I have used Reading Horizons for two years now. This will be my third. I find the structured approach helpful to middle school students. I add humor, so we laugh a lot. For most of my students this is a review.
I use the focusing method in everything we do. The students’ attention (spans reveal that) it works. Their surveys stated greater than half feel their ability to focus has improved. One student struggled the first year with her spelling. This past year, I have seen significant improvement in her test scores, as well as in her writing. It was so obvious; she also took note of it.
I use this program with all (of) my students, even those who spell, write, and read well. We do it as an entire class. This is an effort to erase any stigma for those who need the review or who never were able to pick up the benefits of phonics. The ESL students can benefit without feeling spotlighted.
Some of the student responses as stated on an anonymous survey taken at the end of the school year follow:
- “It has helped me read and understand words better.”
- “It helped me stop (from) confusing words.”
- “The phonics program has helped me say many words better.”
- “It taught me how to pronounce words better.”
- “I can sound out words better.”
- “It has helped me use the right vowels.”
- “It has helped me to focus and to learn to use my listening skills.”
- “I can pronounce words now.”