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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Reading lessons in just 10 minutes a day with Reading Unlocked ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.  
Morning friends!
I have reached a milestone in our home learning, by teaching my last baby how to read. It’s bittersweet but I am excited to tell you about a supplemental reading program I have been using with Micah for the past few weeks. I am really pumped up about it because not only is he excited to learn to read but he is reading so much better since starting the Reading Unlocked program.
For this review we received a 12-month subscription to the Reading Unlocked program which retails for $24.99. This learning to read program is based off the Orton-Gillingham method that teaches children to read by focusing on how letters are pronounced. The complete program has a total of 100 interactive lessons that only take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
There are three levels of the program, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Beginners use this program to go through the alphabet, learn letter sounds, and to start reading short CvC words. Intermediate reader progress into longer words and sentences, advanced readers read chapter books and poetry. In each of the three levels there are structured daily activities. The program monitors the students learning so if they make mistakes on certain areas, the program will adapt the lessons and include them in review.
Micah, who is 5, worked in the beginner level. Since the program is interactive I chose to have Micah use our school iPad to complete the lessons. Using the big computer was cumbersome at times for him to try to direct the mouse. Micah logged in and I sat next to him while he completed his lesson for the day. Sometimes he wanted to complete more than one session, so we did.
Reading Unlocked is internet based so you will need internet access to use the program. The webpage is not overly busy which I enjoy to help my little guy focus on his task. At the top of each page there is a row of white dots that turn purple once the activity is completed. I really like this visual so the child knows just how much of the lesson they have left to complete. Micah liked this feature too because it helped him know just how much more he had to do on the lesson.
Micah’s favorite part of the lessons on Reading Unlocked was the word/picture activity, while his least favorite part was the writing lessons. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy it, but he’s a 5-year old boy and sometimes it took a little more coaxing for him to use the pencil and paper. I found that letting him write on one of my fancy dot grid note cards with a pen made him eager to complete the writing portion. He enjoys reading the story at the end of the lesson as well, especially because we both read parts of the story.

Overall, this is an excellent program that I recommend you check out! We will definitely be continuing with this program for the rest of our subscription. It gives my boy a helping hand in learning how to read and he is having fun at the same time. But don’t just take my word for it, check out what the other 44 reviewers thought of this reading program by clicking the banner below!
Reading Unlocked {Reading Unlocked Reviews}

Format ~ online reading program 

Price $24.99 a month 

Ages ~ beginning to advanced readers

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