I love that the students are motivated and are learning so easily. They love to work at the board and on the computer. Their interaction is not passive, and teachers have a student product that can drive instruction.
The software is unique because the students are required to use paper and pencil while they interact with the computer, as well as actively "prove" their words. Spelling is a natural process (while) using Reading Horizons; we will not be using spelling books this year! As a teacher, I also love that Reading Horizons reaches the many learning styles with an excellent multi-sensory approach!
I loved it then. Then, in 2003, I was very fortunate to have Matt Crismon present (on Reading Horizons) in our district, and I loved the new-and-improved children's version, as well as the software – even more! I used the program for a year and gave my principal the post-test results. My principal was convinced that we had to share this with as many students as possible!
I have five computers with the software, and about 40 students can use it. Our goal this year is to make the software available to all of the students using Reading Horizons.
We can empower them by offering the opportunity to be bi-literate and (by) breaking the code of how the English Language works. For students who are English speaking, we use Reading Horizons as a Tier I and Tier II intervention. We believe in a proactive model!
We have seen tremendous improvement in our reading scores. I have "exited" Tier II students (who) have increased by one or two-plus grade levels in one year or have completed Reading Horizons, successfully transferring their skills to their classroom. … We build future leaders, and our school district invests in researched-based programs (that) have been proven.