Top 6 Learning to Read Websites

Often I get phone calls from my friends in real life about teaching their child. Usually its around report card time or after a parent teacher. Their child may be struggling with X,Y or Z and they want to of course like any good parent help them catch up.

Other times friends will see what I have done with Wes and what I am currently doing with Z and want to know how they can do that too.

So I thought I’d throw together a list of sites that I often suggest.

The first site I’m going to recommend I’m not actually counting in the 6 sites.  It is a suggestions for parents who stumble upon this post and have little babies, toddlers and young preschoolers. Visit the BrillKids website. If you start their Little Reader program, there is a chance you will be able to skip some of these sites. Or you might need these sites at a younger age to help grow your child’s reading skills, instead of using them to teach your child to read from scratch.

1) Reading Eggs: This is a subscription based program that can take a child from not reading to reading at a grade 2 level in no time. The program is based on Maps. Each map has 10 lessons.

2) Headsprout: I wrote about how we used Headsprout years ago in one of my first reviews, they can be read HereHere, and Here. I’m sure this program had a big part in my son starting half way through grade 1 reading at a high grade 2 level.

Recently they have upgraded their program to go up to grade 5! I started doing this program again with Wes to work on his reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. I can’t recommend this program enough.

(I should mention that this program has gone from a lifetime membership to a one year subscription based program)

3) Click N’Learn Phonics: Back when I was homeschooling Wesley, we had the chance to use and review Click N’Spell Phonics, you can read about it Here.

4) Reading Bear: Reading Bear is a FREE online reading program. Some people have found this to be a little too slow paced for their children, others have found it to be just right. Check it out to see if it will work for your child. With the price tag you have nothing to lose.

5) Starfall : Starfall offers both a free and paid for site that teaches children phonics, reading and other concepts like the days of the week, months of the year, holidays, colours etc.

6) Youtube: Believe it or not there are tons of amazing videos on Youtube that can not only help teach your child to read, they can teach anything from math, to the solar system, etc.

Spend sometime on on YouTube and create playlist for your child.

What sites have you used with your children? Which have you found helpful, and which were not so helpful?

10 Steps/Tip to Jump Start Your Child’s Early Education.

So you want to teach your child to read, count, etc. Here are 10 tips to help you on your way.

1) Read Glenn Doman’s books “How To Teach Your Baby to Read” and “How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence.”

Glenn Doman has several books out there and feel free to read all of them. However I found they could be very repetitive. So if you’re a busy parent who doesn’t have too much extra time, I feel you will get the most bang for your buck with these two.

How to Teach Your Baby To Read, will give you different steps on how to teach your little one to read. Reading is the most important program to work on in my opinion, because if a child can read, the can teach themselves where else they want to learn.

2) Join the BrillKids forum.

Sometimes it can be lonely when you’re trying to teach your young child and the people around you are not very supportive. You start hearing things like, “Let them just be a kid!” “Stop pressuring them…” Then you start to doubt yourself. Visit my post for the 4 Reasons WHY You Should Teach Your Baby To Read, then go join the BrillKids forum and start connecting with like minded parents.

3) Read Little Miss: a father, his daughter & rocket science. Nathan Meikle, has documented his journey teaching his daughter how to read. It is awesome to read a first hand account of what they did and how his daughter reacted.

4) Don’t try and do everything at once. Pick one or two things you want to teach your child and start working on them. Remember 10-15mins a day is better than not doing it at all.

Start with one program and do it at a set time. I find mealtimes are a good time for lessons. Especially Breakfast and Lunch. Also bedtime is another good time to sneak in a lesson.

As tempting as it is to start all sorts of great program at once, contain yourself! You will burn out and your child with feel bombarded. Start by adding things one or two at a time. Allow your child to get use to them and allow them to become part of your routine before you add another thing. This way you can watch to see how your child reacts to that one program to make sure its the right one for your child.

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This chart keeps reminding me why reading to my children is so important.

5) Children learn to be readers in the laps of their parents. Spend a few mins a day reading with your child.

Look up reading list online and put a bunch of books on hold at your local library. Hit up the local thrift store and garage sales to find affordable new books for your child and you to read together.

