Learning Dynamics Review: A Simple Reading Solution

You can teach your child to read in just 4 weeks with the Learning Dynamics Reading Program from Learning Dynamics.

I was very excited to try this program with my daughter (5) who needed more assistance with her phonics skills.

There were a few things that I was instantly impressed with about the program:

First, almost the entire program is reusable. The books, flash cards, music, letter rewards, and lesson manual are all reusable. This is great for parents like myself with multiple children. Instead of buying the entire curriculum again, you just have to purchase an extra workbook for about $18.

Another great thing is that this program is designed for children who don’t know their letters or sounds, or for children who are struggling to read.

I like that this can be done at home so that even if you have an older child that attends public school who is behind they can gain reading confidence at home instead of being in class around their peers.

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What’s Included:

  • Lesson Manual

  • Flashcards

  • Student Workbook

  • Letter Rewards

  • Reading Books

  • 30+ Songs Music CD

The CD can easily be played as background music while your child is playing or engaged in another activity.

Books

The books are full color books which are great to keep young readers engaged. The books are also short so it is easy to build your child’s confidence while reading these books.
I like to read the book with my daughter, then have her read the book. It gives her a chance to hear a fluent reader as well as practice what she learned.

Getting Started:

To begin the program you can go to the training website or read the first two pages in the Lesson Manual. I chose to read the Lesson Manual since it is very simple and easy to do. You also need to download the music or use the accompanying CD included in the package.

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Of course, if your child is younger or struggling you would want to start at Lesson 1. We chose to start at Lesson 20. My 5 year old daughter already knows how to read, but still struggles with identifying all of the sounds correctly. Lesson 20 begins with the letter X, and is about midway through the program which I felt was a good start.

Lesson Manual:

The Lesson Manual is a bit small, and is the same size as the student workbook and student books. Each page gives detailed instructions on how to teach the lesson. It tells you what the focus letter or sound is, the story to read, the song to play, and the worksheet to complete in the student workbook.

As a parent and teacher, I found the lessons very easy to follow even if you have no teaching experience. I also like how they included a mini-assessment piece to each lesson called a “Final Check” to make sure your child understands the concepts that you taught.

Things I Liked:

Reading books have comprehension questions at the end of them, which makes it easy to ask your child questions to ensure they were following along with the story.

Sound cues on the back of the cards- so you know how to clearly pronounce the sounds.

New vocabulary presented at the beginning of the reading books, you can put on large cards to introduce to your child before you begin the story.

Songs:

My daughter loves to sing naturally, so the songs really kept her engaged. I like that the songs reinforce what is taught, so while your child is singing they are actually practicing their reading skills.

Room for improvement:

The student workbook was small in size and in work. The pages were also thin, so you can see the pictures on the other side.

I think that your child will need more assistance than just one page to go over each concept. However, some of the lessons did have 2 pages of activities, such as Lesson 39 below.

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Overall:

The programs is really easy to follow and can be done in 4 weeks. I would recommend adding additional days just to ensure that your child has truly mastered all of the concepts.

The Learning Dynamics Reading Program is a complete program, meaning you don’t need to buy any additional components in order to complete it.

The included books provide you with an instant library, so it easy to go back and review and make sure your child can read.

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What is Schoolhouse Teachers? A Preschool Mom Review

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As a preschool homeschool mom, I am always looking for more resources to supplement my preschool homeschool curriculum. Although the curriculum I follow is complete, I am always looking to enhance the extracurriculars of Music and Art.

This is why I was excited to review the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a comprehensive, online resource for homeschooling families. I also think it is a good supplement for children enrolled in a traditional school.

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Once I signed up, I liked that SchoolhouseTeachers.com  started to send me emails to help you get the most of your membership. I like the fact that it gives a brief overview of each section, which helps me learn more about what is available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

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Out of the different sections, I was anxious to look at the Preschool Playground. Preschool Playground covers the following topics:

·        Bible

·        Language Arts

·        Multi-Subject

·        Numbers, Patterns, and Cognitive Skills

·        Manners and Healthy Habits

·        Arts, Crafts, and Music

·        Science

·        Motor Skills

·        Social Studies

My twins are loving the variety of resources in the Preschool Playground available with the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

There are also achievement certificates that you can print out and give to your child as well. This would be great as she masters a new skill, such as writing her name.

There is also a Planning section that includes e-books and articles about a variety of topics to help you plan the perfect preschool homeschool.

I wanted to focus on the Arts, Crafts, and Music so I explored the Music section. There is a Family Music online program that is included with the Schoolhouse Teachers subscription.

 Music is very important for young children since they learn rhythm, movement, and patterns through music. I like to incorporate music any chance I get, so I like the fact that it is included with my yearly subscription. The online music school provides lessons and videos that are fun and engaging for toddlers and preschoolers. The lessons are short and easy to follow.

Another area of the Preschool Playground I started to use immediately is the Beginning Handwriting Lessons. Now that my twins are interested in writing on everything, we are starting to practice handwriting. The Beginning Handwriting lessons include proper techniques for pencil grip and letter formation. My children enjoyed the poems that are included to help remember the correct letter formation. I like that it is easy for me to include this handwriting practice with our letter of the week that we are focusing on in our curriculum.

The Yearly Membership also includes access to World Book Online, which is an online encyclopedia. My oldest daughters use the reference section when they want to learn more about a topic. Not only can your child use the reference section, on World Book Online there are many educational videos about different topics. The video library has a variety of videos on multiple topics which would be a good introduction to your unit study.

There are also videos for electives such as Spanish and Art. My first grader who loves to draw liked the Drawing with Realism series. She began the watching the four part series, and was very happy with her results.

Another thing that I was very excited to see is the report card and transcript builder. Since I am now homeschooling my first and third grader, the one thing that I dreaded was creating their report cards. Apple Core makes it easy for you to keep track of your child’s grades with just a few simple questions.

I know that I will be referring to SchoolhouseTeachers.com throughout this year and can’t wait to explore the Literacy Center more. There are so many resources in one site that it truly makes it a one-stop resource for homeschooling. From preschool to twelfth grade, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has resources to support any homeschooling curriculum.

 

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