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Schoolhouse Review: Super Duper Publications~HearBuilder

Super Duper Publications is a wonderful website that sells fun learning material for children. They have a variety of fun games, apps, CD-Roms and all in such an entertaining way that your child will not realize he/she is learning.

You can take a virtual tour of Super Duper Castle, it looks like a fun place to work. You can also find Super Duper Publications on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The product that I received to review was HearBuilder Auditory Memory Software. I was super, duper excited (sorry, couldn't resist) with this product. Auditory memory involves the ability to listening, processing, storing and recalling information. In my book it's a very important skill. A second reason I was super excited is because I feel my oldest has a problem with processing information and I'm praying this will help him.
The recommended grades/age for HearBuilder is k-8th, but I'm going to use this too once my children are done with it. The cost is $69.95 for the home edition. From now through August 31, 2012, Super Duper Publications is offering a 30% discount when you use coupon code: BLGAM30 and that includes FREE shipping. I love companies that offer free shipping when you purchase a minimum of $20.00.

What exactly is HearBuilder Auditory Memory? It's an interactive program that helps strengthen you child's auditory memory skill in a fun way. It focuses on:
  • Memory for Numbers (3-7 digits)
  • Memory for Wrods (3-5 words)
  • Memory for Details (1-4 details
  • Memory Closure (sentence completion)
  • Memory for WH Information (2-3 sentences/2-4 questions)
Your child will help Recall Agents, Kim and Joey save Memory Town from a wacky Dr. Forgetsit (pronounced for-gets-it).
Memory for numbers has your child entering numbers on the keypad. The numbers start with 3 digits and progress to 7 digits. The first time the child hears the numbers he can immediately enter the number on the keypad. As the child progresses the keypad numbers disappear and the child has to wait from anywhere from 3-10 second (depending on the level) before entering the number. The keypad numbers reappear once the allotted seconds has ended, so the child can enter them.
Memory for words, the child hears 3 words and progresses to 5. After the child hears the set amount of words they have to click on the pictures in order.
 As the child progresses it becomes more difficult as you can see below there are only question marks. The child hears three words without seeing the pictures, after the words are spoken the pictures appear out of order. The child clicks the pictures in the order he heard.
Memory for details the child hears a question, "Find the boy who has brown hair", they are to find and click on the correct character. Like the other games it becomes more difficult with more detail.
Memory closure the child is helping agents Joey and Kim complete sentences that are not getting through. The child hears 'Answer the..." when the message is cut off. The child then hears, "letter, pig, phone, floor" and will press the correct color key at the bottom.
Memory for Who, what, where, when and how, The child picks a scene, one of the characters is giving instructions, so the child needs to remember all the details of where to find a person, what is the person wearing, when will you meet and so forth.
Then a screen appears with the question and multiple choice answer.

With each game the the child has 10 tries. If he doesn't miss the first six, it's called a Super Six and the child skips the next 4 and goes straight to a game. To give the child a rest in between sessions there is a game regardless if he scores a Super Six or not. My children really liked trying to open all the doors before Dr. Forgetsit appears.
You can also view and try HearBuilder to see if your child would be interested.

How did we use it? I used HearBuilder with Joshua 14yr, Caleb 11yr., Brent 10yr., and Ethan 9yrs. All enjoyed using this program. At first I thought my oldest would think it kiddish but thankfully he didn't. We haven't finished all the missions, Dr. Forgetsit is still causing trouble, so the boys will continue until they finish all the levels. Once the boys complete this, I'll add Lance and Annette. They both have been waiting patiently.

How did the boys like it? All of them were glad to help me with this review, so I would say they gave it a thumbs up! Ethan especially liked the challenge of remembering numbers. I think that was his favorite. He would dance around saying the numbers over and over so he wouldn't forget them while waiting to enter them on the keypad.

What did I think of this product? I think auditory memory is very important and honestly I was going to purchase this if I was not chosen as one of the reviewers. I hope to add HearBuilder Following Directions to our homeschooling year in the fall. There are a few more items I am interested in purchasing from Super Duper Publications as well. So, yes, HearBuilder Auditory Memory was a hit here at Homeschooling6.

To read more reviews please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website. Some reviewed HearBuilder Following Directions and a game called Jeepers Peepers.

**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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