I’m a big fan of Hooked on Phonics products so when I was asked to review their Master Reader program, I jumped at the opportunity. Thanks to Hooked on Phonics, my 5 year old will be starting kindergarten already reading at a 1st grade level. My 7 year old was able to sample the Master Reader. He has used the 1st Grade & 2nd Grade Learn to Read programs, so he’s used to the basic system. The 1st and 2nd Grade versions included a DVD with sets of words taught in each lesson, an accompanying workbook to reinforce those lessons, and storybooks to read at the end of each lesson or unit.
The Master Reader is a step beyond the previous programs and is intended for children ages 7+. The main difference is that there are CD-Roms so that the child can use the computer to play games which help them build words. My son isn’t very proficient with the computer mouse so he struggled a bit but I think that it’s great he can get that practice in. After the game lesson on the computer, there’s a story card to read. After each unit, there’s a chapter book. As usual, there are stickers to reward the child, and the packaging is really appealing and interesting to kids.
My 7-year-old son has just been working on the Blue Level, which teaches compound words. I can tell a lot of research has gone into producing such products, and the company is tuned into what works best for each particular age group. Other than the difficulty with the computer mouse, my son was very excited about the Master Reader. He especially likes the name…it sounds like Judo Master or Karate Master to him! The difficulty level of the reading was just right…it was challenging yet not completely beyond his skill level.
Right now you can try Master Reader risk-free for 30 days for only $14.95 plus shipping and processing! If you’re not completely satisfied, you can return the program for a full refund, less shipping and processing. And you can save $100 on Master Reader and Hooked on Math when you buy them together. If you have young children, you should check out the site’s sale and overstock items for great deals.
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Disclosure: Doug at Hooked on Phonics provided me with the product for review and will also be furnishing the giveaway prize. I received no other compensation Thank you, Doug!