Welcome, Guest.
Please sign in or you can click here to register an account for free.
Did not receive activation email?

Refer-a-Friend and earn loyalty points!
[6 Sep] Get the BEST of BrillKids at a VERY SPECIAL price (for a limited time only!) (More...)

[05 Apr] BrillKids HQ is relocating: there may be minor shipping delays (More...)

[17 Jan] Looking for WINK TO LEARN coupons? New coupons now available for redemption! (More...)

[22 Jul] More SPEEKEE coupons available at the BrillKids Redemption Center! (More...)

[22 Mar] Important Announcement Regarding License Keys and Usage of BrillKids Products (More...)

[26 Feb] MORE Wink to Learn coupons available at the BrillKids Redemption Center! (More...)

[08 Jun] NEW: Vietnamese Curriculum for Little Reader! (More...)

[15 May] Hello Pal Social Language Learning App Has Launched! (More...)

[3 Mar] Update: Hello Pal now Beta Testing! (What We've Been Up To) (More...)

[11 Feb] Sign up for our Little Reader Vietnamese Beta Testing Program! (Sign ups open until FEB. 15, 2015 ONLY!) (More...)

[26 Jan] More Wink to Learn coupons available at our Redemption Center! (More...)

[18 Nov] Get your Arabic Curriculum for Little Reader! (More...)

[21 Oct] EEECF News: Get 30% Off from Hoffman Academy! (More...)

[22 Sep] The EEECF is now registered in the UN and we now accept donations! (More...)

[13 Aug] The Early Education for Every Child Foundation (EEECF) is now a registered charity on AMAZON SMILE! (More...)

[12 Aug] ALL-NEW Transportation & Traffic Category Pack for Little Reader!(More...)

[21 Jul] Get 10% off our NEW Actions and Motions Category Pack for Little Reader! (More...)

[14 Jul] Get 10% off BrillKids Books! IT'S THE BRILLKIDS SUMMER BOOK SALE! (More...)

[25 Jun] BrillKids store and website now available for viewing in Arabic! (More...)

[09 Jun] Get your Russian Curriculum for Little Reader! 10% off introductory price! (More...)

[09 May] Free Little Reader, Price Changes, and Promotional Discounts! (More...)

[28 Apr] Get BabyPlus Discount Coupons at the BrillKids Coupon Redemption Center (More...)

[13 Mar] Get your FREE Chinese Curriculum Update for Little Reader! (More...)

[20 Feb] FINALLY, introducing our Spanish Curriculum for Little Reader! (More...)

[24 Feb] We're looking for Content Checkers and Testers for our Arabic Curriculum! (More...)

[10 Feb] Volunteer with the Early Education for Every Child Foundation (EEECF) (More...)

[24 Jan] Check out our NEW Thai Curriculum Pack for Little Reader! (More...)

[20 Jan] Get Discounts from BrillKids Product Partners! (More...)

[10 Jan] Introducing our New Category Pack: Exotic & Wild Animals! (More...)

[27 Nov] Sign up for our LR Spanish Beta Testing Program (LIMITED SLOTS ONLY!) (More...)

[19 Dec] Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! NOTE: BrillKids office closed on holidays (More...)

[16 Oct] Announcing the WINNERS of our BrillKids Summer Video Contest 2013! (More...)

[04 Oct] Get Little Reader Touch on your Android device! (More...)

[19 Jul] BrillKids products now available for purchase at our Russian Online Store! (More...)

[31 Jul] BrillKids Video Contest Summer 2013 - Deadline EXTENDED to August 31st! (More...)

[20 Jun] Join the BrillKids Video Contest Summer 2013! (More...)

[17 Jun] India Partners: BrillKids products now once again available in India! (More...)

[22 Apr] Little Reader Touch Version 2 Now Available (More...)

[21 Mar] French Curriculum available now for Little Reader! (More...)

[16 Apr] Spain Partners: BrillKids products now Online in Spain! (More...)

