Monday, June 13, 2016

Forbrain- A TOS Review

As many of you know from past posts, my Popper has dealt with Auditory Processing Disorder for years. He was able to have Occupational Therapy for about 2 years using a bone conduction therapy that proved very successful. He has improved so much that the therapist could no longer justify weekly or even monthly visits. She did tell us that purchasing the bone conduction set would be beneficial to maintaining the results Popper had experienced. At that time $2000 was waaaay out of our budget. And so I began to pray...

Recently, that prayer was answered when we received the opportunity to review the bone conduction headset from Forbrain - Sound For Life Ltd.  

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review

Forbrain is a headset that uses bone conduction through a special dynamic filter that allows you to hear your voice the way that others hear it. This allows you to hear speech pronunciation mistakes and correct them. It also helps with volume control (a huge issue with us), comprehension, focus, and memory. 

I thought this would be perfect to actually use with all the kiddos as well as with Daddy T and myself! I started with Popper:

Popper used Forbrain as he did his daily reading and sometimes during our poetry memorization time. I found that as Popper used the headset, he was trying to create different voices for the characters.  Most days, I noticed that he was retaining better than usual. However, there were days where he was not able to use the headset because of headaches. 
That is one thing that I will mention, if you or your child suffer from migraines, be careful to stop use if it begins to hurt at all. Popper tried to keep using it one day and ended up in bed the rest of the day. We did not find this to be a common problem, but there were a few days when he had to not use the headset. 

Next was Brother Bear. He loved wearing the headset!

He usually wore it during his story time. He was dictating a story while I wrote it out. I think it helped with focus. He seemed to be able to sit still a little longer than usual. Since we are not super strict about time spent as much as quality of time, I did not keep track of actual time spent sitting still. However, I did notice that we were able to have more quality to the time we were spending learning. He was able to get a complete story out in one sitting. Which is huge for him!

I saved the best results for last:

Sister struggles with speech problems. We have been waiting on a referral to a speech therapist for about 2 months now. I decided to see how she would do with the headset. I have her use it for a few minutes about 3 times a week. She is only 3 so the 20 minutes a day seems a bit much for her. I am amazed at how far she has come. She pronounces the /k/ sound as /t/. (example; car seat is tar seat) We started there. We have been working on this particular sound for the 6 weeks that we have had Forbrain. She can know make the sound correctly and is learning to flow it into the word without moving her tongue to her teeth out of habit. She is doing wonderfully! The headset allows her to actually hear how she is pronouncing a word wrong and try and correct it herself! 

Overall, I am really pleased with this product! I am excited to use it when Sister starts seeing a speech therapist! I love that when Popper is having a rough day with the Auditory Processing Disorder, I can grab the headset and allow him to spend some time with it on! I am very hopeful with Brother Bear being able to focus better without the intervention of medication. I love that this product has come into our lives! I have thanked Jesus more times for the blessing of being on this review! It truly was an answer to our prayers!

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Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fun-Schooling With The Boxcar Children!

This past week we have been reading the Boxcar Children. One of mine and the kiddos favorite things to do is learn along side the book. This book has proven especially enjoyable! We have gotten to spend many hours together playing, learning and creating! Here is a glimpse at our fun week:

When we started the book, it didn't take long to realize that I am not very good with keeping voices straight while reading. This make it to where the kiddos were having a hard time following all the dialogue. I decided the best way to fix this was to make puppets of the characters. I got online and Goggled "free printable Boxcar Children paper dolls" and this is what I found. I cut them out and attached them to popsicle sticks to make them easier to use while reading. They worked beautifully!

The children became really captivated by the story of these 4 young orphans. Popper was heart broken when he thought that poor young Benny might end up in the children's home. Brother Bear said that Benny was his favorite character, and Sister loved that the girls made the boxcar into a home. 

In the beginning of the book the children, Jessie, Henry, Violet, and Benny, eat brown bread for the majority of their meals until Henry finds work and is able to bring home meat and vegetables. Then they have a beef stew with their bread. 
We decided that we were going to eat like the children some this week. We made 'brown bread' and homemade beef stew. What better way to make the book come to life for the kiddos than letting them do what the Children were doing! The kiddos loved helping make the bread. I let them each add 2 ingredients to the  bread machine. Then they watched as the machine began to mix it all into a round ball of dough. There were cheers of joy when the timer finally beeped announcing that the bread was finished!
Next, we used turnips, carrots, celery and beef to make a yummy beef stew just like the Boxcar Children. We let it boil for a long time, just like in the book. The smells that went through the house were amazing! It all turned out really yummy!
The kiddos love getting in the kitchen to help and this made it even more fun.

In the book, Jessie, Benny and Violet find a blueberry bush and pick blueberries to surprise Henry with when he gets home from work. Since blueberries are a favorite in our house, Daddy T and I started searching. A gentleman from our church told us about a great place that lets you pick the blueberries and keep every 3rd one. We planned the trip for that Saturday when Daddy T was off work. It was neat to be able to pick our own fresh from the bushes. I am pretty sure there were several that made it into little tummies and not the buckets. We were there about an hour and came home with almost 2 pounds of blueberries! We all had a blast! The kiddos are already asking if we can go back next week!

We had a really great time learning together this week! I enjoyed getting to have new experiences right along side my kiddos! I love the way they look forward to our reading time each night. I can see a love for reading building in each one of my kiddos. That makes me a very happy momma!
 This week we will finish up book 1 and move on to book number 2. We can't to see where the Boxcar Children take us next.