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Thanks for giving me the opportunity to review READS. First of all, the format is so family friendly and the suggestions all-inclusive — I can’t think of a thing I’d add. It’s easy to understand and use, and it’s attractive, portable, has a reward system and tracking supports. I love Henry Hopper — he’s too darn cute! His hints on the question cards really help clarify the question for the child and make it look like a game. Your Speedy Speller handbook includes the most-often used words and has the bonus of abbreviations, etc. The cover is durable and attractive — much better than other word handbooks that I’ve seen — and includes extras kids need (capitalization rules, etc.) You’ve done a terrific job developing this. I also took a look at the website and was impressed with it, too. I like that you give some book suggestions on your blog and that kids can submit stories, book reviews, etc.
M. R., Reading Specialist and Elementary School Challenge Consultant
Elkins Park, PA
I HAVE used READS at home. My kids and I LOVE it. The magic finger is a hit with my 6 and 9 year old. My 9 year old loves to write, so she loved the cards. My 11 year old and my 9 year old use the Speedy Speller from time to time when they are unsure of a spelling. The other rules are helpful in the Speedy Speller as well. My 11 year old also loves the reading guide strips and uses it as a bookmark as well. I will recommend it to my students and their parents as well as other teachers.
A.D. (1st Grade Teacher)
La Place, LA
Using READS allowed my child to focus better and improve his ability to take homework and reading more seriously. And he had fun doing it. I have recommended Homework Helper to my friends. It is great for any parent who needs a fun and easy way to encourage reading at home.
I don’t always focus on asking comprehension questions – so that was really helpful. Also, when my son used the Speedy Speller he felt great that he didn’t have to ask me how to spell words –THANKS!
My son is a good reader and really enjoys reading independently. However I was never really sure if he comprehended the material. By using the READS question cards I am easily able to tell what he understands and when he needs a little extra help. He enjoys me not nagging and we often have some really interesting conversations.
I like the fact that you included explanations for the questions. My daughter really liked the Rewards suggestions that you included. Many times when kids are asked “what do you want to do?” they cannot come up with an answer. Choosing from a list of suggestions was a good idea!
As an education researcher, I am familiar with the importance of parent involvement in promoting a child’s reading abilities. Yet as a parent, I find that time constraints makes helping my children learn to read challenging. The Really Easy and Dynamic Strategies program (READS) allows our family to meaningfully engage in literacy acquisition by providing effective practices, without requiring extra time beyond the existing school requirements. READS combines research findings with insights gained through teacher experience, yielding a program that is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Using the READS method, parents can connect to both their child’s individual progress and their reading curriculum, creating cohesion between the household and school to support long term academic payoffs for the child.
My kids loved the magic finger and the Speedy Speller made it very easy to look up words. My older child silent reads and I now always use the Question Cards. The cards make reading more fun.
Blue Bell, PA
READS is easy to work with on the go.
The parent manual was very easy to understand and follow. I didn’t use the “magic finger” or the reading guide strip because my child doesn’t have trouble tracking. However, the reward chart and stickers were very helpful because my child is very visual. By seeing that he’s doing well and making progress it gives him incentive to continue trying. I think READS is an excellent way to help children learn to read in a much less stressful way. It is very child friendly!