Help for Struggling Readers {+ Giveaway}

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This is a compensated review. All opinions expressed are my own.

If you have a child {ages 5-12} who is struggling to learn to read, the Pride Reading Program may be the answer you’ve been searching for. There may be various factors at work which result in your child’s inability to master reading. Common issues include: dyslexia, auditory/visual processing disorders, and speech deficits. The Pride Reading Program utilizes the Orton-Gillingham method of instruction which was specifically designed to help struggling readers learn to read, write, comprehend, and spell.

According to their website, in the Pride Reading Program:

the phonemes are introduced in a systematic, sequential and cumulative process.  Using repetition and the sequential building blocks of our language, phonemes are taught one at a time.  By presenting one skill at a time and practicing it until the student can apply it with automaticity and fluency, students have no reading gaps in their word-decoding skills.

The Pride Reading Program was originally developed to be used at the Pride Learning Center, but they have since put together a program that can be taught by parents at home. The at home program utilizes online lessons and student materials including a workbook and maniuplatives which each registered participant receives.

I love the fact that the Pride Reading Program emphasizes mastery. Lessons and concepts must be mastered before the student is allowed to progress to the next module. Each new concept is presented in three phases: introduction, then practice, and finally reinforcement.

As a parent with a struggling reader, you may feel lost as to how exactly to help your child. The Pride Reading Program is very structured and even scripted to assist you in teaching your child. The online teacher’s guide will become your best friend and is essential to the program. There are also training videos and sample lessons  which greatly help you in learning how the program works and helps you to learn how to teach the materials.  Here is a screenshot of one of the lessons. You can clearly see the scripted text in blue:

As your you and your child work through the online modules, you will listen to the lessons, complete coordinating activities and workbook pages. You will need to verify that your child has mastered the materials before moving onto the next module. A great benefit of this program is that it uses interactive methods to teach the concepts. This teaching modality helps to keep the child engaged and excited to move forward.

I was given the opportunity to review Pride Reading Program and I received Level 1 materials which included:

  • Workbook
  • 11 Phoneme Card/Sight Word/Letter Tile bundle
  • Whiteboard, Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser, 1 black whiteboard marker and 1 red whiteboard marker
  • Sound Chart Poster
  • Reading Tracker
  • Manipulatives: 1 Dice, 4 White chips and 2 Green chips
  • Online access to all Level 1 materials: lessons and training videos

After spending some time digging into this program. I can definitely see why it works so well with struggling readers. It is designed for children who have learning difficulties, and it may be a bit slow for children without any learning deficits. It is interactive and engaging for students, and easy to teach for parents. If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can demo a sample lesson here. You can also assure proper placement for your child by completing a level assessment here.

Here’s some great news: Pride Learning Center is giving THREE of my winners their own Pride Reading Programs. Winners get to choose which level they would like to receive. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. All entires will be verified. The giveaway period will close on 3/11/18 at 11:59pm EST. The winners will be announced the following day via email! Good luck!


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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. This looks like an amazing resource for teaching/learning how to read well. My kids could definitely benefit from this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I would love this for my daughter, she is 8. She is so smart, but we have difficulty connecting in her reading, writing and spelling. She has a brain for math and science which is great, but could definitely use a boost in ELA. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. I’d love to win for my son who’s really struggling with reading.

  4. I have a struggling reader. I’d love to try this out.

  5. I would love to win this. I have a struggling 3rd grade reader that has given up on school because of this. so something like this would be great to work with her and help her learn to love reading.

  6. I was wondering if this program works for kids aged 12 reading at a 3rd grade level?
    Also, will it work for a little one who has trouble sitting still?

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