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Monday, May 23, 2011

TOS Review Reading Street

We love to read.  Well, most of us!  We have too many books to count and at two of us can be found reading at any given point in a day.  So, when I was given the opportunity to review a reading program with The Crew, I jumped on it.  More books to read, yay!


Pearson Education Reading Street for 2nd Grade isn't a curricula that teaches a child how to read, as most are reading fairly fluently by then, but it is a program to help them read better.  It also broadens their knowledge base by introducing new words in the context of kid friendly stories.  There are questions at the end of the story to make sure they understood it and to introduce the terms for the parts of a story.  A short biography of the author and illustrator follow it up.  A poetry section is included in some chapters.

Another neat feature is the Write Now section.  This section is used to get the student writing and helps them to feel comfortable writing their own story down.  There is a model for them to follow and a checklist to use to make sure they incorporated everything.  A Grammar section gives them just a bit of grammar along with the writing portion.


Since I don't have a second grader at the moment I let my youngest use this to see what we thought about it.  She is a Kindergartner but reads at about a mid-first grade level.  We obviously didn't use much of the writing section yet but I look forward to when she is able to.  What we have done she has enjoyed.  She like that some of the stories are fiction and some are non-fiction.  It was a nice mix and exposed her to more informational type reading rather than just stories.  She liked the questions at the end because she could "prove" that she understood the stories and they made her feel like a big girl-just like her sisters!

We received Scott Foresman Reading Street 2.1 and 2.2 Student books.  I don't know what would be in the Teachers Books but we really didn't need them.  It was pretty self-explanatory and easy to implement.  The pages are full of colorful pictures and drawings.  It is a great mix of drawings and real pictures; it is visually very appealing.  The books are hardback which would be great for longevity but it made it a little difficult for little hands to hold on to it. 

PhotobucketEach of these volumes can be purchased here for $43.47 each or together as a bundle for $86.97.  There is also a DVD-Rom available for $86.97 as well as other resources.  There are Teacher's Editions sold by the Unit but homeschoolers might find them a little cost prohibitive and are not necessary to implement this program in a homeschool setting. 

If you have further questions you can contact the company and I am sure they can answer any questions you have.

Customer Support
Phone: 1-800-848-9500
Fax: 1-877-260-2530
PO Box 2500
Lebanon, IN 46052 

You can also check out the other Crew members posts and find out what they thought about the program.

**I received Reading Street 2.1 & 2.2 from Pearson Education through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.

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