Important Note: You don't need to know everything that follows in order to use MyAlphapics. However, some of you may be interested.
The idea behind MyAlphapics is that you use images that your child is familiar with, to begin teaching them about letters. It's quite possible (likely) that you won't have an image for every letter. To help you, we provide a basic image for all 26 letters. At left you see an owl, which is the image we provide for the letter 'o'.
The screen you see here is the most important one to understand. To change the picture associated with a letter, you first click on the letter at the top of the screen. When you do that, you will see the image that is currently displayed for that letter. Simply click on the button that says "Change Image", and a new window opens that lets you find the location of the picture stored on your computer. When you've found the image, just save it.
To record sounds you will need a microphone connected to your computer. Many laptops have a microphone built in. When you are ready to record, click on "Start Recording Sound" and say the letter. As soon as you are done, click on "Stop and Save Sound". To hear what you've recorded, click on "Play the Sound". You can re-record the sound as many times as you like. Follow the same instructions for recording the word you want your child to hear when this item is displayed. It's important that you type out the word so that they system knows what word to display when the item is placed on screen.
When you are happy with the changes you've made, press the "Save" button BEFORE moving on to the next letter.
Yes, it takes a bit of time to create the game, but once you've completed this task, your son or daughter will be able to spend countless hours looping through the ABC's and counting.
It's likely you won't have a picture to match with every letter, that's ok. We supply base images that you over write. For example, if you didn't have a picture for 'C', your child will see the cat pictured to the left.
Once you've entered your pictures, you'll have the option to enter 8 images of your child. These images will be used through out the game, especially when introducing your child to the letters associated with their name.
Once you've saved all of the images, and recorded all the sounds, you simply click one button to upload the data. You can change the pictures in the future, just make the change, and click the upload button. You will be provided with a link that let's you and your child view the resulting web page. It will look like the one below, but will show one of the images you've saved of your child.
When you purchase a membership, besides receiving the software to save the pictures, you're receiving a folder on our server to store the images, and the program that will display the images. It will look something like this: http://www.myalphapics.com/member/4946D71F-5472-42B0-981C-11B84D3FADB0/menu.php. We send you the link so you don't have to type out all those letters, just click the link associated to it. We randomly create that long link so that no one else can view your pictures, without you providing them the link.
When you click on the link, you'll see the webpage below. On the left side you'll see a simple menu with buttons. Your child, or you, can click these to begin playing that part of the program. On the right side you'll see one of the images you saved of your child.
The program will help your child learn the letters of the alphabet, how to spell their name, and how to count. Perhaps more importantly, the program makes learning fun, by using pictures that will make your child happy.