We have not sought major publicity yet, for a variety of reasons. We are still building an incontrovertible case that this is the solution to literacy. We don't want to put that to the major media before we have it gold plated. It is too important an issue to get wrong.
In the meantime, we can put you in touch with a parent or teacher who has been using Easyread. There is almost certainly someone just down the road from you...
And below you can hear and read the experiences of the people who have actually used Easyread.
First, you can hear some teachers with years of experience with different teaching systems:
Manor Junior School
Maidenbower Junior School
For a variety of reasons we have not yet sought wide publicity coverage.
But this is what Rebecca Abrams, who was the Families Columnist for the UK's leading national paper The Daily Telegraph at the time, wrote after using Easyread with her children:
"Highly effective and deceptively simple,
Easyread succeeds in making learning to read fun"
Then SEN Magazine said:
"At the forefront of this approach is Easyread
with a program which takes the reading strengths
and abilities of children and uses these to help
guide them through the synthetic phonics path"
And My Child magazine wrote:
"The result is a new approach that has been helping
almost any child learn to read more easily with a
short, fun lesson on the computer each day."
Or you can listen to an interview David Morgan did for the BBC, discussing Easyread:
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A BBC INTERVIEW
You can listen to some parents who have seen the results of their children using Easyread:
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TALKING ABOUT EASYREAD
We get a steady flow of new written testimonials coming in all the time. We have lots collected here below, but you can see the latest ones on this link:
"I also want to say that the improvement over these last few weeks has been wonderful, McKinley wants to read and comes home from school eager to do his homework (although maths is still his favourite and best subject), but even his school are saying that they cannot believe the change in him in the last few weeks. His confidence has grown and he is happier in himself when we read things. We are out in the car and he reads road signs and menus in restaurants.
The whole thing is wonderful and I look forward to the next six months." Lesley Day, Mother
"My son took to the Ants in Pink Pants instantly. I would like to thank you for your reading scheme which I think is fantastic!
We recently found out that our 7 year old did not recognise all his letters and did not know all the sounds that they made. His reading was rather hit and miss. He had learnt a wide variety of words, which he recognised by their first few letters. This lead to him guessing words a lot.
His teacher had shown great concern that an otherwise intelligent child, should be so behind in his reading and I was desperate to find some way of helping him. My search on the internet pulled up Easyread. When I called the company I was immediately put through to the MD, David Morgan, who recognised my child's problems as very common and put my mind at rest that we would make him a successful reader.
That was 9 weeks ago and since then our son's reading has improved tremendously. At school he has been moved up three reading levels. His teacher is very pleased with his progress (there is even some expression now!), and she has been confidently rejecting rumours (in the staff room) that our son is dyslexic.
I have already recommended this reading scheme to several friends and I am convinced that they will also see the rapid results that we have.
Thank you once again for all your help and support." Belinda Harris, Mother
"It is quite amazing. Having been very reluctant to do any reading, he listens to it every night. Easyread seems to have filled my Son with confidence and he is listening to various sections on a nightly basis and he is extremely keen to move onto the next phase." Brian Ahearn, Father
My daughter has been struggling in reception class (aged 5) with phonics. Actually she had learnt just 8 sounds within 7 months whilst many of her class mates new them all and are now forming words. I was told that she was behind and that they had concerns.
As a mother I too was concerned as she is very bright. I searched the internet and came across your website and subscribed with little optimism.
I WAS AMAZED! My little Emma loved the lessons and was keen during the Easter Holidays to do it at least twice a day. She was very enthusiastic and I subscribed fully. We continued with more lessons and I found that she was learning very quickly whilst enjoying the lessons. After the Easter holiday, on Emma's first day back at school the teachers asked to have a word with me. They could not believe that in a period of just 3 weeks Emma had learnt her sounds. They too were amazed! They also said that she is more confident. Many thanks and best regards. Mrs A Molford, Mother
Just a short email to let u know my son ben is doing very well with the easyread course. i have tried many things to help him read and write and was getting very worried about him. he is almost 10 and still having a great deal of problems untill now nothing i tried helped or kept him interested he enjoyed none of it. the minute he gets in from school he cant wait to get me looking to see if the email with the easyread link has come and cheers if it has. he then rushes to clean his room and have a bath and get on and do his lesson i would like to take this oppertunity to thank u very much on behalf of ben and me it is a great help Tonay Cooper, Mother
So far, combined with your email tutorials and also extra work from my wife and I, my son is making good progress. We have noticed most importantly his confidence coming back, which is key for not only mastering reading but also his general attitude at school for all activities including learning and play. We are now at the stage of the learning were you are teaching the sounds of combined letters (oo and oa etc) so we are watching with great interest to see how he gets through this part as it will be a major milestone.
