About the Alphabet and Letter Sounds CD & DVD The Alphabet and Letter Sounds CD & DVD teaches young children the sounds of each letter in the alphabet. Children will learn to listen to language and manipulate, or 'play with' letter sounds. This is an important skill children must acquire before decoding and sounding out words. These songs provide a fun way of reinforcing letter sounds by tapping into children's love for verse, rhythm, and music. This original CD & DVD collaboration was created especially to help children develop their reading readiness skills in a unique and effective way. Children will build confidence in their skills as they sing along and watch the songs play out before their eyes. The rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration of these songs help children develop phonological awareness which is an essential step in learning to read. Before children learn to read words in print, they must develop the important skill of auditory discrimination--an awareness of how letters and words are used in oral language. It is upon this principle that the Alphabet and Letter Sounds CD & DVD is based. This CD & DVD provides theme-related songs that encourage children to manipulate letter sounds and 'play with language.' Once children learn the songs through listening to the CD and watching the DVD, they can read along with the lyrics booklet provided. The more your child listens, sings, and watches this CD & DVD, the more your child will learn. By listening to the silly and playful songs, children will: *identify words that include the same sounds *match sounds to letters in the alphabet *identify consonants and vowels *recognize long and short vowel sounds *build their vocabulary *differentiate between multiple sounds of a single letter *develop their phonemic awareness About Start Smart Products Let's Start Smart was created by the teachers of TLC for Kids. TLC is an early childhood enrichment school that teaches children from 2 to 8 years old using a unique teaching method that involves music and flashcards. Original songs and visual cues were produced especially for the students of TLC. Parents trust how beneficial and effective TLC methods are after recognizing their child's improvements and excellence. Children love the fun and excitement of learning with music at TLC while becoming confident learners. We would love to give all parents and their children the opportunity that TLC families have. And so came the birth of StartSmart!! We have produced StartSmart!! products that emulate the TLC experience. Singing and flashing these songs with students in our TLC schools has allowed us to perfect each song so that children will learn efficiently and cheerfully with Start Smart!! products. As a result, we present to you the best and most effective product for you and your child. Start Smart!! with our unique, effective, and entertaining CD and DVDs that children love learning with.