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I have a delayed four year old who will be five in July. We had him re-evaluated with the school and needless to say, I'm not happy. He seems to be falling behind by their measures, but at the same time, he KNOWS when he's being tested and refuses to play their "games."
So my sister and I were talking about this program she used with my niece about 10 years ago, Brighter Vision Learning Adventures. I can't get their site to come up and all I can find on Amazon.com and eBay are teh books.
Has anyone used this program or know of something similar? Homeschooling isn't an option since I have to work full time. He needs to go to school right now to get the speech and occupational therapies.
I need something that focuses on letter recognition and sounds, numbers/shapes and sequencing or patterns, etc.
Please send PM, I'm not on much during the week and when I am, I'm pretty mcuh just in the Feb09PR.
You're right - even the link on the TOS review page isn't working. :/ Odd.
We have a great preschool book from Monday Morning Books called "Alphabet Connections: Alphabet Theme Activities from A to Z" that we have used and LOVED.
It's basically unit studies for each letter, focusing on a specific animal. It includes every subject in this format:
Intro page with song and activities
phonics connection (usually a file folder game)
literature connection (book with activities plus more suggested reading)
draw the animal instructions
science connection about the animal
science connection about related topics (bubbles for b, for example)
arts and crafts
movement (tons of games like crab walk, etc)
homework 1/2 sheet (address, favorite animals, ways to eat apples)
1/2 sheet snack recipe
The math connetions include things like estimating, sorting, counting, number formation, number sequence, estimation, basic measurement, comparisons, patterns, and more.
You could skip anything in the book that you don't think would be of benefit. We don't do all of the pages for every letter, and we don't do all of the activities on the pages we do pick. We don't do the graphing exercises here very often because they're all about the same, and it's no fun graphing just 5 responses. LOL We always do the animal science because that's my kids' interest, but don't always do any more science than that. Sometimes we play the phonics game, sometimes not. We usually just pick one activity from the arts and crafts page.
Anyway, this is a great little book, and would certainly be easy enough to do on an "after schooling" type basis. I think it would cover the things you are concerned about, and probably more.
I will PM this message to you also! Hope you find what works for your family!
Much thanks to Alethia for my beautiful siggie and tags!!
I found the book on Amazon and will look for the DVD. Sam LOVES the whole LeapFrog line, so I'm sure the dvd will be a big hit. Numbers Nursery (baby einstein) is what helped with understanding quantities and number recognition of 1-5.
I have used the Brighter Vision products before and we liked them. I wonder why their site was down. Sounds to me like he is pretty bright if he can fool all those that was supposed to be testing him!! LOL!