Years ago when I taught Kindergarten I invested in the LeapFrog DVD series. My favorite DVD by far was the Letter Factory. The storyline is that the frogs visit a factory where letters are made that are trained to say their sounds. Children who came into school not knowing their letters quickly learned how to recognize them & the letter sounds by watching this DVD during indoor recess on rainy days. Of course I was also teaching letters & letter sounds in the classroon, but I have no doubt that this DVD helped children remember their letters better. It's such a fun, interactive DVD with a cute cartoon storyline & songs.
I haven't taught Kindergarten in years, so when I was cleaning out a closet & found my LeapFrog DVDs I decided to bring them home to see if my toddler would be interested in them. After just a few times watching the Letter Factory, my almost 2 year old now recognizes about 8 letters & knows their sounds. I don't know if these letters are easier to recognize than others, but he knows - O, M, D, Y, E, A, N, R. There are a few other letters that he sometimes knows, but not consistently.
Today I recieved an e-mail that LeapFrog has re-released the Letter Factory in stores & there's now an App. If you'd like to get a jumpstart on letter acquisition, or your school-aged children need some help, I highly recommend the Letter Factory. I can't wait to download the app too.