Friday, February 18, 2011

TOS Product Review: Kid Scoop Reluctant Reader Solution

turnreadingintofun Kid Scoop is a weekly newspaper feature for grades 2 through 8 that explores a new subject each week through fun games, puzzles and brain teasers.  The Kid Scoop website expands the fun with interactive games plus valuable resources for parents and teachers.  Kid Scoop now offers the Reluctant Reader Solution which includes a set of 365 Fun Sheets and a subscription to a monthly online newspaper for kids, called Kid Scoop News.


The Fun Sheets can be used chronologically throughout the school year or by theme to coincide with any topical studies.  The subjects covered by these Fun Sheets include:


  • holidays and special days
  • science
  • animals
  • important people and legends
  • health and safety
  • the environment
  • health and sports

The Fun Sheets have kid friendly articles and many activities that engage a student, help develop fine motor skills, and provide lessons in areas such as math, health and visual arts (as well as reading, of course.)  Each activity has a standards link to help you understand what concept is addressed.

01_02_2011_MainImage The monthly online newspaper is a full color product filled with informative articles, fun games and puzzles and timely topics.  It’s truly a newspaper geared toward kids with an art club page that has step by step directions for simple drawings, a jokes page that was my ds3’s favorite and even a page for early learners on the back that has daily lesson ideas to do with your littles.  There is also an audio format for auditory learners or those who need a little help with reading.

The premise of this resource is that using the Fun Sheets and the online newspaper will get your “reluctant” reader to voluntarily read more  because the sheets and paper are engaging and fun.  The student is drawn in by the kid friendly topics and the fun games and puzzles and will naturally want to read more on his own.  The online newspaper has the same objective, using the more “current” approach of computer based learning.

IMG_2407 Ds3, my 4th grader, was my tester for this product.  Here you see one of the Fun Sheets he enjoyed where part of the lesson was a tutorial on drawing a hippo.  I think he did pretty well.  :)  I printed up this set of 6 Fun Sheets with the theme of friendship and he read through the story and worked through the activities, a little each day, on his own.  When it came time to peruse the online newspaper he was drawn right away to the jokes page and the games and puzzles.  He was able to maneuver through the pages and use the zoom and other tools with no instruction or assistance from me.

I found Reluctant Reader Solution to be quite thorough and homeschooler friendly. The downloading process went smoothly and the communication with customer service was friendly and informative.  There truly are enough Fun Sheets to last a year, and the sheets did indeed engage my child.  I like that I was provided with the topics listed by both theme and in chronological order, and a parent/teacher guide with hints on how to implement the system.  I can easily find the corresponding Fun Sheets for any topic I am making lesson plans for.

The Reluctant Reader Solution is available for instant download for $97.  You get the 365 Fun Sheets and a 12 month subscription to the Kid Scoop News online newspaper.  You can also sign up on the Kid Scoop home page to receive a free daily “Make Reading Fun” tip for 30 days.

I received a download of The Reluctant Reader Solution and subscription to the Kid Scoop News online newspaper to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation.  To see other TOS Crewmembers reviews click on the banner below.


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