I’m writing to let you know how thrilled we are with the Reading Horizons program. We have used it with a bright, 16-year-old student who was a non-reader. Since the student also exhibited behavior problems, we did not know whether he would even be willing to try the program. And if he did it, we weren’t sure if he would stick with it long enough to make a difference. We had to try it as a last effort, since everything else the student tried through the years had failed and he was in danger of dropping out of school.
Over a two-month period the student has faithfully completed a Reading Horizons lesson on the computer each day, reviewing lessons as needed. His teacher has reported that this student has made remarkable improvement. The most significant accomplishment was when the student recently read something and commented to his teacher how he was really reading better. He feels successful and proud of his reading ability, something he has never felt in the past.
The very-structured lessons, which teach skills step by step and include student participation in the lessons, require the student to focus his attention on the skills. There are not graphics to distract the student and he can progress at his own rate. The program can be used in a variety of different settings and is best used as a supplementary tool.
Since the student was 16 years old and the other students in his class were very efficient readers, there were no group lessons. One-on-one instruction in the classroom was difficult to schedule and was often met with resistance, due to embarrassment when reading with peers present. However, the student felt very comfortable using the Reading Horizons program on the computer independently in another location each day. He is really excited about finally learning to read!
We are amazed at the amount of progress he has made and highly recommend Reading Horizons! It works!