Overall our feedback to you is very positive. This is from both a structure and support perspective for my son and also my wife and I as parents to make positive progress with our son's reading. For specifics though - the lessons are straight forward and also digestible in 10-15 minute tuition's which keeps his interest, focus and also confidence. The lessons are regular and build logically upon each other which is very important - consistency makes the whole thing happen. Karl Vizvary, Father
My son William is very much enjoying Easyread and working well through the lessons so far. I have passed your details on to his school and will recommend your scheme to other parents. I am very hopeful that this year with your excellent support, encouragement and help I will get William reading for himself! Alison Anders, Mother
Through e-mail I've been asked to let you know how the program is working for my seven year old son.Well I should start by saying that Michael has been trying to learn the letters and their sounds for 21/2 years with extremely slow progress. I've taken him to couseling for self-esteem issues because he knows he is way behind his peers and I've let him know it too in my frutrations. I have tried time-4 learning, headsprout and reading-up-grade with almost no improvement. I finally read in a book that my son might have dyslexia by the symptoms it said, so I researched the internet and found easyread.My son grumbled through the pictures trying to remember what they said so I would let him go play.Then we got to the third game where he put the pictures with the letters.
Well it might as well been an ATOMIC BOMB! Because my son lit up with an understanding that has never happened to him in years of learning.
I still feel like crying.This has been my dream for him. I have always felt that if he could just understand one concept about reading that he would be on his way to reading. We are both still learning all the pictures,but when he doesn't know a letter sound I say the words from the picture and Michael knows exactly the answer.Great! This is the only program that has helped my son and another great thing is Michael is using all the pictures to help him recoginze other lettres when doing different work.All this in a few lessons.What else could a worried mother ask for? ThankYou, A mother at the end of her options
This program is brilliant and has helped Kieran. I think you should push to have this program introduced to schools so that more children can benefit.
Thank you David and Easyread
Trevor always found learning to read confusing and frustrating but with easy read he was able to follow the characters easily and this has had an amazing effect on his ability to remember letters and build words up.
I have found that Jackson was always excited and happy to do his Easyread. I hear a great improvement in his reading skills.
Fins reading has improved 110% and he is enjoying reading rather than finding it a chore. Also started doing spellings at school and has got them all right 3 weeks in a row. Have recommended you to 2 other Mums with trouble boys. Thanks Sam
I subscribed to the free trial and was so impressed with it that I subscribed to the year plan. My daughter has been struggling in reception class (aged 5) with phonics. Actually she had learnt just 8 sounds within 7 months whilst many of her class mates new them all and are now forming words. I was told that she was behind and that they had concerns. As a mother I too was concerned as she is very bright.
I searched the internet and came across your website and subscribed to the free trial with a little optimism.
I WAS AMAZED! My little Emma loved the lessons and was keen during the Easter Holidays to do it at least twice a day. She was very enthusiastic and I subscribed fully. We continued with more lessons and I found that she was learning very quickly whilst enjoying the lessons.
After the Easter holiday, on Emma's first day back at school the teachers asked to have a word with me. They could not believe that in a period of just 3 weeks Emma had learnt her sounds. They too were amazed! They also said that she is more confident. Many thanks and best regards
I have 3 children that are dyslexic- ages 11, 10 and 6... They REALLY,REALLY enjoyed it,, they were carrying on and laughing so hard I heard them through to the upstairs of our house!