Make sure you are not just teaching them how to read words, but spending time enjoying books together. If your child learns that reading is a fun thing to do, they will want you to teach them how to read.

You can also find fun age appropriate books on topics you might be working on. Like counting, shapes, manners, etc.

6) Utilize smartphone apps and/or tablets.

Now while I don’t think that tablets will replace books anytime soon, using apps to help teach a concept is super motivating for most children and super easy for a parent to use. Check out my post: Teaching My Toddler: What Apps Are We Using.

7)Youtube is full of good quality materials. Plus its FREE.

8) Utilize otherwise wasted time during the day to learn.

Educational songs in the car.

Read in the car while waiting for daycare to open.

So a quick 1 min round of flashcards at diaper changes, in and out of the carseat, etc…

Counting how many cheerios on their plate.

9) Start early

It is never too early to read to your baby, sing them the ABC songs, and talk to them about everything. Check out my post: Can I Teach My Newborn, Infant or Toddler Basic Kindergarten Skills? YES YOU CAN!

10) Avoid spending too much time planning. Spend that time with your child learning.

Its easy to get caught up researching, preparing and creating beautiful materials for your child to learn with. But if that is going to eat up your time, or you never finish it, or your child uses it for a day or two and masters it, is that time really well spent? Your child doesn’t care if the edges are cut perfect on your flashcards, or if they are on the back of old cereal boxes, special pretty paper. So don’t waste time or money on that.

 

What tips do you think are helpful that I may have missed?

EarlyLearningMom.com Top 10 Posts of 2014

2014 has almost come to an end. For my family it was a great year. But I’m excited to see what 2015 will bring us. I thought I’d look back this year and see what the top 10 most popular post on Early Learning Mom were.

10) Toddler Tula Vs Ergo Carrier. My Experience with My Favorite Baby Carriers.

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#10 post of the year on Early Learning Mom was my post about babywearing. Which has helped keep me sane during 2012/2013/2014. I’m not sure what I would have done without it.

9) 9 Year old Piano Recital

Ok so post #9 was a little brag on Wes and his performance at the winter concert. This was a tough piece for him, but he did not give up.

8) Teach Your Baby to Read? Why You Should Do It? Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should!

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#8 is a post about why you should teach your baby to read.

7) TouchMath for Homeschooler!! A Review

 

 

 

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Ok #7 is a post from 2013, but it still makes this years list because it was the 7th most popular post in 2014. This one I got to review the new homeschooling version of TouchMath.

 

6) Teach your Toddler with TouchMath

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This years #6 post was a fun one for me to write. In this one I shared how to modify the TouchMath kindergarten curriculum to teach your toddler.

5) Can TV Teach Your Young Child? Powerful tool, or Gateway Drug to TV addiction?

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#5 Post of 2014 was a post about using TV as a tool for teaching your young child.

4) BrillKids Learning System with Baby Z UPDATE

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#4 post of the year was a post about how we were using BrillKids software at the time.

3)Howie & Skip’s MonkiSee ABC Round Up

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The #3 post on EarlyLearningMom.com was my review on one of Howie & Skip’s Monki See videos.

2)Back to Afterschool

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The #2 most popular post this year was about Wes’s first week of school and our afterschool plans.

1) FarFaria Giveaway

farfaria1This years #1 post was a review/giveaway for an app called FarFaria.

Thank you so much to my readers. The last few months of 2014, I came back to my blog and got serious again, and my readers welcomed me with open arms. I have plenty of goals in place for 2015, so stay tune for a fun pack year at Early Learning Mom.

Have a safe and happy New Years Eve and all the best in 2015.

BrillKids Learning System with Baby Z UPDATE

I don’t understand WHY BrillKids is not a household name.

What is BrillKids??


BrillKids is an online company that believes in helping babies, toddlers and preschoolers reach their full potential. But the best part is, they are creating programs and an online community to make this easier for parents. 

BrillKids offers a free online community for parents to learn almost anything they would want to know about teaching their young children anything from:

  • how to read, 
  • do math, 
  • learn music
  • learn a foreign language

They also have created some pretty amazing computer programs to make teaching your child even easier. I started using some of them with Wes when he was a preschooler. But when Little Z came along, he was lucky! He became a BrillKids baby when he was a newborn. 

