Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Alphabet Beats


Recently I came to the realization that my youngest son, J6, can't write more than his name legibly and sometimes that's hard for him to do. The poor guy has sort of fallen by the wayside this year. I've been trying to make it more of a priority to get some learning in to this youngest child of mine so I was thrilled to find out I was being sent a copy of Alphabet Beats by The TV Teacher.

Alphabet Beats is a unique way of learning how to write letters. Miss Marnie (The TV Teacher) shows the child how to form each letter with a fun chant to remember the strokes. The child watches this first and then joins in while Miss Marnie writes the words on a chalkboard and then on lined paper.


There are also eight vocabulary words taught for each letter as well. Those words cover everyday things such as body parts, shapes, opposites, animals, and more.

There are currently two DVD's in this series. One covers uppercase letters and the other lowercase letters. I was given the one for uppercase letters to try out.

Here's a sample of J6's work:

Another nice feature of the DVD is the main menu. Each letter of the alphabet can be selected so you can work on any letter you want and find it easily. The DVD is over two hours in length with each letter taking only about five minutes. It is suggested to only work on 2-3 letters each day. We chose to only do one since I didn't want to overwhelm J6.


Alphabet Beats does sell companion workbooks ($4.49) with lined paper made to go with their program. However, they also offer a free download of the the writing paper so you can print as you go (which is what I did).

If you'd like to see a demo of how this product works, you can click here to see Miss Marnie teach how to write the lowercase 'p.'

These videos are designed for children ages 2-8. Alphabet Beats sells for $35 for each video (uppercase or lowercase) or for $64.99 for both.


If you'd like to see what other TOS Homeschool Crew members had to say about this series, click here.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in exchange for our unbiased opinion of the product.

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