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.