Start To Read Series to Reverse the Summer Brain Drain

Introducing Start to Read Level 1

From School Zone:

Emergent readers need lots of help from parents, caregivers and teachers to succeed, but thankfully School Zone Publishing has harnessed their over 30 years of educational experience to create the Start to Read! Program. Originally developed by educator and School Zone co-founder Dr. James Hoffman, the updated sequence-based series, which consists of storybooks and complementary materials across three progressive reading levels, is designed to build a solid literary foundation for any child while teaching kids that reading is fun!

The multi-component Start to Read! Program uses a tried and true, 3-step approach to reading: listen, read, review. The 6-book set for each level contains five beginning reader books, a read-along and songs CD, a comprehension workbook and a parent guide. Each of the components provides children with a fun learning experience while working together to teach budding bookworms – as young as four – to read successfully. In addition to teaching basic reading concepts, the three-level series also accelerates learning and develops reading skills and vocabulary.

Our Thoughts

Charlie is desperate to read. He’s done an amazing job at learning letter sounds and starting to read. So I was excited when School Zone approached me about doing a review of the level 1 series of books. When they arrived we had a small problem with Charlie being adamant that he already knew how to read and didn’t need any help. He even told me he didn’t need level 1 because he knew all the words. After a time out small break we learned that Charlie did not in fact know all the words and did need some time to learn. The program is multitiered using an audio CD to begin the process of reading along with the story and then as your child begins to recognize letters and sounds they can move on to reading on their own.

The series comes with 5 books and I have to say they were all interesting to the kids. Charlie has taken to reading them in the car while we drive and letting Rachael listen as he reads. Looking back now I think I could have gone on to level 2 books for him because he has learned all the books in a rather short period of time (each child is different and your child’s results may not be exactly the same as ours).

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You can purchase your Start Reading Series  online or in stores nationwide.

I was sent a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own and are not swayed by the company.