In Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team, join Leap, Lily, Tad, and their friends at the newly opened Letter Factory. There they will learn about adjectives, problem solving skills, comparison words and consonant blends. During this fun and musical tour of the Letter Factory, your child will be introduced to literacy and thinking skills essential to their education. Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team is a great support option for your child’s educational pursuits.
While hanging out in the clubhouse, Quigley visits Leap, Lily, Tad, Matilda, Cousin Toad, and Burfder; the group of friends finds out that Quigley is getting ready to open the Letter Factory after being remodeled. While the gang is checking it out they run across a few snags in the letter machine. The friends must then work together as ‘junior engineers’ in order to assist Quigley in fixing the letter machine in time to fill all the orders for letters.
The first educational concept that is explored is adjectives and comparison words. This is considered one concept within the program. Admittedly comparison words are adjectives; the concepts are different enough to really be considered a separate educational thought. This doesn’t take anything away from the teaching because they manage to segue from the straight adjective talk to comparing quite well. The adjectives that are used during the program are descriptive and really can help to build upon a child’s existing vocabulary.
The next educational concept is problem solving skills. I enjoyed their way of teaching this concept. By having the characters acting like engineers, they are able to show problem solving in a way the children may have never seen or learned before. It also shows both boys and girls being engineers on the same level with each other, a hidden lesson which is great for children to see. When the job of an engineer is being described, it is also mentioned that not only do engineers use math and science to fix a problem but also creativity. This is then demonstrated through a song and then the team talking through the solutions to the problems they are trying to fix. The children learn the steps; explore, design, build, test, improve, celebrate. Again, great vocabulary building words included along with the reinforced problem solving skills. This takes up most of the time during the program, and rightly so. No matter the age of the child, problem solving skills are one of the greatest skills a child can learn. They will be able to take what they learned and apply it to so many areas of their education and everyday life. Whilst there is no one way to help children learn problem solving skills, this method of engineering style is a great method.
The last educational concept is consonant blends. This is a straight literacy concept, which reinforces letter sounds and how they work together to create words. During the program, they do not shy away from giving the proper literacy term for the blends. Although the concept itself is the most important, if children don’t know the term it will be harder for them to recall the information when asked, so the fact that it is used is a nice addition.
Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Rescue Machine is presented in widescreen format on DVD disc. Extras include sing along songs and commentary for parents. This program states that it is for children between the ages of 4-7, but my 2 ½ year has decided it is his new favorite movie (at least for the time being). So while the ages are a guide, don’t be afraid to introduce the concepts a little younger if you feel your child would like it.