Jan 17 2009
I started my son’s Pre-K education this year. One of the most important subjects I wanted to concentrate on was reading/phonics. I was kind of nervous about teaching my child to read so I began looking for software or online programs to help me. I knew I wanted a program that had the following benefits:
* Complete phonics instruction
* Easy to use
* Not too expensive
* Tracks Child’s Progress
After much research, I found a online program that I thought would appeal to my son. ClickN Read is an online reading and phonics program that teaches the complete K – 3rd grade curriculum. Here is my review of this product based on the features mentioned above.
Complete Phonics Instruction
ClickN Read has a total of 100 lessons for your child to complete. Each lesson builds upon each other and progressively gets more difficult. It teaches letter sounds, sight words, word blending, word and sentencing reading skills, and keyboarding.
The program is interactive, entertaining, and effective. It is animated and is presented like a game so it fun for my son. Even though it looks like a game, I can tell you that it definitely challenges my son. He can not cheat the system because it adjusts to how he is responding. I like that the progress reports let me know how he is doing and if necessary, I can repeat a lesson until he masters the skills.
Worksheets are provided that can be printed out to supplement the lessons. The worksheets are to practice the words and sentences for each lesson. Also there are flashcards to practice vocabulary and Dolch sight words.
Easy To Use
I have three children at home. One is a 2 year old. I needed a program that would be easy to use and would not require me to do a whole bunch of preparation in advance. ClickN Read is easy to setup. Once you have paid you are able to go in a create an account for your child.
Since you don’t have to install on your computer, all you have to do is log into the account you have created and you are ready to go. I added a desktop icon for the program on our computer. My son can log into the program on his own and begin his lesson. After about 15 minutes, he has completed the lesson.
Not Too Expensive
The program is a good value. For the subscription price of $59.98, you get access for 1 child. I chose the payment plan so that I could break that amount over several months. If you need to have several children using the program at the same time, you only have to pay $19.95 more for each child.
What is unique about this program is that you pay for a lifetime subscription and it is transferable. What that means is that you get to use it as much as you want for as long as you want. Since I only have one child using it right now, once he is finished, I can delete his account and add my other son later.
Once all your children are finished with the program, you can give it to a friend or family member that might need the program. I like that it is a gift that just keeps giving .
Tracks Child’s Progress
I wanted a program that would allow me to print out my child’s progress so I could see were he was successful and were he was struggling. I also needed the ability to print his progress for record keeping. For each lesson, ClickN Read tracks when the child logged in, the number correct and incorrect attempts, what was covered and the exact areas your child had problems.
ClickN Read provides a summary report on all lessons completed as well as detailed reports on each lesson.
I love the program and believe it is an excellent value for the money. It has eased the anxiety I had about teaching my child how to read. ClickN Read is comprehensive, fun, and effective. I would recommend this highly to homeschool parents as well as to parents needing more instruction for children that are struggling with reading.
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