[07 Feb] Update to Little Math Version 2 now! (More...)

[07 Feb] Check out the *NEW* BrillKids Downloads Library! (More...)

[27 Feb] Singapore Partners: BrillKids products now Online in Singapore! (More...)

[20 Feb] Vietnam Partners: BrillKids products now Online in Vietnam! (More...)

[22 Jan] Important: About Sharing License Keys (More...)

[07 Nov] Update to Little Reader v3! (More...)

[19 Oct] We're Looking for Translators for our Little Reader Software (More...)

[15 Oct] More Right Brain Kids coupons available at our Redemption Center! (More...)

[25 Sep] CONTEST: Get A Free Little Musician by helping EEECF reach your friends and colleagues! (More...)

[17 Sep] Give a child the gift of literacy this Christmas: 20,000 children need your help! (More...)

[29 Aug] Little Musician wins Dr. Toy Awards! (More...)

[29 Aug] VIDEOS: Perfect Pitch at 2.5y, and compilation of Little Musician toddlers! (More...)

[09 Aug] Get Soft Mozart Coupons from the Points Redemption Center! (More...)

[03 Aug] Welcome NEW FORUM MODERATORS: Mela Bala, Mandabplus3, Kerileanne99, and Kmum! (More...)

[03 Aug] Winners of the Little Reader Video Contest (Part 5)! (More...)

[25 Jul] Bianca's Story - What happens 10+ years after learning to read as a baby/toddler (More...)

[27 Jun] Updates on our Early Education for Every Child Foundation (EEECF) (More...)

[27 Jun] Join the Little Reader Video Contest (Part 5) (More...)

[04 Jun] Being a Successful Affiliate - Now easier than ever before! (More...)


[30 Apr] Winners of the Little Reader Video Contest! (More...)

[28 Apr] The Early Education for Every Child Foundation - Help Us Make a Difference (More...)

[20 Apr] Little Reader Curricula on your iPad or iPhone - now possible with iAccess! (More...)

[12 Apr] LITTLE MUSICIAN - now in OPEN BETA TESTING (with a complete curriculum) (More...)

[12 Mar] *NEW* Little Reader Content Packs now available! (More...)

[01 Feb] Join the March 2012 Homeschooling Contest: Create a Monthly Theme Unit! (More...)

[27 Jan] Join the BrillKids Foundation as a Volunteer! (More...)

[20 Jan] BrillKids Featured Parent: Tonya's Teaching Story (More...)

[17 Dec] Dr. Richard Gentry joins the BrillKids Blog Team! (Read Interview on Early Reading) (More...)

[08 Dec] Little Reader Touch promo EXTENDED + Lucky Draw winners (More...)

[01 Dec] Affiliate Success Story - How Elle Made $4,527 in Sales in just 30 days (More...)

[22 Nov] Little Reader Touch now available in the App Store! (More...)

[09 Nov] Winners of the September 2011 Video Contest (More...)

[01 Nov] Another free seminar and updates from Jones Geniuses (More...)

[16 Sep] SPEEKEE is now a BrillKids partner product! Get Speekee coupons at the Coupon Redemption Center! (More...)

[02 Sep] Little Reader Wins Another Two Awards! (Mom's Best Award & TNPC Seal of Approval) (More...)

[05 Aug] Little Reader Deluxe Wins the Tillywig Brain Child Award! (More...)

[28 Jul] LITTLE MUSICIAN beta-testing NOW OPEN! - Sign up here. (More...)

[14 Jul] Little Reader Wins Another Award! (PTPA Seal of Approval) (More...)

[13 Jul] Jones Geniuses FREE Seminars & news of Fall classes (More...)

[30 Jun] Little Reader Wins 2011 Creative Child Awards! (More...)

[11 May] The *NEW* Little Reader Deluxe - now available! (More...)

[06 May] Do you blog about early learning? - Join the BrillKids Blogger Team! (More...)