I am very impressed with George's progress so far. He really enjoys the 'games' and is always keen to get on the internet to do the next one. My younger son, Oliver, is also keen toget involved and George supervises Oliver's practice too. George is already spelling out words with much more enthusiasm and has really taken to the characters.
Shelby thinks it is awesome. I think this is the best thing in reading. We do the lesson in the morning before she goes to school at 7:00am
am dooing rily well with my read
love from harriette
just a short mail to let u know my son ben is doing very well with the easyread course. i have tried many things to help him read and write and was getting very worried about him. he is almost 10 and still having a great deal of problems untill now nothing i tried helped or kept him interested he enjoyed none of it. the minute he gets in from school he cant wait to get me looking to see if the email with the easyread link has come and cheers if it has. he then rushes to clean his room and have a bath and get on and do his lesson i would like to take this oppertunity to thank u very much on behalf of ben and me it is a great help
please could you send ..the games for learning to
read to our teacher at school ...i think they are
very good and all the children will be dying to use
them as my twins [5 years old] are.
thank you alexandra
My daughter Harriette (aged 7) really enjoys what we have done so far. The exercises are not a chore and so far we have not had any concentration issues as we sometimes do with her reading. We are looking forward to carrying on with your course. I tell he that she has had an e mail from her teacher David and she runs to the computer!
David, I just wanted to let you know that I have already noticed an improvement in my sons reading. He is more confident to try to read than he had been. He may not be noticing the difference yet because he is used to it being hard all the time, but I am seeing some definite improvement. I think the lessons could be a tiny bit longer but maybe that is more for me than him. I get so into it with him when he is doing it that I wish it lasted longer. But for him probably it is just right. He has always had a rather short attention span, and now it is all making sense to me. We have been unable to find anyone that will test him specifically for dyslexia so we will be using this program to continue to help him adjust. Thank you so much for taking the time to develop something that will be a huge benefit to our child in the years to come.
Hi David No reason in our house to have reminders! My son counts down to 6 o'clock when he is allowed to go on the internet and play his next Easyread game.
George is thoroughly enjoying his easy read so far and we are having fun with the characters. We have printed them all out and put them on the wall, so that we can talk about them during the day, meal times etc.Many thanks for your help so far, I am amazed that George is actually enjoying it as any other form of reading he has always been very negative about.
My daughter is having a lot of fun with the Easyread characters and at the same time is really learning and applying her new skills to her reading. Thank you.
Hi Yes everthing is going great our child is enjoying the games and is less afraid to have a go Cheers
Dear David, Everything has been going very well. My 4.5 year old is frustrated no more and her preschool teacher is realising that she is ready to read and they are building on the foundations we have been doing at home. They were not going to be doing any reading teaching until the end of this preschool year but have realised that Zoe is ready and more than willing to go.
I also want to say that the improvement over these last few weeks has been wonderful, McKinley want to read and comes home from school eager to do his homework (although maths is still his favourite and best subject), but even his school are saying that they cannot believe the change in him in the last few weeks. His confidence has grown and he is happier in himself when we read things. We are out in the car and he reads road signs and menus in restaurants. The whole thing is wonderful and I look forward to the next six months and hopefully his teachers will agree that he isn't dyslexic really!
Dear David, So far, combined with your email tutorials and also extra work from my wife and I, my son is making good progress. We have noticed most importantly his confidence coming back, which is key for not only mastering reading but also his general attitude at school for all activities including learning and play.
Well, she really loves it! And, she's spelling the words. Many of the words are ones we've been working on so I'm glad for the repetition. She loves the games and the format and they keep her very engaged....they're easy for her to understand and catch-on to, too. Thanks!
