Product Review: Lexia for Home

Full Disclosure: I was a given a free trial of this software to write this review.

Lexia for Home is a software program designed to improve reading for students at all levels, including children with dyslexia and other reading challenges. It is used in many school districts and is also available for use at home in the US and Canada. A 1-year home license costs $174.95 for the first child and $109 for each additional child. The software is web-based, so it can be used on multiple computers and is very easy to install. There is also an app available for iPad use (I did not test out the app).

Once your child first logs-in to the program, they complete a placement test. My 4-year-old tested into the Early Reading program, while my 6-year-old tested into the Primary Reading program. I thought they were both placed accurately. The interface is easy for each child to navigate. (Your child should be comfortable with using a mouse.)

The Early Reading program had 4 different games: (1) finding rhyming words; (2) identifying words with the beginning and ending sounds; (3) segmenting words into syllables and sounds; and (4) blending syllables and sounds into words. The Primary Reading program had 5 different games: (1) segmenting CVC words into sounds; (2) completing words with initial/final consonants; (3) sight word search of irregular preprimer Dolch words; (4) sorting letters and words with b, d, and p; and (5) matching short vowel letters to their sounds. A bar graph displays how many units your child completes per game, and the child progresses at their own pace.

The program states that it is most effective when used for 20 minutes daily. I started enforcing that in the beginning, but did not continue at that pace. I let the children decide how long they played (it was usually for about 10-15 minutes) and we did not use it daily. My kindergartner used the program for longer periods and more often than my preschooler did. Computer time is novel in our home and the games are interesting, so both children always enjoyed playing the games, but some days we just did not have time!

I was specifically interested in trying out the software because my apraxic 6-year-old had been doing well with reading but was still anxious about reading books. After the first session, she was solidified in the sight word, the. M also had been mixing b and d, so the game targeting those skills was helpful. The games are a great way to achieve drill practice without boredom. And now, after a few weeks, M has finally exploded into reading books! I do not know if it is purely coincidence or the fact that along with the software, I gave her many reading games to play, or what, but it is exciting. The other night, I caught her reading in bed to her sister. I’m all for avoiding sleep to read! For my preschooler, she already knew her letter sounds and understood rhyming, but was not ready for reading sounds to form words, so the games have been a great introduction to reading skills. Her favorite game by far was the game that blends sounds into words (I think she liked this game best because as you find the solutions it slowly unlocks a picture).

Most of the time, the children played the games without my supervision (computer time was a great time for me to spend with another child or do housework) so it is an added bonus that you can request progress reports anytime you need them. You submit a report request on the website or via email, and within 24 hours you are emailed detailed reports on skill accuracy and usage.

We’ve had a lot of fun exploring this reading program. If you have a child that could use extra help with reading skills, this may be the program for you! For more information about Lexia for Home, visit their website at http://www.lexiaforhome.com/. Also, please like them on Facebook; when they have received 100 likes they are giving out a set of their 72 Family Readers for free. These readers retail for $149 and covers Kindergarten through 2nd-grade reading levels. Go and like them for a chance to win!

Thank  you, Lexia for Home, for this opportunity!

Homeschool Organization: File Folder Games

I love to organize. This was probably my best quality as an employee in my working years. But since having kids, it seems that there is never time to organize! (And I was always good with time-management too!) Lately there has been an ever-growing pile of random games that I printed from teacherspayteachers.com. I love this site! It’s easily searchable by grade, subject, cost, etc, and there are a lot of free items (I have yet to purchase anything). I’ve found fun math and reading games, and the site offers items in many other areas too (like science and history). (OMG, I just discovered that they have foreign language stuff. Looks like I might be printing off some Spanish resources this weekend!) The girls love to play these games. M is still a bit overwhelmed with reading sentences, so I specifically printed games for beginning reading, working on sight words and simple CVC’s (consonant-vowel-consonant). I would randomly print off a game and give it to a child to play with (if they were interested; they always are).

Anyway, I kept printing games, but never took the time to create a system of organization or storage. So last weekend, I finally got around to organizing them into file folders. I even organized our alligator math game and speech target word cards (I get most of my speech cards from TestyYetTrying, a very awesome blog written by an SLP with an apraxic child…who also is venturing into homeschooling) into folders too.

I had envisioned creating a place for each child to keep a folder or two (such as vertical file folder slots or something) and then “assigning” a few folders to each child and switching them out every week. But I haven’t started this yet, and not sure if I will (at the very least, I’m waiting until we hopefully have more “storage” options in the new home). The girls ask to play these frequently anyway. It has been really handy to have around to occupy one child while I’m doing 1-on-1 schooling with the other child. A lot of the games are also fun games to do when we’re doing speech practice, so bonus! So for right now, the folders live in a box, alongside a few “busy bag” games and our homemade geoboards.

