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Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 16:37:05

What do mumsnetters think of it

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 16:43:25

Oh I loved it !! but I am talking 10 ish years ago !! Is it still going?

Good way of getting to know initial letters of names when they were young ...

Unfortunately on of my ds's was the "witch" which he did not like grin !

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 16:44:42

Our book fell apart as it had been used/read so much !

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 17:01:09

Yes my childs school are using it for reception

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 17:49:22

I started it when dc1 was about 2ish or befofore ....I am sure letterland was on T.V ...we would get excited if it was a letter we really liked !! grin blush

I have now got nostalgic memories of cuddled on the sofa guessing the letter !1

They shifted to Jolly Phonics went dc started school but we still used Letterland at home for things .

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 17:58:27

I just asked dc 1(12) ...he can still remember it !...I have forgotten some of the names am going to have to look them up now !! grin

bootsycollins Tue 10-Sep-13 18:01:24

Robber Red was a right villain smile

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 18:08:10

Do you know ...I think I might have to go and buy myself a new copy !! grin

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 18:42:00

Quite funny especially bizzeys posts glad to see some people love it hope my child does. Is it best to get cd and books or just books

mrz Tue 10-Sep-13 19:03:44

from a teaching point of view ... rubbish!

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 19:06:01

What do you think i should use mrz and thanks for advice mrz everything at school went well thanks child and happy parent

Ferguson Tue 10-Sep-13 19:19:38

It was in use over twenty years ago when I was first a TA. I hadn't realized it was still around! (May be "Janet and John" are still out there somewhere as well!)

As mrz succinctly puts it . . . RUBBISH!

Come into the 21st century, and get this excellent Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary, £5.66 from Amazon. View sample pages here:

mrz Tue 10-Sep-13 19:24:51

some children love the letterland characters and stories but they aren't an effective teaching tool isn't one of the government approved programmes for a reason. Plenty of good programmes available to schools with government funding to purchase or did you only want positive comments.

mrz Tue 10-Sep-13 19:25:19

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 20:10:43

No open to both positive or negative mrz thats why i asked want to see what people think

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 20:32:16

Can i use jolly phonics while the school is using letterland

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 20:37:46

Which is the best phonics scheme

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 20:38:20

Thanks for that mrz

Pizzahutlover Tue 10-Sep-13 20:39:23

Is reading eggs any good

bizzey Tue 10-Sep-13 21:25:58

annie apple ...I still love you ! and the other 25 of you little lovely little rascals (admittidly I did use before Reception so do not know of it's value at that age but ...) Letterland and Over in the Meadow were the only books ds would let us read to him top set now

tinytalker Tue 10-Sep-13 22:00:44

I taught my 3 kids phonics before school with the Letterland book and flashcard games. It has its floors but some of the pictures really do help with memory and correct orientation of letters. I think its good to use a variety of resources to keep things fun and every child 'clicks' with different methods.

christinarossetti Tue 10-Sep-13 23:12:45

My mother gave my children a few Letterland books.

They loved them, but they made me want to stick pins in my eyes.

bizzey Wed 11-Sep-13 00:07:05

OOHHH the Robber man was good....there was a fireman as well I think

i need to go to therapy now

mrz Wed 11-Sep-13 06:53:15

Lots of parents swear by Reading Eggs but I would say use with a health warning ... it is American and doesn't teach phonics in the way children are taught in the UK.

Jolly Phonics is a good programme for parents to use for teaching the sounds (personally not keen on the books and don't be sucked into buying the DVD and gimmicky resources they aren't needed )

Pizzahutlover Wed 11-Sep-13 07:38:34

So what on jolly phonics should i buy not keen on books mrz or dvd so what do u think is best to use on my son whos 5 next month and is a visual learner

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