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Reading Assistant Program Questions????

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM
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Has anyone used Reading Assistant  -  http://www.readingassistant.com/ to help their struggling reader? I have heard GREAT things about the program and it's ability to help kids - even ones with speech delays and dyslexia learn to read fluently.

We are trying to decide between their one-year subscription fee $130 through HOneschool Buyers Co-op  (plus the cost of the required headset - $40 or so)  or try to save up the money and send her twice  week to Kumon Learning Centers at aabout $125 a month - but she has a teacher to work with her or do we try to combine both?

I need some help, because the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op deal is over with on September 2nd!!!

Thanks!

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Chasing3
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I don't know anything about the program, but it looks like a good price for a year of these kinds of reading fluency programs.

I used something called ReadNaturally. It's now available as an app, but I bought it as a set of printed books that came with cds. I loved that program and it worked very well for my kids.

Sure, none of these kinds of programs are anything you couldn't figure out for free with plain old read aloud from library books, but there is something to be said for having it all laid out for you and all the planning and reading selections and comprehension questions done for you.

For one year, can you keep going at any reading level? Or are you buying just one level for that price for year? because, I think if you were really diligent and did it daily, most kids would progress very fast and be able to go up more than one level in a year.

good luck!

Chasing3
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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i might also add, I"m not convinced Kumon is worth the money. We tried it for math when these kids were in first grade, and I quit because of the cost. I also had to bring back their worksheets corrected each session, and that made me wonder why I was paying so much to send them twice a week to get some paractice pages from the Kumon proprietairy workbooks and score them myself, when I could download math worksheets on-line for free!!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM
As you are there and know your children best, you know their needs better but, I am not sure that either is a good choice when you can take that same amount of money and buy the same books and workbooks and teach your children yourself and get at least the same amount of value or even better value, just by doing it yourself.
mommy2kaelynn
by Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Thank you for your responses - but sadly KirbyMom - No, I can't just do it myself - she needs some help that I can't provide. She gets VERY frustrated and does not want to listen to me. I need a "third party" to help. We can't afford a tutor, as they cost about $45 per hour in our area and require at least 2-3 hours per week. 

Chasing3 - the only reason we are considering Kumon is because again, it's a "third party", not me or her Dad, or our friend who is a teacher - who can be impartial and help her bridge the small gap that seems to be left to her making the final jump she needs. 

Kumon seemed like a good fit, but not sure about how much it costs per month. I liked the odea of this program since it can be used independently of me, for the most part, and adjusts to her level. 

I am just really lost and grasping for things that can help her - she is so frustrated, wants to read so badly, and I am hoping to find that "magic bullet". We have tried so many things that aren't/haven't worked. 

Thanks again!

trixie11
by New Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM

My son has a speech problem and has struggled to learn how to read.  This summer we seemed have  a break through.  I hired a wonderful tutor who has a Master degree as a Reading Specialist.  She was able to determine exactly where he needed help in building his fluency, comprehension and in different vowel sounds.  Before, we worked hard with differenet curriculums and a language pathologist but nothing has worked like the individualized help from our Reading Specialist. 

Chasing3
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM
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Kumon starts out very slow/low level. And they progress slowly. Which may be a good thing, but also it costs a lot. I think it was $75 a month per kid for us, plus they had an initial fee of something likt $50 to join. I can imagine the prices have gone up! I"m really not familiar with their reading part, but I don't think it's fluency practice like the program you are looking at.

Something like the program you're looking at is probably a much bigger bang for your buck! My guess is it's going to be a really easy-to-follow program, something that can be done pretty much independently, and the "netural" part has a lot of plusses! I actually did a lot of the ReadNaturall myself. As in, I helped with the read aloud part instead of having them do it alone with the cd. I did it that way because they didn't read aloud with the cd, they jsut listened. To read aloud in unison wiht me helped a lot with inflection. Just listening is better than nothing, but ctually reading aloud is really where the best practice happens. The ReadNaturally program I used had a kid read each passage aloud 3 times. The passages are short - like about 3 minutes to read one passage. Some days we'd do several. I'd also often have them read a passage out loud to dad when he got home from work. Anythign to get them practicign reading more.

I'm used to spending a lot of money on curricula and activities, so I think $140 for a year of something sounds like a good deal!

You may be running out of time to decide in order to get the discount, but you can google "reading fluency program" and some other ones will come up. This one is supposedly free, but I don't know anything about it: http://www.helpsprogram.org

If I had all my old materials, I'd send it to you free... but alas they've all found new homes.

mommy2kaelynn
by Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Chasing3 - 

Is the price for the Reading Naturally program for 1 year? I just looked it up and it looks good too! Kumon around here is $125 a month for 2 classes per week, and I have heard very different experiences from different people. Most who liked it didn't have struggling students they just wanted to have their child get ahead of their grade level. They all quit after less than a year. I feel it's not worth that cost if I am correcting her homework! That's ridiculous!