[21 Apr] Aesop's Fables vol. 2 - *NEW* Storybooks from BrillKids! (More...)

[15 Apr] BrillKids Foundation - Help Us Make a Difference (More...)

[08 Apr] Get READEEZ Discount Coupons at the Forum Shop! (More...)

[06 Apr] The new Parents of Children with Special Needs board is now open! (More...)

[06 Apr] Join the Jones Geniuses online workshop for BrillKids members this April 21st! [FULLY BOOKED] (More...)

[04 Apr] Get TUNE TODDLERS Discount Coupons at the Forum Shop! (More...)

[21 Mar] BrillKids Discount Coupons - Finally Here! (More...)

[21 Mar] BrillKids on Facebook... We've MOVED! (More...)

[15 Mar] Get KINDERBACH Discount Coupons at the Forum Shop! (More...)

[08 Mar] WINNERS OF THE VIDEO CONTEST: You, Your Baby and Little Reader Part 2! (More...)

[07 Mar] Please welcome our NEW FORUM MODERATORS: Skylark, Tanikit, TmS, and TeachingMyToddlers! (More...)

[22 Feb] Do you BLOG? Join the BrillKids Blogger Team! (More...)

[11 Feb] Affiliate Program – Use BrillKids Banners to promote your affiliate link in your blogs and websites! (More...)

[31 Jan] Important: Please Upgrade to Little Reader v2.0 (More...)

[26 Jan] BrillKids Blog - Criticisms of Teaching Your Baby To Read (More...)

[21 Jan] Share your Little Reader Success Story! (More...)

[08 Jan] Little Reader available on the iPad today! (More...)

[17 Dec] Aesop's Fables vol. 1 - New storybooks from BrillKids! (More...)

[13 Dec] Infant Stimulation Cards - New at the BrillKids Store! (More...)

[08 Dec] Christmas Sale: Give the gift of learning with BrillKids! (More...)

[29 Nov] Upgrade to Little Reader 2.0 [BETA] Now! (More...)

[19 Nov] Get Discounts for products from JONES GENIUSES! (More...)

[17 Nov] Join the HOMESCHOOLING CONTEST: Create a Monthly Theme Unit! (More...)

[08 Nov] Piano Wizard Academy Offer - Exclusive to BrillKids Members! (More...)

[23 Oct] Should music be a birthright? Is music education for everyone? (More...)

[20 Oct] Introducing the BrillKids Presentation Binder Set! (More...)

[12 Oct]Get to Know Other BrillKids Parents in Your Area (More...)

[14 Sep] Teaching your kids about music - Why is it important? (More...)

[10 Sep] The new ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE Collaborations board is now open! (More...)

[10 Sep] Meet other BrillKids Members In Your Area! (More...)

[27 Aug] Traditional Chinese Curriculum Add-On Pack for Little Reader - Now Available! (More...)

[20 Aug] Little Reader Chinese Curriculum Add-on pack - Now Available! (More...)

[5 Aug] Take Advantage of our Special Affiliate Program Promotion! (More...)

[3 Aug] Encyclopedic Knowledge Categories for FREE, made by all of us! Please join in! (More...)

[16 Jul] WINNERS OF THE VIDEO CONTEST: You, your baby and Little Reader! (More...)

[24 Jun] Be a BrillKids Affiliate and Get Rewarded! (More...)

[24 Jun] Need help from Native Speakers of SPANISH, RUSSIAN and ARABIC for Little Reader curriculum!

[01 Jun] Deadline for Submission of Entries for the LR Video Contest - Extended Until June 30! (More...)

[19 May] Facebook "LIKE" buttons are now in BrillBaby! (More...)

[25 Mar] Introducing the all new Little Reader Deluxe Kit from BrillKids! (More...)

[18 Mar] More Signing Time Coupons available at our Forum Shop! (More...)

[11 Mar] BrillKids Discount Coupons - Coming Soon! (More...)

[09 Mar] Little Math 1.6 and Semester 2 are now available! (More...)


Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: update on my kids  (Read 17506 times)
Posts: 379
Karma: 104
Baby: 2

View Profile
« on: November 15, 2013, 05:25:13 PM »

I don't post much on my kids but I have benefited tremendously from the info and sense of community on this site (even though I mostly lurk in the background).  Anyway I hope my update is helpful to others. 

I have a struggling son (age 10) and an advanced daughter (age 6).  I discovered early reading with YBCR, then this forum and Little Reader (which is the best).  At the time, my daughter was 23 months old and my son was 6 and in kindergarten.  I had a bumpier experience than most.  My daughter's accomplishments were bittersweet since they occurred as my son's learning difficulty were surfacing at school.  At times it was a balance act to support my daughter's early learning without jeopardizing my son's self esteem.  My daughter was also a headstrong toddler who enjoyed refusing lessons.  With all of the issues combined, our lessons waxed and waned and never seemed consistent enough. 

Despite our challenges, early learning concepts were always guiding my decisions and structuring our household.  I noticed that I did things differently than my friends.  The differences were subtle but profound.  The simple stuff that most on this forum take for granted doesn't happen in average households.  I read to the kids daily.  I worked on cross pattern coordination for better brain development via brachiation on the playground, swim lessons, and gymnastics for both kids.  There was also yoga (son), robotics (son), documentaries (both), Little Musician (daughter), piano lessons (daughter), etc.  Overall every month, I looked less like my friends and more like people on this forum.  Even when I was doing things that seemed the norm (swimming and gymnastics) my goals were different (cross pattern coordination and brain development).  Whenever I got raised eyebrows, I would lurk on this forum and feel confident and grounded again. 

Overall we did keep up with early reading lessons and activities but it was slow going in comparison to many on the forum.  Then suddenly between age 3 and 3.5 yrs old, my daughter began decoding and reading unfamiliar books to herself.  She became a self motivated compulsive reader.  I mean I couldn't even read email safely around her anymore.  Then I must admit she completely refused to practice reading with me.  I was way too slow for her, so I'm no longer the teacher.  Instead now I'm like the education director.  I research and obtain the educational supplies, place them strategically around the house, and hope the workers (my kids) use them.

My daughter entered kindergarten reading on a third grade level (per testing by her teacher).  Now in first grade, my daughter says she is up a 4th grade reading level.  We haven't had parent-teacher conference yet so she is my only source of information.  She is assigned to an enrichment cluster within the regular classroom.  The work is still too easy.  Sometimes I worry she is picking up lazy habits from the other kids.  In spring, she will take the COGAT test for placement in a gifted classroom for next year.  The test worries me because I believe that early reading gives no advantage on the test.  I think they read the test to the kids.  I think it is mostly a logic test.  The gifted classroom uses the same curriculum as the regular classroom.  They just expand the work to make it more challenging.  Either way every child is assigned to a reading groups based on their reading level and has some corresponding written work.  So the gifted classroom probably will have a minimal impact, but I still hope she tests well enough to get into it. Beyond these small worries, my daughter is doing very well.  The early reading advantage allows her to learn on her own and she is a self motivated learner.  What more can I want!  She wants to be a writer and an artist when she grows up. I could envision her in an eclectic intellectual community.

