I got Brother Bear set up on the iPad to go through his lessons. He loved it! It was amazing how quickly he caught on! He wanted to learn to read.
I took this after he finished up with lesson 4. I was shocked. This is a child that has never cared about learning letters or how to read. I am not even sure that he can say his alphabet all the way through. I know for a fact that he doesn't know all the names of the letters that he is sounding out in this video:
Overall, this was a great fit for Brother Bear. He is learning to read and he is enjoying the process. I call this a win-win!!!
There are a few things that I wish I could have changed. First off, the interactive workbook was on the ABeCeDarian website. I had to log us into the website and load the workbook every single time! This could sometimes take up to 5 minutes. I think this would work so much better as an app. I had to make sure that I opened it and had it ready before calling him to do his lesson.
Second, everything is on the iPad or computer including the writing practice. I really feel like it would be more beneficial to have the writing pages available as pdfs. I tried to let Brother Bear 'write' on the iPad, but Daddy T and I felt like it wasn't the same as him actually learning to write. In the end, I printed off some blank lined paper and wrote the letters and words for him to practice.
Overall, this is a great program. We will continue to use it to teach Brother Bear to read, and I will probably use it when Sister is ready as well. I love the method that ABeCeDarian uses to teach them to read. It is proving to be very successful in our house!
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