A little over a month ago, Mister started asking me to teach him how to read. Of course, I did what any mother of a prodigy would do…
I told him that reading was for big boys and that if he wanted to be a big boy, he had to go potty on the big boy potty and not in his pull ups. I followed that up by saying that when he chose to be a big boy, I would teach him to read.
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Before anyone gets angry and tells me what a horrible mother I am for telling my son that he had to be toilet trained to learn to read…
Mister had already proven himself perfectly capable of being completely toilet trained, but would get busy playing and “forget” to go to the bathroom. He has been dry through the night for several months now, and could go a day (or two or three) without any accidents if he were motivated to do so. We have tried every form of reward system (Hershey kisses, stickers, toy chest, etc), and as long as he were interested in the reward, he would stay dry.
I merely hoped the desire of learning to read would be sufficient motivator.
No psychological harm was caused by the statement.
The following day, he switched to undies (by his request). After about two weeks in undies (and only TWO accidents), he told me that he IS a big boy, and again asked me to teach him how to read. Around that time (which was about two weeks ago) I was visiting with my friend, Amanda. I told her about the conversation with Mister, and how he had just reminded me that morning that he IS a big boy and that he wanted to learn to read. She clapped her hands and said, “here, let me help you teach him.” She went into her DVD cabinet and pulled out five LeapFrog Learning DVDs.
“I used these to help teach both of my kids how to read,” she said grinning. “And when I told their preschool teachers what I used, they went out and bought their own sets.”
I stuffed the DVDs into my bag, and the kids and I went home.
When we got home, I popped one into the DVD player while I made lunch. In the two weeks since then, my son has learned every letter sound, and as we go through our daily routines, will randomly point out letters and say what that letter says. In fact, when we pulled to a stop sign the other day, he said, “Mom, that’s a stop sign. S-T-O-P.” Then he sounded each letter out and said “stop” again.
Needless to say, I am beyond impressed and have been looking to purchase my own set of LeapFrog dvds, so that I can return Amanda’s set to her.
Tonight, I saw that the LeapFrog Learning DVDs are on sale on Amazon.
I purchased the LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set, the LeapFrog: Learning Set Volume 2, and the LeapFrog: Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory™ for $48.47 and received free shipping. So, for less than $50, I am SEVEN LeapFrog DVD’s, a CD, and flash cards! What is my money getting me exactly? These LeapFrog products…
- Let’s Go to School™ DVD
- Letter Factory™ DVD
- Talking Words Factory™ DVD
- Math Adventure to the Moon™ DVD
- Word Caper™ DVD
- Math Circus™ DVD
- Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory™ DVD
- and the Learning Songs Music CD (also available in MP3 on Amazon or on iTunes)
- and a set of 26 flash cards (presumably alphabet flash cards)
I just love the LeapFrog ABC song. You just have to listen to it, to understand why it works so well!
I checked out the sets on LeapFrog’s website, and the Learning DVD Set (Volume 1) retails for $44.94 and Volume 2 retails for $49.98!
So, I basically bought Volume 1 and got everything else FREE. WOOT!
Now THAT is one deal that I am INCREDIBLY excited about! And Mister is even more excited!
“You mean, I won’t have to give the frog movies back to Miss Amanda, Mommy?” he asked me, as I was ordering them.
“Well, honey, you will have to give these ones back,” I said, “but, not until your new ones come in.”
“Yay, yay, yay! That is such a GREAT idea, Mommy!”
Ah, it takes so little to make his day, and in doing so, I am making my job of teaching him to read so much easier.
Did I mention he wrote the letter “a” yesterday when he was doing his “homework.”
Yes, I am one proud Mama!