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Whether you have a child who is ready to learn to read or one who is a struggling reader, the Learning Dynamics Reading Program by Learning Dynamics can help!
We received this structured, multisensory, phonics-based system for review, and since then, I have been using components of it successfully with my own children and with tutoring students.
In doing so, six things have really stood out to me about the
1. It comes in a sturdy little box that makes it easy to store, transport, and use.
Okay, I know packaging is not the first thing one usually thinks about when considering a new reading program, but, let me tell, you, the Learning Dynamics Reading Program package is such a well-designed one!
It immediately caught my kiddoes' eyes and made them want to dig right into the program, reading through the readers in the box during independent reading time and with me as a way to "fill in holes". (My children are beyond the initial learning to read stage, but one likes "easy stuff" to read during solo reading times sometimes and another has dyslexia and appreciates decodable books that can help her fill in holes and gain confidence.)
The packaging also caught the attention of my tutoring students.
One saw the package on my table, and, although she was "beyond" the level of the
When that student saw it on my table, opened it with me, and dug into by request, he took to it right away, so I asked my own child if they'd mind if I used the Activity Book (which is something your child writes in) with him and they agreed. So, he's become my primary user of the program while my own children - and other children who come to my house - enjoy the readers and other components.
There is something to be said about packaging that invites children to learn and acts as a handy way to store, transport, and grab-and-go with a program, and the
2. It has varied components to keep learners engaged (but not so many that Moms, Dads, and teachers go crazy!)
Over the years, I have taught a lot of children in the United States and overseas, and one thing that I have come to recognize is that each student is truly different, so one size rarely fits all.
Thus, when I look at a new program, I appreciate something that can adapt to many types of learners - those who like repetition and those who like variety; those who tune into songs and silly stories and those who prefer visual stimulation; those who like things cutesy and catchy and those who like them straightforward and with plenty of white space... In other words, I like one program that can reach many students, even if it takes a little tweaking with some.
These all fit neatly into the box the program comes in and can be tailored in use to your child's needs and likes.
3. The program can unlock reading within just four weeks.
The Learning Dynamics Reading Program was created to make teaching children to read easy and Learning Dynamics
I don't think you'll need to use that guarantee, though, if you try the program, because it really is well designed so that you can bring a child in preschool through second grade from hearing sounds, to matching them to phonograms, to blending them to make words, to reading decodable books in just four weeks and, then, progress further with reading in subsequent weeks.
Enjoyable, 15-minute lessons work through a system of introducing an attainable challenge to your child, practicing it, having your child meet success and be rewarded, and, then, moving on with the traction gained from your child's growing confidence and skills.
In doing so, the program helps your child to:
- develop phonemic awareness (or, in layman's terms, the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds of language).
- learn explicit letter-sound correspondence (which is essential for both reading and writing).
- master frequent letter-sound relationships systematically (which is great for all children, but, especially for those with dyslexia like one of my own children, and, I believe, some of my tutoring students).
- sound out words with letter-sound blending.
- use decodable text to practice letter-sound relationships (and enjoy reading independently!).
- read interesting stories to develop language comprehension (and chat about or narrate them with a parent, tutor, or teacher).
You can read more about how it works here and also in reviews from other Homeschool Review Crew Members who used the program with younger children.
I used components of it it with my eight (now nine) year old for review and fun and also with my eleven (now twelve - they both had birthdays during the review period) child with dyslexia so that she could fill in some holes and gain confidence. I also used it, primarily, with a nine-year-old delayed reader who I tutor and he is progressing nicely with it!
A friend of mine who just happened to have bought the program for her five year old around the time I began using it as a review, noted that we have the same program and said her five year old is enjoying and succeeding with it, too.
So, I truly believe the
4. It adapts well for struggling readers beyond the target age of pre-k-8 years.
As I have explained, I am using the
5. Anyone can teach it!
It is obvious that we have likedLearning Dynamics
My nine-year-old said:
I think this would be good for kids who are just learning sounds and reading. They are also good for older kids who have reading troubles. I liked reading the books. They are easy.
My twelve-year-old said:
It is a good review of my skills. I read almost all of the books during my lesson times.
I don't really like the pictures, because they are so cartoony and I don't like cartoony, but they do have expression and tell the story, especially when the words in the early books are simple.
I would recommend this product to people who are just learning to read or who are having trouble reading.
There is not much writing on a page, there is a lot of white space, and there are pictures. This can help kids with reading problems.
And, I've said a lot already in this review, but will sum it all up by saying the
I am glad to have been introduced to the
Connect with Learning Dynamics.