To my surprise, the early learning experience with my daughter has given some unique and unconventional ideas about my son.  It has made me much more upbeat and optimistic about his challenges.  It has made me realize that there are many different ways to learn.  The completely lateral learning that it is expected at school isn't the only way.  As long as my son keeps learning, then his asynchronous development is okay.  He has always been a confusing mix of interests and abilities.  He spoke early, and was able to synthesize knowledge and come up with astounding conclusions.  Around 18 months old, he loved documentaries.   He saw one that mentioned bacteria caused decaying Egyptian mummies to have a bad smell.  Later my mother commented that his dirty diaper was particularly smelly and he explained that it was due to the "bacteria."  Yet he couldn't put geometric blocks in a shape sorter correctly at age 3.  I think he is secretly gifted but it is hidden due to his learning disabilities.  Anyway in addition, to other issues, he has gotten a lot of intervention for dyslexia, and he is doing much better lately.  He is also a bookworm and self motivated learner.  He use a DAISY reader to follow along in digital books at his intellectual level while his reading level is not caught up yet.  He loves NPR, Greek Mythology, and science.  He is getting more intellectually organized and is finding creative ways to deal with learning challenges.  He has already decided that he wants to get into one the highest ranked high schools in the nation (a biotechnology high school in our town) rather than the regular public high school.  It is an unlikely goal and amazing that he has such ambitions.  But sometimes (even while I'm sitting in IEP meeting) I think he might surprise us all and achieve his goals. Many average kids are not interested in learning once formal schooling ends.  My son however seeks the big truths in life continually.  He wants to know how the universe works, how our brain works, what is consciousness, dark matter, black holes, etc.  He is actually more self motivated and driven to learn than my daughter. "Adversity builds character" has become our motto.

I hope my update, hopes, and dreams for my kids is helpful to others starting out in this teaching journey.  Whatever you are doing just keep it up.  It could have a profound effect.


Posts: 934
Karma: 134
Baby: 1

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2013, 12:23:45 AM »

Thank you so much for your update Lori! It is greatly appreciated to see where the little ones are not that they are growing up.
I love that your son has a passion to learn. I too believe that despite his setbacks that he will do well also. smile


JJ: 5 years old.
Math:  CLE2, Singapore 2A, HOE, living math books.
Language Arts: CLE2
Reading: CLE2
Independent Reading: Half Magic, Boxcar Children, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Science: BFSU, Peter Weatherall, lots of science books.
Americana: Liberty\'s Kids, Complete Book of American History, Story of Us.
Posts: 43
Karma: 2
Baby: 1
Latest: 9y 8m 4d

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 02:59:13 AM »

Thank you for your update Lori. Your post was very moving and inspiring. May all your dreams become a reality and may the three of you have tons of fun in the process!

Posts: 184
Karma: 56

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 01:50:11 PM »

I love this!  Thank you for sharing!

Posts: 25
Karma: 2

View Profile
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2013, 04:05:20 PM »

Thank you so much for sharing. It is very inspiring.  Even I am new to this all and often find comfort and support in this forum  smile .

Posts: 37
Karma: 7
Baby: 2
Latest: 9y 10m 4d

View Profile
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 04:39:28 AM »

Lovely update.  I enjoyed it.

Posts: 25
Karma: 30
Baby: 1

View Profile
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 03:20:33 PM »

@akalori.  Yes, I also think that your son's interest and enthusiasm for learning will go a long way in helping your son succeed and overcome any obstacles. 

You mentioned concern about the COGAT test - I think it will benefit if you do practice tests for such an exam because you never know what kind of format the test will have - It's better to have your child prepared in advance.  A very helpful resource that contains all sorts of tests is  This will give your child plenty of practice so they feel more comfortable on exam day - best of luck!

« Last Edit: November 26, 2013, 03:29:33 PM by NidaAhmed » Logged
Posts: 1128
Karma: 371
Baby: 6
Latest: 8y 11m 6d

Mother of 6 Gifted kids

View Profile
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2013, 08:54:53 PM »

All we can do is do our best...and give ourselves a pat on the back for that regardless of the any improvements are just icing on the cake. There are only so many hours in the day and I know sometimes I feel like I havent achieved what I want to achieve with my children and other areas, but then I think...I'd have to be superhuman to do that. So congrats on what you've achieved!

Posts: 276
Karma: 25
Baby: 1

View Profile
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2013, 02:39:29 PM »

Thanks for the update!


Soccer Mommy
Posts: 48
Karma: 1
Baby: 4+2P
Latest: (Pg)460w 1d

View Profile
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2013, 09:41:18 PM »

That is inspiring! I hope things continue to be wonderful for your children. Many blessings and best wishes!

