I've been looking into the various early reading programs or DVD and flashcard sets for a few months now. There are so many choices and I can't decide which to try. I have started with the reading program in the book Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome to introduce Matthew to sight words but I have no progress to report yet.
Below is a list of the programs (in alphabetical order) that I have encountered (but have no experience with, except for Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome) in my search:
- Baby Bumblebee
- Click N Read Phonics (offers online phonics lessons.)
- Love and Learning (this reading program is designed specifically for kids with Down syndrome.)
- Monki See
- Preschool Prep Company
- Reading A-Z (an online reading program.)
- See and Learn (offers activities designed to promote the development of language, reading, speech, memory and number skills in children with Down syndrome.)
- Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome (a book that provides guidelines for a language-experience approach to teaching reading.)
- The Learning Program (based in Orange County, California, this program was developed for children with Down syndrome and designed to supplement traditional education. The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis offers reading workshops using this program.)
- Your Baby Can Read
I am particularly interested in Love and Learning, See and Learn, The Learning Program, and Your Baby Can Read so I may be exploring these more. Although some programs claim to be "the only program guaranteed to teach kids to read", I personally do not believe in the "one size fits all" philosophy when it comes to reading. Maybe I'm wrong but I think a combination of some of the methods would be more beneficial than just sticking to a single one, with the idea of tailoring the various programs to Matthew's learning style and interests.
What method(s) do you use or plan to use?
Book Review: Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome