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Friday, February 18, 2011

TOS Review Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solutions

My blog is being scraped again.  If you are reading this on a website other than you are reading a stolen copy of my content.

This time for The Crew we were asked to review Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solutions.  I was all for it since I have a reluctant reader!  This was right up our alley.


First of all let's talk about what the product is.  From the website:
The Reluctant Reader Solution is designed to expand your child's horizons, jump-start their curiosity about topics they didn't even know they were interested in, and exercise different areas of their brain through age-appropriate puzzles, games, stories, and much more. The Reluctant Reader Solution comes in two parts: one online and the other offline. First, online.

12 full-color issues of Kid Scoop News Online

Each issue of Kid Scoop News Online is chock full of games, puzzles, experiments, pictures, profiles of kids in the news, and more. Each issue includes content inspired by the time of year that the issue is released, so you can have conversations with your child about topics of the day — including current events, the natural world, and special holidays.
And because it's online, and "computer time" is often seen as more of a treat than "homework time," kids gravitate to the online edition strongly. The online edition also links to other helpful resources, so your child can explore interesting topics to his or her heart's content.


Now for the offline component of the Reluctant Reader Solution.

365 Kid Scoop Worksheets

Designed to engage your student's imagination and creativity, the worksheets come in set of 5, 6 or 7 pages and are our most popular offering. Filled with "pencil-grabbing activities," the worksheets serve as a bridge between the online edition and the physical world around your student.


Confused?  I was too until I went to the website and did some looking around.  Let's see if I can help explain it a little more.  First of all, the online component is a newspaper type magazine that is full of colorful print, kid-friendly articles, and puzzles/games.  It can be read online or it can be printed out for your child.  There is also the option of having it read to your child.  Pretty cool!  The articles are interesting and fun.  One article in the February issue was about creating art on the tips of pencils.  Actual sculptures on the tips of pencils and was then followed up a few pages later by an article on how lead gets into pencils.  Learning without even realizing it!

This aspect of the product is Kid Scoop and is a monthly magazine/newspaper that you will receive for a full year with a subscription. That's 12 magazines to keep your kids entertained and involved in reading.

The next part is The Reluctant Reader Solution and comes as a download that you can use and re-use at your convenience after saving them to your computer.  With 365 worksheets, you are bound to find something that sparks an interest with your child.  Each worksheet is between 5-7 pages and are filled with articles, information, and games and puzzles.  They are quick to pick up and go with enough information to keep the kids learning while they are having fun.

We used several of the printable worksheets that corresponded with our current history studies and I was pleased with aspect they added to our learning.  The girls had fun filling them out and each was able to pull useful information from the sheets that they have remembered and shared.  There are all kinds of subjects covered from holidays to historical figures to animals.  A little something for everyone!

So, that is Kid Scoop and The Reluctant Reader Solution in a nutshell.  Still have more questions?  Want to know more?  Head on over to their website and check it out.  The product as I have described it is sold for $97. 

Remember, when you purchase the Reluctant Reader Solution, you'll receive:
  • 12 months access to the Kid Scoop monthly newspaper, the online newspaper just for kids. ($55 value)
  • 365 Kid Scoop Worksheets, the most "pencil-friendly" worksheets available anywhere. ($147 value)
  • 365 days to put the full program to the test with absolutely no risk.
  • All for only $97 — a deep discount over purchasing each piece separately.
It's not a bad price for all that you are getting, I just don't know if we would be able to do it.  It is usable by all the kids in our house so the cost would be spread out that way but I don't know if it would benefit us enough.  I think if you had a truly reluctant reader that it would definitely be an option to explore.  I can see how this would help bridge the gap for some kids between fun reading and reading for information and school.

You can also sign up for the Kid Scoop newsletter and receive 30 knock-your-socks-off fun activities over the next 30 days so your child or student never gets bored!


If you want to know what the other Crew Members thought of this product, head on over to The Crew Blog and check 'em out!

**I was given a subscription to Kid Scoop's Reluctant Reader Solution through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.

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