I choose to give this product 4 out of 5 Gold Teacher’s Stars!
Here is what Rime to Read has to say about their product: Rime to Read is an innovative, exciting, 20 book set created for beginning readers. We developed and self-published Rime to Read to fill what we perceived to be a dramatic void in up to date materials for teaching young children to read. We are a team of three women , a Learning Specialist (Ph.D), a Reading Teacher (M.S.) and an illustrator. We have no previous business experience, but because of the effectiveness of our product, we sold out of our first print run of 2000 sets. Since then, we decided to change with the times and now offer our books VIRTUALLY. Customers on our website have 2 choices after purchasing our books. They can read the books on their computer monitors, or print them out at home if they prefer hard copies.
The response to the series from parents, teachers and children has been overwhelming. The following qualities make this product so unique and effective:
- The program is tightly structured to insure success for first time readers, as well as older students needing remedial work.
- The program uses color to support discrimination and reading of individual word patterns (i.e. fat, cat, rat…) also called rimes, chunks or word families.
- The program uses illustrations to develop rather than simply reflect the story line, resulting is delightful, humorous stories which are very appealing in spite of their controlled vocabulary.
I decided to test this product out on my nephew who is just learning to read. This is what we liked about Rime to Read:
- Words are introduced in pattern/rime. The ending patterns made it easier for my nephew to put the next word together. He learned five new words because they all had the same pattern/rime at the end. And, this built confidence for him. He had just learned five new words! And read a whole book by himself!
- Riming words are introduced one at a time in order to build upon each other in the story line. I liked how they came one at a time. That’s not so overwhelming.
- Riming words are listed singly or stacked on the left side of the page. Each new word is added to the list. My nephew read the list every time he turned the page, so he was repeating the words he’s just figured out. Love that repetition!
- The books are meant to be read in order. It was great when we were three books in and a character from the two previous books was brought into the story line. My nephew really liked that. I think we were reading “Dan” and Pat showed up. My nephew said,”Hey it’s Pat!”
- I liked the mostly black and white color scheme of the illustrations. Seems to enable more concentration on the words. Less distraction- not that detailed pictures are a bad thing. My nephew could just focus more when things were simple.
- Also liked how the riming words had their endings in a different color to point out what we were learning this book.
What we didn’t like:
- The illustrations were simple, but my nephew thought they were kind of cheesy. I don’t think they were very “kiddish”.
All in all, we were very pleased with Rime to Read. I thought that the books reminded me somewhat of the Hooked on Phonics books that my own son used when he was learning to read. Of course, it could have been the names of Dan and Pat that reminded me of that program, but Rime to Read is definitely a cheaper alternative to the Hooked on Phonics program. If you are looking for a reading program for a beginning reader, this just may be one you will want to check out.