It’s been a while since we started the new Helen Doron Early English package: Fun with Flupe. Now I have the time to review it a little.
The whole story is based on 3 main characters:
Granny Fix – who solves all the problems and speaks in rhymes
- Paul Ward – I guess he is Granny Fix’s grandson. He helps Granny sort out the problems
- Flupe or Flupie – a purple alien, who does not speak much apart from some words (it is very funny to see Flupe sad – turns blue – or frightened – turns yellow)
This is what our package looks like:
- A bag – it’s similar to the previous, but the colour of the straps are yellow while in case of the first package they were green
- 4 activity books – not just picture books and rhymes, but proper workbooks. One can colour, stick stickers. Now we are working with the second one. During the lesson we work in the booklets, but no longer than 4-5 minutes
|Rub-a-dub-dub – we coloured the tub and the animals, then had to put 5 carrot stickers on the holes|
|Skill development: Find and circle the same animal as you can see in the front|
- Booklet with the words for parents – quite useful for those parents who do not speak and/or understand much English (in the picture it is behind the 4 activity booklets)
- 1 DVD – with short stories
- 4 CDs – with all the conversations from the stories. My problem with the CDs is that the songs themselves cannot be listened to separately, only as a part of the whole story
I know it is officially not allowed but I asked our teacher to give us the teacher’s CD and I uploaded the songs on our PC, so we can listen to the songs only.
I feel very strongly about this package. Very good material from many aspects. The workbooks are strong and good quality. The tasks are suitable for kids between 2-5 years of age.
Not only does this course develop a child’s language skills but also their movements (dancing, jumping, crawling, running and hopping), fine motor skills (sticking, colouring, matching, craft activities). The five senses are in focus again.
There are 25 songs to listen to. They are mainly traditional nursery rhymes/songs with some change in the tune or in the lyrics. The songs appear in 12 animated stories in which Granny Fix talks in rhymes. (Certain lines of her return from episode to episode.) These episodes can be seen on the DVD.
Have a look at one episode (Rub a dub dub):
Our teacher, Zs., always involves some eating and drinking during the sessions if it is somehow connected to the topic. (E.g.: biscuits were hanging by the window on a rope. – I can’t reach it. – she said and all the kids tried to reach the biscuits. Then they needed to ask for it: – Can I get a biscuit? But a similar situation is created when asking for water to drink etc.) And this is just one example how well the kids are involved and encouraged to use the language in real life situations.
There is a Helen Doron Song Club on youtube where you can find videos connected to this material and to other courses too.
Five Little Monkeys has always been a favourite:
You can find Fun with Flupe as an application in the Google Play Store. Have a look at what it looks like. When I installed it, it was free of charge.
All in all, this set is just as professional, well-designed and full of fun as the previous, Baby’s Best Start.