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When I was looking for giveaways for Autism Awareness Month, Betty of Bedford Publications graciously offered one of her products! She sent me her Tweaky & Friends Teach Character set which includes a teacher’s manual and a DVD. Betty sent me this set because she thought it would help parents of children with autism teach their children some social skills and positive character traits.
When I sat down with the teacher’s manual one evening, I liked the way Betty chose 9 character traits–Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Caring, Self-Discipline, Citizenship, Honesty, Courage, and Fairness–and developed lesson plans for each. The curriculum is intended for use in a public school, so the nine character traits would be taught one trait a month over nine months. Each month has a song written for that trait, three projects (magnet to remember the trait, puppet, and craft), a story on the DVD, and guided questions to help lead discussions in the classroom.
Though this is intended for a public classroom, there is plenty of room for adding Bible verses to partner with the traits, and it can easily be used in a homeschool or home therapy setting.
I waited for my niece to come over, and I turned on the DVD for the boys and Princess (ages 3 and 5). When Tweaky’s squeaky voice came on, my sister and I were a bit skeptical. Would the simple, story-board style animation hold their attention? It did! So much so that they watched more than half the episodes in one sitting.
The DVD is not my cup of tea, but my boys love it. They each have favorite episodes they request. Betty used her 30 years of experience teaching kindergarten to create stories that young children enjoy. I would recommend ages preschool through first grade.
Now for evaluating from the perspective of the autism spectrum. I believe kids on the spectrum would appreciate the repetition and continuity. There are quite a few symbolic crafts or phrases used in the teacher’s manual which would be difficult for our literal kids with autism to understand. Adults would have to find ways to simplify the concepts. Some spectrum kids have very sensitive hearing, and they may not like some of the voices. The stories offer parents and teachers a starting point for discussing and modeling positive social interactions, which most spectrum kids need help learning. I believe that is the most valuable part of this set.
Tweaky & Friends retails for $25 at Betty’s store. The fun part is, she is giving a set to one of my readers! This giveaway is for residents in US and Canada and ends Friday, April 15th at midnight. A randomly chosen winner will be announced over the following weekend. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY!
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I can’t wait to see which random reader wins!
Tweaky & Friends was sent to me for honest review. All opinions are my own.