When teaching very young child to read, particularly children below the age of 4 years, it is very helpful to use many different types of media in order to support the things that the child is learning. It is much more interesting for young children if they are able to switch from books to videos to websites and then to games. Many children will quickly tire of reading from a book, so switching to an animated book will make the lesson less repetitive. What do you look for in educational media? In my opinion, the most important is that the media should be fun. It should not be dry and boring like lessons you may have endured in your childhood. There should be a very high entertainment factor.
But unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find high quality resources. All children love to watch videos, so YouTube is an obvious resource for educational videos. However, it can take a great deal of time to sort through the many videos there in order to find a few that are good quality. The videos on YouTube are often quite amateurish. Many lack entertainment value or learning value. It can be challenging to find quality videos which could help to teach reading and be fun and entertaining at the same time.
However, it is quickly apparent that the videos in the Book Boxers series of videos are very high quality. The animation is very well done and the same language subtitling allows the child to read along with the voice. The stories are short, many just 2 or 3 minutes long. This is important because little kids have little attention spans. Amazingly, videos are available with US or UK accents. This is a quality resource that every teacher or parent involved in teaching young children to read should know about.
Here is a video with US English
Here is the same video in UK English:
This is also an excellent way to teach your child about the differences in the UK and USA accents.