D1′s BrainWare Safari program came in the mail last week, and I couldn’t find his log-on information for him to get started using it. We were both disappointed, but I emailed the company, and they sent me his username and password. Today was the first day that he was able to use it, and it was interesting. From what I can tell, he is really going to be stretched by the exercises. There are hand-eye coordination, listening/following directions, memory, sequencing and a whole lot of other things it works on. And everything relates back to audio/visual processing skills, which is where he is lacking the most. It appears to be a cute kid’s game, but if you sit down and watch the exercises, you can plainly see the effort that goes into understanding and completing each exercise!
I am very impressed, and we are only on Day 1. There is a pre-evaluation form that I filled out, and then there is a daily journal for he and I to fill out together, and a post-evaluation that is supposed to be completed after 30 hours or 4 months of use. Since he was in school up until the end of December, and is still seeing the Resource teacher for an hour a day (yes, an hour, not TWO! I am having her fill one out too. I’ll keep both of them, and I do expect that they will probably line up and come out very similar. Then I’ll have her do the re-eval one in May too. I am very curious to see what the outcome of this will be!
If you want to learn more about BrainWare Safari, you can read about it at the HomeSchool Buyer’s Co-op. You can purchase it through them for $49, which is $300 OFF, because of the enormous number of orders they have collected. The offer ends Jan. 31st!