This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

TOS Review ~ Brill Kids Little Reader


When I found out I was selected to review Brill Kids Little Reader program a few weeks ago I  was a bit apprehensive.  Never in my life have I thought about trying to teach my baby to read. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole program.

What is Little Reader?

The website describes it as follows:

"The Little Reader software curriculum will guide your child in a systematic and progressive fashion over a 12-month period from sight-reading single words, to sounding out groups of words, to reading complete stories. During that time, your child will see over 3,000 words in more than 140 subject categories"




      What do you get with the program?

Little Reader software installation disc
2 Content discs with 12-month, ready-made curriculum
Lifetime usage of the learning system
2 Brill Kids Presentation Binders
40 Customizable Flap Cards
20 Customizable Flash Cards
160 sheets of word and picture prints:
Content Printouts for 8 core categories
5 Little Reader Storybooks
2 Weekly Lesson Planners, one for each semester
10 Sheets of Sticker Labels for playing the labeling game
"Everything you need to know about teaching your baby to Read" booklet
Teaching with Little Reader" booklet
Brill Kids Loyalty Points

The Little Reader program sells for $149 for the Basic and a Deluxe version is available for $399. The software we received included a one year (two semesters) format that will expose your child to over 3,000 words. You can choose  to personalize lessons for your child by adding pictures and voices from your child’s life to the flashcards.  For example, for the word “eye” you can add a picture of your child’s eye, or Mommy or Daddy’s  eye.  You can also choose to record Mommy, Daddy, Grandma or anyone else saying the word “eye”. 

Our thoughts on the program

I used this program with my 13 month old, McKenzie. She loved her computer time and enjoyed watching the screen. It’s recommended to implement the program twice a day, which I found to be rather challenging these last few weeks. But you know what, after using the program for about a week and a half she started signing and pointing more, something that she did not do beforehand. She hasn’t said any new words, but the signing has increased and she is communicating which is great for everyone!  For now I think we are content with just exposing her to lots of real books, but I will definitely be looking to Brill Kids when we start transitioning to more talking and less signing.

Do you want to give it a try with your baby or child? Sign up for a FREE 14-day trial and test it out for yourself! There is also a download for  free teaching tools, such as activity sheets, flashcards, and power point presentations to use with your baby or child. Be sure to check out what my TOS  crewmates had to say by going to the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of Brill Kids Little Reader software in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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