Friday, February 18, 2011

Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution

We are a family of folks who love to read.  I have loved to read ever since I can remember.  My husband loves to read.  My kids have loved to read ever since they were old enough to be able to read.  When my son was learning to read, though, he didn't like the whole process at all!  He thought he should just "already" be able to read without all the work it took to learn!  Once he was able to read easily, though, he started to love it just like the rest of us.  One thing that would have been really great to have back when I was teaching him to read is a program like Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution! 

You see, the problem he had when he was learning to read was that it was hard to find reading material that was interesting to him but that wasn't too difficult.  If he had to struggle to read it, that took all the fun out of it.  Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution aims to provide reading material that is interesting and fun and makes the child want to read while enjoying reading.  Pretty neat, huh?

Although I was given this program free in order to use it and write this review, anybody can sign up (for free!) for one part of it.  Kid Scoop offers 30 days' worth of reading tips for parents of reluctant readers.  Each day for 30 days, you will get an email with a tip telling you a fun way to get your reluctant reader to want to read and to enjoy reading.  And you don't need any special materials either.  If you subscribe to your local newspaper, you can use it for the "assignments."  If not, I think you could use magazines just as well for most of the tips.

There are two other products included in the program if you decide to buy it.  First, I'll tell you about the digital newspaper subscription for your reluctant reader.  It is called Kid Scoop News, and it is read online.  My daughter thought it was really neat to have her own online newspaper to read.  The articles are pretty short and are, of course, written to be of interest to kids.  It is also colorful and fun-looking, which can be very important in motivating a child to want to read it.  Besides articles, there are things like crossword puzzles and mazes. 

The other part of the program is an ebook.  This book, called The Reluctant Reader Solution, includes 60 different topics along with activity sheets (365 individual activity sheets).  The topics all have 6 or 7 worksheets with fun activities for the reluctant reader to do.  There are topics that will appeal more to boys and topics geared toward girls as well.  Since you probably won't do a worksheet each and every day of the year, it looks to me like there should be enough worksheets to do 1 or 2 a day for the whole school year.  These activity sheets are simple black and white sheets so they can easily be printed out so the child can complete them.  If your child likes word searches and puzzles and cartoons and those kinds of fun things, then he or she will probably love these worksheets!  I think they are a great way to encourage any child to read--whether he or she already loves to read or is a reluctant reader. 

You can buy a one-year subscription to the Kid Scoop News along with the ebook for $97.00.  If you'd rather, you can also buy individual Reluctant Reader Solution topics for $2.99 each.  There are also ebooks with several topics which can be purchased for $14.99 each. 

Just keep in mind that this is not a program for the purpose of teaching a child to read.  This is to encourage kids who don't really enjoy reading to learn to enjoy it!  I personally think it could be quite useful for children who already like to read too, like my daughter.  She loves to read, and she loved this program! 

If you'd like to see examples of pages of the newspaper or worksheet pages, you can do that here.  You can also read more about the program and how it works.  If you want to see the topics available for purchase for $2.99 each, you can do that here.  Some of my favorites are Creative Outdoors, The Nutcracker, and Blooming Creative.  And finally, you can look  here to see the 3 ebooks (each with about 36 activity pages) that you can choose from.

If you want to read more opinions from other Crew members who received, used, and reviewed Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution, you can do that here
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