I have been using Reading Horizons in my classroom for three years. I learned about Reading Horizons from my supervising classroom teacher during student teaching. Before then, I had never been introduced to such an effective way of teaching phonics. Before I began using Reading Horizons, I worked as an instructional assistant. While I was an instructional assistant I saw many different approaches to teaching the phonetic skills, but none of them even compared to the consistency this program contains.
When I was hired as a second-grade classroom teacher, I immediately asked for Reading Horizons for my classroom, because I knew this was the best way to teach children to read and spell. In my classroom, each child has their own dry-erase board and markers. We do each lesson on these boards. If we happen to miss a day the kids are begging to do phonics. Each lesson is short and requires 10 minutes or (fewer) to accomplish, so it can be a great time filler with a purpose. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson, so if a student doesn’t quite understand a concept when it is first introduced, they will pick it up in later lessons.
This program has helped my students become more confident in their reading and spelling habits. They feel they have more tools to use as they come to unknown words. This year, I have had the privilege to teach a group of children with many different learning styles. I began my year with 15 students, six of whom could only read at a beginning first-grade level (one of the six could not read at all). I am pleased to say because of Reading Horizons, the five reading at a first grade-level are now reading on grade level, and the one not reading at all is now reading at a beginning second-grade level! (It has been) an amazing transformation to say the least! I am confident that without the hands-on approach that Reading Horizons provides, these children would not be reading at the level they are reading. This is a true success story made possible by Reading Horizons. I won’t use anything else! Thank you!