By Brenda Martinez
on 2012-10-01 The Must Have Children's DVD!
There is a reason why the majority of Leapfrog reviews are five stars - LeapFrog: Letter Factory
is the perfect mix of educational content and entertainment. I am convinced that it is one of the best children's DVDs to ever hit the market.
I have two beautiful boys: the oldest is nearly five and the youngest is 18 months. My oldest was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. While he does well in other subjects, he had shown some delays with speech and used to get frustrated and agitated when I tried to sit him down to read.
Six months ago, my best friend suggested I play some educational DVDs for him. She bought me a copy of Letter Factory to play for the oldest. "Blown away" best describes how I felt when I saw him fall in love with the DVD. I literally cried I was so happy. Now all he wants to do is watch it. The most amazing part is that not only has his speech has significantly improved, but he has started to read books on his own!
After seeing how great "Letter Factory" was for my oldest I tried showing it to my youngest. Unfortunately it was a little too advanced for him, so I did some research on 2DayDeliver to find a more age-appropriate DVD and ended up buying the Tiny Tutor
DVD set. The videos are very simple and slow paced but really hold his attention. After about three months of watching my youngest son has picked up most of the numbers and a few letters. I am saving "Letter Factory" for when he is older and actual reading (not just word recognition) becomes more important.
The rest of the Leapfrog series is now on my Christmas list. I know it sounds crazy but "Letter Factory" has made me a true believer.
Beyond highly recommended - a must have!
Update - January 2013: As promised, I also bought LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory
and Leapfrog: Numberland
as Christmas presents for my oldest boy. He absolutely adores them!
5 Stars By Mr. Mom on 1969-12-31
Really entertains so really trains
My son has had issues with phonics in preschool as pointed out by his teachers. He learns other skills at an above average level but just lacks the attentiveness to follow along with the class on letters and sounds. I was reluctant to buy this but am so glad I did. He normally prefers shows like Daniel Tiger and Curious George which are E/I so I thought at best he would watch this once and be done with it. He has preffered this video over the other shows for several days so fae and watches in the morning and afternoon. He is noticeably better with letters and sounds as well am I. If you were to only buy one educational DVD for 3-4yo this is the best I've seen yet.
5 Stars By Hizbeloved77 on 2016-04-06
Buy this video!
This is now my 5th child watching this classic Leapfrog video. With all of mine (except the first) I've started them on this before a year old. It keeps their attention and before you know it little phonic sounds start coming out of their sweet mouths. My oldest was in first grade when I had my second born start watching. She was struggling to read. Within a week she was reading on grade level and has exceeded that ever since. All of my reading aged children read 2-3 grade levels above their grade. My now 9 month old has already started saying his phonic sounds along with the video. A great resource!
5 Stars By MomOf5 on 2017-03-17
Best reading DVD out there!
This is my... 3rd? copy of this DVD. I've used it for all 4 of my kids so far, and it's great. I've only had to teach one of my children to read, and the reason is that he's dyslexic. But he learned his sounds from this video. My other 3 younger children are great readers for their ages, and ahead in school. I tried they expensive "Your Baby/Child Can Read" DVD series, but my kids weren't remotely interested in it. They continue to watch this, till the DVD gets completely worn out. I recommend this DVD and its sequels to parents every chance I get!
5 Stars By Sam on 2014-11-07
Get it whilst your toddler is below 2 years old.
Like most people say, this is a great product for toddlers. How quickly a child learns is, of course, dependent on the child but generally toddlers will pick up sounds within a month or two at the latest.
It's fun and has been thought out well. Each letter is made fun to learn through audio and visual aids in the form of 'rooms' for each letter. This helps kids learn through positive stimulation. Plus it's a great product to keep kids occupied when trying to feed fussy kids ! We put it on and let our kid concentrate on the video whilst we feed him.
