Friday, February 18, 2011

Kid Scoop News ~ Reluctant Reader Solution


Do you have a Reluctant Reader?
Me too...

The Reluctant Reader Solution is geared to entice children ages 7-12 into reading with a very friendly and interesting format.  If you choose to purchase this program for your child, be aware that it is comprised of three different parts.  First you can go to their home page,, and sign up to receive daily "Make Reading Fun" tips for 30 days.   The first portion of the Reluctant Reader Solution is an e-book.  It is an immediately down-loadable PDF file that you would store on your computer, or portable disk drive.  With that FULL and I do mean FULL book of activities, you also receive online access to a monthly magazine "KidScoop", for one year.  This package is available for only $97. It comes with a 365 day money-back guarantee. That is how important it is to them that you are happy with their product!

So how does this thing work???  It isn't mind control or a secret formula you feed to them...  It is based on something all kids have.  Curiosity!

The worksheets in the book and the monthly magazine are chock full of bite sized,  trivia filled articles that kids love to read and explore.

The Down-loadable file that you receive, comes with an explanatory page suggesting several different ways for you to use all of the files.  You can sort them by month ( it gives you that list)  or just go one by one through them.

In January and February I just printed out the files that were listed for those months.  I would keep them on a clip board and we would take them to church with us.  what?  yup.  That was where we would use them.  My son is 8 and at our church there are no longer children's programs for him during services.  I have tried and tried to get him to do some school work during that hour, and he has always been resistant.  Until now.

Now, he is asking for his "papers" and he eagerly sits and works while he listens.  I no longer need to shush him for making shooting sounds with the pencils in the pew....  he is too busy writing with his pencil to play with it.  So there you have it, I found a fun way to sneak school in on Sundays!

I really liked how the articles and activities are linked to State Standards.  You can at a glance, see the places that you child gravitates to, and standards that they are comfortable with.... and you can see the ones they struggle with or avoid altogether.

For instance, with the Hockey Volume, Hunter avoided like the plague a section on Proof Reading, but he did very well with the letter sequencing, recognizing identical words, skim and scan reading and recalling spelling patterns ( the Word Search puzzle).  You are able to see what skill the activities are working on building up in your child, that will carry over into those multiple pages, picture-less books you want them to read.  It may look a bit like you are giving your child busy work, but you are really giving them skill building work that they think is just plain fun.

As a reviewer, we were given access to the monthly online magazine as well. 

This is what it looked like on my home computer...  It was vibrant and colorful, and contained lots of great reading material that was very interesting.  It has a full screen view to help with reading those little letters.... and for those that need the writing even bigger, there is a zoom function,
that brings everything into a super easy to read size.  You just click and hold your mouse down to move around the page.  The online version also has the option to have the text read to you.  The robotic voice was a bit hard to get used to... but the thing that I had the most trouble with was when you clicked to hear the audio, your screen would go dark, and the audio files would be covering the actual text.  I tried to move it, but it just stayed put.  I think my son would have benefited from being able to read along with the audio file.  Seeing and hearing the words to help build a better connection.  That being said, it wasn't a deal breaker thing, we just chose to read the magazine and not listen to it.
The Reluctant Reader Solution is a great tool to have in your corner.
It makes writing, reading, grammar, spelling, sequencing.....  all that official stuff we want to make sure our kids are understanding.... it helps you make it all fun.

We will continue to use this product after our review, to help build these great Language Arts skills.

As always, opinions on products will vary from family to family.  Please take the time to read the other reviews from my TOS Homeschool Crewmates.

**** Disclaimer****
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I received a copy of The Reluctant Reader Solution and access to their online monthly magazine, free of charge from KidScoop, for the purpose of writing this review.  No other compensation has been received. All the above opinions are my own.

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