Little Reader:


Little Reader is full computer curriculum to teach your child how to read and includes over 2,300 words. It is designed to be used with children ages newborn to preschool age. 

We started using the program with Little Z when he was only a few months old. I found using Little Reader on the iPad use the iAccess app better when he was younger. Because when they are so little it is so hard to have them sit up by a computer. This way I could kick back on the couch and Z and I could snuggle and watch his lesson.

As he got older we started running through the programs while he was eating breakfast and lunch, so at this point I started playing them on the computer.

What is the verdict?

Z finished this curriculum several months ago. Well my baby can read, that is for sure. I have printed out multiple words, phrases and small sentences from the program and Z is able to read each word. He also understands what he is reading. I can also tell his mind is reading faster then he can out loud, because every once in a while he will find something funny and start laughing before he can say it out loud. 

Little Musician: 


Sneaking into brother’s room to play piano

Little Musician is a program that allows parents to give their young children a foundation in music in 5 mins a day.

We have already gone through both Semester 1&2 in this program. However, after we finished the program, we decided to started again back at Semester 1 Lesson 1. Not because I don’t think Z has learned most of the information, because I think he has. But I want him to work more on getting perfect pitch. Since he is so little, I don’t like to test him too much. So I figured since he still loves the program, he must be getting something from it. 

Little Z loves to sing in Solfege, and loves to sneak into his brother’s room when he is not looking to play on his piano. While he “plays”, he says the notes in Solfege. I think he may have loved music, even if we didn’t have Little Musician. However I think this program will give him the upper hand in the near future when he starts taking music lessons. 

Little Reader Chinese:


Well we have a few days left of Little Reader Chinese. It is basically the same curriculum as Little Reader English, except in Chinese of course. 

I don’t speak Chinese, actually our family’s second language is French(Which I understand, but have difficulty speaking). I’m honestly not sure how much Chinese Little Z has learned. But I know there are connections being made in his brain. This was my goal. The more he is exposed to other languages, the more easily a second language will come to him. 

I think if one parent knows how to speak Chinese, you could definitely use this program to reinforce what you are teaching your child. For our family though, it was about keeping the connections happening so when Little Reader French came out, his brain is ready to absorb even more info. 

After we complete this program we will be moving on to Little Reader French.   

Little Math:

Little Math is based particularly on the late Glenn Doman’s method of teaching a young child math. The nice thing is there is no stumbling with 11×11 flashcards of dot. I have no issues flashing word cards. But dot cards are another story. Little Math makes this process 100 times easier.

At first Little Z did not care so much for Little Math. However I started playing Little Math first and following it with the other programs, that helped SO much. 

Now while this was not the only math program we were doing with Little Z over the last two years, his math skills are awesome for his age. I notice while we are doing some math apps on the iPad that he seems to know the answer right away. I’m thinking this has to do with the facts he learned in Little Math.  

Country Course made by EEECF Volunteers:


The Country Course was created and put together by volunteers from the Early Education for Every Child Foundation. This program with teach your child encyclopedic knowledge from all around the world.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard there was a program put together by volunteers. Honestly I was a bit worried that maybe it would not be the best quality. Well I was wrong! The program is very well put together and excellent quality. Even my big kids like sitting in on these lessons, and I’m learning about countries around the world right along side them. 

Best part, each semester contains 300 lesson instead of the regular 130 in all of the other BrillKids products, meaning with both semesters you get 600 days of lessons. So needless to say this program will keep us busy for a year or two. 

While Little Z is not sharing what he has learned, he is glued to the screen. So I trust soon he will start sharing what he is learning. Right now though, input input input. 
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Running all of these programs takes about 25mins MAX. We usually do lessons in the morning during breakfast time. Also the last week or so we have also been running a second set of lesson during lunch. 

I honestly think these programs are worth every penny. Right now Little Reader Deluxe runs for about $189. Back when I first bought the program(which did not include all the books and other goodies) it was actually retailing for well over $300.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these programs on the BrillKids website, please consider using my Coupon code: BKAFF21929 and getting a discount on your order!!

