hoping grabbing him while his interest is there means he may start with some basic knowledge.
“The Alphablocks Reading Programme makes learning to read easy and fun! 15 activity-packed magazines and tons of resources to build phonics skills, from recognising sounds and letters to reading stories and rhymes. With sounds to make, actions to do, hands-on sticking, writing, reading, drawing and more, the multi-sensory programme guides you and your child on the exciting journey into successful reading. Anchored in the Early Years Curriculum, it follows what your child is doing at school – with the added motivation, excitement and creative play of Alphablocks – helping you both to have fun and feel confident every step of the way.”
The programme comes in 3 parts, and we have received part one so far. This includes magazines 1 -5 complete with 166 stickers, flashcards, alphablocks tiles, gold stars, a pencil and pencil case and 4 alphablocks games.
Syd is right at the lower end of the age recommended for the programme, and it does show sometimes. He is loving the workbooks, but is far more interested in the pages with stickers than those without. His pen skills are still embryonic, but having said that, when he is in the mood, he will use a pencil to go over the lines provided in the workbooks, and this is helping him gain better control.
He likes matching the letter tiles to the correct place in the magazine, and is really getting the hang of the phonic sounds of the letters. I really think it is going to be a big help to him in preparing for school, and I will be hanging on to them as I think it will also be useful to help reinforce learning when he is at school next year.
The complete programme (and I will be back with an update with sets 2 and 3 at a later date) costs £39.99 which I think offers comparable value to the magazines I get pestered to buy on a weekly basis – but offers far more educational value as it is a complete programme, with each magazine aiming to build on the knowledge gained in the one before. And look, this may be a shaky video filmed the wrong way round (I am no Zoella!) but he is sounding out and reading for the first time:-
Syd is enjoying the programme and I am already seeing him leap on with his letter sounds, writing skills and some basic reading, so I am happy to recommend this as a great at home learning resource,
Love Miss Cisco XXX