Thank you Reading Horizons for allowing me to review your product.
When I try a new educational product, I like to look at the history of the product to have a better feel for what I should look for. I was amazed to see that Reading Horizons is based on a phonics program developed in the early 1970s by Charlotte Lockhart. She used the Orton-Gillingham-based techniques that utilize “multi-sensory, high-kinesthetic / verbal / visual learning cues”. In 1987, Reading Horizons realized that there was a need for a basic program for adults, so they developed the Reading Horizons program program for older kids and adults.
This is the program that we reviewed: Reading Horizons at Home for ages 10-adult. Reading Horizons does have a program for kids ages 4-9 called Reading Horizons Discovery at Home, but I opted to go with the one for older kids. Make sure you click on the graphic above, so you can see the perks of Reading Horizons.
I LOVE how DS10 interacts with Reading Horizons! He jumps right in there to do his lesson and does very well with marking his blends and vowels. He also reads the “make up” or fake words. Sometimes, he gets stumped, like in the word above, and asks for help. Most of the time, he seems to understand the instructions and follows along very well. I was concerned that maybe there might not be enough to hold his interest, but he hasn’t had any problems sticking with it. The main thing is that he tries to sound out more words when he is reading outside of his lesson. He seems to have more of a desire to read, and I think this is because he is learning more phonics. I like how the activities get switched up, but yet, they are familiar because they are repeated. To be honest, I usually don’t sit in there an watch him do his lesson because when I am there, he tries to get me to answer the question for him. If I’m not in the room, he progresses through the lesson on his own. It just works better that way.
Reading Horizons is simple but is filled with common sense explanation. Check out their lesson on “C” vs. “K”. I love how this is explained and how the student is engaged in the lesson.
I feel that Reading Horizons is a great option for older kids and adults who are struggling with their reading. Reading Horizons is $199 for the first year, and an additional year is $50/yr.
Disclosure: I received a year’s subscription to Reading Horizons for the purpose of this review. I have received no other compensation, nor am I required to give a positive review. All opinions are 100% mine.