Today, I got a text from a friend reminding me that registration for public preschool will be conducted this week. I knew this day would come. I’m not talking the cheesy-my-sweet-baby-is-leaving-me-day-would-come. I’m talking about my resentment to the School District for only allowing certain income bracket children into preschool and denying those who make over that amount.
While, I could go other routes in sending my 4-yr-old to a private preschool, I’ve decided one more year with my little guy might not be so bad after all. We do a lot of learning at home already with workbooks, flashcards, and crafts that I’m positive when he enters Kindergarten, he’ll be more than ready. Recently, Alphabeasts sent me their plush toys to aide in teaching the alphabet to my preschooler and I think they play a vital role in helping children embrace their imagination and creativity while learning at home.
The Alphabeasts play and teach, helping you to learn while having fun doing it! They are super-friendly characters that possess special powers. These incredible powers help the beasts work together to solve any problem on their exciting adventures. Always doing what is right, the Alphabeasts are giving and courteous, and they love to watch out for each other.
Alphabeasts sent us two friends to meet, Yakityyak and VinVin. These two make an interesting pair and each have their own powers and talents. While they are only plush, giving them an identity in the packaging really helped my son familiarize himself with each character. So much so, that he and Yakityyak have become good friends.
As a Mother, I see that this is a very simple concept. Recreate the alphabet as actual fun characters that kids can relate to and sit back and let their imagination do the rest. It’s a perfect way to teach letters! I also like that each Alphabeast has a front and back. The front has the capital letter and the back has the lowercase letter with the colors flipped.
While, I absolutely love the concept of Alphabeasts and my child has embraced his new found friends, I will say, as a family of five on a budget, $20 is a bit steep for a “stuffed animal”, especially one that coincides with all 26 letters of the alphabet. It seems to really get the most of your Alphabeast you would have to have the whole set or at least multiple beasts to practice spelling small words.
I will, however, say it’s great to start off with maybe one letter, like the letter of your child’s name to teach him how to spell his first name. That could be his super hero mascot!
While, I feel like the cost is a bit steep, I will say my son has enjoyed his alphabeasts, and even my older children have come up with word games to play using the letters on his toy. My 4-yr-old has really tapped into his creativity by animating what his Alphabeast might be able to do and say if they were real LIVE friends of his.
Alphabeasts plush and books can be purchased at www.alphabeasts.com for the suggested retail price of $20.00 each.
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