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.

Wink to Learn- Speak and Read English Review

Wink to Learn- Speak and Read English
Well this time while reviewing a product I was pleasantly surprised! I actually thought I was just reviewing the Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer series. When I opened the package I was confused to see “Speak and Read English”. My first reaction was, “My son knows How speak English, why would they send this?”Well I opened it up and threw Disc 1 in. Well I was very pleased. I now understood that this product is good for both English and non-English speaking families.

“Speak & Read English 4-DVDs program is your child’s best tool in learning English.Each lesson is based on the flashcard principles of Glenn Doman. Lesson duration is short (less than 5 mins) and captivates your child’s attention using real life photos and videos. It consists a total of 48 topical lessons which systematically help your child to recognise words and to form proper phrases and sentences.”

When I put on these lessons, I usually have 3 daycare babies gather around the TV and my son sits on the couch. When the lesson is over they almost always want more. If your looking for something that is very right brain, and you can use it would both a baby and an older child, this is the right product for you! I was very excited to see that it is designed for 6months to 7 years old! So if you children between that large age group you are going to get lots of use out of this amazing product.
The Wink to Learn Speak and Read DVD Series claims to:
• Develop Positive Interest in Languages
• Recognise English words
• Speak accurate English
• Form Proper Phrases and Sentences
What I really like about this program is the fact it seems to follow Glenn Doman’s plan. Single words them couplets, then right into sentences. Only thing I noticed is the accent of the woman reading the words on the DVD. This is not an issue to me because for now it’s cute that when my son is following along with the video says watermelon with an accent. I know that because he is living in an environment of people with a Canadian accent that’s what he will have. In no way is the accent on the video so hard you can’t understand what she is saying. But it’s there and I know some families like knowing this when deciding to buy a new DVD reading program.
Would I buy this product?
In a heart beat. As a mother who got on board with right brain learning when my son was a bit older(started on and off at 2 years old, and full force at 4 years old) I loved that they sent a little booklet that had directions on how to run this program according to your child’s age. I also like that the booklet includes all the words in the lessons. I plan to use this to make books using these words to help the children learn even more. Great Job Wink to Learn! This is an amazing product.
If your interested in purchasing this product or any other Wink To Learn products, please go to the Wink to Learn website
Keep your eyes open on my upcoming review about Wink Learn Animal Series.

Early Learning Window of Opportunity (Updated November 2018)

Early Learning Window of Opportunity

Window of Learning Opportunity: What is it?

The window of early learning opportunity is between 0-5 or 0-6 years old, depends on who you are talking to. I feel under so much pressure these last few weeks, and I guess its because Wesley’s fifth birthday is quickly approaching. He is still learning info at a crazy speeds so I’m going to keep exposing him to things like Little Reader and Tweedlewinks. I guess I just feel with the big 5 coming, its kind of now or never, and I know soon enough that window is going to be closed.

Wes had his preschool graduation yesterday. Even though he left his daycare last month they still called me and invited him. Sadly I could not go because I had already taken Monday morning off for an MRI, I could not ask my daycare parents to move their schedules again. So my parents took him. How can he be kindergarten age already! I’m 25 years old but I feel years and years older now that I have a 5 year old.

Hands On Activities. Homeschooling Doesn’t Always Involve Textbooks.

Wesley helped my boyfriend and step daughter plant a garden in the back a few weekends ago. We thought with the crazy rains and flash floods it was going to be ruined, but when the water went away our garden was ok and actually growing better!!

Honestly there is no better way to science then diving right into it.

What Are We Doing to Take Advantage of the Window of Learning Opportunity

(Not everything is done everyday, but at least a few times a week)

This is a hands on math program that uses colorful blocks to teach children math. (UPDATE Nov 2018: This program landed up not being a fit for Wesley. We landed up switching to TouchMath, and he just blossomed. However, I don’t want to turn you off this program just because it was not a fit for us. I know several families that use and love Math U See. )

Hooked on Phonics(HOP). When I think of this company, I think of the infomercials from the early 1990’s. My dad actually called the 1-800 number back then, but the price was OUTRAGEOUS. However in 1994 HOP was forced into bankruptcy due to several lawsuits regarding misrepresenting their product. However in the 2000’s HOP was acquired by the same company as the people who run Sylvan Learning. In 2006 they introduced much more affordable products. A while back my mom found the whole K-Grade 2 set for Wesley at Zellers for $40, and we have just loved it!! Wesley has solidified his knowledge in phonics and has become and even stronger reader because of it.

