Friday, February 18, 2011

What's the Scoop? A TOS Product Review: KidScoop - for Reluctant Readers

Kid Scoop
P.O. Box 1802
Sonoma, CA 95476
Telephone: 707.996.6077
Fax: 707.938.8718
Geared to grades 2 through 8
Price - $97
365-day money back guarantee


We've been using a fun reluctant reader program for the last few weeks.  If you have a child that doesn't really care to read this might be the product you need.  The Reluctant Reader Solution from Kid Scoop is really fun!  This "solution" contains packets of weekly activity pages on a great variety of topics. There are puzzles and games which make the reading both enjoyable and  informative.  The Kid Scoop lessons are geared to state educational standards, making the fun worthwhile effort rather than just "fluff" and "twaddle".

Kid Scoop learning resources are used by both families and schools.  (The company even makes their resources available to local newspapers to publish.)  This weekly newspaper feature is for grades 2 through 8.  My 14 year old daughter found the packets to be fun and interesting.  She's a bookworm now, but she started out very reluctant to read.  She agreed that this would have been a great thing to have used at that time.  She zoomed through the pages I printed, and did all the puzzles, of course.  The product definitely held her interest and "pulled" her in to learn new information.

As a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was able to use the downloadable edition with my children.  These great printable packets cover Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Journalism by looking at topics such as
  • Backpacks
  • Bigfoot
  • bubblegum
  • budgeting
  • butterflies
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • clay play
  • Columbus Day
  • Easter
  • Father’s Day
  • fire safety
  • fitness
  • gardening
  • germs
  • gorillas
  • holidays (traditional winter holidays)
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Memorial Day
  • MLK day of service
  • Mother’s Day
  • nutrition labels
  • “Old Stormalong” (sailing)
  • optical illusions
  • otters
  • smores
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • tadpoles
  • teasing
  • Thanksgiving
  • the Maya
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Valentine’s Day
  • and many, many more
All of these great topics are presented in packets of 5-7 worksheets containing information, experiments, games, and puzzles. The pages are very eyecatching.  For $97, you have access to downloadable packets of worksheets covering almost 60 topics and a monthly 20 page online Kid Scoop newspaper in full color.  There's more than enough information to cover a whole year.  Although this looks a bit expensive at first, I think this is probably worth the price if you want to "kick-start" your child reading.  This product received a "thumbs-up" all the way around at our house.



In addition, Kid Scoop, the online newspaper, is a colorful option, set up similar to the worksheets, containing information on different monthly themes.  Parents and students can either read it online and print just the games and puzzles, or print the entire edition. (There is even an option to listen to the text, spoken by a computer-generated voice.)

Click here to learn more about Reluctant Reader Solution.

The Reluctant Reader Solution and Kid Scoop web site contains fun ideas and some freebies too.  You can sign up for a month of ideas sent to your e-mail inbox (free) and follow Kid Scoop on Facebook.  There is also a link to a "kids" section on the website with more fun stuff! 

For other TOS Crew reviews about this product click here 
I received a free download of Reluctant Reader Solution from Kid Scoop for the purpose of using it and providing my opinion.  Opinions and observations stated are my own.  I am not obligated to give a good review.  I received no further compensation.

1 comment:

MeritK said...

This was a very helpful review, Roberta - good job in letting us know all the details and how you liked it too! Love the cloud background too BTW!

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