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Christine A Howard

Special Needs Homeschool Review of PRIDE Reading Program

Disclaimer:  I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

Do you have children that struggle with reading and phonics? My daughter struggles with this, and is forced to memorize words rather than sound them out. When we were picked to review PRIDE Reading Program, I was very excited to see how it might help my daughter. This reading program is based in solid principles that have been proven to help struggling readers including those with Dyslexia. Here is what we found…

A Little Bit About PRIDE Reading Program

PRIDE Reading Program is based in Orton-Gillingham, which is a very well respected reading and comprehension program in the Dyslexia community. Using a multi-sensory approach, PRIDE Reading Program is designed for any student that struggles with reading. The program has eight different levels to catch readers where they are in their learning. My daughter is a very beginning reader, and so she was started with the PRIDE Yellow Book Program Kit – Level 1.

Before beginning with PRIDE Reading Program, your child will need to take a placement test. This helps determine where your child should begin, and which program to purchase. Once this has been determined, your kit will arrive shortly in the mail.

What’s in the kit?

Our kit included everything we need to complete level 1. We were even provided a carrying bag, a whiteboard, a pen, and two dry erase markers with eraser. The kit also contains the workbook and various manipulatives.

PRIDE Reading Program Kit

Am I qualified to teach this to my child?

If you are like me, you probably don’t have a degree in special education. That is perfectly okay. This program has been designed so that homeschool parents can effectively teach this to their children. If you really do not feel comfortable, PRIDE Reading Program does offer tutor services to help you out. However, they do provide a simple parent training program that should help you feel quite comfortable providing this to your children.

How long is this program?

The program is broken down into Modules, and then into Units. Within each unit, there are activities that your child will complete. There really is no suggested timeframe for how long the program should take, but the website does mention 40 to 60 hours worth of content. I figured that each module should take approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete at that pace. Most Modules contain about three Units each, and each Unit has about 10 activities. This means that each activity should take about 7-10 minutes to complete. Depending upon your child’s age and attention span, your child may only complete 1-2 activities per day.

How We Used This Product

My daughter has some unique learning challenges in that English is not her first language, and she was denied education of any kind in her first language. She also has a heavy speech impairment, which doesn’t help in the area of phonics. Because of this, we were really hoping that this program would slow down, help her actually hear the sounds, and learn to pronounce and understand how they work.

Because my daughter has a very low attention span, we typically completed only one activity per day. However, we cover each activity at least twice, as she really needs the repetition. This program does not have a lot of fluff, so my daughter found it quite boring, and so we had to break things up and give her lots of breaks in order to motivate her to continue.

She is used to programs with lots of rewards and stimulation, and this program is fairly dry. However, I believe this is in order place the most emphasis on learning each sound. I can say that the program is working for my daughter, and that she is improving her ability to sound out each letter in each word. Below, you can see a short video of her working on an activity.

Our Thoughts…

Review Crew Thoughts…

You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other Review Crew families have also been working hard to bring you a great review. Since each family worked with a different level of the PRIDE Reading Program, I highly recommend checking out all of the Review Crew Reviews.

Getting In Touch…

orton gillingham, reading program, structured literacy

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