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Friday, October 22, 2010

TOS Review: Brill Kids Little Reader


Usually when we are working on our regular school work or review items, I have to keep Lily occupied with something else so she will stay out of trouble so we can get our work done. Not this time! We got to review a product just for Lily (well Christian and Anthony like it too) Brill Kids Little Reader Learning System.

Description: Brill Kids strongly believes in early learning and that parents can do many things with children at an early age that can help them achieve their full potential. They have a line of products for early learning including: Little Reader, Little Math, and Little Musician. We have been using the Little Reader Basic Learning System for the last several weeks. The cost of the Little Reader Basic Learning System is $149 for one semester or $199 for a full year curriculum with a lifetime license key that is able to installed on two computers. The full year curriculum contains over 3000 words in 180 categories. The software is compatible with computers using Windows only.

The Little Reader Basic Learning System is:
  • engaging and fun for your child lessons are never the same
  • easy for a parent to use just load the software and follow the lessons
  • parent and educator approved
  • able to be used in just minutes a day
  • taught with the Flash method, multisensory method, and phonics method
  • able to grow with your child progressing from words to simple sentences and stories
  • able to be personalized with your own pictures and videos

Benefits of using Little Reader:

  • helps your child read at a younger age by sight words and learning natural phonics decoding
  • help your child develop clearer speech
  • helps foster a geunine love of reading
  • can teach your child different languages using content files downloaded off of the Brill Kids Forum

There is a Deluxe Little Reader System also available. Click here for more information.

For a free 14 day trial of Little Reader click here.

What We Like: The program is very easy to use. Click play and the lesson begins. The lessons are fun and engaging for children and do not take long to do. Each lesson only lasts around 5 minutes. Lily (18 months) absolutely loves the program. She wants me to turn it on everytime she sees me open the laptop. She interacts with the program often laughing and pointing at what is on the screen. She also makes many of the animal sounds and will repeat many of the words. Her vocabulary has definitely increased over the last couple of weeks. Christian and Anthony really like it too and will crowd around the computer to be able to listen along. Their tech support was great when I had a question. I received an email respnse the next day with very clear concise directions. Good tech support is very important especially when working with computers.

Some Things to Consider: One thing I thought was a little strange was what categories some of the pictures were in. For instance, two of the categories are common animals and kids' things. But chicken and rabbit are in the kids' things category and not in the common animals category. Also, there was a glitch in downloading the files using Internet Explorer as your web browser. Using another web browser to download was recommended or tech support offered a way to solve the problem.

My Final Thoughts: The baby really enjoys using this program and her vocabulary has definitely increased. It only takes a few minutes a day and all I have to do is follow the lessons already planned out. Will she learn how to read at an early age? I guess we will find out after we continue using the program for awhile. In the meantime she is having fun learning.

I received a complimentary download of this product in order to write a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

To see what other crew members are saying click here.

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