Monday, May 23, 2011

Pearson: Reading Street Review

My daughter loves LOVES to read, so when I had the chance to receive and review a reading product for her grade level, I was very interested.  

I received in the mail two volumes of Scott Foresman Reading Street for 2nd grade.  My first impression of these books after taking them out of the package was that they are the typical reading books children receive in public school.  I have to say that I was secretly dreading having her read them.  Why would she be interested?  These were nothing like any curriculum we have had in the past.

So I took them out and we started to read through them together.  Each volume is broken down into three units, with five stories in each unit.  Before each story, there are six high frequency words to review.  You are also told the genre of the story and the definition of that particular genre.  

After the story there are a few questions to answer, pictures to help with oral narration, and a page about the author and illustrator.  Next, there is a paired selection to read that has something in common with the main story.  

Lastly there are two pages on writing and grammar. 

My Thoughts:  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by my daughter's enjoyment with these books.  She asks to read the stories and she enjoys telling me about them.  Most times she wants to re-read the story aloud to me.  

One of my favorite features is the use of pictures to assist the children with oral narration.  Although my daughter does not have a problem retelling a story, it is not on her list of top ten things to do.  The pictures that are included at the end of each story gave her the help she needed to tell it back.  I thought it was a great tool!  

I want to add that even though she has enjoyed the stories and has read the entire first volume, the price is a bit steep for us to continue to purchase these.  But they may be just right for your family, so read below to find out more.

Thoughts of an 8-Year Old:  I like the motive of Reading Street and like the stories. Some are true, some have to be fake, and some could really happen. Two of my favorite stories are Rosa and Blanca, and Anansi Goes Fishing. I also like Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends, which is about two dogs who rescue their owner from broken ice. I like READING STREET!

Find Out More:  You can find out more on the Pearson website.  Both Volume 2.1 and 2.2 sell for $43.47 each.  

My Crewmates are also reviewing Pearson Reading Street 2nd Grade and others, so you can check out what they think HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


Alice Williams

Do you know if this curriculum is different from the homeschool version offered?

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