(UPDATE Nov 2018: The set my mom bought years ago has been a great investment. Zakari is now using the the program. We started him off with their Hooked On Phonics App. While Zakari learned to read mostly using the Doman Program and BrillKids, this helped make sure there were no gaps in his reading skills.

This was another Zellers special my mom found on clearance. It was a great introduction to writing for Wesley. It is very colorful and kid friendly.

(Update November 2018. This was a great program for Wesley to practice his penmanship before we started Handwriting Without Tears. I wish I had the hindsight to have bought 2 of these back in the day. But the one book is reuseable and Zakari has gotten a lot of practice using it.)

Want to start introducing your young child to vocabulary in different languages? Little Pim is a sweet way to start that process. (UPDATE Nov 2018: These videos are now available on Amazon Prime Video)

TweedleWink is a program designed to maximize your child’s natural sponge-like learning state, beginning from birth. Your child can easily absorb information in less than ten minutes a day — quickly, joyfully, without any stress.

I can honestly say this has been a favourite with Wesley. I’m impressed with the quality of the information his is being exposed to. (UPDATE Nov 2018: These are still a family favourite. Zakari has gone through the whole series several times. I have also had many daycare kids who have been in my care enjoy them.)

This is a wonderful program that will help your child recognize different composers and pieces of music. The CD plays  a part of the piece twice. The first time it is just the music. The second time it is the music with lyrics. The thing is the lyrics help the child learn who the composer is and what the piece is called.

(UPDATE Nov 2018: To this day every time I hear Vivaldi’s Spring From the Four Season, the lyrics from this CD are stuck in my head. This has been a timeless program that has been used with all my children and many daycare kiddos.)

This is a classic for Wesley. He often request it. Be sure to check out my review about this DVD! Trebellina and Friends DVD Review/

  • Walking every day

At least once a day I load my daycare babies in a stroller and we go for a walk. There is several great parks near by that we frequent. We also walk to one of two groceries stores within walking distance to get fresh fruit for lunch.

  • Trying to crawl & creep everyday

According to Glenn Doman, crawling and creeping are important steps to a child’s development. If they skip one of these milestone, don’t do it long enough or if they don’t doing it properly this can severely impact their development. So I have purchased several of these Puzzle Exercise Mat and I create a path for Wesley and my daycare kids to crawl and creep around on.

UPDATE Nov 2018: Sadly we were never as religious about this as I would have like with Wesley. But after attending the What To Do About Your Brain Injured Child course in 2016, we started doing creeping with Zakari. I was unable to get Zakari to crawl on his belly though. However at our Evaluation visit at the IAHP/Doman International in 2017 we were able to teach him how to crawl on his belly using the Crawling Track. 

Little Reader is the cornerstone of Wesley’s reading program. It is a easy to use computer program that has helped him learn to read before he was old enough to suppose to be able to read. The multisensory approach help babies, toddlers and young children learn to read with comprehension and fluency.

UPDATED November 2018: 8 years later I cannot express how instrumental this program has been in teaching both of my boys to read. You can read more about our journey in the post below:

BrillKid’s Learning System with LittleZMan

BrillKid’s Success Story -He Read His First Book at 4 Years Old

BrillKids Learning Adventures!

  • And of course trying to read LOTS.

We try to make this interesting but keeping track of all the books we read. We are using a sticker chart right now and it is going very well!

What do you do to take advantage of the Early Learning Window of Opportunity?

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How to Teach Your Preschooler the Days of the Week

How to Teach Your Preschooler the Days of the Week

Well I just counted out all Wesley’s retired flashcards that he has shown me he can read 90% of the time(other 10% he’s not focusing)and we are at 195 words!!! That’s not bad for just really starting just 4 months ago!

Some of these words he has learned were the days of the week. While its great to be able to read the words, I wanted him to learn in what order they go in. So Mr Wesley is also learning to sort the days of the week.

The first step is using the Doman method in the book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read (The Gentle Revolution Series)“, and teach your child how to read the days of the week.

I start with Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. I mix them up and asked him to sort them in order.


 

After 2 days I added Thursday. We did this for 3 days before we added the next one because I found that unless Wesley was really focusing he often mixed up Tuesday and Thursday.


 

Today I felt he was ready to add in Friday. Of course he was able to sort them no problem. He made mistake here and there when he was rushing, but when paying attention got it right away.


 

LOL then he asked me were Saturday was. So in regular Doman style, I stopped when he still wanted more and told him we will introduce Saturday tomorrow 🙂

I also played the “Days of the Week”, found on this CD Learning Is Fun every day in the car on our way to daycare.
I’m hoping that our next step will be the months of the year.

Share with me how you teach your children the days of the week!