Monday, August 30, 2010

Iowa Brothers Star on the Field and In the Classroom

When you give your child the Hooked on Phonics advantage, there's no telling what that spark of confidence and academic head start will mean to his future.

Just look at what happened to Nate and Jeremy Snead of Pella, Iowa.

When their father started using Hooked on Phonics with his two boys, it became another fun way to express their sibling rivalry. Who would answer the question first?

This foundation for learning and achievement was a jumpstart to an academic career that propelled both brothers to honor student status, when they weren't starring on the football field, with Nate at quarterback and Jeremy his favorite receiver.

Today they're part of a Division III Central College team that's ranked #7 in the nation, in no small part to this potent offensive combination, with both Snead brothers garnering All-Conference honors.

Way to go, Snead brothers. We'll be rooting for you this fall!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Learn to Read First Grade Lesson 1 Visual Phonics Video

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This video is part of the Hooked on Phonics® Learn to Read First Grade and is designed for children ages 6 to 7. This video uses Visual Phonics to teach -ch and -sh sounds.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Why Learn to Read Works Reason #3: Flexible and Graduated

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Flexible and Graduated: The new Learn to Read program can be used once a week or everyday of the week depending on what is right for you and your child. Each lesson and grade level builds upon what was previously learned for a systematic learning experience.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Inspiration -- Dogs Helping Kids Learn to Read


Dogs don't judge. They don't make fun. And they're always ready to lend an ear (or two). What better audience for a child who needs some extra reading practice?

As a recent study shows, the family pet might be just the teaching tool your child needs to help make him a confident reader! Children who read out loud to dogs over a 10-week period saw improvements of 12% vs. those kids who did not read to a dog. And I'm sure the dogs had fun too -- especially if the reading was accompanied by a scratch behind the ears or a pat on the head.

Reading to a dog means a chance to read without a fear of making mistakes, or worries about struggles or hesitation. It's an opportunity to practice freely and openly, with an attentive audience always at the ready.

Has your child ever tried it?

Would it work with a cat or a bird (maybe not a parrot)? What do you think?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hooked on Phonics Video Testimonial: Logan

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Logan was in the process of being held back, but through the exciting and engaging programs from Hooked on Phonics .... Logan is now confident and learning at a different pace.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Why Learn to Read Works-Reason #2: Experience and Research

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Experience and Research: With 20 years of experience helping children learn to read and a year of research, Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read is new, fresh, and exciting.The new Learn to Read is a reading program designed to help children learn how to read and improve reading skills using phonics.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hooked on Phonics Video Testimonial: Hannah, Age 7

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See how Hannah was able to turnaround her difficulties with reading to something she truly enjoyed with fun activities through Hooked on Phonics.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Because Every Child Deserves A Book

The difference between success and struggle can come down to the simplest of things. For many of us, the idea of a home without books, or a neighborhood without a library, seems unimaginable.

For those who can't afford or even gain access to books, it's like someone's cutting off their educational oxygen. Books are a cornerstone for learning, and hardly a luxury, but for many, the idea of owning or even borrowing books regularly is nothing but a dream.

It shouldn't have to be this way, especially for young kids whose minds are thirsting for knowledge and adventure.

Thanks to wonderful organizations like Books for Kids, it isn't that way for hundreds of children anymore.

Books for Kids creates libraries within existing children's centers, supplying everything from books to kid-friendly furniture, creating an environment that nurtures young children and puts them on a path to success. The organization also collects and distributes books to other charitable groups, so the power of books can reach as far and wide as possible.

Hooked on Phonics is proud to be a sponsor of Books for Kids, and we encourage you to lend them your support. To learn more about Books for Kids and their valuable and worthy programs, visit their website at

Why Learn to Read Works - Reason #1: An Incredible Library Of Books

Incredible Library: Each lesson of the new Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read leads to an exciting and colorful book; and there's no greater reward for your child than to read a book to celebrate his success.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Inspiration

You're likely familiar with the Hooked on Phonics catch phrase "It worked for me!" But did you know that the Learn to Read program can work for you, even if you're not a native English speaker?

It did for Jesse Gemerson Novakski, who was adopted from Brazil at the age of 5 after spending the previous two years in a Brazilian orphanage.

Today, Jesse is a college graduate, and he's started a quest to find out more about his native homeland, and the birth family there he's never known.

Good luck Jesse!

What's your inspiring Hooked on Phonics story? We want to hear about it!