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Review/Giveaway: Steps4Kids Write Their ABCs DVD


My 5 year old son learnt how to write his name and the alphabet in all capital letters at preschool.  Now at Kindergarten he's focusing on converting to lower case.  Like most Kindergartners he forgets to convert to lower case and writes backward letters sometimes for s and 5.  While I have complete confidence in my son's teachers and know he will get it in his own time I still like to give my son a helping hand at home. 


I was given the opportunity to review Step4Kids - Write their ABCs DVD, designed to help children ages 4-7 as a learning tool for handwriting. Steps4Kids to Write Their ABC’s was co-created by an occupational therapist and has won numerous awards including DVD of the year from Creative Child magazine. This DVD was about an hour long and in 3 tracks provided us with everything we needed in handwriting support.

Track 1: Writing Basics
While my son has been holding a pencil for a while it was good to go back and review his posture as this is the foundation to good handwriting. 

Track 2: Upper Case Letters
This drawing excercise was interesting as the visual demonstration of letters were grouped based on stroke similarity and not alphabetically.  This makes sense to me and now my son has an easier time knowing where to start and stop the letter on the page.  The verbal cues, simple visual demonstrations and drawing breaks kept my son engaged in learning.

Track 3: Lower Case Letters
We liked the special section at the end to help remember how to avoid writing certain letters in reverse.


FREE
To learn more here is an instructional video http://www.steps4kids.com/Steps4KidsProductVideo.html.
Click here for your free writing template

BUY IT
I would certainly recommend this DVD to aid at home handwriting support.  It costs $19.99 + Shipping at their online store.  Once my children masters their handwriting I'll be seeking out the cursive DVD.

WIN IT
Step4Kids has kindly offered a freebie Junkie Reader their own Write Their Own ABCs DVD
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Giveaway ends on Wednesday October 20th, 2010 @ 9 pm EST.  Winners will be chosen via random.org. The winner will receive an email notifying them that they won. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.  Open to US residents only.


Disclaimer: I was provided the sample DVD but did not receive any form of cash for this review and giveaway and this is written based on my own honest opinion (other people opinions may vary).  
This Product Was a Free Giveaway
Sponsored by Tomoson.com

33 COMMENTS SO FAR:

Johanna Markworth said:

I would love to try this! I have twin 4 year olds. They are right at that age of learning to write!
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Unknown said:

I would use this with either my son or my niece. They are both 3 years old


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Daphne said:

I have two under the age of four, so I could us this with both of them prior to starting Kindergarten.
Thanks!

Tracy DeLuca said:

I have a 5 yo diagnosed with Autism who struggles with his writing. I would love to give this a shit and see if it helps him! I also have a 3 yo who is just starting to learn to write his letters so I think it would help him as well.

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Meggie Mom Fantastic said:

I have 3 kids who could benefit form this. I have a teenager who has dysgraphia and is very visual, she wasn't able to write until she was 8 and still struggles. She may not like it, but watching it with her 5 and 3 yr old brothers will reinforce her writing skills. I wish this DVD existed and I knew about it 10 years ago!!

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Nana Poppins said:

My grandchildren would benefit from this! The twins handwritting is awful, even though they are 8, I think this really would help. Also Anthony starts school next year.. this is something we work on now so Im sure this tool would help!

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Shannon Arndt said:

My 4 year old son, then my 3 year old daughter and finally, my 16 month old son!! It would get used that's for sure...LOL
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pepperann4@hotmail.com said:

my 4yr old daughter is learning how to write in homeschool!!!!

katkoupon@gmail.com said:

My oldest is only 2 yrs old, but is so eager to learn, and while I would not start her on this just yet, I know it will be just around the corner. My second is 10 months old, so hopefully this will help them learn together when the time comes. Thanks!

Weatherbee ;) said:

I would love to use this with my daughter. She is only 3 1/2 now, but I know that any help will be appreciated as she gets older. ;)

Thanks for the giveaway!
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pdxmom said:

I would love to win this as my 5 year old son is really struggling with handwriting. I believe this tool would be beneficial to him. Thank you for your giveaway!

katychick said:

my nephew could beneifit from this.
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Eliza said:

I'm in school to be a teacher. My future class would benefit from this DVD!

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Jessica said:

My son just turned 5 and is struggling to write his name. I think he would definitely benefit from this!

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