Friday, January 7, 2011


See n Read
What is this product?  Well I am glad that you asked.  I sat here and typed up about 30 different explanations that just fell flat, so.... I will let their website describe it far better than I have been able to thus far.

From the See~N~Read website:
See-N-Read® is a practical reading intervention tool....designed to help readers seamlessly see, focus, and remember what they read. It reduces word- and line-skipping and pattern glare.

See: See-N-Read® helps readers to concentrate on and track the text being read while smoothly transitioning between the words that come before or after, thus helping readers to increase their fluency (the capacity to read text accurately and quickly) and comprehension.

Focus: See-N-Read’s clear reading window is surrounded by a non-glare tinted transparent finish that helps readers to focus on manageable “chunks” of information in each line of text.

Remember: See-N-Read® provides readers with a clear reference point that helps control smooth eye movements across the text on a page. Smooth eye movement from left to right and smooth transitions from line to line ("sweeping") enhance retention of information.

See-N-Read’s flexible material makes it easy for readers, young and old, to hold and use it as they read.
See n Read
As homeschoolers, we read LOTS on the computer.  Often books we use are out of print and they are only available online.  Many times reading off the computer screen can become daunting, and it is easy to loose your place.  I was looking forward to using the eSee~N~Read, I hoped it would ease some of these frustrations we had with reading from the computer.
The product was very easy to download.  It was on my computer screen and asking to do the tutorial in under 10 minutes.  It was so cute!  This little floating grey box on my screen!  I would bring up a web page and the eSee~N~Read would be there, right over it.  I could make the tool as tall as I needed or as wide as I desired.  The instructions were easy to understand. 
I definitely enjoyed the product as I read text heavy documents on the computer. It was easy to remove from view if I didn't need it.  I played around in it with a spreadsheet, and it made data entry VERY easy to keep track of.  You could change the reader bar from horizontal to vertical so when working with columns it was easy to track data.  I found it easiest to use when I made it as large as the text area was, kept the reader bar at the top of the page, and just scrolled the page through the reading area.... it was quick, and if I was called away from the computer to handle some crisis, it was easy to get right back to where I left off.

I had my older children use it while they were reading large amounts of text during their school day.  My son, was mostly apathetic in is opinion of the product.  He felt that it did indeed help reduce the glare from a white background with black type.  He found himself fiddling with it more than he was reading, and said he felt he lost time reading, because he said it was an "extra step" to move the reader bar to where he was reading.

The eSee~N~Read is available for $29.99

See~N~Read Reading Tools
This little gem is amazing.  It gets the most use from my 3rd grade son.  The research and recommendations that have been done on this product are too many to list in this review.  Please go to their website and read how this product could help your child.

I remember, once upon a time, in a life I am sure was mine (I think ), somewhere around kid #2 being in Kindergarten, I attended a class at the school I was working at.  In this class they talked about how reading on plain white paper was hard on the eyes, and was even harder for those with learning difficulties.  I remember her quoting a book, and saying how they were encouraging teachers to use colored copy paper to print out student work.  I remember thinking, wow, that is really something to consider for people who may struggle to read....When I first saw this product, all I could think about was that class so long ago.  It is genius! 

My 3rd grader is not a super strong reader, yet.  He sounds things out, and generally reads rather hurkey jerky, and not as fluid as I know he will eventually be.  As soon, and I do mean immediately, as he used the See~N~Read tool, his fluidity improved.  He would just glide through sentences till he came to a more difficult word.  It has helped him gain confidence in his reading ability and increased his reading speed.  If I forget to put it in his book, he is up and finding it before he even starts reading.  He said it makes the page not seem so big, since he only has to focus on one line at a time.

I highly recommend this product for reluctant readers, or ones who don't seem to see more than one word at a time as they are reading.  It is available in two sizes and it is very affordable.
Book Size - 1@  $2.99, 3pk @ $8.99, 10pk @ $27.99
Document Size - 1 @ $3.49 , 3pk @ $9.99, 10 pk @ $29.99
They also offer classroom size quantities.

Memory Mark

This is just like the See~N~Read tool, but the reading window is open to allow for highlighting .  Can I just say........  it is my new best friend.  I use it in my Bible Study.  I have used it to underline important information that I want to question the kids about.  I absolutely LOVE it!  I think I might order a 10 pack to give as gifts to college students.... they really make highlighting and underlining FUN!
You need one of these.  I promise you do.  Really. 

They are available in two sizes.
Book Size - 1@ $2.99, 3pk @ $8.99, 10pk @ $27.99

Document Size - 1 @ $3.49 , 3pk @ $9.99, 10 pk @ $29.99
They also offer classroom size quantities.

As always, experience with, and opinions of products will vary from family to family.  Please take the time to read what other TOS Homeschool Crew reviewers have to say about their experience with this product.

For more information, to read the research or contact the company directly:
Telephone: 630-236-5592
Fax: 630-236-5593

**I received each item in the See~N~Read product line free of charge for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation has been given. All opinions are my own.**

1 comment:

  1. Quint has a problem with tracking...I might have to look into this! thanks!!


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