Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reading Horizons....Review & Give Away!

As I have mentioned, A&W started kindergarten last month.  I was very anxious about them starting school.  Would they like it? Would they make new friends?  Would they be prepared?  I am ecstatic to report that they both LOVE school.  They have made new friends.  They are more than prepared.  I think I can credit this success to a few things....a great teacher, a super kind group of classmates AND the fact that the children and I worked together using Reading Horizons before they started school.

Have you heard of Reading Horizons?  In case the program is new to  you, let me give you some background from their website....

The Reading Horizons at Home and Discover Intensive Phonics at Home, computer software program, along with corresponding direct instruction materials, have taught hundreds of thousands of adults and youth to read. In literacy programs nationwide, even non-readers have advanced several grade levels of reading ability while using this interactive, multi sensory software that deals exclusively with basic reading and word attack skills. Our products have been used successfully in thousands of elementary, middle, and high schools; community college ABE programs; workplace and community literacy locations; and adult and youth corrections programs, as well as for individuals at home and in home schooling settings.

I am ALL for helping my children with their literacy skills.  I read to the children.  A lot.  I know reading to children is the stepping stone to reading on their own but I was also very, very excited to start in on a program that could further help them with their skills. Reading Horizons sent me the Intensive Phonics Teachers Materials for children aged 4-9 and I was so excited to jump right in with the program....


Content Overview:

  • Teachers Manuals (2 volumes)
  • Sound Essentials Student Manual
  • Reverse Listening Cards
  • 14 posters
  • Enrichment CD
  • Set of Little Books
  • Tote Bag




Seems involved, right?  Well, it is...in a good way!  I have no formal teaching training and I am not a home schooler but with the manual I BECAME a teacher.  I did quite a lot of thumbing through the materials before I started in with the boys and I think that was the best approach. The tote bag is jammed packed full of guides, books and other tools so it CAN seem a bit daunting.  Except it wasn't...not at all.  Once I had read through a bit I was ready to go.  I was very impressed about the concept and the approach as well as the overall "user friendliness" of the program.

A&W have a keen interest in books and love to be read to but they were not reading at all (with the exception of their own names).  We started in with the program for 30 minutes a day 4-5 times per week and I could see them begin to understand letters, phonics and how they come together to form words.  I have to get a little corny here but as a mom and also as a person who loves to read, I was so incredibly touched to see words start to click for the boys.  They are on their way to reading and that has been one of my proudest moments as a parent.

The Reading Horizons Program gives you everything you need to help your child learn to read.  It is also an excellent and well trusted program widely used in classrooms.  I like how I am able to use the program for both of the children and I will be able to use it once again when Little R is ready to start her reading journey.  The investment into the Reading Horizons program is absolutely worth it.  I will be continuing on with the program with A&W and expect even more positive progress as we go along.  As I mentioned, they are now understanding the phonics portion and are able to understand how words come together.  I feel they have a confidence boost in the classroom as well because they understand the hows and whys of reading already.  Thank you Reading Horizons!

You can purchase the Reading Horizons programs HERE and I highly recommend signing up for their very informative newsletter as well (find that HERE).

I am so happy to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win the outstanding Reading Horizons kit I received (a $299 value!).  Thanks again to the sponsor and here is how to enter....
a Rafflecopter giveaway

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to teach my 4 and 5 year old to read with this program. We home school so this would be awesome for us to win. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Shannon said...

This would be for my daughter. I'm thinking of homeschooling her so this would be perfect for us!

buzzd said...

my niece could use this to read better

Maria Gagliano said...

I would work harder with my daughter. She is having such a hard time in school. We do 2 hours of homework but I am not a teacher. This would be great.

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Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

My son is only two but knows the alphabet I would like to see if I could use this with him small bits at a time of course to see if he can learn to read.

Carl said...

Thanks

telecommutingtechiemom said...

This would be perfect for my four-year-old daughter.

Gina Brickell said...

I would teach my son. He just started Kindergarten this year

Lisa R said...

I would like to teach my niece how to read

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liberty boblett said...

My 5 year old daughter, Lydia!

Audra Weathers said...

I would like to use this set with my 3 year old daughter.

daivabaum said...

I'd love to teach my son
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Raising My Padawans said...

I would love to use it to teach my 4 year old son!
-Heather S

tina reynolds said...

i would like to teach my little guy thor

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Austin Baroudi said...

I would try to teach my daughter!
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HeartMommy said...

My son & Daughter

Priscilla Benavides said...

I really need this for my son who has had a very bumpy start in kindergarten and is struggling with learning to read words and learning the sounds of letters.
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Krista Raven said...

I would like to win this for a friend her son is struggling with reading and I want to give this as a christmas gift to her family

harborlad said...

I am a special ed teacher so, I would use with some of my students

gail said...

my nephew
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Kristen said...

I'd like to teach my son.

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nichol said...

My girls

Anonymous said...

I would like to teach my youngest special needs daughter.
Jennifer Brown
momofcasta@gmail.com

Amanda said...

we are homeschooling so this will be for all my children!

SB said...

I would love to use Reading Horizon to teach my son

Diana said...

I would love to win.

Diana said...

I would love to win to help my three year old. Thanks

JenniferP said...

I would love to have this for my twin boys who just started Kindergarten!

Anonymous said...

This program would be a great resource to teach my 5 year old kindergartener to read!

Nichole said...

My friend's daughter could really use a program like this!

Stephanie Gossett said...

I want to use it for my five year old angel, little Gwen. Thank you so much for the chance!

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Gina said...

My son has a difficult time reading. It causes him a great deal of anxiety. This program could be just what we need to help him with his reading skills.

Jessica said...

I would teach my daughters.

jenpower11 said...

I'm a sped teacher and I could really use this for my classroom. Pick me pick me. I have lack of resources.

Laurel said...

My oldest daughter suffers from dyslexia and she used this program at school to help her and it was wonderful. I would love to use it at home with her younger brother and sister.

Rashelle said...

Would LOVE to try this with my twin boys! Thanks

Ashley turicik said...

My 4 year old daughter

Missy said...

Looks like a great set for my daughters

rebecca said...

I would love to work on reading with my 4.5 year old son. :)

Amanda said...

This would be great for my 3 and 5 year old sons.

Missy L said...

Right now my 5 year old son would get the most use out of it but my 4 year old daughter would use it too! And then when he's old enough, my 3rd child could also use it.

Amy W. said...

I'd like to teach my son. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net