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Monday, April 19, 2010

Rime to Read

When I first saw the word rime I thought it was spelled wrong or something someone had made up. Then I looked it up and sure enough it is a real word. It is important not to confuse it with the word rhyme. "Rhymes" as we know are words that sound alike but don't always look alike. Rime words sound and look alike. So now it made more sense to me how that funny looking word wasn't a made up word after all.
Lynn Klaiman who taught 1st grade for many years and Sara Hines who has a PhD in Special Education Co-Authored a reading program called Rime to Read that's geared towards beginning readers (kids ages preschool to early elementary).
The program comes together in a set of 20 short books. The books are broken down into 4 sets (per short vowel sounds). The focus is on rime (word families) that are color coded to help children decode words (ex: phonetical reading). There is also a list of sight words to go along with each story. These are very beneficial in helping children learn to read. The books are colorfully illustrated by Shari H. Berger who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
The cost for Rime to Read is $44.99 for all 20 books or $9.99 for a vowel set of 4 books. They even let you try the first book for FREE. Once you pay you will find a "Tip of the Week" above your book selections that will encourage you (the parent) along the way. Each book can be read from online with an interactive feature that can be clicked on if your child needs help sounding out a word from the list. You also have the option of downloading and printing off the books for your child to practice reading offline.
If you have a beginner or struggling reader maybe this is what you are looking for. My son has been a reader for almost 5 years now. He liked reading the books even though he flew right through them. I think he just enjoyed that sound feature way too much. Check out Rime to Read for yourself and take the stress out of teaching your child to learn to read.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions written are entirely my own. Being a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was not paid to write this review but received the product free of charge to review and give my honest opinion.

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