Full disclosure: I have purchased some of their programs, received some to review in the past, as well I have received sponsorship from the Early Education for Every Child Foundation. That being said, this entry is completely unbiased, and is just update on our experiences with them.

Can I Teach My Newborn, Infant or Toddler Basic Kindergarten Skills? YES YOU CAN!

Babies are smart! Newborns, Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, learn faster and easier than you and I.

What can you do to help your little ones learn right from birth??

#1 Sing to them!

Yes I said sing to them. Sounds so simple, but it really is! But don’t feel you need to stick to the basic Row Row your Boat or Mary Had a Little Lamb. Of course use these fun songs and what ever song your Mom or Dad sung to you as a baby. But lets get creative! Sing the ABCs, count to 100, count backwards from 100, skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, days of the week, months of the year, etc.

By doing this you are bonding with your child, comforting them, loving them and educating them. My now when Baby Z was an infant, he hated car rides. Our whole family would sing to him, “The A says ahhh, the A says Ahh. Every letter makes a sound, the A says Ahh!” and so forth throughout the whole alphabet. This helped calm him, but it also helped him learning the letter sounds (phonics) at a really early age.

#2 Label EVERYTHING

Little Reader, MemoFlix and Wink to Learn English helped expose Baby Z to so many words. But you don’t need to buy DVDs or computer programs to do this if you don’t want to. (Though it does help a lot.) Label your house and do little home tours pointing to all the words as you walk by with your baby.

When your out with your baby talk about what’s happening. “Oh look! Its starting to rain. Do you feel the drops on your head?’

#3 DVD and Computer programs
Technology is not bad. It can be used for the wrong reasons, yes. However I believe it can be a powerful tool to help educate our children. I know what the AAP’s stand is on screen time before 2. Thing is I’m not one to let to government tell me how to raise my children. Yes, I follow car seat safety rules to the tee, but we don’t vaccinate. I choice to educate myself, and make a decision for my family. Not blindly follow like sheep.
My personal experience is, if you choose high quality, educational materials, screen time can be very helpful in educating my children. It’s something you will have to look at for your family. I should also point out I am talking about real educational materials, like Your Baby Can Read, Little Reader, and Monki See just to name a few. 

#4 Tablets
If you have access to a iPad, take advantage of it! Baby Z learned so much from several apps. Even though many of them were WAY beyond his ability, we did them for him and had him watch. Input, input, input! When he got a bit older I took his hand and made his little hand operate the app. (with his cooperation of course.) Then eventually he was able to operate several of them without my help. This is an awesome way to teach your young child colors, shapes, numbers, letters, letter sounds, sight words, etc. 

Stay tune! I am compiling a list of AWESOME IOS apps for babies and toddlers.

#5 Carefully picked toys
  
If you step into the toy section at Walmart or dare to enter Toys R Us, you can easily see there are many, many options for toys for your young child. Not all toys are created equal. But there are certain brands that are usually a pretty safe bet like Leap Frog and Melissa & Doug. But the best places I have found GOOD quality toys are thrift stores and garage sales. With a little soap and water they are good as new and a fraction of the price.

Letter blocks, matching games, stacking cups, etc are all great toys for little hands. These toys are perfect for little hands to explore on their own when you are making dinner or need two seconds to eat the said dinner. Also they a great to play together with your child.

Watch for an entry about great education toys that we love!



#6 Flashcards


 This is where I might get some grief. Yes there is a place for flashcards in an infant, toddler and preschoolers life. My boys LOVE flashcards. But its because I do not drill them with the flashcards. I show them to Zakari the same way as I would show him a book.

A few books with looking into at the library or Amazon would be:
How to Teach Your Baby to Read (The Gentle Revolution Series)

How Smart Is Your Baby?: Develop and Nurture Your Newborn’s Full Potential (The Gentle Revolution Series)

These are good reads too, but I would focus on reading the first two listed. Then read these if you have time.

