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Monday, February 28, 2011

Product Review: I See Sam

I See Sam books is a literacy program designed to achieve Academic Success for All Learners. They are used world-wide in a variety of learning environments. Each little book offers instruction, reading, and introduction to future concepts. The drawings and the simple text make sure that your student masters the reading concepts. So many beginner readers today have words that are impossible for a early reader to sound out. That is not the case with the I See Sam series. Every word in the book is made up of sounds that have been presented and taught.

The series involves eight sets of color-coded books from a kindergarten to third grade level. The sets are in an easy-to-use format, encompassing embedded cues, and assessment tests located throughout. The series is backed by solid research and correlates to core curriculum standards. Click here to download the Scope and Sequence of the Little Books.

There are many buying options for the Little Books. Each set can be purchased individually for $30. The books can also be purchased in set that include a Starter Set for $60, a Read to Succeed Set for $70, and a Deluxe Read to Succeed Set for $160. Many of the sets come with interesting extras such as book organizers, flashcards, manipulatives to enhance learning, and teaching guides. The website also offers additional free resources that you can download and use.

In addition to the reading program, the company offers products to help teach math, and spelling for a wide range of learning levels. They also offer a text on behavior modification techniques for parents.

I was so excited to receive Book Sets One to Four and flashcards from the program. Henry has been working on letter sounds, but we had been unsuccessful finding a program that offered him actual book reading. The programs that we had been trying were always too complex for his pre-reading ability.

The teaching sequence was easy to follow, even while homeschooling two older children at the same time. It took Henry literally five minutes to grasp the concepts introduced in the lesson of the first book and read the text. After his initial success, he really took off! He read the first five books in under five minutes. Since he already knew his letter sounds, he was able to self-teach the lessons in the front of the book as well as the learn the concepts in the back of the book for the future books. He enjoyed the simple stories and reread them several times. He did have one complaint about the program. He wished the pictures were in color instead of the blackline drawings.

Henry reading with the books.

I definitely recommend using the I See Sam books instead of purchasing leveled readers from other sources. These books have quickly become an essential part of our homeschooling curriculum for our beginner readers.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Curriculum Review Group I received several sets of the I See Sam books for free in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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