Improving Literacy Skills with Snap Learning #backtoschool #giveaway

by Jessica Streit

Jessica Streit, 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, is here to share her insights into Snap Learning through this post and giveaway. While we were compensated to write this post, our writers views and opinions remain her own.

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One of the main issues I hear parents comment on in regards to homeschooling their children is that they wouldn’t know where to begin. Many parents are interested in doing it but fear their abilities to teach their children effectively. Luckily, there are many great early literacy programs available for families to use if they chose to homeschool. I took a look at the digital reading program from Snap Learning to see if it would be a quality program to use with your children.

As a reading intervention teacher, I have stringent guidelines for what I will use with my students. I look for materials that are rich with vocabulary while not being too difficult to affect a student’s fluency. I look for ways to make connections to the student’s life and the real world. I also look at how well the text aligns with the Common Core curriculum which is a national educational curriculum that schools across the United States are adopting to bring our students to the same place, educationally across the 

Snap Learning offers digital, leveled reading for reading levels kindergarten to eighth grade. It offers over 100 different stories delivered to you via your tablet, desktop, laptop or whiteboard as well as lesson plans and interactive activities that have been developed by reading and English language instructors. Each lesson is developed to improve your child’s phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension level. It also offers you data and reports for each child who is using the program.

As a parent who might be unfamiliar or inexperienced teaching a child to read, this program offers a scripted lesson plan that will guide you in your path. Each interactive story offers your child opportunities to connect to the real world using multimodal activities. As my son was reading the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff, he was also listening to a goat bleat, watching a short video of two goats fighting and learning real world facts about goats.

 

As a reading interventionist, I have seen many reading programs that work well and those that do not. I think Snap Learning (who is a sister company of Sylvan Learning, one of the top names in providing tutoring services to children) offers a quality early literacy program.

I would like to see it have more texts within their database. Hopefully they are working towards increasing that. It would be worthy of being paired with additional reading you are doing at home such as reading to your child, direction instruction about phonics as well as modeling how a fluent reader reads a story.

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  Jessica Streit is a freelance writer and author of The Debt Princess. She shares her struggles with debt and the road to living a royal life on less.



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Jessica Streit is a freelance writer and author of The Debt Princess(www.thedebtprincess.com). She shares her struggles with debt and the road to living a royal life on less.

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1 Anne August 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

This would be extremely helpful with more practice and easier methods.

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2 Tammy S August 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I like that this program helps work on vocabulary. I think this is an area where kids need to work on. This sounds like a great program.

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3 Amanda Sakovitz August 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I think this could help in various areas of vocabulary and reading comprehension. I like how it has multiple purposes.

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4 Thomas Murphy August 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

It would help keep my kids interested.

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5 Susan P. August 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Having the auditory part along with the reading will be useful.

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6 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

The auditory and visual part of this program would help my child ‘connect’ and help hold her interest.

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7 Amy Brewer August 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

It would help my son with reading. Reading seems to be his most struggle. I love that it has from kindergarten to 8th grade levels.

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8 Shelly Leatham August 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm

It grows with the child,it would be ideal!!

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