VTech Alphabit s Letter Loop User`s manual

User's Manual
© 2002 VTech
Printed in China
Dear Parent,
At VTech®, we know how important learning to read is to your child’s future. That’s why
we created AlphaBert’s Learn-to-Read System™ - a progressive line of interactive
learning products uniquely designed to teach your child how to read, while making the
experience fun and rewarding.
This progressive system eliminates the guesswork when selecting learning toys for
your child. Learning to read is a step-by-step process, and AlphaBert’s Learn-toRead System™ provides the necessary building blocks in focused stages. Each stage
has its own unique learning milestone, and builds on existing skills with an extensive
curriculum that is personalized to your child’s age and ability.
Beginning Reader Stage: teaches letters, letter sounds and letter-object associations
Growing Reader Stage: teaches blends, phonics to sound out words and simple spelling
Advancing Reader Stage: teaches independent reading, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, creative writing
Most importantly, AlphaBert and his friends make learning to read fun, not frustrating.
Your child will meet AlphaBert, Sprocket, AlphaBit, AlphaBetsy and AlphaBerto, the
reading robots who love to learn and want your child to share their excitement and
curiosity. AlphaBert & Friends are your child’s learn-to-read coaches who provide
encouragement to fill your child with confidence and pride.
As with all VTech ® learning products, AlphaBert’s Learn-to-Read System™
incorporates advanced technologies that are easy-to-use and reinforce learning. Our
hands-on, multi-sensory toys engage diverse learning styles and promote productive
Reading has the power to enlighten, entertain and develop young minds. We thank
you for trusting VTech® with the important job of helping your child learn to read!
Your Friends at VTech®
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AlphaBit’s Letter Loop™
1.To begin play, slide the On/Off Activity Selector to the
right to choose one of the three activities. AlphaBit will
guide you through each of the following activities:
1. Learn
2. Quiz
3. Music
2.When the Learn or Quiz activities have been selected,
press the Letter, Letter Sound or Picture buttons to
begin playing the activities.
3.Slide up or pull down the lever to scroll forward and
backward through the images.
4.Press the Help button in the Learn and Music activities
to hear the letter, letter sound, word or melody. In the
Quiz activity, you will hear hints to help guide you to
answer the questions.
5.The Enter button is used in the Quiz activity to validate
your answer.
2.To turn the unit off, slide the On/Off Activity Selector
to the Off position.
AlphaBit’s Letter Loop™ - ACTIVITIES
1.Slide the On/Off Activity Selector to Learn. You will
hear a short tune followed by “I’m AlphaBit! Let’s get
crankin’ for some letter fun!”
2. Slide up or pull down on the lever to scroll through the
3. Once you have stopped on a picture, press the Letter
button to learn letter names, press the Letter Sound
button to learn the letter sounds, or press the Picture
button to learn words. For example, you will hear “A”, “A
says A and Ah” or “A is for apple.”
4. Press the Help button to hear the letter name, letter
sound or word identified.
5.If there is no input after 10 seconds, you will hear the
letter name, letter sound, or word identified. If there
continues to be no input, the above responses will be
played randomly until the unit automatically turns off.
1.Slide the On/Off Activity Selector to Quiz. You will
hear a short tune followed by “Let’s test your brain
2.Press the Letter button to answer questions about
letters, press the Letter Sound button to answer
questions about letter sounds, or press the Picture
button to answer questions about words. For example,
you will hear “Can you find the A?”
3.Slide up or pull down the lever to scroll through the
pictures to select the correct answer. When you have
selected your answer, press the Enter button.
4.Press the Help button to hear clues that will help guide
you to the correct answer.
5.You will have 3 chances to select the correct answer. If
an incorrect answer is selected, you will hear a sound
effect followed by a clue that will help guide you to the
correct answer.
1.Slide the On/Off Activity Selector to Music. You will
hear a short tune followed by “Let’s crank up the tunes!”
and a fun melody.
2. Slide up or pull down the lever to scroll through the
pictures. Stop on any of the screens to hear a melody.
There are 13 different melodies in this activity. They
include the following:
A, N - The Alphabet Song
B, O - Arkansas Traveller
C, P - Mexican Hat Dance
D, Q - Take Me Out to the Ballgame
E, R - For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow
F, S - William Tell Overture
G, T - Yellow Rose of Texas
H, U - Can Can
I, V - Glow Worm
J, W - I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
K, X - On Top of Old Smokey
L, Y - Toyland
M, Z - The Thunderer
3.Press the Help button to hear the melody repeated.
AlphaBit’s Letter Loop™ - BATTERIES
1.Make sure the unit is turned OFF.
2.Locate the battery cover on the back of the unit. Use a
coin or screwdriver to loosen the screw.
3.Install 3 new “AA” (UM-3/LR6) batteries following the
diagram inside the battery box. (The use of new alkaline
batteries is recommended for maximum performance.)
4.Replace the battery cover and tighten the screw to
secure the battery cover.
NOTE: Due to the scrolling mechanism, this product requires frequent battery
replacement. When the scrolling screen functions slowly, please replace with
a new set of batteries.
• Install batteries correctly observing the polarity (+, -) signs to avoid leakage.
• Do not mix old and new batteries.
• Do not use batteries of different types.
• Remove exhausted or new batteries from the learning toy when it will not be
used for an extended period of time.
• Do not dispose of batteries in fire.
• Do not attempt to recharge ordinary batteries.
• The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited.
• Only batteries of the same and equivalent type as recommended are to be
To preserve battery life, the AlphaBit’s Letter Loop™ learning toy will turn off
automatically after several minutes without input. The unit can be turned on again by
pressing any key.
If for some reason the program/activity stops working, then please follow
these step:
1.Please turn the unit off.
2.Interrupt the power supply by removing the batteries.
3.Let the unit stand for a few minutes, then replace the batteries.
4.Turn the unit on. The unit should now be ready to play again.
WARNING: All packing materials such as tape, plastic sheets, wire ties and
tags are not part of this toy and should be discarded for your child's safety.
If the problem persists, please call our Consumer Services Department at 1-800521-2010 in the U.S., 1-800-267-7377 in Canada or 01235-546810 in the U.K.
AlphaBit’s Letter Loop™ - MAINTENANCE
1.Keep the unit clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth.
2.Keep the unit out of direct sunlight and away from any direct heat source.
3.Remove the batteries when the unit is not in use for an extended period of time.
4.Do not drop the unit on hard surfaces and do not expose the unit to moisture or
Creating and developing AlphaBert’s Learn-to-Read System ™ is
accompanied by a responsibility that we at VTech® take very seriously. We
make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information, which forms the
value of our products. However, errors sometimes can occur. It is important
for you to know that we stand behind our products and encourage you to call
our Consumer Services Department at 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S., or 1-800267-7377 in Canada, or 01235-546810 in the U.K., with any problems and/or
suggestions that you might have. A service representative will be happy to
help you.
This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and
used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it may
cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type tested and found
to comply within the limits for a Class B computing device in accordance with the
specifications in Sub-part J of Part 15 FCC Rules, which are designed to provide
reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference with radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
1.Reorient the receiving antenna.
2.Relocate this product with respect to the receiver.
3.Move this product away from the receiver.