If you have a preschool or kindergarten aged child in your house this review is for you. Or maybe you have one that is older than Kindergarten (like me), but they struggle with reading? This review is also for you. I’m talking all about The Crafty Classroom today. Specifically, their Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and R.E.A.D. Review Pack.
Now, I don’t have a kindergarten aged child, but I do have a child that struggles with reading. I am happy to report, though, that I can see the light at the end of that struggle tunnel! Now, that light was already visible before I got this curriculum, but I think it would definitely be a great reading program. For my daughter, it was more of a writing and language arts curriculum. And, more importantly, a reading confidence booster!
Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum
First off, what is the acronym? You may have already seen it in the picture above. R.E.A.D. stands for: Ready, Eager, Able, and Determined. I love that. Our words are so powerful and attitude is half of learning how to read. (That is my opinion… not necessarily research I have read. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is actually scientifically accurate!)
This curriculum is a 36 week curriculum and is designed to be used 4 days a week. This is perfect for us, because we go to a homeschool “school” on Mondays. I love 4 day a week programs for that reason. It means I don’t have to redo the lesson plan from whatever the company has laid out.
There is so much more than just “reading” in this curriculum.
Using this curriculum, your child will do activities that cover:
- meanings of words
- rhyming words
- grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions)
- reading comprehension
- isolating beginning and ending sounds
- vowels and consonants
To learn all of those things, your child will color, color, paste, and write. There are also games built into the program. There are word searches, mazes, bingo, and more.
There is also a page that I put in a sheet protector so she can use it over and over again each day. Is the “Daily Warm-Up”. As you can see below, it has the time. It also has a place for her to write what day of the week it is, her name, and the weather. (Please excuse her dirty fingernails and shirt. She was busy being a kid before this picture was snapped.)
Why would my older child use this?
My daughter is going into 4th grade this coming school year. So, why would I make her do a curriculum geared towards kindergartners?
Simply put, lots of reasons. :)
First, this curriculum is not just reading. And because she has been “behind” (I despise that word in relation to learning) in reading, I have concentrated all of our schooling efforts in that direction. I have mostly ignored parts of speech, spelling, definitions, etc. Right, wrong, or indifferent, I just thought it was more important for her learn how to read. I knew she would be able to learn all of that at a later date.
With this curriculum, she is learning all of that now.
Second, since she is starting to read now, this curriculum is helping to boost her confidence. This curriculum is allowing her to read words and sentences that seem easy to her. This is not something she normally encounters when doing reading for school. Normally it’s a challenge. It is good for her to have something easy every now and then to show her that reading is not always work!
And lastly, it’s fun! She loves to cut and paste and create. This curriculum gives her that opportunity.
R.E.A.D. Review Pack
Now, the R.E.A.D. Review Pack is a set of 28 early reader books. It covers covers more than 30 word families and 70 sight words and goes right along with the Learn to R.E.A.D. curriculum. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the Learn to R.E.A.D. curriculum, but it can also be used on it’s own for kids like my daughter whom are struggling to read or need a reading confidence boost!
Your child will cut out each book and staple it and put it together to make their own books. This goes well with my daughter’s love for being crafty (which I generally am not)!
Of course, I didn’t get a picture of her putting one of these together, so I apologize, but you can see how it’s done in this video The Crafty Classroom put together:
Overall, I think this is a wonderful curriculum. We will continue to use it throughout this coming school year. Although, since it is for younger kids, I think we will likely be done with it by Christmas. And, that’s okay!
Definitely click the “Read More” banner below to read other reviews of this curriculum if you want more or different information than what I have shared. Also, other reviewers reviewed different things from The Crafty Classroom, so you can look at those too. There are a couple of things for older kids to teach them how to write a paragraph and teach them about the USA. There is also a preschool curriculum if you’re not quite ready for this one.