Monday, March 22, 2010

Super Star Speech (Review)

Lindsey has been speaking in complete sentences since before her first birthday. I'm not kidding! The child started talking and just never quit. Seriously, she talks in her sleep. Besides the fact that I never get a moment of peace and quiet, there is one small problem. R's....they sound like w' it's like talking to a very intelligent Elmer Fudd at times. R's in the middle or at the end of a word are more r-like at least, but words that begins with R are just weally wough. When I found out that Super Star Speech was sending a free product to review as part of the TOS Crew, I was very interested. Then when I saw that they had a particular book just on R's and L's I almost did back flips!

Super Star Speech is written by Deborah Lott, a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a Master's degree in Education/Speech Pathology. Deborah is also a homeschooling Mom of four children. During her interaction with other homeschool families, she found that many homeschool parents could not afford speech therapy for their children, prefer not to use speech therapy through the local school systems, or prefer working with their own children.

Super Star R & L ($18.95) will aid you in teaching your child to correctly pronounce the R and L sounds. This manual can stand alone for children with one or two speech sound errors or can be used as a supplement to Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple, providing additional pictures and activities.
· Specific instructions and tips for teaching R and L
· 168 picture cards that can be used straight from the book or copied onto card stock for greater
· Games, worksheets, and activities for enjoyable practice and drill
· Reproducible lesson plan forms
· All speech therapy materials, activities and games are new and different from those in Super Star
Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple.

· Spiral bound
· 83 pages

Our book arrived on a Saturday. I read it through that weekend and on Monday we added speech to Lindsey's daily work. After several weeks of using the tips and techniques listed, I can tell a noticeable difference in Lindsey's speech when "r" is not the initial sound. I'm also encouraged to know (from the website) that some children don't grasp the "r" sound totally until they are 7. I doubt that will be the case in this instance, but it does give me a 2.5 year window to work with!

For a limited time, the author is offering a 20% discount to my readers when ordering directly from Super Star Speech. Simply go to the site, place your order and enter the discount code of "TOS". This offer is good through June 20, 2010.

We also received a free copy of the game All About Animals. All About Animals is an animal classification game for grades K-5. Players use picture cards or clue cards to categorize animals into the five major groups. Olivia has great plans of becoming a veterinarian when she grows up, so this is a wonderful opportunity to work towards that goal in a fun way at a young age. I suggest printing the cards on cardstock and then laminating them. If your kids are like mine, these cards will get a LOT of use! The Super Star games can be purchased at Curr-click for $3.50 each.

To read more reviews by TOS Crew members,click here.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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