The LipperLoppy Life: File Folder Games

The LipperLoppy Life: File Folder Games

Check out the inside-view of one of the folders below. I glued game boards and instructions to the folders (which also means I could print those out on regular paper instead of cardstock) and taped paper pockets to hold any game pieces or cards.

The LipperLoppy Life

The LipperLoppy Life

What are some of your favorite homeschool organization tips?

Monday, Monday

(Yes, this is a very boring post title, probably for a very boring blog post. I apologize.)

Over the weekend we stayed home and the girls continued to work on a lot of their homeschooling projects: M weaved yarn on her loom; both girls played the spider addition game a few more times; M did apple tree math again; they made Halloween necklaces and a counting autumn leaves book; they played games and did puzzles with Dada; and just simply played a lot too. After having a few busy weekends in a row, I loved having a lazy weekend at home to watch Badger football, go for a quick hike, catch up on housework, and finally get motivated to start making the Halloween costumes. But since the weekend looked very similar to a normal homeschooling day (minus the speech class or field trip), I decided to take it easier today.

  • The morning started off with too much television. Normally the girls will watch up to an hour of tv in the morning, so I can either keep the toddler asleep longer, or just take some time waking up myself. (It will be so nice when I can get 7-8 hrs sleep straight, but I’m far from that stage right now, so waking slowly is how I cope.) But boy did I pay for it later! Whenever I let the girls watch a lot of tv (this morning was 2.5 hours), it seems that M is crabby to her sisters and me throughout the day. I actually put M in her room by the end of the day, so she could have space to compose herself. I usually don’t parent this way, so I was feeling stretched a little thin at this point.
  • Then we went out to the fabric store to get the little bit of fabric I needed to finish the girls’ costumes. M was insistent that we run this errand today, so I can finish them asap.
  • The girls bought some Halloween-colored pipe cleaners for themselves at the fabric store, so they played with those, mostly making bracelets and stuff.
  • I cut up some pipe cleaners and placed them in a plastic bottle so the girls could explore them with the magnet.
  • I also made a pipe cleaner toy for the toddler; gave her some small pipe cleaners and a basket, so she could put them in the holes. I wasn’t sure if she was ready for this or not, but she loved it! She carried it around and played with it for about 20 minutes straight.
  • C worked on her ABC book, this time letters E and F. Each week she looks forward to adding to her book, but today she wasn’t very interested in actually doing much of it, even the coloring.
  • M wrote a letter to her grandma. This is the first letter she’s written that she really wrote sentences that made sense to the person she was writing too (usually M will just randomly mention something about her life; today she chose to ask the grandma questions about her recent trip and then tell her something in her life that was relevant to that trip).
  • M also played the snakes and ladders game, and this time I added words that she’s never read before, and she read them. She is still intimidating about reading a book, though.
  • Both girls did some computer play, but every week that they do this, M always has a little fit at the end, wanting to do more. Perhaps I need to be giving them more access to computer games. C plays games on my phone during speech classes, and both girls play either on the phone or Ipad on the weekends. Anyway, I think giving them more access will wait until after we move (and I can have a computer space designated for them) or after they get their own Ipad.
  • M decided that she was going to marry a princess today, so she spent time making invitations and decorations, and preparing the wedding ceremony and reception (tea and cookies, anyone?). Apparently the ceremony will be starting soon.
  • We all made cookies together. Both girls got to crack an egg. I told each girl to throw the shell in the trash and wash their hands. When C went to throw hers away, she completely crumbled the shell in her hands. This is so typical-C, always seeking those sensory moments out. It made me smile, and I realized this was the first time that I had them throw out their own egg shells, and will be doing that from now on.
  • M and I put together the skeleton puzzle; M was able to do the head and upper body all by herself. This puzzle is challenging, even for me, and I always get stressed out while doing it and fending off toddler and C from destroying it. I always get a little bit snippy, which just makes me feel worse. I guess it’s a good moment for me to work on my mindfulness. Or maybe I need to be doing this puzzle only when the toddler is napping.

I really thought we wouldn’t be doing much today, but it sure seems like we did!

 

  • "Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is. " - John Holt
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    “LipperLoppy” is a word that my daughters invented. It is usually used as a silly adjective or noun. It's a frequent family joke and a good representation of our family's crazy joyful life.
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