I am so excited to share this deal with you. There are not many products out there that we believe in spending a lot of money on. In fact, rarely anything.
But if there is ONE thing I would tell any parent that is worth every cent: it is investing in a good reading and phonics program for your children.
Developing the skill of reading is, I believe, one of the most important investments that you can make for any child. It is not a place to cut corners. It is a place to invest your time and invest money.
Now I will tell you what I think is the absolute best. And I can say this with confidence. That program is Hooked On Phonics. This is the ONLY program I have used and it is the only program we have needed.
Again, I can say this confidently because I have successfully nurtured four children through phonics who are avid readers today. They were reading series like Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings at ages six and seven. I have a daughter who just read four chapter books yesterday morning and evening during her summer break. I have a son who reads encyclopedias, trivia and fact books and can rattle off hours of information that will make any adult’s head spin (trust me, I am receiving facts covering every area of interest for a boy while I am making dinner, while I am folding laundry, while I am driving to the grocery store, etc.).
I have a son who just turned five and has a good phonics foundation, ready to begin his official phonics this year. And then of course, my baby, who just turned one, receives loads of nurturing through books, not only from mom and dad, but by the other four readers in the house. Books are our lives!
I can also confidently recommend a program not only based on our experience, but based on my experience growing up! My parents used the Hooked On Phonics program. In fact, I know it works and works well because my brother taught himself to read at age six. You see, when my baby sister was born, my mom was very sick due to an allergic reaction from a shot they gave her during my sister’s birth. She was bed-ridden for many months. I was helping my grandma with taking care of the home, the baby and my mom. My brother didn’t have much to do. But one thing my parents had on the shelf was the Hooked On Phonics program. At that time, they were on tape (tapes with books to read and follow along). My brother popped those tapes into the tape deck and began learning how to read. Within a couple of weeks, my brother went from not being able to read, to reading and reading well. My mom was shocked, my dad was shocked, my grandma was shocked, I was shocked. He just sat, listened, followed along and learned to read.
Today, he is a very successful business owner, not saying that his reading skills are the sole reason for his success, but I will say that it laid and excellent foundation for greater achievement. You may know the well known quote from Harry S. Truman, “leaders are readers.”
So, if anyone were to ask me what the best reading/phonics program is not only as a homeschool mom, but as a mom, I would (and have many times) recommend the Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read program which includes five levels from PreK-2nd grade.
It is the complete reading program for all levels. But don’t be surprised when your kids finish much sooner as it is designed for 20-minutes per day, so if you do more than that, you will move faster. We have also used the Hooked On Phonics Master Reader program designed for advanced reading skills after the 2nd grade level, but my kids have taken this course at ages six and seven. And it would be my next HIGHLY recommended course for your kids. Don’t finish with just the Learn To Read program.
Why am I telling you about this program now? Well, I have mentioned it in about a dozen other posts throughout the life of this blog, but right now is super exciting. Why?
Well, when I opened my email this morning I saw that the $300 program (ok, $299) was on sale for $129, I knew I had to share this with you! This is one of the BEST prices I have ever seen on the Hooked On Phonics complete Learn to Read program.
But, I am Thrifty Cas and if you know me, you know the sale prices are not good enough. I found a coupon code to give you 15% off and FREE SHIPPING too! That makes it only $109.65 plus free shipping.
And this deal is being offered through one of my favorite sites as a mom and as a homeschooler, Educents. The cool thing about Educents is that you also earn Edubucks. Every time you place an order on their site, you get 5% of it back as a credit to use on their site for your next order.
So, for this order, you will get $5.49 credit in your account for a future order (and they have LOTS of great learning materials and learning fun for kids).
So, in the end, you will get a $299 program for only $104.16! Nearly 66% off!
Here’s what the course includes:
- 8 DVDs
- 36 storybooks
- 4 sets of flashcard
- 8 sets of stickers
- full access to the multi-sensory learning experience for your child
- free bonus make-a-book kit
- jumbo activity pad
No matter what form of education you choose for your child, I do believe every parent can nurture the love and the skill of reading and has a duty to do so. Teaching my children to read has been one of the best bonding experiences ever. Yes, I homeschool, but I would do this with my children regardless of how we choose to educate. It’s like teaching them to walk, to ride a bike to talk – any of these vital firsts. I am ever grateful for the experience to teach them how to read and for the ease of it with the effective tools I have used!
Head to the Educents site HERE and search for “Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read” Program for $129.
Use coupon code: WELCOME16 for 15% off and free shipping (*please note: this coupon code is for first time customers to Educents) = $109.65 (plus receive $5.49 in Edubucks
*If you have purchased on Educents before, use coupon code: STARS to get FREE shipping, FREE activity pack (plus receive $6.45 Edubucks credit)
Please note: once you purchase, you will receive a voucher that you will redeem on the Hooked On Phonics site for your program. Just simply follow the steps to get your program shipped to your door.
Have you ever tried or heard of the Hooked On Phonics program? I’d love to hear your thoughts!