I have to make a decision on the Reading Assistant program today - the normal price is $800 per year! So it really is an amazing deal through the co-op!

Thank you for your help and advice, I really appreciate it!

Quoting Chasing3:

Kumon starts out very slow/low level. And they progress slowly. Which may be a good thing, but also it costs a lot. I think it was $75 a month per kid for us, plus they had an initial fee of something likt $50 to join. I can imagine the prices have gone up! I"m really not familiar with their reading part, but I don't think it's fluency practice like the program you are looking at.Something like the program you're looking at is probably a much bigger bang for your buck! My guess is it's going to be a really easy-to-follow program, something that can be done pretty much independently, and the "netural" part has a lot of plusses! I actually did a lot of the ReadNaturall myself. As in, I helped with the read aloud part instead of having them do it alone with the cd. I did it that way because they didn't read aloud with the cd, they jsut listened. To read aloud in unison wiht me helped a lot with inflection. Just listening is better than nothing, but ctually reading aloud is really where the best practice happens. The ReadNaturally program I used had a kid read each passage aloud 3 times. The passages are short - like about 3 minutes to read one passage. Some days we'd do several. I'd also often have them read a passage out loud to dad when he got home from work. Anythign to get them practicign reading more.

I'm used to spending a lot of money on curricula and activities, so I think $140 for a year of something sounds like a good deal!

You may be running out of time to decide in order to get the discount, but you can google "reading fluency program" and some other ones will come up. This one is supposedly free, but I don't know anything about it: http://www.helpsprogram.org

If I had all my old materials, I'd send it to you free... but alas they've all found new homes.


Chasing3
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

ok, I looked back and ReadNaturally is more expensive because it's a school version. If you want, say, grade 4, I'd say to purchase the "Encore Sequenced Level Edition" and get level 4.0 for $129. That is 24 stories. When I had it , it was black and white masters in a binder a teacher could xerox for students and came with cds. Maybe be sold as like a digital/printable file now? Higher-4th grade level is 4.5, which is another $129... so $260 for a year/grade level of stories.

I do not know how the online part all works! I was doing this back before apps and had paper versions that came with cds. I didn't have a cd for everythings, which is also why i did the read aloud myself.

BUT from what I can tell, with the online version you can access every level of the program for $149! So much, much cheaper! I can't figure out how long the subscription is for... mabye only the school year so like 9 months. But still a good deal as far as I can tell. 

For slightly cheaper (and the content is a little simplier, as in less comprehension questions per reading passage) there is OneMinuteReader, which is the home version. The app is $20 per level. When I bought the book and cd version I paid like $80 or $90 for a level. I happened to look thru my junk and found that I have the print/cd version of the yellow level and the green level. Yellow is about first grade, green is about 4th/5th.

If you want to check out the website and think either of those levels works for you, I can pass it along. I'm sure I can ship it for about $5 max, and that would be on me if you think you can get some use out of the program. http://www.oneminutereader.com/how/samples.html

But, that whole read-back thingie with the headphones that Reading Assistant has sounds really slick, and I've never seen that before... for the huge coop discount, it sounds pretty worthwhile!!

MamaLauri
by Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I don't know about the program, but you may want to check out, it has many activities that might help you for free. Special emphasis is placed on special child and special adults. But the site promotes joyful learning for all, and for older folks, cognitive and executive function maintenance.

Web sitehttp://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/FunGames.html

Recomended Age Group: 3-103 years old

Brief Description: Multi-sensory games and activities to develop cognitive (reading, writing, math, critical thinking), social, and executive function skills. Including Read-Along Songbooks: a delightful way to build your reading skills. Tell-Me-A-Story Picture and Book of Pictures Develop your creative thinking and writing, by writing your own stories with these fanciful pictures. Read-Along Math Rap Songs to build your math skills. Read-Along Phonics Storybooks to build your phonics and reading skills. Read-Along Storybook Classics to build your vocabulary and love of reading. Read-Along Nursery Rhymes to build your phonics skills and love of words.  Letter and Number Fun including Letter Sounds, Letter Sound Songs, Word Building, and Alpha Animals to build your phonics skills. Learn to print Small Letters, Capital Letters, and Numbers animations. As well as Math, Memory, and Strategy Games for Everyone: Battleship, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Sudoku, Sudoku for Beginners (4x4), Sudoku Jr (6x6), Snakes & Ladders, Tick Tac Toe, Yahtz 'A Dice, Picture Challenges, Concentration Challenges, I Know How You Feel - Games for People with Emotion Blindness, Alexithymia. About Face - Games for People with Face Blindness, Prosopagnosia.

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