Dear David, My son William is very much enjoying Easyread and working well through the lessons so far. I have passed your details on to his school and will recommend your scheme to other parents. I am very hopeful that this year with your excellent support, encouragement and help I will get William reading for himself! Much appreciated, Regards, Alison
Hi David, We are doing good! The first lessons my son really got the hang of it. I found out that he was having some trouble recgonizing the letters so I did have to go back and do that with him. He is having a problem with remembering the letter g and the letter h. Today I did the lesson were he is learning the vowel sounds with the Ape in the cape. I had him do it over and over till he remembered them it took him awhile but, I think he got them. We will see tomorrow if he did or not. I only have one problem and that is I wish I had it with my other children maybe then they would have liked ready a little more. I struggled teaching it to them. I am praying that this is going to go smooth with my son. He is the last one I have to teach reading to. Thank you so much for the use of the lessons for a trial. I wouldn't have been able to see the easiness of the lessons with out that. I have 4 chlildren and money gets hard to come by at times. Thank you again, Amanda
Hi David I think what we have done so far is great. It is the right place to start reading. At the moment my son still finds it too easy. I think he will probably get more benefit of it later on. He is nine in two weeks time. I do understand that a reading course has to start from scratch though. I'm not really sure if he has difficulty to read because English is his second language or because he has a "reading problem." Your earlier description of typical children with reading problems suits his profile though. Thanks for the daily lessons. Jeanne
So far my son is enjoying it and is associating the words with the games - so positive progress is being made and importantly he is interested in what he is doing in your tutoring.
Dear David, Jack has found the games alot of fun, the characters are great and the best thing is he wants to do it. Keep up the good work. Regards, 'D'
Dear David, Thankyou for the lessons so far. We are doing well and it is a pleasure to see my son enthusiastically trying to think of the answers before you say it. This is not his usual attitude to reading/spelling. Thanks again, Dianne
Hi David, William has asked me to send you this email to say how much he has enjoyed doing the games so far, this is the first time he has ever said this about reading and writing. I am really hopeful that he will progress confidently in the coming weeks.Many thanks as its wonderful to see and hear him expressing he's looking forward to tomorrows game! Regards, Alison
Heather (teacher and parent)
In just the 5 sessions hes done I've noticed a difference, especially with his spellings. Before Easyread he struggled to get a couple right in his weekly tests but the last 4 tests hes got them all right. Now I don't know if its just coincidence but I didn't tell school I was seeking outside help and the TA's who help George with his reading have both commented on the noticeable improvement. One problem word was 'was' he would pronounce it as it looks but now he doesn't even hesitate, he just knows it.
I just have to contact you to thank you so much for creating Easy Read.
I have just had my new young pupil, Ryan, who last week came in with his head down and telling me he didn't think he would ever be able to read. I advised his mum to try Easyread.
What a difference this week. He is just at the end of his five day trial and his parents are so happy with his progress.
Apart from the fact that he is now willing and able to sound out words, his whole attitude has changed. He looks confident and smiling.
I have been a teacher all my life and am not easily impressed with reading aids, but this one as far as I can see is phenomenal. Well done and once again, a very big THANK YOU!
I would like to say that we are more than happy with the progress Olivia has made with her reading in the last 6 weeks.
She has demonstrated that already she can read her school books (with the Easyread pictures)
Mum and Dad are delighted!!! – Gregory
I honestly can't believe what a difference 6weeks has made. My daughters confidence has gone through the roof & I am so proud of her achievement with regard to her reading ability.
I know that its still only early days, but if this is achieved in 6 weeks its going to be fantastic in 6months.
I can't thank you enough, & you'll never know how much i truly mean that...
I wanted to say that Oliver has really come on since starting easyread. a few weeks ago I really started concentrating on his reading with him and I'm pleased to say that his attitude has changed and he's very enthusiastic about easyread.
so so pleased with how she is doing and she hasn't even started reception yet. She is already reading simple books at home and her understanding of HOW to read is so secure and confident that she will tackle any word and any book in the belief she can decode it.
So pleased with easy read!
Many many thanks - you are slowly but surely turning my son around correcting his entrenched habit of guessing and you have got my daughter reading correctly from the start!
Thank you - I keep telling everyone aout you!
love and best wishes Jeannie
We have been really very pleased with the progress seen in George's reading ability over the six weeks since he started on the Easyread system. He is not yet in line with his peer group, but the gap has narrowed, and we have noticed considerable progress in fluency, confidence and most importantly his willingness to read. We no longer have a little boy who sees himself as a reading-failure. He sees himself as a reader, and he has started reading bedtime stories to his youngest brother, and noticing signs and text everywhere.
