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At Hooked on Phonics®, operated by Smarterville Productions LLC, we believe that every child loves to learn, so we focus on nurturing that thirst for knowledge with products that are fun, effective, and easy to use.

We respond to a child's natural curiosity and support families and teachers as they help children improve reading, math, and study skills. We celebrate every success so learning becomes a positive cycle that kids will love to repeat again and again.

We meet all children at their level, engage their imaginations, and help them climb to the next level step by step. Every achievement ends in a celebration of success, an elevation of confidence, and an increase in self-esteem.

As children master reading and math skills, they also lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

It s our goal to make a difference in children's lives by making learning fun and easy. That's why we've brought together a dedicated team of parents, leading educators, interactive designers, writers, and artists. By collaboration, research, and testing, we continually develop innovative products and systems that teach children not only to learn but also to love learning.
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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hooked on Phonics; Original edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604991798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604991796
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Cthulhu #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 2, 2009
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I ordered 'Learn to Read - First Grade' because my little girl is currently attending first grade and I felt that she could be moving at a faster pace.

CONTENTS

'Learn to Read - First Grade, Levels 1 and 2' contains 2 modules of an eight-level reading program. The 'Pre-K' and 'Kindergarten' kits precede this one and 'Second Grade' is the last one, following 'First Grade'.

This bundle includes:

- First Grade Level 1
- First Grade Level 2
- Stellaluna - a Reading Rainbow bonus DVD containing one Reading Rainbow episode dealing with bats, sleeping and dreaming.

Each Level kit includes:

- A quick start guide
- A workbook
- A DVD featuring phonics practice for each lesson and selected workbook stories
- Reward stickers
- 4 Storybooks with one story each

Each of the 2 levels is made up of 15 lessons divided into 3 units.

Additional material is available on the Web.

THE LEARNING PROCESS

Each lesson follows the same approach: learn, practice, read and celebrate.

After the child watches and then interacts with the DVD portion where the new letter-sound associations are first illustrated and then child is asked to pronounce the words displayed on the screen, the workbook provides additional practice, including a page of cumulative practice where about half of the words have phonics learned in prior lessons. Finally, the child reads a story from the workbook or from the one of the colorful and fully illustrated story books.

Each workbook page includes special notes to the teacher/parent, guiding them all throughout the process.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on September 18, 2010
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My oldest son just turned 7. We started using this program maybe mid-year last school year. We are a home school family and he is definitely willing to sit and eager to learn. I tried a few other phonics/reading programs. He had his letter names/sounds down great. He could read simple 3 letter words and could pick out letter sounds if you said the word verbally to him. I was at a loss of what to do next. I researched a lot of different things and just wasn't sure. I felt that this HOF program was a decent price and that we'd give it a shot. It really has worked well for him. We did the first book and part of the second until summer vacation. We worked very little, if at all over the summer but he started picking up SO many words. Everywhere he looked he could read. We are a few lessons away from finishing and I am definitely going to order the second grade set. And possibly the pre-K set for my almost 5 year old. I have been really happy with the program and my son seems to enjoy it. My only con I think would be....some of the pronunciations seem to be off to me. I don't know if it's a regional thing, we are in the Midwest so I don't think we have an "accent" per se. But, my son would say it right and then get confused when the voice would say it again. I just told him he was doing it right and I wasn't sure why she was saying it that way. It was mostly in the first set a few times. Also, I don't agree with all the "helper" words. In my opinion, if a word CAN be sounded out, you should sound it out. I get that some words are really truly site words but not all the ones listed are that.
I am not disappointed in this program at all. I'm sure other programs are good too but this one really worked well for us!!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Dawn on November 24, 2009
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Let me say this first...If your child is visually oriented and pays more attention to the TV than what you say, THIS IS IT! I have a 4 year old who is a visual learner. She can pick up anything from TV, but struggles with basic listening comprehension. Her attention span for HOP and other TV-based programs is far greater than what she has for book or auditory learning. That said, visual learners DO translate what they see on the TV to "real life".

As for the product...not much has changed on the upgrade here. There are more "booklets" included, the program focuses a little more tightly on a specific age/grade range moreso than the previous products, and there are more additional resources available on-line. All of those are good things, but the bottom line is, "more isn't always better". You are paying additional money for the added features, but from what I can see, this program doesn't teach any more than the programs I bought for $20 at the bargain outlets. The packaging is nicer and the graphics seem a little neater and look more expensive (which it is) but the teaching content is very little different.

If you have already been working with an older version of HOP, such as level one, ages 4-7 you will probably notice some overlapping information between it and the pre-k version of this product.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a great learning system, but it's not a substitute for one-on-one teaching time. You still need to spend time with your child and reinforce what they are learning. I, too, recommend the "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons" book as a supplement. It is thorough, though not as engaging.

My overall recommendation...it's not a rip-off, but it's not a complete learning system. You still need something more comprehesive, but if your child will pay attention to the TV better than you, you'll be glad you got it.
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