How to Teach Your Baby Math (The Gentle Revolution Series)


How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge (The Gentle Revolution Series)

Now it should be noted that Doman’s method is a lot of work. I did not follow Doman’s method to the tee. I did make many flashcards. I also used multimedia, little Little Reader, DVDs, etc. 

There is also no need to make the flashcards as large as Doman recommends. Yes bigger is better, but I found 8×11 works well too.  

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You can teach your baby to read, count, know basic kindergarten knowledge in toddlerhood. I know this from experience! The best part is they love it! Children are little sponges, and the younger they are the easier they learn. Why not teach them to read when they are able to do so with less effort at one or two instead of waiting till they are 6 or 7 years old. 

Oh but I know what some are thinking. Monique just let them be babies. Tiger mom! Why rush them to grow up? Let them be kids! 

My reply to this is, why hold back our children? My two year old loves to read. He gets excited at the grocery store when he can read the words on the wall. He reads what’s in his fruit pouches first to see what flavour he is about to eat. I have by no means forced him to learn. I just enriched his environment. Carefully selected only highly educational programs to expose him to during screen time. Used car time, waiting rooms, potty time, and bedtime to expose him to good quality apps or books with large words.

What did this do? It helped my son who is now 27 months be able to:

  • read any 3 letter word he is presented
  • know all his colors
  • know all his shapes, including shapes like octagon, oval and 3D shapes like cylinder.  
  • know all his basic farm and zoo animals and their sounds
  • knows all his letters and letter sounds. Even is starting to figure out letters like c and g have two sounds.
  • know how to read more words then I’m able to keep track of. (we were in the hundreds not including 3 letter words a while back, my guess is we are now in the 1000s)
  • understands phonics and can sound out new words he has never seen
  • Counts to 20 by ones forwards and backwards(has gone higher but usually only goes to 20 because he loses interest
  • Counts to 100 by 10s and 5s
  • Counts to 30 by 2s
  • knows his days of the week and months of the year
  • and much much more
I’m not listing this to brag, nor do I think my son is special. He has just grown up in an enriched environment and was exposed to this stuff in a fun way. ALMOST ANY CHILD CAN LEARN THIS STUFF TOO! Even children with special needs.

When people asking me, “Why teach them to read?” I ask “Why not!” It opens a whole new world to them. 


A few weeks ago we were at Shoppers Drugmart, and I was wearing Baby Z on my back in an Ergo carrier. We were waiting in line when he noticed the words over the cooler and started pointing at it and yelling, “Water! Water! Water!” I walked up to pay for my items and gently said “Yes sweetie there is water in the cooler.” The older woman behind me said with her jaw dropped, “No! He’s not pointing at the water in the cooler, he is pointing at the word. I think he just read the word water. Can he read?” I just brushed it off that he knows a few words because I didn’t have time to have a conversation. But if I had time I might have gone into details if the woman was open to it. Who knows maybe she has grandchildren. 

The point of this story is, instead of Baby Z just being able to look into the items around the store and try and figure out what they are that way, we have given him another piece to the puzzle. The ability to read what the words are. 

Long over due update. 23 months and starting to read

Well its been a long time since I last updated. I just felt pulled away from the blogging world and needed to step back for a little while. But this afternoon I felt like I needed to update and maybe start blogging a bit. 

Well Baby Z is now 23 months. Hmmmm…. I should maybe start calling him Little Z instead because he is hardly a baby anymore. Oh how he is growing. He loves to count, sing, dance, climb, jump, and play with cars. Oh I can not forget his LOVE with the piano. He is a very active and busy little boy, but the piano is one time where he will sit still and play the keys. I did something crazy last night and I signed him up for piano lessons in September. Totally for exposure. I don’t expect him to be playing any time soon. But if he can spend 10 mins a week with a teacher who can help me use proper terminology, and get the chance to play on a grand piano I think it will help. 

Last month we introduced Sign Language. Back when he was younger I tried to incorporate Signing Time, but he had no interest. Well I threw it on one day when I notice it was on Netflix. Ever since then he’s been singing the intro song and throwing in a few signs here and there. It seems to also have help his ability to label things. Snow, trees, wind, carrot, etc.


