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As the year end is approaching, it might be a great time to find a good resource to get our kids reading through the colder winter days and stay in touch with their reading skills and interest. And what more fun that a fun reading program that could help them bond with their parents as well as master the art of reading. Allow me to introduce another wonderful reading program – Stepping Stones Together.
This is an excellent resource for parents of kids between the years of 3 and 7 who would like their children to become an independent reader and enjoy the journey it takes to get there. It is also a great tool for the parent and caregiver who are more than willing to take an active role in ensuring that their child masters the art of reading and comprehension, but might lack the time and expertise to do it well. It is also a great resource for those who are seeking a fun way of doing this for their children.
What comes in the Stepping Stones Reading Program?
The materials provided within the Stepping Stones Reading Program are split into three levels starting from the easiest namely A, B, and C. In each level there are some story books that are accompanied with their own set of comprehension questions, writing prompts, and a set of flash cards. Once you complete each book, you can mark that down on the incentive chart and get the next one.
One thing I admire about the way this program is set up is that it is sensibly paced to suit the needs of a child. We parents might want them to learn a lot, but there is only a small amount of focus a child can give us at any one time and the creators of Stepping Stones are aware of that. In their guidelines, they provide excellent measures as to how to utilize the program in short intervals and regularly to achieve their reading goals. Each task would last only about 15-20 minutes and with an emphasis on repetition, kids are encouraged to read the story over and over again until they master it all and feel the sense of achievement.
10 (More) Reasons Why I Love the Stepping Stones Program as a Mother.
1. There are different levels of difficulties we can conquer one at a time.
2. The stories come under many topic that interest children, ranging from animals to super heroes and princesses. When signing up, you can choose 2-3 themes that suit your child’s interests the best.
3. There is a high emphasis for comprehension skills. Easy questions are provided to aid parents in asking some questions to ensure that their children understood the book that was just read to them.
4. Also included are ideas for more fun filled activities that would enforce the vocabulary that the child has just learned.
5. It also comes with a daily written prompt exercise that accompanies each book. So not only would they learn to read the words, they would master writing them out too.
6. The flash cards that accompany each book are great to focus on each word one at a time and master them all.
7. All the books and flash cards are printable and therefore can be used without a computer again and again.
8. The books are personalized with your child’s names and also can be used as fun coloring books too.
9. Children are provided with an incentive chart to monitor their progress and have them more motivated to complete all the books and advance to the next level.
10. Children enjoy the process of mastering their reading skills and bond with their parents while doing so.
How do I get this program for my children?
You can get this program for as little as $19.99 for 90 days access or even for a whole year at a reasonable rate of $39.99. Click on the Stepping Stones Reading Program website here and start enrolling and you can be on your way to creating the Super Reader of tomorrow.
Being a mother of a preschooler myself, I can not emphasize the need to help our children get the skills of an independent reader quickly and as hassle free as they can when they are younger. Kids absorb a lot more when they are young and it would be easier for them to develop these skills before they get into their first grade. Being able to read and comprehend could give them the confidence they need to excel in school activities and beyond. Now as parents, I know we strive to get them all the best, but might not know how to.
When it comes to reading, this is truly a wonderful asset I hope all of you utilize as we mold the leaders of tomorrow.
I hope you enjoyed my review. If you have happened to use the Stepping Stones reading program before, please feel free to let me know how you liked it. If you are yet to use it, do you think you would get it for a child or someone you know? Do pass on this blog post to any mother out there who could use a great asset like this to give their children the power of reading.