A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series teaches early literacy concepts like letters and phonics.
Reinforces positive feelings about reading and learning.
Positive Role Models
Letters are generally friendly and try to help each other.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alphablocks is a series of short videos that teaches preschoolers letters and phonics. They are fun and educational, and best suited for young kids gaining an early understanding of language.
Is It Any Good?
This is a series of short videos that help kids learn to read. The letter-characters each say their letter sound (like "cah" for C) instead of their letter name ("cee"), and speak primarily in words starting with their own letter. This phonics-based approach can be really helpful when kids are learning to read, and watching Alphablocks is a great way to reinforce letter sounds for preschoolers. There are a lot of clever details built into Alphablocks, like indicating a silent "e" by having the "e" character put on a disguise, or the "q" dragging a resentful "u" along next to it every time it appears. The stories are simple, but preschoolers will enjoy the show's playful approach to letters and words.
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