Alphabotz - Not Your Grandma's Flashcards
* SUMMARY CODES: SN - Special Needs PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder ECD - Early Childhood Development
With each new product which manages to make it through all phases of our strict evaluation methods, the creative thinking cap has to be slapped on to develop an effective presentation of what the product is all about. Alphabotz literally blew my creative thinking cap off with a single line in the product packaging...you guessed it, "Not Your Grandma's Flash Cards".
The foundation for the reasoning behind this is more easily understood once you either visit their web site: http://www.alphabotz.com and read up about the product, or if the opportunity presents itself, read the packaging of the product and look at the innovative cards. You will then fully understand why they are "Not Your Grandma's Flash Cards". (Or even easier, just read this rest of this product evaluation summary about Alphabotz.)
Taking Phonics and Spelling To A Whole New Level
With many of the flash cards for phonics and spelling on the market today,
their learning structure is based upon one of the traditional methods such
as "A=Apple", "B=Boy",
and so on. Not so with the Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards. With
these cards, the learning structure is built on a progressive structure so
that a child can be learning one specific stage with cards at let's say, age
3, and as a child develops, there are more exciting new features to learn from
which they pick up on. More simply put, the Alphabotz grow with
| Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards
Help jump start beginning reading skills with progressive learning development.
Developed by a teacher and parent to personify 46 sounds of the English language.
Stimulates creative thinking and other primary developmental skills.
Helps children unlock the secrets to the code adults call reading.
Creates a desire for repetitive use which in turn increases learning level.
Quite colorful and maintains long-term attention span with a child.
Alphabotz are colorful robot characters which quickly engage and motivate learning.
As one of our independent evaluators stated in her evaluation report, "The
Alphabotz characters purvey a very uncommon approach to learning. This is supported by the fact they
embody 46 different sounds of the English language in a manner which maintains
its own unique Psychodynamic approach to influence of skill development. Cognitive behavior and
Critical skill development are just the beginning of where this influence reaches." In
other words, the Alphabotz cards have a very strong influence on a child's
ability to look at a problem creatively, take what they have learned and
put into applied use, and come to a viable answer not learned by
The Alphabotz cards facilitate a child to learn to read; not just
infantile level but rather a more defined and fully understood application
of what they have learned. This is accomplished by way of the Alphabotz
being more personable with characters and stories. They serve
as a catalyst
for a vast number of developmental skills to be triggered into further advancement
in their development.
The following quote directly from the creators of Alphabotz, works so well
to provide a more well-rounded understanding of the cards. "Each
robot wears a letter or letter team on its chest and an icon on its head
that serves as a constant visual reference to the sound the letter or letter
team makes. Each card also contains information about the character that
tells a story about its life and personality in order to make the sounds
memorable and aid in letter recognition and phonemic awareness skills."
Independent Evaluator Reports
Obtaining An Independent Perspective...
In this section we will cover "Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards" from the perspectives of qualified individuals in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top level industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.
Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards.
PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.
PRODUCT: Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards
ECD Learning Specialist (Board Certified)
"The Alphabotz Flash Cards present a fascinating learning tool for pre-school to pre-kinder children. They are a Hybrid product which can be used in home or at an ECD educational facility with a high probability of meeting most private ECD facilities high standards to be adopted for use."
"The Alphabotz characters purvey a very uncommon approach to learning. This
is supported by the fact they embody 46 different sounds of the English language
in a manner which maintains its own unique Psychodynamic approach to influence
of skill development. Cognitive behavior and Critical skill development are
just the beginning of where use of the Alphabotz Flash Cards influence can reach."
"With the PDD students in our 'Special Need Unit' who were introduced to
the Alphabotz Flash Cards in my clinical study, I found that there was a very
good response level which was much more evident than with other products
of similar nature which I have tested in previous clinical studies. It
is my personal opinion that with a more long-term evaluation in a clinical study with
these kids, a consistent pattern of skill improvement would become well
Consumer Hands-On Evaluation
Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product
when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product
we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything
goes. Shall we see how the "Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards" were seen with consumers?
The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards proved their value in our spontaneous, hands-on
consumer evaluation. In going over our feedback forms, the two things
which captured the attention of the consumers the most were the striking
colors and the various unique characters. For consumers participating
who were teachers, it was primarily the colors and the character's relevance
to the letters, words, and images on each card.
At the public mall in Woodland Hills, Ca, and other locations we brought all
of the products for hands-on evaluation, the Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards
were the best in their category of product both in response level and popularity.
In reviewing our video tapes we were able to establish that every card was looked
at for an extended period of time. With the other two flash card
products we had there, they only received a quick once-over glance and the participants
never even completed looking at all of the flash cards for those products.
I noted myself how there were so many giggles erupting out of the children
as they looked at the character on each flash card and the other relevant content.
The children were absolutely enthralled by them. I
also made note of how parent/child interaction was quite prominent with these
cards. This is a very important factor to consider due to the fact that it
also is likely to spill over into a teacher/student learning environment.
The children are so focused on the Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards, that
outside distractions cause little or no dilution of their effectiveness.
In our reviewing of the consumer hands-on feedback forms which
the participants filled out, there was no room for doubt that the Alphabotz
Superphonic Decoder Cards were one of the most innovative products we
have evaluated to date.
What does this all add up to? The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards passed
this segment of our evaluation without the slightest bit of question
A Sampling Of Category Ratings
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards deliver a very strong educational message
for the specific target age they are geared for.
A small sampling of the individual category
titles & rating
scores from the complete product review itself
for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to
be featured in this product evaluation summary for
public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific
rating score was reached. They are also a small fraction of the
entire group of ratings from which the final rating was averaged.
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rating average of  Two Stars or lower from the complete review results,
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The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation
Summary are listed below.
CONTENT QUALITY: Rating Level - 
The content quality of Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards was determined to
be nothing but the very finest combination one could combine and still retain
a high functionality. The progressive learning model is simple and easy
to understand for a child and gives children an advantage in their learning,
just as is generally a characteristic of private schools. It was also very well
matched for the target age group intended. The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder
Cards are an excellent combination of color, imagery, and so
much more which is quite beneficial to a child.
The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder
Cards pull a perfect score of 
Stars in this category for CONTENT QUALITY.
COGNITIVE/CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - 
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards is an excellent learning tool that provides
a substantial contribution to critical skill development which is most impressive!
The cards have the necessary elements to stimulate cognitive/critical skill development
in a child in a progressive and consistent manner. As a child progresses
through their ECD, they literally grow with the Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder
Cards in multiple aspects.
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards pull a perfect
score of 
Stars in this category for COGNITIVE/CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE: Rating Level - 
In our consumer hands-on evaluation in addition to our in-house and independent
professional evaluation, The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards are seen as
a product which encourages a greater understanding and appreciation of the alphabet,
word and paragraph form, and creative thought for a child.
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder
Cards pull a perfect score of 
Stars in this category for EDUCATIONAL VALUE.
The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards pull a perfect score of 
Stars in this category for RESPONSE LEVEL.
The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards have such incredible potential yet fall
short of a perfect score by a single digit with a final score
Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards pull
a score perfect score of 
Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.