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When I was notified that Rosetta Stone® wanted me to review a product, I admit, I panicked a bit—as I don’t speak a foreign language, and I thought having that knowledge would be helpful in any Rosetta Stone review.  Imagine my surprise when I found out the product is in ENGLISH—and is a reading program for kids Pre-K-5th Grade.

That sounds GREAT!

The Rosetta Stone® Reading for Homeschool product is a web-based reading program that provides instruction, targeted practice,  immediate corrective feedback,  multiple levels of scaffolding, and personalized learning paths (homeschoolers love personalized learning paths!) required for students to learn to read/develop reading skills.  Rosetta Stone® Reading for Homeschool is a version of Lexia Reading Core5 (in case you didn’t know, Lexia Learning Systems LLC, is a Rosetta Stone Company) and is adapted for home use.

With this program, students work independently to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on foundational skills that develop automaticity and fluency, listening and reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

If a student struggles with a particular skill, the program automatically reduces the complexity of the task, and provides scaffolded support on the specific skill or task the student is having difficulty with.  Depending on the skill, and the student’s success with the skill, learning might encompass three steps: Standard, Guided Practice and Instruction:

  1. The standard step is composed of on-grade level material.  All activities require the student to be at least 90% accurate at this step in order to advance to subsequent units.
  2. The practice step is a scaffolded version of the standard step.  It removes a level of complexity by simplifying the task or providing support to help the student.
  3. Explicit instruction on the particular skill or content is the last step.  Students are asked to apply the rule/skill by completing a simpler version of the task.

This scaffolding process individualizes the learning and instruction for the student.

The program includes Instructional Materials (Lexia Lessons® are scripted lesson plans for teachers/parents to print and use with students who are struggling with activities); Practice Materials (Lexia Skill Builders® are offline activities for students to use to reinforce and extend the skills they have mastered); as well as Training Materials (including how-to tutorials).

Because explicit instruction is only provided when needed, the program allows kids who have mastered skills to move quickly through units and move onto more advanced skills.

Parents receive data-driven action plans and reports (progress, usage, and skills reports)—again, unique to each student—that are easy to interpret and that can be used to drive individual instruction.

You can see a demo of the product here – just scroll down the page a bit.

Lexia Reading Core5 is available on:

The system requirements can be found here.

The program is aligned to the Common Core, but that makes sure you meet the minimum requirements….and allows you to surpass them as well.  And the program lets you focus on instruction—without having to stop and test your kids—because it uses norm-referenced, embedded assessment.

I went through and tried a number of lessons in a number of grades.  For example, in Grade 1 – Hard and Soft  Sound of the Letters C and G—I kept making mistakes (on purpose).  I liked how the program corrected me, how it went into more and more detail the more mistakes I made.  I was really making a lot of mistakes, yet, there was no frustration….no exasperation, no “Why aren’t you getting this?!”—just more and more detail until the program knew I had the concept down pat.

As I was worked through 5th Grade Complex Analogies, every time I answered correctly, a bee flew just a ways, and flowers bloomed—letting me know I made the correct answer.  The first time it happened I laughed.  Then I wanted to make the bee fly.  The humor of this didn’t escape me—I’m way beyond the 5th Grade—but I was motivated by the graphics.  I certainly imagine kids would be as well.

So, if you’re looking for an online reading program, this is certainly worth a look-see!  I certainly liked it!

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