Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
I am so excited to tell you about my experience with the PRIDE Yellow Book Program Kit – Level 1 from PRIDE Reading Program as a structured reading program for our homeschool. One of the first things that got me excited about the PRIDE Reading Program was the digital online teachers manual! I don’t know why more structured literacy programs do not make use of technology in this way. With the PRIDE Reading Program I can review the future lessons anywhere I have my iPad or computer. With the digital PRIDE Reading Program teachers manual all I need is the student workbook, letter tiles and the whiteboard. The other nice thing about the PRIDE Reading Program is there is almost no lesson planning. In the digital teachers guide the black text is your teaching directions and the “blue” text is your script to read aloud to your student. There is a short training course but literally no planning.
To start with the PRIDE Reading Program you go through the online assessment so you know what level your child needs. Since I have two boys who know all of the letter sounds they were both placed in the Yellow Book Program Kit. The full Program Kit included: Student workbook, online Teacher instructions, letter tiles, Letter flashcards, text highlight overlay, small white board, markers, eraser, and bags to store everything.
Each letter or phonemic sound is broken up into three module lessons: Introduction, Practice, and Reinforcement. I ended up splitting each module lesson into smaller chunks, since I have active boys, and a module seemed too long to do in one sitting with them. We really enjoyed making words with the letter tiles. There is a template on the back of the student workbook to help put the tiles together to form a word. The PRIDE Reading Program Yellow Level 1 kit starts out by teaching vowel sounds and simple three letter words with one vowel.
Some of the other things I liked about the PRIDE Reading Program:
- No Difficult San serif font! The font used in the workbook is better for Dyslexic children
- Hands on Orton Gillingham approach which is good for Dyslexic children
- Small whiteboard. The boys really like writing on this. In fact I let them write on the whiteboard instead of in the workbook sometimes.
Overall I really liked the PRIDE Reading Program. The only things I didn’t like were the letter tiles which will probably get lost at our house and the lessons seemed a little too long for my boys. Both of those thing can be fixed with my organization. I really loved that the teacher manual was totally online. I will definitely keep using this program with my boys.