My three-year-old Curly-locks is a tad obsessed with the alphabet.
If she’s not singing the alphabet, writing her name or looking at flashcards, she’s excitedly pointing out ‘her letters’ anywhere and everywhere we go.
Up until recently we hadn’t used any educational programs or apps to satisfy Curly-locks’ hunger for learning, but Mumabytes’ recent review on ABC Reading Eggs peaked my interest. When ABC Reading Eggs asked me just a few days later to review some of their products, I knew it was time we gave them a go.
We have been trialling the online program, an interactive learning to read website for children aged three to seven, for just over four weeks now. Both Curly-locks and I love it.
The program is cleverly designed with plenty of cute characters, happy colours, and catchy music all working together to make learning to read fun.
As Curly-locks is just three and a half, we started with the most basic of the activities – Level 1 for absolute beginners. There are 40 lessons in total which introduce kids to the alphabet, letter sounds and first words like ‘I’ ‘am’ ‘Sam’.
Sam is the cute ant which leads the show. He instantly appealed to Curly-locks, who now often asks if we can ‘play Sam on the ‘puter’.
In the first lesson, Sam introduced us to the letter M and the sound it makes. As an M appeared on the screen, Curly-locks was required to click on it causing another M to appear in a different position. The repetition involved in this exercise works well to teach letter sounds. As Curly-locks is still getting used to the mouse, she points at the screen and I do the clicking for her.
Another of the activities involves viewing a series of pictures and working out which starts with a particular letter. In this case, it was an M.
The first time Sam asked Curly-locks which picture started with the letter M she said tiger, but she soon got the hang of it 🙂
When some of the lessons became a little advanced for her we decided to check out the playroom, which is full of fun games and activities to assist with letter recognition.
We have also been having fun lately with the Eggy Alphabet app for iPads and iPhones.
The bright colours, music, and cute graphics quickly won Curly-locks over as did the thrill of using Mummy’s phone. She thinks she’s quite the clever clogs these days 🙂
Eggy Alphabet includes four main alphabet games to teach kids how to recognise and write upper and lower case letters.
Among a range of activities is Curly-locks’ favourite draw a letter.
At first she would get frustrated attempting to draw on the iPhone, but she now does it with ease. She is a tad too young for the dot to dot and the letter or not game, but they would be great for kids slightly older than her who are a bit more dexterous and advanced with their reading. Using the app on an iPad would also make it easier for younger kids.
The awesome crew at ABC Reading Eggs is offering Mummy, Wife, Me readers a free four week trial of the Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress and Mathseeds programs.
All you need to do is click here for your free trial and register in the yellow box provided.
The free trial is available from today, 26 March until Wednesday, 9 April.