Typically, we stretched each lesson over 2ish weeks. I say "ish", because to be honest, he just liked repeating some of them, so I let him. This means we have a lot still to work through, and I think that is fantastic!
First: The parent book provides a lot of tips and suggestions for use. There is a section that tells you exactly what you are going to need for each section. This is soooooo handy for scatter brained people like myself!
Next: Lesson components. This is where you have some flexibility. You can opt out of activities and finish quickly, or you can do it all and move slower. I chose the latter. There a vocabulary list for each lesson. I used this for him to do definition work. He LOVES definition work. I also did some informal spelling quizzes with these words. There are suggested activities to do with each lesson ("Include Me Too" ) that aren't part of the main lesson. These activities are provided for kids not working on that lesson. We did this too, for fun. There are art activities in "Art Attack" and this usually led to lost focus since he'd get all wrapped up in creating a "masterpiece." There are also suggested activities to do outside the home, family friendly internet links and additional study suggestions, book lists, and more. Mr. B's favorite part is the fun facts section called, " WAY more fun.) So as you can see, each lesson packs a big punch.
Mr. B really likes the DVD and the get up and move around activities on there. We would probably progress much faster, but we have to repeat these so often that it slows down the other lesson work! But I'm not going to complain, he really likes it a lot and it's great for his sensor and energy. I like doing these with him, and they really do give you a workout! Mr. B tires easily, and he's not very coordinated, so we can sometimes do it for 10 minutes, sometimes less. I just go by his reactions on the timing.
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
This is a physical product that includes EVERYTHING you need! You can totally customize it by doing all of the optional activies, some of them, or none of them. There's no set schedule, and you are free to take breaks as needed.
This covers K-5, but I would say younger or slightly older students would still benefit some. Especially with the workout DVD part! As far as hidden fees, it's not a hidden fee exactly, but shipping is rather expensive. It is a HUGE box FULL of stuff, so you can imagine that shipping is going to cost a bit. BUT the kit itself is super affordable and on sale for $39.95 right now, which counteracts the cost of shipping. Is it worth it? To me it is! Also, they have graciously given me a discount code to share with you that will give you $15 off! Just enter the Coupon Code: GC0737011!!!!
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
NOT boring, DEFINITELY Engaging, and totally varied. It is PERFECT for ADHD because it gives them an outlet for that energy! Uncoordinated kiddos with autism may have a little difficulty following the moves on the DVD, but you can help with those.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.