My five year old daughter is at the age where she is eager to learn how to read, but needs help to do so. We read together every night at bedtime and frequent the library, but I was finding this wasn’t enough. So, when I heard about Study Dog, I was eager to try it out and see if my daughter would find it enjoyable and if she would learn how to read.
We have had a Study Dog account for close to a week and I am already finding an improvement in her reading skills. She was already familiar with the alphabet and the sounds each letter make (so much so that she pointed out that the program’s Dr. Z is pronounced as the American “Zee” instead of the Canadian “Zed”), but for children who may not be at this level yet there are even basic alphabet lessons.
With no program to download, Study Dog is available online from any computer, meaning parents can check their child’s progress from work, home or just about anywhere. What’s also great is that parents preset their children’s’ reading level, so if a parent has a child reading at the grade two level and another child reading at the kindergarten level, when those children log into their own accounts their lessons will be geared toward their individual reading level.
It’s recommended children log on and use Study Dog for 20 minutes a day. This may seem like a lot, but the cute Study Dog character makes my daughter want to log on and see what he is up to without me even asking her!
Study Dog reading lessons are interesting, are accompanied by likable characters and stories, and the lessons are just long enough that your child won’t get bored or frustrated. My daughter likes to see how many points she has accumulated after each lesson and more so what adventure Study Dog has in store for her next time.
After just a week, my daughter is sounding out various letter combinations (including “ing”, which was previously stumping her) and is well on her way to sounding out multisyllabic words. I am very impressed with the user-friendliness of Study Dog and recommend it to parents looking to encourage or help emerging and new readers.
I was lucky enough to be given a free trial of Study Dog for review purposes, but after seeing how well my daughter is reading from using the program (and how much she is enjoying it), I look forward to continuing our daily visit with Study Dog.
For more information on how you can sign up for a free trial and to see what Study Dog has to offer parents and young readers, visit http://www.studydog.com/parents/inside/
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