Posts: 379
Karma: 104
Baby: 2

View Profile
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 03:54:14 AM »

Thanks everyone for the wonderful replies; particularly Nida-A for the COGAT practice link. I had been looking at some practice materials but didn't order any yet. I was worried that intentional practice could cause stress and test anxiety.  I wasn't planning on discussing the COGAT test at home.  She isn't a competitive kid and doesn't do well under pressure.  She has a best friend at school who always tries to do the best.  My daughter is more capable but always steps aside and hides in the crowd.  If she knew the COGAT test was important she might do poorly.  So I rather that she think it was a normal part of her school day; nothing special.  However, I really think a small amount of practice could be helpful.  I'm going to order a practice test and pretend that it is just a puzzle book.  Then I will just leave it on the bookshelf and let her do it at her leisure. My daughter loves to learn by herself but doesn't like to demonstrate her knowledge.  Sometimes she gives intentional wrong answers to avoid attention and fit in with her peers.  So I'm trying to resolve myself to not be disappointed if she doesn't get into the gifted group.  She doesn't learn a lot at school anyway.  She learns better by herself.

Posts: 47
Karma: 0

View Profile
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2019, 07:29:16 AM »

You are doing a tremendous job. It is very enlightening and achieves what it desires. I will make sure that I read all of your blogs in future. It will definitively enhance my knowledge.
Case study assignment writing
Academic Assignment Writing
pay for essay
airbnb swot analysis
Airbnb swot
best online assignment help
mba essay writing service
Dissertation Help Online
Project Management Assignment
College assignment help
assignment writing service
Walmart PEST analysis
assignment help usa
Research Paper Outline
creating a business plan
Research Papers Example
best essay writing service
cheap essay writing service
pay for essay
Business Plan Template
sample business plan
business sample plan
economics homework help
college assignment help
marketing assignment

Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Recent Threads

by sierra, April 09, 2022, 01:13:23 PM
by berryjohnson, February 05, 2020, 12:41:49 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:25:57 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:24:18 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:22:17 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:20:27 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:18:26 PM
by joeroot9690, February 05, 2020, 12:15:58 PM
by sandanna, February 05, 2020, 10:36:49 AM
by berryjohnson, February 04, 2020, 12:15:59 PM
by joeroot9690, February 01, 2020, 01:57:09 PM
by joeroot9690, February 01, 2020, 01:52:43 PM
by joeroot9690, February 01, 2020, 01:47:02 PM
by joeroot9690, January 31, 2020, 09:23:41 AM
by joeroot9690, January 31, 2020, 09:20:23 AM
Page: 1/4  

Recently Added Files

tamil - months by BhavaniJothi, Dec. 05, 2019
More Shapes - More shapes not originally included in L... by Kballent, Oct. 23, 2019
test1 - test by SSbei, Sep. 08, 2019
Purple Foods - I made some lessons with colored food f... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
Green Foods - I made some lessons with colored food f... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
Yellow Foods - I made some lessons with colored food f... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
Orange - I made some lessons with colored food f... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
Red Food - I made some lessons with colored food f... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
White Foods - As part of Color Themes I made some less... by Kballent, Aug. 07, 2019
Fruits & veggies mascots - This is Polish \"must have\" mascots :) ... by Agnole, Feb. 24, 2018
Page: 1/3  

  • Total Members: 212384
  • Latest: Samit
  • Total Posts: 110513
  • Total Topics: 19123
  • Online Today: 82
  • Online Ever: 826
  • (January 22, 2020, 12:09:49 AM)
Users Online
  • Users: 0
  • Guests: 77
  • Total: 77

TinyPortal v1.0.5 beta 1© Bloc

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines

Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS! Dilber MC Theme by HarzeM
Home | File Downloads | Search | Members | BrillBaby | BrillKids | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2022 BrillKids Inc. All rights reserved.