Recently L’s words have been coming on leaps and bounds. It’s a momentum I want to continue, but I want it to be fun and I want to know I’m doing it right, in a way that will help him at nursery and eventually school. Clearly at his age there’s not much out there, just flash cards and toddler books. So I was really pleased to be contacted by Phonics School.
About Phonics School
Phonics School is animated series that entertains children whilst prepares them for phonics (and school in general).
The Phonics School series has been produced to entertain children (3-5 years-old) and help them with learning phonics. The series has been licensed by BBC Worldwide Learning and has been a success with parents (for viewing it at home / preparing children for school) as well as with nursery & reception year teachers.
The series is about Phonikers – letters of the alphabet – who go to school themselves to learn their sounds, shapes and how to control their magical powers. Phonikers can transform into any object that begins with their sounds; to change back they simply trace their shapes. And 90 minutes of the magical adventure begins…
What We Thought
OK I’ll get straight to it. L is two years old. He’ll be three in October. So he is very young for something like this and I wasn’t expecting much from it.
He loves the cartoon, as well as us being sent the DVD you can also view it on Amazon Prime which is super easy for us. He has really enjoyed the adventures the Phonikers get up to and I have noticed him using new words since watching it. Words I know he has picked up directly from the cartoon, without even realising it.
He has got really good at his shapes and it has solidified his colours. Not only that but he has now started to pick up letters. Not much. He can’t recite the alphabet or anything but he is starting to get the whole ‘B’ is for Banana side of things.
The workbook is still a too advanced for him. It’s mainly tracing letters and writing, but what I have done is photocopy some pages so that he can have a bit of a play and I can keep the workbook safe for when he is old enough to appreciate it.
I really wanted to do it it this way because at the end of the workbook there’s a certificate. I would love to be able to work through it with him and help him achieve the certificate at the end. That being said I didn’t want to lose that excitement he feels about it now. He loves that book has the Phonikers in there and he can ‘join in’ whilst we watch the show, just by scribbling on the copied pages.
I’m actually really impressed with how he has taken to this and I really hope that they keep adding to it.
Were You Can Get It
The series is available on ITunes, Amazon Prime and also as a DVD from phonicsschool.com. You can also get the great activity book we were sent from the Phonics School website. I think it really makes it a great package when you use them together.
Disclosure – we were sent the DVD and Book to review in return for our honest opinions