I’m a complete 80’s child when it comes to TV nostalgia. It’s not that I spent my primary school years sat in front of a television, far from it. My childhood was relatively TV free, consisting of poorly days lunchtime (which always ended as soon as The Sullivans theme tune started, I HATED than programme!) the odd rainy day show and a little when we got home from school. The one show I clearly remember was The Sooty Show. I loved the naughty bear and how Soo kept them all in check. I was really surprised to hear it was still going so when I was contacted to review a copy, curiosity got the better of me.
Here’s the blurb
Join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard in their Alphabet Adventure, a perfect way to introduce little ones to the alphabet. This special direct-to-DVD programme where the gand visit Wookey Hole for a letter learning adventure with lots of laugh out loud comedy along the way
As my sister is a primary school teacher, I asked her to watch the DVD with her children and give me her thoughts. Nothing like getting the professionals involved!
A fun DVD loved by all three of my children (ages 2, 6 and 9). It linked letter names and sounds well to everyday situations. J (6 years) loved predicting and linking phonemes and graphemes (e.g. “Soo can also be Sue, Mummy, but it’s different from the oo in Sooty.” A lot of it went over I’s (2 years) head, however I sat with them and told her to repeat the sounds showing her my mouth shape and she loved the fact that I was sat with her watching TV (rare occurrence!)
It’s definitely a good start to introducing sounds and letters to toddlers. The sounds could ideally be pronounced better (too harsh)
The children asked to watch it again and I’ll definitely encourage, it may hep to reiterate sounds to J (6 years)who has a minor speech impediment. W (9 years) said it was Bear-able (great pun W!)
reviewed by Teacher-Sister somewhere in Oxford.
So if that’s got you thinking about ways to help your little one with their early years learning, how about having a shot at winning your own copy which is released on Monday 2nd March
A perfect Easter gift the DVD is packaged with a printed A-Z poster and also features three classic episodes from the hit CITV series: The Swimming Lesson, The Farm and Beach Patrol and includes printable worksheets to enhance the learning experience.
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