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Guest Blogger | 11:28 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012


 

3 Alphablocks in a line spelling out the word red.

 

Join us for a Facebook chat with Joe on Tuesday the 28th February when he will be answering questions on the new show. Visit the CBeebies Facebook page for more details.


Hi, I'm Joe Elliot, the creator of Alphablocks. I'm delighted to tell you about series two, which has (we think) turned out rather nicely. It's bigger and better - and it goes back to basics.

We were thrilled when the BBC asked us to make two more series - it meant all those extra stories in our heads had somewhere to go. We thought a lot about how we could make it even better than series 1. First, we made the episodes longer – at five minutes, a story can really stretch its legs.

Secondly, we’ve got more episodes. (That one seems a bit obvious, doesn’t it?) The first se
ries was like a phonics sampler: it dipped into the curriculum, having fun as it went. But with series 2 (and 3 coming later this year), we realised we could provide something for every step of starting to learn to read – and so we have.

And, thirdly, we went back to basics. The first series was aimed at four-to-six-year-olds, but we discovered that a lot of younger children were watching and enjoying the show. We decided to go back to the start of phonics and introduce all of the letters in turn, carefully demonstrating their letter sounds and following the school curriculum.

 

That was fun. Hard fun! In the first week of school phonics, everyone learns about the letters S, A, T and P. So our first new episode would introduce those four letters and the words SAT, PAT and TAP. And we started puzzling - how do you turn sitting down, a pat on the head and bathroom fittings into an engaging story for beginner readers…?

 

But we cracked it - and they have all turned out beautifully, thanks to our supertalented team (who work tirelessly to live up to the promise that in Alphablocks, anything’s possible).


We’ve had a lot of fun making series 2. And we’re in the middle of making series 3, which is... well, that’s another story.

We love words. And we hope some of that shines through when you and your child watch Alphablocks. Hope you enjoy the new episodes: you’ll find them all first on the new CBeebies Alphablocks website. And there are some tips for helping your child get the best from the show on the revamped Alphablocks Grown-ups page.

Have fun!

For more information, read Joe’s great article, Phonics: The inspiration behind Alphablocks.
The new series of Alphablocks starts Monday 27th February at 9:20am on CBeebies.

 

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Fantastic news! My older daughter was a huge fan of the first series as well as the online games and is now an avid (and very competent) reader. I've just introduced my second child to Alphablocks and she seems just as keen!

  • Comment number 2.

    I, and my other mum friends, are really pleased to see another series of this wonderful programme. And even happier to see another one is being developed to follow. My only complaint is that the BBC aren't putting these series on DVD. WHY???? I see several comments on forums on the internet from other mums asking for this so surely it would be a great moneymaker for the BBC and it would mean that us parents can have some space back on our Sky box. I don't want to have to switch the computer on to let my kids watch it. PLEASE put them on DVD!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    I second that a DVD is really needed! You just have to google it to see the demand!
    My 3 year old learns from it and my 1 year old has no-idea that she is learning the sounds!

  • Comment number 4.

    Just seen Alphablocks episode on TV this morning! It was about joining letter "E" to end of words to majically make new words. I loved it.
    As an adult now and someone who has experienced much negative emotions surrounding mis-pronouncing words and not having the ability within myself to remedy this, nor having the alternative educational approach (ie. Alphablocks) - I connect fully to the potential this series offers to children who respond to this alternative teaching approach.
    I feel my neice would benefit greatly from watching Alphablocks as she struggles with her word learning.
    Through a internet search looking to see if I could purchase series on DVD, I have arrived on this website. These are a wonderful resource for home education, possibly having a life changing positive effect on childrens' lives.
    I would love to see this been made available on DVD or to able to purchase it as a downloadable.

  • Comment number 5.

    Could you please release these Alphablocks series on dvd?
    My 2 year old loves the programme on tv & the new Alphablocks magazine, but I'd much rather have the dvds then have to constantly tie up my computer putting on the episodes from the cbbc website.

  • Comment number 6.

    Sorry, I didn't realise I couldn't edit my original post.... I would also LOVE it if The Alphablocks would collaborate with LeapFrog to produce some TAG books. My son carries his tag with him everywhere, but their learning to read series of books for early learners is not particularly good.
    I had to home educate my older son & I spent many years working as a literacy & numeracy teacher for adults who were not adequately supported either at home or at school, partly because their own parents lacked the skills to teach these basic skills unsupported.
    CBBC/Magic Lantern & Leapfrog would be a superb collaboration!

 

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