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This year our youngest son is starting his more formal learning. After two years of doing activities on a whim, I am now sitting down with more structured lessons. At this early part of his learning ‘career’, we are focusing a LOT on learning to read. This time around I have far more resources in the house compared to my middle son’s learning in 1st grade. However, I see a thirst for more books that he can read to me for both pleasure and reinforcement of what he has learned.
About Rime to Read
One new option out there is Rime to Read. No, I did NOT mistype the word rime. Rime refers to words that both look and sound alike. Some may be more familiar with the term “word families” as many beginning readers learn –at, -an, -ag, etc. words.
While this particular product is not something I would use as a stand-alone reading program, it does offer great reinforcement of the phonics we are using. The stories are repetitive with the words learned and yet are entertaining for a 5 year old. He also seems to enjoy the illustrations with little color in them.
Rime to Read offers two formats for one price – an online click through to read set up and the option to open each book as a pdf file for printing out.
So far we have just read the first 4 books on-line. But, I plan to print out each so he can re-read the stories on a whim without access to the computer.
One feature being added to the online reading option is the ability to hear the featured words read outloud. We have only tested that out once as the repetition within word families seems helpful for D.
Also, color is used to differentiate the word families so the child can spot similarities more quickly. High frequency words (e.g. the, a, on, etc.) are in black type and repeated separately in a box on the page where they make an appearance.
What I really like it the summary list at the end of each book for the rimes covered so far as well as the list of high frequency words introduced so far.
Currently, they offer 20 books for sale. They can be purchased in 4 packs ($9.99 for one vowel set) or as a complete set for $44.99. Once the books are purchased and placed in your account, you have unlimited access to them.
At first glance the cost may seem a bit steep for 20 books that are read either off the internet or printed out to hold. However, the books can be used for multiple children in the family.
Here’s the list of titles offered:
· #01 – Pat
· #02 – Dan
· #03 – Dad
· #04 – Pam and Sam
· #05 – Ben
· #06 – The Pet
· #07 – Ned in Bed
· #08 – Nell
· #09 – Kit
· #10 – Zig
· #11 – Sid
· #12 – Chip
· #13 – Dot
· #14 – The Log
· #15 – The Sock
· #16 – The Shop
· #17 – Sun and Fun
· #18 – Bub
· #19 – Tuck and Buck
· #20 – Pug
If, like me, you value seeing a sample before purchasing, keep in mind that you can access the first book for FREE. Just head on over to Rime to Read and give it a try!