Review: PRIDE Reading Comprehension

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 compensated in any other way.

My children are all very good readers.  We encourage reading of various types of genres.  My youngest son was reading at the age of 4 and has always been a very strong reader.  However, I wanted to make sure that his comprehension skills were where they needed to be.  When we were selected to review PRIDE Reading Comprehension from PRIDE Reading Program, we were very excited.

What is the PRIDE Reading Program?

The PRIDE Reading Program is a structured literacy program, Orton-Gillingham curriculum, used to teach reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. 

If you are unfamiliar with the Orton-Gillingham approach, you are not alone.  I, a former public-school teacher, had to research this particular approach.  The Orton-Gillingham approach is a “a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.”

The PRIDE Reading Program has many options for users, in terms of kits and materials.

After taking a placement test, it was determined that my son would benefit from the PRIDE Reading Comprehension kit.

What did we receive?

We were given access to the PRIDE Online Teaching Guide that corresponded with our kit.  The teacher guide is completely scripted, detailing everything that needs to be said in the order it needs to be taught.  The words that need to be spoken by the teacher are blue, and the directions are printed in black.

We received a physical copy of the PRIDE Reading Comprehension Workbook.  The workbook corresponds directly to the Online Teaching Guide.  Through the course of the lessons, the students focus on one skill such as sequencing, practicing it in a variety of ways.

We also received the PRIDE Activity Kit.  This kit contained a 12”X9” dry-erase board, a whiteboard eraser, black and red dry-erase markers, a sound chart, a reading tracker, an ink pen, a dice and a convenient carrying bag.

How did we use it?

We used PRIDE Reading Comprehension about 3-4 times per weeks, for about 20 minutes per lesson.  My son has some issues with attention and focusing, so working in these small increments of time made it easier for him.

During this time frame we were able to complete the entire section of sequencing, and about half of the predicting section.  Roughly 65 pages of the student workbook was completed.

What is the cost?

The cost of the PRIDE Reading Comprehension Workbook is $39.95, the Online Teaching Guide is $65.00 and the optional PRIDE Activity kit is $15.00. 

What did we think?

My son loved the predictability and routine of the lesson.  He was able to quickly pick up on the skills and was able to move throughout the lessons with ease.  Each skill contains an introduction, practice and reinforcement section, each with the same format and routine.

I liked that everything was easily accessible through the online teacher guide.  Since everything was scripted, I didn’t have to worry about coming up with lessons and worrying that I wasn’t explaining things very well.

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