My Thoughts So Far on Little Reader By BrillKids
Well after spending a long time humming and ahhing, last week I finally took the plunge and purchase the Little Reader program by BrillKids. Originally I thought maybe I could just get by using PowerPoint presentations to teach my son how to read. But the more I read the BrillKids forum, the more I needed to get this for my son. But to be honest money was an issue. I’m working really hard right now to get out of debt and purchasing such an expensive product that was really intended for babies kind of worried me.
For those of you who have never heard of Little Reader before(like me a few months ago) this is what the website describes it as “Ideal for babies and young children, Little Reader is the most effective learning system for teaching your child to read. At the heart of Little Reader is a revolutionary software system that delivers lessons in ways never before possible, making learning ENGAGING for your child, and EASY for you.“
Lots of people suggested I try the free trial, get a feel for it. But it was one of those things where you needed a credit card and I’m terrible at cancelling stuff like that before the date.
So then last weekend I noticed it was on sale for 40%. Well that was it, I struggled with my credit card, called the company and waited on hold to get a secure code and there I had it, Little Reader.
So like I said we’ve been doing it for a week now. At first I didn’t feel he was really learning from it because he wasn’t generalizing what he knew from LR to paper flash cards. Now I can see after a week, I write the new words that he has been introduced in LR and it seems to take him much less time to transfer that knowledge to read that flashcards.
It is also getting easier to get him to work on his paper flashcards. I can now have him read the words to me by rewarding him with some of Little Readers more fun presentations. Free downloads like “Counting Bubbles” or “The Alphabet Song” can encourage him to do his lessons.
I also like that the Little Reader community has put together so many programs and now I can start an Encyclopedic Knowledge program with him with ease. My only complaint is that I don’t like that it freezes so often when I’m doing a multi sensory program.(UPDATE: This is no longer a concern with the newer versions.)
So all and all as a mother of a 4 year old son, I think this program is totally worth it. Now that I’ve used it a bit I would have paid full price for it. However, I’m glad I got it at a discounted price 🙂 My son loves this program and it is opening his eyes up a little wider every day.
Now I leave you with a pic of my son yesterday at the park. We were goofing around with a few friends and a camera. 🙂