FTC Disclosure – I was given an extended trial subscription of Rosetta Stone Kids Reading to review it with my two preschoolers. The view and opinions expressed here are mine.
With a preschooler on the Autism spectrum and the other one so eager to do everything and anything that her brother does, our school time is always a mix of trying to find learning activities that can meet both of their individual levels and and interest. It can be difficult at times, with Courtney being able to draw straight lines, draw circles and Carson struggles with his fine motor skills. So it can be discouraging when he sees his sister doing a task that he can’t.
With all the book work, we have figured out a way to use our fingers for most of the circle this, or draw a line to this work when the two little ones are working together. It really does help with Carson’s frustration level when he isn’t having to worry about drawing lines or circles around the correct answer.
Because of our struggles with his fine motor skills, I am always looking for ways to work on his reading skills without having to worry about what he can’t do yet. You know, it is extremely frustrating when he is learning his letters, and all the worksheets want him to circle this or draw that…. Anyways, that is where Rosetta Stone Kids Reading comes into play. Until I was sent an invitation to apply to be a part of this campaign, I had never heard of the Rosetta Stone Kids Reading. I mean I knew who Rosetta Stone was, anyone knows that if you want to learn another language, you go to Rosetta Stone. So I was intrigued and excited when we were selected to review their kids reading program.I am always on the look for anything that will help with teaching reading and be interactive without causing stress due to the lack of Carson’s motor skills. So we headed over to Rosetta Stone Kids Reading and signed up with a special code they gave me, both kiddos standing beside my laptop waiting. Well, they could barely contain themselves, especially Courtney, you see the Lingos jumped up on the screen and started wiggling around, oh yeah they were hooked before we even started.
These little Lingos are different colored water droplet characters. Each of them has a name, and they join along on all the activities with the kids. Courtney LOVES it when they say Uh Huh and wiggle when she gets a correct answer. The constant positive enforcement throughout each of the activities and levels is fantastic. After a level is complete, the little Lingo does a wiggle dance that my 3 year old, Courtney, mimics and giggles the entire time!
The games are very engaging and allow for a child to start at their current level of readying or reading readiness. Carson started on level 2 while Courtney started on level 1. Each of them would play with each other though. Courtney in particular will play her games on her iPad even outside of school time. She likes to lay in bed and play the games before bed. To say that I, as a parent loved this program is an understatement. I have yet to find another online, or iPad app that has even remotely come close to engaging my children as much while teaching them and we have tried a lot of them!
Some more details:
You can try out Rosetta Kids Reading yourself with their free trial of one level. Just head over to http://www.rosettastone.com/kids