Disclosure: I was given a free trial of this program for purposes of review and received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.
Watching my 6 year old becoming an independent reader is fun! It’s the little things, you know? This morning he made a point of asking me for the RICE Chex as opposed to the CORN Chex for breakfast. He was enjoying letting me know that he could read the different words on the boxes!
When Snap Learning asked if I would like to try out their program to review it, I was definitely interested. If you have read my blog at all, you know that I’m a literary junkie and pusher.
Who can use Snap Learning? What I think is most interesting about it is that it’s a reading enrichment program that can be used for one child or multiple children. It’s great for a homeschooling parent, a tutor or even a classroom teacher. The user can list each child individually in their online record book and keep track of all their students.
How do I use Snap Learning? The digital components can be accessed from the Cloud or can be downloaded onto devices: iPad, Android tablets, PCs or even a classroom interactive whiteboard. If a teacher or tutor wants to send specific materials to a single student, they can provide them the download link. A scripted lesson plan is also provided!
My youngest is going into 1st grade this fall, so I downloaded the readers leveled for the beginning of that grade level. The readers go up to 6th grade. The stories we viewed had lots of colorful pictures providing not only visual cues but ensuring that they would be what is known as “high interest”.
What I really like about the readers are the activities at the end of each book – writing some of the words from the story, drawing a picture from the story (which can help you determine their comprehension level) and other engaging but age-appropriate ways to keep the words from the book in their head.
I’m a list girl, and I dig the Word Books. You can print off the columns and make little books out of the Word Lists to be used for sight word practice. Also, on the Snap Learning site you can keep a record of the words your child has missed. This is huge for me, because as much as I like to make lists, I am a PRO at misplacing them, along with any notes I made on them. Knowing that they are on my computer for easy access is helpful.
My verdict: I think Snap Learning is a great tool for small groups or when you have kids who need extra individualized attention. I wish I had access to this when I was teaching 1st grade at a home school academy. I only had 7 students, but they were all at such different reading levels that it made the one program we had difficult to use for everyone. Something like this would have helped considerably and I could have tailored the at-home assignments to each child’s level. This definitely fits the bill for a tutor or a parent trying to home school several children!
My rising 7th grader is a capable albeit reluctant reader and I’m interested to see if the interactive activities for the 6th grade books would hold his attention and give him the extra practice that I would like him to have!