Phonics Firefly

Phonics Firefly

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Ages 4+
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Youngsters will love learning phonics with lights, sounds and digital speech! The friendly firefly introduces letter recognition with the alphabet song. Mode 2 teaches the names of letters, then mode 3 quizzes letter recognition. Mode 4 teaches the soundalphabet: 'The sound of +b' is /b/ as in bear.' Then mode 5 quizzes letter sounds. Mode 6 introduces simple three-letter words. In mode 7, students make their own words. Phonics Firefly's word bank speaks nearly every three-letter word in the English language! Includes built-in speaker with volume control and automatic shut-off. Includes four AA batteries.

  • The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval - 2001
  • Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Products - 2001
  • The Great American Toy Test Winner 2001
  • Best Bet Award 2002 Canadian Toy Testing Council
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    Educational InsightsPhonics Firefly
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    I actually AM buying the Phonics Firefly again

    By Katie

    from Cut Bank, MT

    About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Easy To Play
    • Educational
    • Entertaining
    • Fun
    • Interactive
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Children
      • Family

      Comments about Educational Insights Phonics Firefly:

      CORRECTED COMMENT (What I composed in the original comment somehow appeared with errors I did not write).

      I bought this product in 2001for my then four-year-old, who is now a homeschool grad of 19. The Phonics Firefly has gone through THREE children, finally biting the dust in 2014, but not without teaching all of them their phonics sounds first. This toy, (or tool, really), easily launched them into reading and a love of learning. For example, my second-born has achieved two consecutive years of 4.00 in 9th and 10th grade in the largest public school in Utah. However, in recently helping my fourth-born to learn to read, I noticed a significant difference- she is STILL struggling, when encountering a new word, even a simple two-letter word, to pronounce it correctly. It dawned on me that she's never played with the friendly, positive toy that SO helped her siblings! I am relieved to find it still available new and for sale. I hope that it will still be on the market another 13 years from now, so I can buy it for my grandkids. :)

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      5.0

      I am literally buying this product again!

      By Katie

      from Cut Bank, MT

      About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Easy To Play
      • Educational
      • Entertaining
      • Fun
      • Interactive
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Phonics Firefly:

        I bought this product in 2001 for my then-four year old, who is now a homeschool grad at 19. The Phonics Firefly has through THREE children, finally biting the dust in 2014, but not without teaching all of them their phonics sounds first. They easily launching them into reading, with my second-born achieving two consecutive years of 4.00 in 9th and 10th grade. In helping my fourth-born to learn to read, I have noticed a significant difference- she is STILL struggling, when encountering a new word, even a two-letter word, to pronounce it correctly. It dawned on me that she's never played with the friendly, positive toy that SO helped her siblings! I am relieved to find it still available new and for sale. I hope that it will still be on the market another 13 years from now, so I can buy it for my grandkids. :)

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        4.0

        Learn with Lights, Sounds and Speech!

        By Mommy Melissa

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Educator, Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Assemble
        • Easy To Use
        • High Quality
        • Lasting Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Travel

          Comments about Educational Insights Phonics Firefly:

          In order to begin, just press the "ON" button and then turn the large red dial to the mode of play you want. The further right you go on the dial, the more difficult the games and activities are. For instance, the very first option is for singing the alphabet song only while the letters light up in time with the tune. The next two modes deal with letter recognition, the two modes after that deal with letter sounds and then finally, the last two modes are the Word Explorer game.

          In the Word Explorer game, early learners can make their own three-letter words. Phonics Firefly's word bank speaks nearly every common three-letter word (over 500) in the English language! Convenient features include built-in speaker with volume control and automatic shut-off so as to conserve battery power. If you are looking for the perfect toy to help your youngster become more alpha-savvy, then I highly recommend the Phonics Firefly from Educational Insights. This fun and portable educational tool will keep your child engaged and entertained whether at home or on the go!

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