I chose the Scaredy Cat Reading System Level One – Letter Names and Sounds for my review product simply because I wanted to start from the very beginning with it. This program is for both beginning and struggling readers, both of which I have at home. I can tell you, it works amazingly well for both types of readers.
The Scaredy Cat Reading System is fun and not overwhelming for the student or the parent to use. Lots of fun game activities keep the child intrigued and involved in their lessons, instead of allowing them to become bored and ready to quit. It honestly reminds me a lot of school work when I was a child, before children were required to sit at a desk for most of the day.
The Scaredy Cat Reading System Level One comes fully equipped with an extensive teacher’s manual which explains how the program works, what is needed for the program and it’s exercises/activities/lessons, and printables which can be reproduced for use with the lessons throughout the program. This guide prepares the teacher for what’s to come and gives a good start to being prepared to use the Scaredy Cat Reading System the best way possible.
The Scaredy Cat Reading System also introduces the Story of the Letter Master, which children must know to understand the purpose of the system. The Story of the Letter Master is introduced in Comic Book style to the readers. Included as a bonus is a CD with the story and other important level one songs.
Other things included with this program are the ABC Reader which is written in an easy form for children to absorb and understand. Letters are introduced in fun fonts and styles. Song lyrics are included in this reader for the student to follow along. Stories and bible verses are also provided for the little readers to see the words in print.
The student activity book for this program is HUGE. It’s jam-packed full of activities and lessons. Much like the reader, the activities come in differing fonts and styles to keep the student intrigued. Stories are kept simple for early readers and many lessons focus on letter introduction, allowing the student to really grasp each letter they are learning. Lessons are easy to teach and follow along with, allowing the student a firmer understanding of what they are learning throughout the program.
Additional things included with this program are Reversal Prevention Charts which come in a clear page protector for your use. Letter charts to cut out and use with your student. The games needed to complete the program and a game spinner for needed activities.
The Scaredy Cat Reading System is extensive and thorough. It doesn’t take long to put it together and put it in place in your educational programming. It’s a complete program and well-worth it’s investment at $75. Additional student books can be purchased for $30 each which is a steal considering the size of the book and the extensiveness of the program. Sample downloads are available on JoyceHerzog.com.
This is a program that we have enjoyed. I worked with both my struggling and my new reader on this, which they really enjoyed doing together. Several times a week, we’d pull out the reader and student book but what they really loved was the games we played. Even my advanced reader enjoyed joining in with us on those. This is something we will definitely be continuing to use in our homeschool.
For this review, we were given a free download of the LiteracySoft app to try. Phonics and Reading with McGuffey contains 52 complete lessons for reading. These 52 lessons work to bring the student up to a first grade reading level. It is also a great reading review tool for those struggling with reading at any age.
Phonics and Reading with McGuffey allows the student to work at his/her own pace without having an instructor telling them what they need to do. Taking away the instructor often takes the pressure out of learning to read and puts it into the hands of the child, allowing them to grasp important reading concepts as they work through the program on their own. And what better way is there to do that then with an all time, tried and true great like the McGuffey Reader!
In this app, the student will find all 52 McGuffey Primer lessons, 44 letter sounds of English and their graphemes, over 60 letter sound animations, more than 400 practice vocabulary words, and an over 9000 nonsense word audio dictionary.
After downloading the app, the user will find the unique ABC icon on their iPad page and can immediately begin after downloading is finished. Spoken directions tell the user what to do when beginning. Choose a color button and type your name to get started with this app.
On the next page, the user can then read the Table of Contents, change their settings or begin the lesson. Choosing the Table of Contents allows the user to choose from any of the 53 included lessons on the app. This allows the user to jump around and repeat lessons as needed.
In the User Settings section, the user can choose to skip phonics rules explanations, not to sound out words in a phonics blender, use an Open Dyslexic font, monochrome letters in words and sentences for easier viewing and hide the previous and next lesson arrows throughout the program.
Upon clicking Begin Lesson, there is a brief instructional showing the student how to use the app. At the top, the user can find a repeat button. Below that is a menu button. There is also a previous and next part button to click back or ahead in a lesson. The lessons, as mentioned before, follow those in the McGuffey Primer, so they are simple and easy to follow along with.
Cute actions graphics are included along with the lesson, which also goes along with the original primer lessons in style, only more up-to-date for this time period. As the student works through, the program sounds out the word, completing this with the complete word’s spoken name: cat = c a t (kuh aa tuh) = cat.
As lessons increase, so do the activities included. A jump menu appears to allow the student to work on different activities throughout that lesson. Some of these activities include workings specifically on Letter Sounds, new words, Phonics with flashcards, blending phonics, viewing the lesson’s illustrations closer, practice of reading, quizes, spelling practice and sight word drilling. Students working through can pick and choose the activities they’d like to complete as they work through each lesson.
This app quickly became a family favorite for us. My children’s reading skills and development has increased greatly just in the review period of a few short weeks. This program is something that will be added into our homeschooling for all our readers. The kids all agree it’s a lot of fun to complete lessons. It’s also great for my interactive, video-game learner who hates learning to read anything in a book.
We used this app for several weeks. I was able to create a profile for every one of my children and myself to play with this app. It was very easy to set up lessons for each of them to complete. This app was a little advanced still for my 5 year old but she is gradually growing into it. It was perfect for my struggling reader to work with and he has made a lot of improvement in a short time. My advanced reader also found the app enjoyable and used it to hone in on her personal reading skills and goals.
Winston’s preferred method of learning is digital through video games and websites online, videos and lots of hands-on activities to bring things to life. He struggles with reading simply because books are boring to him. Reading Kingdom has changed all that simply by making reading fun!!
Reading Kingdom helps promote reading skills and build reading strengths by using reading games, online incentives, and progressing at a child’s skill level. Reading Kingdom teaches important skills such as sequencing, sounds, meaning, comprehension and more with it’s program. It is super easy to use. My son was able to work through the program on his own with sound cues throughout the program prompting him to move forward in his learning. Nothing was over his head in terms of learning either, all adapted to his skills through assessment in the beginning of the program. Lessons are a short 15-30 minutes each, allowing a child time to adjust to things he’s just learned about.
Reading Kingdom is definitely a program we will be sharing throughout the future. It’s perfect for leveled readers as well as struggling ones like mine. It captivates the child and keeps them interested in learning to read in a fun way. My son absolutely loved the program which says a lot to me since it’s so hard for us to find a program that keeps him interested and fits his learning style.
Reading Kingdom is available risk-free for free for 30 days. A subscription is available for $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year for the first reader and additional readers can be added $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. Additional products are also available through the website for learning to read.