The lessons are incredibly short, and this has removed the performance pressure aspect of reading for George. He is quite happy to stop whatever he is doing to do his lesson, partly because he knows that in a few minutes he will be finished, and partly because he is very motivated by the reward system. We also enjoy the apparently non-rehearsed quality of the speech, more like a casual chat than a precise and glossy monologue.
As parents, we have appreciated the support given by the messaging service, and have been impressed by how personal and individual the responses are, and indeed how swift.
As a teacher (having taught literacy for years), I wouldn't hesitate to suggest Easyread to others. It is a good teaching tool, removing much of the pressure for the pupil and parents.
My twins (8 years old) were finding reading a real struggle, and although I had approached their school about the problem, they were given very limited help, which did not proof successful. In July this year, I was surfing the internet, when I stumbled across the Easyread website.
They did the 5-day free trial and I couldn’t believe how keen they were to learn to read, which was a great change from the attitude that I normally encountered when I even suggested reading homework!! They are about 9 weeks into the course, and are growing in confidence daily, but most importantly they actually enjoy reading and will attempt a new word, without becoming annoyed and disillusioned. I think the characters above the letters are a great idea and make reading fun, whilst still teaching them how to sound the word out. I couldn’t believe it when I asked them to read me a few paragraphs from a Roald Dahl book and they read it without hesitation - My husband and I were totally amazed and more importantly the boys were really thrilled and encouraged!! I would have no hesitation in recommending Easyread as it really does work and the on-line support from David & Marjorie is invaluable. I would definitely give Easyread 5 stars!!!
He has made such good progress. He isn't able to do it daily by the time he gets home from school it is nearly five and after his homework and dinner, it is bedtime. We do try and he is anxious to do the work. It is one bit of 'work' he doesn't complain about.
His Teacher and speech therapist were amazed at how much progress he made over the summer holidays. He is more confident and although he is still behind his peers he is coming along very well. His teacher is giving him grade level work which would not have been possible without Easyread. We had thought he would be only doing lower year work until she saw how he had progressed. She has also said that he will not need the extra help he has been getting. It is doubly difficult for him as all his schoolwork is in French.
Thank you for the help he has had and will continue to have. I can see he will be a reader before long.
I know that Dyslexia is an on going problem for Teachers and one which tests their patience if the child is undiagnosed in a timely manner. However when the child is diagnosed and the issue can be addressed might I suggest that they consider the Easyread system for their pupils. I am the Grandmother and Guardian of my just nine year old Grandson. He was known by us to have a problem reading and writing. He was unable to write his name. It wasn't sufficiently addressed in his school in California and he is therefore several years behind in his education. We came to France two years ago and his Dyslexia was diagnosed and help was given, by a Speech therapist and his school. He did make progress. I subscribed him to the Easyread system and his progress since has been extraordinary. He has been doing the lessons online for about two months and his confidence has soared, his ability has improved immeasurably. Both his Teacher and his Speech Therapist have commented on his improvement. So much so that he has almost caught up his peers he does have more work to do but now he is motivated. The programme is in English but he has seen a marked improvement in his reading in French. His classroom behaviour has also improved. He is excited about reading now and anxious to learn. He had little interest before and his frustration level was very high. I think all children and adults with Dyslexia should have the opportunity to try the Easyread System. reading is such a fundamental and enjoyable occupation that it would be a tragedy to deny the ability to so many.Yours sincerely,Kristine M Hendrickson
Easyread has been nothing but a great support for me. Ever since my son started using it I have seen a great improvement in his confidence as well as his reading level. I am not even the only one who has noticed as his teachers have also been singing him praises for the amount of effort he is now putting in his work.
Before Easyread his attitude towards learning was very negative. Whenever I would ask his to read something he would moan and slouch and as he would begin reading his first sentence he would automatically start to yawn. Now I don't even ask him to read because he is constantly offering to read to me. He reads anything he sees whether its newspapers, leaflets and his particular favourite; his school report.
