Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TRIP: Still Flying

We are continuing our journey with TRIP (Targeted Reading Improvement Program).

Child #2, 3 and 4 are all participating.  Child #1 is sitting out.
Currently Child #2 is on lesson 14, Child #3 is on lesson 10 and Child #4 is on lesson #6.

Child #2 is not doing well. He is bored with the program and hurries through things half hazard. I notice he will say letters on the screen correctly but when he goes to write them down he does not write what he's said. For example: The screen flashed Q6, he says "Q, six". Then he proceeds to write QX. He did this five times in one section of lesson 14 (there were only ten combinations so that is pretty poor). Instead of Z2 he wrote 32 , 2a instead of 2A and S4 instead of X4. If you notice the words z and 3 sound alike as do S and X. He is hearing himself say it and trusting what he hears over what he sees.  I don't know how to fix this.

Child #3 is doing okay. She had four errors in her last lesson. She repeatedly writes words and letters backwards and replaces letters like t for d and e for a. The word "good" she read correctly and then wrote goot. Same for "find". The word "back" she spelled b-e-c-k.  My suspicions that she has dyslexia continue.

Child #4 can read the word lists without errors and continues to beg to do the flash practice. I actually think she would do well if I let her. She sits nearby when older sister does TRIP and I have to quiet her when a mistake is made because she wants to correct it. I think her reading confidence is better than I originally believed.

What have I gained from TRIP?
I have learned to observe the small things in my children's writing patterns. I've learned my children's limits. For example, child #3 has greater success with three letter words. When reading a 4 or five letter word she scrambles them.

TRIP has been wonderful for exposing issues I don't think I would have noticed otherwise. For that I'm very thankful. I'm not sure how well it is doing correcting my children's reading issues though.

I do believe that with trained professionals (perhaps in their center) the program could have real success. As a parent using it at home, I need more support and guidance. I need to know how to trouble shoot issues like I've described above and the reassurance that we're on the right track. Other than the video demonstration of the program in action, I don't find much direction for the teacher implementing the program.

We'll continue with the program until the end. I have one more post on TRIP which will report my final thoughts on the program as a whole. Stay tuned!

If you want to know more about TRIP and view a video of the program in action you can do that at http://buytripnow.com/

I am a member of The CWA Review Crew. I received my copy of TRIP free in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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