February 25, 2009

Heads Up!

As a former teacher of students with special needs, I know how wonderful it is to find something for your classroom that helps your students focus. Through the TOS Crew, I was able to receive some products that do just that! If you are homeschooling a child who struggles in any area, you need to check out the company called Heads Up! This company sells many items that are designed to help special kids. Here is a quote from their website:

Heads Up! is a company designed to provide expert information and products for special needs children. Our items have been selected to accommodate various learning styles and strengths, regardless of curriculum used. These special needs products have been found to be especially helpful for children who are distractible or hyperactive.

Our goal is to provide materials and information for homeschooling families, occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers, and specialists who work with children who have developmental delays, learning disabilities, or other special needs. Professionals, as well as parents and families interacting with special needs children, need materials and teaching tips that will be effective in promoting successful learning experiences while reducing frustration for children, teachers, and parents.

Some of the products I received are pictured above. These are all different colored "frames" that your child places on her reading material in order to highlight the text to be read. This keeps your child focused on the task at hand! We tried them all out, but the Heads Up! Top of the Line (pictured on the top right) was most helpful for Ella, especially when we were still using "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". The pages in that book contain alot of extra text for the teacher to read (in red letters, no less) that can be very distracting to some children. Ella found those pages to be overwhelming. The Top of the Line strips are designed to block out anything under the text your child is reading and highlight the line of text to help your child keep her place. This tool was very helpful for Ella. Once we get back to reading longer pages again, we will definitely pull these back out! Heads Up! has many different colors and types of reading strips to choose from and they are listed on this page. The reading strips and frames are all priced at $1.00 each!! Such a great deal!

Please go to Heads Up! to find out more about their wonderful products. And, head on over to the TOS Crew blog for links to more reviews, HERE!

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