Teaching a child to read is an often difficult but always rewarding process. Even harder, however, is instilling reading confidence and more advanced word skills in struggling readers. It’s hard to see your son or daughter struggle with reading and feel defeated, and maybe you feel like you don’t know what to do. Well, finally, there’s an answer:.
You probably have already heard of Hooked on Phonics and their incredible success rate at helping kids learn to read. Their signature, research-based process has three steps. First, kids learn a new skill or concept. Second, they get a chance to practice the skill until they’ve got it down. Finally, they have fun with games or books to reinforce their new skills. They use fun, colorful materials that will make your child forget they’re even learning, and their three step system creates confident, happy readers.
Hooked on Phonics doesn’t just apply this knowledge to beginning readers, however. Their is specifically aimed at children who already know how to read, but need help building reading fluency and confidence. The Master Reader collection is for kids seven and older, who already have basic reading skills. With this system, they learn more advanced phonics skills and how to sound out compound and multisyllabic words, as well as practice reading aloud to help them feel good about their new skills.
How does it work? Theis built with four reading levels, and they learn new skills at each one. The first one, Blue, teaches them how to sound out and break down compound words. Secondly, two and three syllable words are introduced in the Green level. In the third level, Orange, children tackle tricky vowel sounds that frequently trip readers up, as well as vowel teams. Lastly, the Red level moves them all the way up to difficult words like turquoise, as well as four and five syllable words.
The Deluxe Edition comes with everything your child needs to build these skills. The kit comes with four chapter books, four easels and 64 story cards. In addition, there’s an included CD-ROM for each level and a parent’s guide. But your child’s favorite part will be the progress poster and stickers, to track their success and encourage them on their journey to become a better reader.
Although my daughter is hardly ready to start this program, I loved the materials and would recommend it to any parent with a child over seven. The chapter books were educational, yet fun and engaging, as were the story cards. The story cards would be especially great for a child to read to a younger sibling or captive parent audience. And the progress poster was very cool and made it easy for children to see how far they had come.
The Hooked on Phonics systems is known for teaching children how to read, and their Master Reader Deluxe Edition takes it one step further by helping children build the confidence and skills needed to make them better readers. If you have a child who struggles with multisyllabic words, or you just want to give your kid some fun, educational activities during off times at school, thewill please everyone in your family.
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