Moving Along to Month Three: ...
What we used: Used all materials from Month Two (Starter DVD, Starter Sliding Word Cards, Starter Book, Volume 1 DVD, Volume 1 Book, Volume 1 Sliding Word Cards, Double Sided Word Cards), blank cards, and Volume 2 DVD.
What we did: We continued to review the Starter Volume DVD and Volume 1 DVD. We played with the word cards daily and Read the Starter Volume Book and the Volume 2 Book daily. We watched the word games on the Volume 1 DVD. We played word games with the cards by finding matching words and finding a specific word among several other words. I wrote familiar words on the blank cards that are not part of the Starter Volume or Volume 1 (i.e. family members names, site words like is and the) and we read over them several times. We read a lot of books making sure to point out each word. Even though the program says not to go to Volume 2 until next month, my girls found the "red baby" (volume 2) and begged to watch it, so I went ahead and let them watch it a few times.
Results: My Chunky Monkey can now read 40+ words and is beginning to read complete sentences. She can read simple sentences such as "The baby is smiling." and "The cat is eating." Although she has always loved books, she now wants to read the words and wants to repeat every word I read in the book. She is very excited about reading and LOVES her "baby" DVD's, books and word cards. Her speech is delayed and this program has definitely benefited her. Her sentences and descriptive words have greatly increase.
Little Miss LOVES the program, too!! She wakes up asking to watch "baby." She can read 8-10 words. She has learned a lot of vocabulary and can sing all of the songs from the videos. It is definitely improving her speech, as well.
My Thoughts: I am still extremely impressed with the program! My children absolutely LOVE it and LOVE reading! The program recommends that you cut out all other TV, but unfortunately that is not an option with my girls. My oldest has some major OCD behaviors and would not be able to function without watching Dora during the day. The hasn't seemed to affect the success of the program for us. As I said before, the girls both choose to watch Your Baby Can Read over most everything else. Each month I have seen improvement in their reading. I am so excited to see how they progress over the next month.
** 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.