There are only a handful of products I love enough that I really suggest to friends and family so I thought what better way to spread the word than mentioning here. So for the next few Fridays I am hoping to highlight some of my favorite products for families with kids.
Normally I am pretty frugal (or cheap depending on how you want to look at it) but someone gave us the sight words dvd Words 3. My dad put it on for the kids and initially it was mostly for my 4 year old. Then my 18 month old happened to wander into the room while she was watching it and he was fascinated. Once I actually watched through the introduction which I normally skip I found out these dvds are actually geared towards kids who are just learning to speak.
Now I don’t know if these dvds are really going to help the kids learn to read more easily but I am amazed how quickly the kids and especially my son picked up the words. He actually recognizes the words as they appear on the screen before they say them out loud and after seeing how quickly he picked it up my dad asked me to order the other sight word dvds. I found this 7 disc set on Amazon and figured out it was cheaper than buying the dvds individually. My son soaked them up and between the dvds and a few letter and number puzzles he now knows most of his alphabet and he can count from 1-10.
I personally find these dvds mind numbing boring but Michael enjoys them so much and it’s fun to watch as he actually gets up to dance in excitement when we turn it on. When his favorite parts come on he actually will start yelling “look! look!” and points at the screen. My parents or I sit down with the kids and repeat the words with the kids and when we are out and about if I see one of the words I’ll point them out as well. I was surprised when we were out walking and Michael starts saying “a, a, a” and I was confused until I see him pointing at the street sign “Alice”. Now he does that with signs, magazines, books, etc.
For Kaitlyn, my four year old, she enjoys it but it’s harder to gauge how much she is getting out of it because she tends to have a more stoic face while watching and rarely says anything but then out of the blue will start rattling things off. She is picking the words up a little more slowly but I am impressed now that while we read her bedtime story she can make out a lot of the sight words like “the, it, in, etc” and then is working on sounding the other words out. So she can sometimes read parts of her books herself. Generally we make it through 1-2 pages like this before she gets frustrated and I finish up the story but it’s progress.
So while I personally don’t enjoy watching the dvds both kids really like them and I am amazed how much they pick up from it. The only one Michael seems to have a hard time with is colors. He picked up the numbers, letters and sight words in no time but for colors everything is still “blue”. 🙂