Of course we are still working through Little Reader, Little Chinese, Little Math, and Little Musician. We review Suzy Piano, YBCR and MonkiSee periodically. Now that Zakari is chatting a lot more, I notice he is labeling things and I think it is because of the materials he has seen in all of these programs. I also notice he his singing letters, and Do Re Mi’s. They seem very random as of yet, but I know from other children (TmT) this is the first step to perfect pitch. Little Champion Reader is also a daily part of our schedule.


We have been using Teach Me Kindergarden as an input of knowledge, and when he feels like it he sometimes will show me output. He’s really good at letting me guide his fingers over the tracing of letters and numbers. Wes has gotten in some awful habits when it comes to forming letters and numbers. So I’m hoping to avoid the constant corrections by introducing this skill at a younger age.

ABCmouse.com has been a big part of our lesson time as well. I don’t want to miss any of the preschool basics and leave Z unbalanced in his education, and this seems to fill the gaps. Now that it is available on the ipad, Z can navigate the site easily, as he is not ready for a mouse. There is a lot of busy work, like colouring the random pictures in a Paint like activity, but we just quickly color it and move on.

We were doing Hooked On Phonics on the iPad, but they only have 4 levels available, and we have done those several times. Z loves them. I called the company back in September and they told me level 5 would be out in October. Sadly it never came out. I have a feeling I’m going to have to carry on with HOP in binder form.

Speaking of binder, I created a flash card binder for Z. We quickly flip through it once a day or so. So far it includes:
– Follow that dot flashcards
– Backwards counting 10-0, skip counting by 2’s and 3’s
– First Language Lessons(modified for toddlers)
– EK flashcards (right now we are doing organs)
– Prepositions
– Music Notes from the IAHP course
– Telling time (Hours)

We have been working on things like shape sorters, puzzles, etc. But he’s still pretty busy for these activities. I’m looking at getting the Learning Resources food color sorter. It looks like something that we can use to start classifying things. Not only colors, but veggies vs fruits, etc. We also play with the abacus, counting.

Z is reading some single words, knows his letters and letter sounds. Counts forwards to 18, and backwards from 10-5 so far. Also recognizes written numbers 0-10(atleast).  Sings several nursery rhymes. Knows most of his farm animals and their sounds. Working on labeling zoo animals(does know several of them already). He knows about 8 shapes. Also last week he started skip counting by 2s.

We had a breakthrough with colors this last month. I was getting so frustrated and was convinced he was color blind. He’s knows letters, shapes, numbers, etc for months and could not grasp colors. But finally he master Preschool Preps Colors app.  

Another crazy thing I did was add in Classical Conversations to his routine. They now have an app available, so we have been using that as another source of input. I also downloaded an app called Little Solver on the recommendation of another EL mom. Its all about logic and problem solving skills. While I planned on using it as another input resource, he did start attempting to answer some of the problems himself, and doing pretty good at it.

Little Z is now starting to read more and more words that are labeled on his flashcards, also out in public. It is so amazing to watch the lightbulbs click in his head.

What is my baby listening to?

What is Baby Z listening to?
Well I have been back to using my Sound Beginnings music belt. I was having issues with my MP3 player, so I just gave up on it and hooked up my iPhone. I know they don’t recommended using cellphones, but I put it in airplane mode, so the WiFi and cellphone services are shut off. And now I have better control over what is playing 🙂
Today he listened to:
Surfing the Alpha Wave by Right Brain Kids
Music Alphabet Song Chant by the people at Soft Mozart
Themes to Remember 1 by the people of Classical Magic

This morning before school Wesley and I got through
Little Reader Chinese by BrillKids
Little Musician Beta testing by BrillKids
– Follow that Dot Flashcards print off Memory Magic
– Practiced Skip Counting by 3’s using the tune for Classical Conversations.

Pregnancy
Well I’d be lying if I said I was doing good today. Well I was doing good. But then out of the blue I started having awful corkscrew like pains in the top of my belly. Its ok if I’m standing or lying down, but awful if I’m sitting upright or bending over. I called the doctor but I’m still waiting for her to call me back. Thank God all my daycare kids were well behaved today and I only have two tomorrow. But if things get worse I might have my hubby drive me to the hospital. The timing sucks because I have Wesley’s parent teacher tonight and he’s off school tomorrow.
Any how, enough complaining, I’m going to rest before my daycare parents start picking up and Wesley gets home.

