Friday, February 18, 2011

TOS Review - Kid Scoop

In January we received Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution for review.  What is the Reluctant Reader Solution? It's a clever, fun bundle that contains 365 pdf worksheets of various topics and a colorful, on-line newspaper that is full of interesting facts, pictures and games ~ wordsearches, mazes & math problems are just a small example of the games. Kid Scoop, itself, is an amazing resource that you'll want to check out as well. The offerings on this page are not included in the Reluctant Reader Solution and are not included in this review, I just want to make sure you don't miss out on this resource!

The purpose behind the Reluctant Reader Solution is to get kids who aren't interested in reading, interested!

February Issue of the on-line Newspaper

Front Page

a look inside

The newspaper is easy to read and navigate. You flip the pages using the arrow keys and can zoom in to get a closer look.  You can print individual pages of interest, or the whole thing! There is also the option to have the paper "read" to your student by clicking on the "Listen" button on the toolbar at the top. It's the typical computer voice, so your student may not like this option. ;)

PDF Files

The PDF files have topics that cover a wide variety of topics. They are like mini unit studies, each 5-7 pages long. Some of the topics covered:
  • baseball
  • bubblegum
  • nutrition
  • fitness
  • Tom Sawyer
  • most Holidays
  • many, many more!
The activities include information on the topic as well as experiments, games and puzzles and some exercises to help build critical thinking skills.

Our take on this product?  We loved it! I don't have any reluctant readers but I do have avid readers, and beginning readers, that enjoy finding more information about various subjects. Wrap it up in a colorful and fun package, and you have some happy readers! Even though I don't have reluctant readers, I do have one where reading isn't something that comes easy. She loves to read, she just can't devour the books like her sisters do. This product has been a great fit for her and keeps her encouraged with her reading, which I love.

The Reluctant Reader package is $97 for all 365 downloads and a 12 month subscription to the on-line newspaper. To purchase the Reluctant Reader Solution click here.  They offer a 365-day money back guarantee, so you can try it for an entire year, and if you aren't happy with the results, they will refund you your money! You don't see an offer like that too often!

While you are on the website, make sure you sign up for a month of free ideas delivered to your email box!

To see what others on the TOS crew thought, click here.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.

1 comment:

Poppa said...

Nice review. I will tell all my friends.