Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program Kindergarten Level 1 & 2

I am giving this product a HUGE five star rating. Aside from the fact that it helped me teach my son to read before he even started Kindergarten, it is easy to use, the customer service is phenomenal and it doesn't teach you to sight read like other programs out there. It teaches your child the phonetic patterns to words and how to "sound out" words instead of sight reading which can cause troubles later in learning.

I had tried to start my son on this when he had just turned 4. I had some trouble getting him to focus and sit still. I spoke with a company representative and he sent me a very long and detailed email with advice on how to proceed, what my sons realistic limitations and expectations should be and lots of encouragement.

This morning when I dropped my son off for school ( he just started Kindergarten in September) one of the moms pulled me aside. She said her son came home from school yesterday amazed that my son had read a whole book in front of the class all on his own! He said the teacher just turned the pages and my son read. Her son has never shown an interest in reading himself. Last night, he was so excited to learn, he pulled out books and insisted they sit down and do some reading. She said he couldn't stop talking about what my son did. It was an incredibly proud moment for me. Not only did my son read an entire book on his own, but he INSPIRED his classmates and excited them about reading.

I owe this completely to the Hooked on Phonics program and the representatives from the company. We never even finished Level 1 and he was already sounding out words and reading partial sentences. The program is fun and interactive and really holds their attention. It has a reward system your child will love and which will keep them coming back for more. My 2 year old LOVES to watch the videos and I am expecting him to use the program as well. He's already showing an interest just from watching his older brother.

My best advice before purchasing is to contact the company, describe your child and have them advise you on which is the best program for them. I can NOT recommend this product enough.

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Kindergarten covers short vowels, simple plurals, and simple compound words. Learn to Read Kindergarten includes:

-12 original storybooks that feature an exciting range of beautifully illustrated stories
-2 storybooks by award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators David Ezra Stein and Rosemary Wells
-2 workbooks that will guide you and your child through all of the lessons and many fun activities
-2 DVDs filled with music videos and fun introductions to each lesson, where letters come to life
-Quick Start Guide
-2 sets of stickers to proudly display in the workbooks and celebrate reading success!

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