Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Your Baby Can Read: Month Two

Okay... Month Two...

What we used: Starter DVD, Starter Sliding Word Cards, Starter Book, Volume 1 DVD, Volume 1 Book, Volume 1 Sliding Word Cards, Double Sided Word Cards (Starter and Volume 1.)

What we did: We Introduced the Volume 1 DVD and tried to watch it twice a day. On busy days where we weren't at home much (like therapy days) we would watch it only once or skip that day. We watched the Starter DVD a couple of times a week (usually 2-3 times.) We played with the word cards daily (sometimes adult assisted, others times the girls played together.) Read the Starter and Volume 1 book daily (usually more than once... the girls LOVE the books!) We played games (matching, finding a word in a group of different words) with the Volume 1 words cards (2-4 times a week.)

In addition to the words on the video, my Chunky Monkey (5 years old in Feb. with Down Syndrome) can read: yes, no, hi, keys, happy, and orange. She can recognize the letters in each word separately and is not just memorizing the shape of the word as a whole. This is especially evident when she guesses the wrong word and then I make her read the letters. After looking at each letter she reads the word correctly. She can hear any word and pick out the beginning sounds and letters.

My Little Miss (2 1/2 years old with Down Syndrome) can read: tiger, cat, wave, eyes, ears, nose (80% of the time), mouth (80% of the time). Her vocabulary is increasing dramatically and she continues to LOVE the program.

My Thoughts: I am really pleased with the program so far! My girls absolutely love it! I love that at the end of the Volume 1 DVD there are games that teach word families, ing-words, and beginning phonics.
I am so excited about how great this program is!! Don't just take my word for it... here is a comment left from one of our readers from my last post.

"Okay, Okay, I WAS THE DECEMBER WINNER!! I want to tell you that my 4 year old identical twin boys both with PDD Autism and Down Syndrome AND they are both non-verbal are really getting it. They sign each word as it comes up on the screen. We have the starter DVD and they already knew all the words to sign except for tiger, gorilla and elephant but they know them now :) I am going to give it about another week or two and then I will video tape them and blog about it. I am sold!!! I think I am going to buy the rest of the program for them very soon!! Thank you SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! ~Stacy"

** Remember at the end of my 6 month review you will have the opportunity to win the Deluxe Version and previous comments (starting with the Month One post) will add to your entries.


Lori said...

OMG I so want this program! My daughter has down syndrome also and will be four in about 3 weeks. Kindergarten is a scary thing for any parent but I think it is particularly scary for us parents of children with special needs. This program gives me hope that she will be able to keep up with her typical peers in reading. :)

Luv to Save said...

OMG that's so awesome! they can read!! It makes me want it even more. I'll have to convince my hubby!!

sasbolton said...

Thanks for sharing the videos! Your girls' progress really is exciting! I know you must be proud of their (and your) hard work... I look forward to cheering them on!

IAguirre said...

You are an amazing mother! I can't believe how good they read. You are breaking so many barriers by helping your daughters read. Way to go.

Karene said...

Many moms are good but you clearly are great! You have enriched their lives so much by working with them and taking your time and being patient. This is just one more way to show them how much they are loved and influence you to be a great person.


Anonymous said...

I have a daughter with Down Syndrome also, and I have been looking for something similar to help her.
Dawn H.

Anonymous said...

It's great that your girls are so into this program! I love products that really get a child's attention.
I didn't know the DVDs has games on them. That adds to how much I would love to get this for my expecting baby.

Anne said...

THis program is somewhat pricey so it looks like I will have to take your word for it, or else win it! My son is nonverbal, this would be amazing for him!

Peter said...

It sounds like your girls are doing very well with the program. I hope I can try it out with my wee man. My little one loves books and I think he would also love the interactive videos.

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