Vendor and Product Details
Product: Scaredy Cat Reading System Level 2
Pricing Information: Complete Package is $75.
Age Range: There is a pre-test on the site which helps you to learn which level is best for your child. You can find that on the Downloads Page.
It comes with a CD, a book with the CD, a teachers manual, games, die, flashcards (The flashcards came on thick cardstock reading for cutting) and a student manual. The level we chose was reading level two, it seemed to be the best fit.
How we Used it
So I read through the teachers manual and got the basic gist of the program. Found some typos which bothered me. I will need to make a list and point them out to the author.
Then we dove in.
The lad had FUN playing the games. Imagine that. My lad having fun playing a word game. The games have low pressure, he could use his angry birds as players and they could be teaching each other how to say words.. it was ALL good. He learned! :) No tears! :)
The lessons are LARGE I found. We've been using the first lesson now for quite some time and still aren't through it. Mind, I'm a one page a day gal as that works well for my lad when doing a formal type of curriculum....and we go back to pages and read them again, try it again, can you do it better? Do you understand the mirror concept...ooh...let's play an actual mirror game to reinforce this idea. We are taking our time as stressing over reading is not where it's at. But as we use it...he learns!
The word flash cards, these are working well for us. The lad scatters them, groups them by whatever method seems best to him (and it's not always the same way with the same group of words), picks a set or two to practice reading from. Sometimes we toss angry birds at them when they are scattered and the lad helps them learn to read the word (sometimes getting mom to step in when he has no clue).
This system works for us at a pace best suited to our household. I love the flexibility of it.
My son's reaction
He still is quite concerned that he's not reading as fluidly as mom or dad are, but he's starting to see how he is getting better at reading. This confidence I attribute to the practice that he is getting reading the same words over and over again and being able to see (as we write down the time) how he really is getting better and faster at it.
My reaction and recommendation
He's reading better! That quite frankly says it all to me!
Magnetic letters: I should have received these (according to the website they were part of the package) but I didn't. So I can't comment on them. Not sure what happened with that.
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