Review of Raz Kids Online Reading Program: Thumbs Up for Raz-Kids

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The Online Program (5 out of 5)

This developmentally appropriate, online, interactive reading program is available for Kindergarten through 6th grade. Raz-Kids, a part of the family of Learning A-Z online resources, provides this award-winning program to students in the classroom or homeschool. This online reading library has an impressive collection of 81 “listen-to” and “read-only” books. As the children read the books or listen to the books being read to them, their vocabulary is being built. The students learn the correct pronunciation and improve their reading literacy by being exposed to nursery rhymes, poetry, songs and classics.

The level of the categories are based on the amount of words per page, high frequency words, sentence strength, complexity, predictability, print size, vocabulary pattern, repetition, illustrations, concept and topic. These criteria allow the placement of the student in the correct level. The student may be assigned to a reading level as the teacher tracks the progress. Online quizzes and automated practices in reading will show improvement on comprehension and fluency as the child progresses through the levels.

The Collection (5 out of 5)

The children enter the Raz-Kids Interactive Library Book Room and select from their level of “listen to” books or “read only” books. Titles such as, How the Zebra Got Its Stripes, A Prairie Dog’s Life, Lotsa Pasta plus numerous classics, fiction and nonfiction, in all levels. From the beginner’s level to the more experienced reader’s level, new books are frequently added to the collection. This automated library attracts and motivates the young readers and provides the teacher or parent a productive and positive way to encourage the love of books.

The Cost (5 out of 5)

The family of Learning A-Z makes a variety of online programs, available to schools or homeschools, with an opportunity to purchase Raz-Kids on an annual basis. The following list is per classroom, up to 36 students.

  • 1-9 for $89.95
  • 10-49 for $74.95
  • 50 + May offer a discount.

A 5% discount is available when you purchase multiple A-Z products.

The Quality (5 out of 5)

A winner of the 2009 Teacher’s Choice award and the 2009 CODIE finalist award, Raz-Kid, a member of the Learning A-Z family, provides samples for you to try before you buy.

Other interactive online reading programs available are Reading A-Z, Reading-Tutors, Vocabulary A-Z, Writing A-Z and Science A-Z.