The proof that it works for us was when we recently went to a friend's house and they were amazed when our under 2 years old toddler picked up toy letters and pronounced their sounds - when their daughter (who is older) couldn't. They asked us how he knew his letters and we pointed them to the Letter factory.
5 Stars By DIY Mom on 2017-02-28
Love leap frog letter factory
This is amazing, I tried to teach my three year old the alphabet for weeks and he couldn't get it, didn't recognize letters from numbers then a few times after he watched this, he knew almost every letter. My 2 year old know his letter now too.
I would like the vowels to have their soft and hard sounds said, but other than that, in s an excellent teaching film.
We were watching this in terrible quality on YouTube for a while and it's not available on 2DayDeliver so we finally bought it so we would always have the good version.
5 Stars By Kamila C. on 2018-03-07
Great DVD - quick, entertaining, and fun!
I was skeptical of this DVD (or any phonics DVD for that matter), but my son's preschool teacher recommended it to help with letter recognition and retention. I really love his teacher and trust her opinion, so I went ahead and purchased it. I am blown away with how entertained my (almost) 5-year old was. He had been struggling with phonics/letter recognition, and to be honest, he doesn't "learn well" from me, so attempts at supplementing his schoolwork at home was pointless. After watching this DVD, I noticed him putting more effort into recognizing letters around the house or within our conversations. I know the DVD had a great deal to do with that because he would repeat the little rhymes when sounding out letters. It's also just long enough to keep his attention while still packing all of the letter info in it.
I would definitely recommend this for any child in the 2-4 year old range who are just learning or are struggling with letter sounds/recognition.
5 Stars By Jennie on 2017-08-31
Leapfrog talking words a hit!!
I'm trying to get my 3 year old to learn his abc's but he won't sit still long enough or just isn't interested in it. A lady on YouTube recommended this video that helped her kids learn the abc's. I ordered it asap lol. She also said that using an abc puzzle along with making letters with Play-Doh really got her kids interested in wanting to learn since it was fun. Once I got the dvd he cried saying he didn't want to watch it. Put that sucker in and hit play and a few minutes later he wasn't crying but actually watching it. He still doesn't know all the letters and sounds but this is helping. We've only watched it once and he was saying some of the sounds..... so cute!! At the end it goes to the menu and you can play a game on finding which letter makes the sound they ask and you use your DVD remote to move around to pick the letter. I really enjoyed that since my son was getting some of them correct. I would highly recommend this DVD to others.
5 Stars By Ashley Holtrop on 2016-01-25
Taught my daughter all her letters and sounds! Makes a great gift!
This is the best way to have your son or daughter learn their letters and sounds. It totally works. I had many mom friends suggest this or would say my kid knows all his letters and sounds. I would ask how and this is the product they used. It is fun to watch. My three year old daughter will request to watch it. After the third time, she almost had it all down. They do a great job of putting music to each sound and letter to help with comprehension of the material. I am a high school special education teacher and was really impressed with this video. I also liked that it is not scary at all and has a good message of working together. My one year old daughter will sit and watch it as well. She can even say some sounds and letters because of it. Anytime you put music to learning the comprehension is so much faster. Very affordable price too! I love that it is under $10. I would recommend this as a great gift for a first birthday or second birthday. This way they have it on hand for when they need to think about teaching letters and sounds.
5 Stars By Mother Borden on 2016-07-22
Educational dvd for a classroom or home learning for a wide range of ages.
This is my second purchase of this dvd. My now three year old enjoys watching this dvd and has learned her letters better and their sounds. After only watching it two times she was asking what sounds letters made during the day and was singing the song for that letter from the movie. This movie is wholesome and has no innuendoes or themes our family tries to stay away from. The voices and songs are not annoying for an adult to hear over and over again. My daughter enjoys watching thus multiple times a week and has grown in her interest in letters another sounds. We started watching this when she was around two years and it held her attention and helped her learn the letters and what they looked like. I would recommend this as an educational dvd for a classroom or home learning.