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Bridges4Kids DVD Review: WordWindow

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Title: WordWindow Original (DVD)

Reviewed By: Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o
Review Date: May 2, 2006

Running Time: 28 minutes

Price: $18.95 for DVD; $16.95 for VHS

Description: The over-arching goal at Wordwindow is to motivate language development and intellectual growth in babies and small children. Our programs are designed to create very early learning, so that when your kids enter pre-school, they will already know many of the basics! To accomplish our goal, we reviewed the latest child development research conducted at leading universities in the United States and around the world. Next, we constructed an early learning method based on our own vision of child development. In many ways, the program applies to children with special needs the same way it applies to any child. One way is to teach the concept of 'building'. The program illustrates how letters are made of individual lines, and how words are made of individual letters and sounds, strung together in a particular sequence. By learning how to build letters and words, special needs kids develop a sense of accomplishment. They learn that they themselves have the ability to create something that is meaningful and useful to others. They learn the identity and name of objects and actions such as 'drum', 'hug', 'tickle' or 'kitty'. This helps children develop a sense of self and a sense of how to interact through communication with others.

Jackie's Review: WordWindow is a program designed to encourage infants and toddlers to discover and take part in early speech. Through the use of vivid graphics, sounds, human faces, voices and short video clips, your child will be delighted by this remarkable combination of sights and sounds. I found this DVD to be like a cross between the sounds heard in the British children's show "The Teletubbies" and the whimsical visuals from "Sesame Street" - minus the puppets and suited characters.  While the creators of this DVD do not claim to teach your child to speak, this DVD does manage to build a foundation of letters and sounds through the use of visual and oral stimulation. I would recommend this DVD to parents who are interested in early speech development in their children.

For more information or to order WordWindow: Visit http://www.wordwindow.com/ to learn more or to order. Samples and testimonials are also available on the website.

 

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