About the Long Vowel Word Families CD & DVD The Long Vowel Word Families CD & DVD introduces children to word families-the concept of combining vowels and consonants together to make a single sound. Each song teaches a new word family that includes combining only long vowel sounds and consonants. Children will learn to decode and sound out new 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 provides children with the essential tools and skills needed to begin reading on their own. Children's confidence will soar as they learn more word families by listening and singing along to the entertaining music, and watching the quick visual cues. 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 Long Vowel Word Families CD & DVD is based. This CD & DVD provides theme-related songs that encourage children to manipulate word families. 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 various long vowel word families *match sounds to letters of the alphabet *learn to decode letter sounds into words *recognize long vowel word family sounds *build their vocabulary *identify the silent e sound *develop phonemic awareness skills *enhance their visual, auditory, and intrapersonal learning skills 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.