Sunday, March 3, 2013

T.R.I.P. Wrap Up & Final Thoughts!

It has been quite an experience using T.R.I.P. (Targeted Reading Improvement Program) over the past month!  Before I share our thoughts, here's more about the program:

The makers of the T.R.I.P. have over 40 years experience helping people with special reading needs.  Be it spelling, reversing small words, omitting letters at the end of words and more. 

The T.R.I.P. CD contains 20 lessons, each with 3 parts, AND a how-to video with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Parents are encouraged to praise their children while working through the lessons, go only as far as the student is comfortable and to encourage repetition.  Lessons should be repeated until instant recognition is attained before moving on.  Repetition is important for special needs students.  

Part 1 of the program is Word Lists.  Each word list contains 10 sight words for a total of 160 basic sight words within the program.  At the start of a new lesson, the word list is printed out and the student goes down the list saying each word.  If the student can say it without needing to sound it out, a check mark is placed next to it.  This is repeated each day that the lesson is worked on.

Next, use word slips for each word they have missed.  Write the word in print and then in cursive.  The student reads the printed word and traces the cursive word with their finger.  They say the word out loud and then write it.  This is a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Part 2 is Flashing Practice.  Shape orientation, numbers, letters and worlds are flashed upon the screen and the student writes down what they see on paper.  After each set is flashed, the answers are displayed and the student corrects his/her paper.  Words get progressively harder the higher up in levels the student goes.  This helps with letter recognition and spelling.

Part 3 is Story Card. The 10 new sight words introduced in that lesson are reinforced with a read aloud story. Students practice spelling the words, listening to the story and answering simple comprehension questions about the story.

Our thoughts:

I soooo wish I had the chance to use this program with my 9 year old daughter a year ago.  The reason for this is that a few weeks before we received the actual program in hand, she had a HUGE jump in her reading abilities.  Because she had never received a formal diagnosis, from this jump I can only conclude that she was just not ready to read well - until now.   As of today, she is reading on grade level!

With that information, I can tell you that she was able to spell all the words on the Word Lists and Flashing Practice correctly the first time.  There wasn't a word she needed to repeat.  The letters were all formed correctly as well.

The Story Card portion of the program was a bit long for her.  She wished the speaker would pick up his pace. This part of the program proved a bit challenging to keep her on task.  In the end, she ended up being able to spell the words correctly and answer the comprehension questions.

All in all it was a good experience.  I would LOVE to try this program with more challenging words and see if that makes a difference.

Read our T.R.I.P. updates here.

See what other reviewers thought of their experience with T.R.I.P. 

Disclosure: I received the above product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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