When Right Brain Education Meets Left.

Well I have full force started a right-brain education program for Wesley. We have always done a little right brain education here and there, but not as consistant as I should be. Now this is what we do:
– Little Reader
– Little Math (both Little Math curriculum and the 65 Day Shichida’s Math Program)

Wink To Learn Speak and Read English
Wink To Learn Speak and Read Japanese
Doman Advantage word cards
Now my son is traditionally too old for the math program, but we are noticing that these right brain programs, mixed with our fantastic new ABA tutors he is maturing so much when it comes to his speech and conversation skills. My mom almost feel out of her chair last night when Wesley ask my dad “Papa do you have a gameboy? We play two players?” My mom said it was the very first time she heard him ask a question that wasn’t asking for something he wanted to eat or do, he was asking if my dad owned something. Might seem small but this is HUGE for us.
We had our clinic meeting on Tuesday, and our team was shocked how many programs Wesley blasted through. Our consultant actually didn’t bring enough programs to replace the ones he completed.
We started him on some easy easy mazes( I found a Franklin work book full of mazes at the dollarstore), which he baseline mastered. Now I plan on going to Chapters and buying him some Kumon Maze books.
Now we do other programs that are not Right Brain as well, and they help him so much too. For example Headsprout, Singapore Math, Touch Math, Exploded the Code, ixl.com, and now we also started Click N’ Kids ClickN READ and ClickN SPELL.
Sometimes I wonder WHY so many programs. But then I realize there is a method to my maddness, this provides my son a variety, making it so he is learning using different programs and making it so he doesn’t get board with our programs. I do each a couple times I week(right brain programs are almost daily as they only take 15-20 mins of our day)
We also read 2-10 books a day. Right now I’m learning how to read to him and ask questions so he stays focus on the story. He tends to space out during story time. Now I’m not sure if he is still taking it in or not, Tweedlewink creators claim that children can learn from background sounds just as much as when they are paying attention. But I don’t know.
Last night Wesley and I started a crawling program. We chase each other crawling for 5 mins. It was a lot of fun. I know five mins doesn’t seem like much, but my goal is to work us up slowly. I’m also going to ask my father to build us a set of monkey bars in the basement. I need to get him moving on the physical part of the Doman program. I just pray I can keep motivated.
I hope this combination of programs with help develop my son’s brain to its full potiental. Sometimes he resists programs, and I know its suppose to be child lead, but once I insist he does something he usually enjoys it. And in those situations I keep our sessions short. Our window of healing his brain is closing and we must move forth.
Stay tuned for more reviews 🙂 Be sure to check out the Doman Advantage Review and Giveaway. Contest closes Nov 15th,2010

Wink to Learn Animal DVD Review and Giveaway

Well this is my second review for the company Wink To Learn. The first was on a product called Speak and Read English, you can read it here.
I just love dealing with this company! Their products are amazing and they take what they are doing very seriously. They state right on their web pages their promises.

Within 6 Hours – Customer Service email response time

Free Local Shipping for Singapore customers
Free International Shipping by air (except for restricted countries like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia)
100% Compatibility – our DVDs are in NTSC (Region-free format)
Free 1-to-1 Replacement for any defective DVDs for ALL customers
Free Gift-wrapping for ALL customers upon request

I know myself sometimes when I want to order a product the price doubles when I factor in shipping and handling cost. I love that when you order something from Wink To Learn, its free shipping!
The product that I had the honor to review was there Animal Facts DVDs in English. This was exciting for me because a)I’ve been dieing to try this series and b) I know my Brillkids friends online would like an honest review on their product.
The bundle I reviewed included:
African Safari
Amazing Rainforest
Australian Wildlife & Asian Reptiles
Jungle Feathers
Threatened Species
Wetland Wings
Here is a little preview from their website

