As a homeschooling mom with three children at pre-reading ages and stages, I am constantly looking for fun ways to effectively teach phonics, reading, writing, and spelling to my children. A few years ago, I taught a class for a group of homeschooling preschoolers and kindergartners who were itching to read. A lot of work went into that class to make sure it was hands on and fun! I sure wish I would have known about The Amazing Action Alphabet by Esther Kehl of the SeeHearDoCompany.com! As the name of her company suggests, Kehl has developed a learning to read, phonics program that engages three types of learning styles: hearing, seeing, and doing (action!).
I was able to review The Amazing Action Alphabet Sing-A-Long CD, flip chart, and Activities Book which included printable worksheets, suggestions for theme days for each of the letters, and songs and stories to go along with those themes. I used these products with three girls ages 2-4 and they had a great time singing and dancing and playing with the sounds of the alphabet!
Kehl has transformed basic letters into creative, colorful depictions of animals who, along with the stories they are a part of, help children to remember the sounds that those letters make. The children see the shape of the letter, hear the story and sound that goes along with that character/letter, and participate in the story by moving or dancing and saying the sounds along with the characters. The voices and music on the CD are very playful and fun! My girls listened, danced and sung along multiple times before I could turn it off! The flip chart has the colorful characterized letter on one side (facing the child(ren)), and the story to read or follow along with the CD on the other side (facing the adult or older, reading child who is helping the younger children). It can also be used as a “follow along and turn the page when you hear the beep” type of reader later on. The Activities book has a worksheet for every letter and incorporates other preschool age aimed activities like coloring, cutting and pasting as well.
The website also offers other products that go along with this series and would make a great addition to the three that I was able to review. I would love to get the book of printable readers, for sure!
Overall, the Amazing Action Alphabet by Esther Kehl is very well done and effective at teaching children basic phonics in a creative, engaging way. I highly recommend it for parents who want to work with or entertain their children at home, homeschoolers, and preschool teachers. I would also encourage you to check them out on Facebook where they have been posting some great examples of how to use their products as well as number learning activities (I hope that means that they are coming out with a numbers curriculum soon, too!).
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
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