Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TOS Crew Review: Heads Up! AKA Heads Up! is a supplier of information and products for struggling learners. There products are designed for use with various learning styles and strengths to help children feel sucessful. Products are for homeschool families, occupational therpist, teachers, and parents to use with academic and life skills*. (*Information paraphrased from the Heads Up catalog.)

The product we reviewed from Heads Up! was one of their own creations. They are different types of reading aides to help keep visual attention while drawing attention to a smaller portion of text. They can also be used to help keep a child from being overwhelmed when seeing the entire page.

(This yellow one is 4" X 9" and the pink one 4" X 4-1/2" )

They come in various sizes, shapes, and come in 6 colors. They are made with transparent colored polycarbonate with a frame printed on it.

For older children the Heads Up! Reader can be use for focusing just one line of text at a time in a larger chapter book. This can also be used as a book mark as well.

I have been using these with my beginning readers to help keep them focused on one sentence at a time. My younger children (6 and 7 years old) have enjoyed using them with their phonics and early readers. I have been letting them choose the color to help keep interest. Also, if they are distracted by another sibling, using the frames helped them quickly to return to the word or sentence they are suppose to be reading, quickly.

This frames are very sturdy and I expect we would lose them before they would be destroyed - LOL!

Visiting their website, they have various products that I never have thought about much because I don't have a struggling learner. I imagine these tools would be helpful in many homeschools. I saw items to help with hand writing, sitting still, phonics tools, audios for seminars given by Heads Up!, math products, speech therapy, and even books for various learning disorders. If you have a struggling learner, this catalog is well worth a look!

"Children, 'fair' means giving you what you need when you need it. It would be unfair to treat you all the same." Melinda L. Boring (one of the many quotes of encouragement in the Heads Up! catalog)

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