Each DVD Helps your child to learn more than 70-100 encyclopedic facts on animals in Singapore Zoo and hence learn more than 100-150 words & phrases.
The first time I played this for my son, it was a few minutes before my hubby came home. When he arrived he looked at the TV and there was a Malayan Sun Bear. He asked me what the heck that was and sat down and started watching the DVD with my son. I find that even as a parent, I’m learning tons from this video. We keep our sessions short just like the people at Wink to Learn recommended. We do 3-4 animals 2-3 times a week. This way it keep the kids wanting more.
The quality of these DVDs are second to none. The videos are amazing and you get close and personal with the animals. I also love the little clips in cartoons that help explain some of the facts. The only thing like I mentioned in the first review the narrator has a slight accent. Once again this does not bother me at all, but some people are particular about accents when teaching their child.
Would I recommend this product? Yes! The information is interesting for both parent and child. Overall an excellent collection of what we call in our home “Children’s Documentaries”. My hubby and I watch several  documentaries a week and wanted to pass on the thirst for knowledge to our children. I feel these DVDs do just that. Not to mention the price is right and the no charge shipping is a MAJOR bonus.
Now the SUPER exciting part!!
Wink To Learn has offered my readers a chance to win a copy of the following titles. (Amazing Rainforest is my personal favorite, so I’m thrilled that it was included!)
– African Safari
– Amazing Rainforest
– Threatened Species
The contest is open WORLDWIDE (except for restricted countries like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia)
How to Enter: Complete any of the following task, and get one entry each. PLEASE include your email and leave one comment for EACH task. The more tasks you complete the better your chances of winning.
– Head over to Wink to Learn and tell me which of the Animal DVDs you would like to show your child the most
– Let me know what other Wink to Learn product you would like to try
– Follow Doman, ABA, Dayhome, and Homeschooling Momma publicly
– Blog about this giveaway on your blog (send me the link in your comment)
-Sign Up for another giveaway I have going on at the moment
Contest Closes October 15th at 11:59pm
Thank-you so much to the great people at Wink To Learn for giving me the chance to review their product, and at the same time educate my children. I was in no way required to write anything in my review, and the option here is mine and mine alone.

Our school plans this week for kindergarten… Getting back on the wagon

So I planned the week out, we are going to homeschool 4 days(Wesley’s with his dad on Thursdays and Saturdays)For this week we are doing:
Monday and Wednesday
-Math U See-Exploded the Code
-Hooked on Handwriting
-Sidney Ledsons Blockgame
Headsprout
Super Star Speech
Wink To Learn Speak and Read English(two lessons each day)
Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer(3 animals a day)
Letterland(Read about one letter character a day)
-Little Reader(one lesson a day)
-Glenn Doman Style flashcards

Tuesday and Friday
-Math U See
-Exploded the Code
-Hooked on Handwriting
-Sidney Ledsons Blockgame
-Reading Eggs
Wink To Learn Speak and Read English(two lessons each day)
Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer(3 animals a day)
Letterland(Read about one letter character a day)
-Little Reader(one lesson a day)
-Glenn Doman Style flashcards

Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made SimpleLast week I sat down and did the speech assessment with Wesley from the Super Star Speech program. I was able to figure out some words he’s mispronouncing letters, or dropping them all together. So this is exciting for me because now I can start using Debbie’s program and iron out these little problems. The program comes with the assessment, the forms to come up with a plan, work lists and games to help the child practice their word list in a fun way. Be sure to check out Debbie’s great programs here and he blog(here) which is full of information about speech issues and suggestions for parents who have children with speech issues. Deborah Lott is a speech pathologist and homeschooling mom of four. She has a M.Ed in speech pathology and an interest in sharing information about speech development and speech therapy for children on here blog. Keep checking in here on Doman,ABA, Dayhome and Homeschooling Momma for an upcoming giveaway of one of her great products. I’m sure excited she has allowed me to try and review her product.
Also be sure to check out my Monki See Monki Do giveaway here. This giveaway closes August 10th @11:59pm Central Time. I use this program with my daycare babies and they are loving it. I have to give a shout out to Krista, the creator of this program and thank her for offering my readers this great opportunity to win, and for sending me her product to review.