Sunday, March 20, 2011

Miss Rhonda’s Readers Review

Hailee has been able to sound out letters for awhile now so I thought she would be ready to try to learn to read. We were sent a few products from Miss Rhonda’s Readers and they have been a great help. I have went with the "other" methods of teaching your child to read and had no luck. Miss Rhonda’s Readers is amazing.
Rhonda Lucadamo, a certified AMI Montessori teacher, discovered in the classroom that children had the most success when first given realistic stories to read. So Rhonda penned some for her youngest readers. Each book contained phonetic words so children could sound out complete sentences. The children’s accomplishment was immediate! They laughed, asked questions and reacted to each story. But most importantly, they read. And then they picked up another book, and another, and another.
We were sent a set of Phonetic Word Cards that I tried first. By sounding the letter out Hailee did all of the 4 & 5 letters words and a few of the bigger words after awhile. The words are meant to be fun words and are actually featured in the books when the child is ready to move on. The set has 62 easy to sound out words using only short vowel sounds. It comes with a cloth bag to keep the cards in and are sold for $9.95

After Hailee zipped through these words I went on to Miss Rhonda’s Readers Set One of books. It comes with 8 books in a box. Hailee read the first 3 books in the set of 8. At first she tried guessing the words but realized she knew most of them from sounding them out on Word Cards. Tomorrow we re- read the 3 books and add another one. The books are very cute and simple, Sniff! Sniff!, Pink Pig, Run Crab, Dog Day, The Pond, Sam’s Jet, Robins and Jen’s Hamster.

We were also sent Miss Rhonda’s Readers Set Two that we should be reading by the end of this month as well as a set of Alphabet picture cards which are great from beginners. Hailee already knows all of her alphabet but I went through them with her and she named the letter than went with each picture.

For the future we can purchase Phonogram Word Cards
Over 350 cards ready to be sorted into 41 different sets or booklets. The isolated sound is printed in green. Cards are usually used in a school setting but are great for families, too. Sounds or combinations include:
Long vowels sounds: [ai, ay, ei, a-e], [ee, e-e, y, ea, ie], [ie, y, igh, i-e], [oa, oe, ow, o-e], [ue, ew, oo, u-e]
Vowel combinations: [ou, ow], [oy, oi]
Also: [er, ir, ur], ar, or, sh, ch, th, ph, [gi, ge], [ci, ce]
I am so proud of her reading, she takes a little while to sound out the words but she gets it. She is doing a great job for only going on 5 yrs old. I definitely recommend Miss Rhonda’s Readers to anyone who has a child interested in learning to read. Make sure you check out the site to get an idea of what the books look like. You can sample Pink Pig, which is Hailee's favorite book.

The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
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1 comment:

  1. That sounds very much like LEM phonics, which is an Australian phonics program. It's like Spalding. I think that that's in America as well. It's very excellent, and my dad, a teacher, argues it should be in all schools as a requirement because the school curriculum for reading and writing just isn't that brilliant. How are you finding your phonics program? Good luck!

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