I have nothing downbeat to say about my experience with Easyread. It was free, reliable and most importantly very helpful.
Hi, I understand the importance of feedback. I have asked Georgia and Miles what they thought of Easy read too. I'll give you separate feedback from the perpective of them both.
Georgia: said Easy Read is great and that she's sure it'll help 1,000s of children. She wouldn't change anything and there isn't anything she doesn't like. She says the prizes should stay as they are too, they're great.
She has moved up a reading level at school and is reading more competently at this new level too, I have seen progress in terms of her reading competence, word recognition and fluency/speed. I think she believes she can read now and is less disillusioned about being behind her contempories. Georgia at 6/7 has handled all the instructions without help but I do sit in on her reading of level 2 as she doesn't always realise she isn't reading correctly. I think she is getting a little fed up as to the length of the story in level 2 but is prepared to keep going. The short length of the lessons does mean she isn't too reluctant to keep doing them.
Miles: said Easy Read was helping him quite a lot, he likes the funny animals and is using them to help him with the sounds - the ant in pink pants is a favourite and he's really picked up the distinction between that sound and the one with the ape. He loves getting the prizes, a lot, and is desperate to know when the next one is coming.
From my perspective I've had to support Miles a lot, he's still 5, which I don't mind doing but understanding what is required from some of the initial games is a bit tough for him. Maybe easier rules/games for the younger children? He loves the shooting gallery and the ones he can do on his own.Louise Carter
I think this system is really beginning to help Morgan.
He is not always happy to sit and do the reading but I think this is just left over from how down he had become about reading beforehand. I think that the amount of daily reading is just right for him and of course he loves the reward system!
When he is in the right frame of mind and does not try to rush through by guessing! - he does really well and you can see on his face that he is chuffed with himself.
I would also like to tell you that he has taken copies of his sound characters into school and they have made these into a little flip book which he uses during all his lessons but of course in particular his literacy lessons - I think these almost work like a comfort blanket for him and certainly help his confidence.Lucia Taylor
Thank you, Rowan is really loving his lessons. He never thought he could read, he thought he was stupid which was one of the reasons we took him out of school and now he is loving learning and is starting to get confidence in himself.
Thank you again.
Guy has passed another grade of learning he is doing so well. Guy told me at school he was being called a looser. He is really enjoying the lessons and has now said that he is not a looser any more he is now a winner.
Charlotte hasn't struggled at all throughout her reading here and has really enjoyed it.
Charlotte wouldn't even pick up or go near a book, even if it was one for a much younger age group, she is now reading Secret Seven, Famous Five and even an old Alfred Hitchcock book that her dad read when he was the same age, and enjoying them all - that is good enough for me!!!Mark Griffin
Hello, I would like to offer my support for the Easyread system. My grandson, Kai, was not doing at all well at reading in his first year at school and we were starting to worry that he might be dyslexic when we stumbled upon Easyread via Google.
We were able to do the lessons with him for about three times a week and we negotiated time spent on games alongside Easyread sessions.
After approximately nine months he was reading with confidence and very proud of his new found ability.
Initially he was resistant and very unwilling to engage but the sessions are quite deliberately kept short and he quickly got used to the routine and with plenty of praise and patience soon began to get the hang of it.
What seems to have changed is, his confidence in his own ability to take the time to work out what each word means. I realise I may be stating the obvious here, but initially he was overwhelmed by the whole business and shrank from learning. Easyread gently led him to realise that he could actually do this thing and then he was off, proudly reading everything from street signs to cereal packets.
If I haven't already made it obvious, I think that it is a very good system indeed and wish to reccomend it to you, enthusiastically!Yours sincerelyMark
I first found out about easyread after watching a news broadcast about synthetic phonics. I wondered what they were and whether they could help my son Michael who was really struggling at school so i googled them on the internet. Easyread caught my attention and after reading David's introduction I thought it was exactly what was wrong with Michael's school work. With hindsight He started school too early and by then was into primary 3 and we were constantly being told that Michael had done nothing in school that day, he wasn't disruptive or badly behaved in any way, just not paying attention or trying to complete work on his own.
Michael's attention was caught by the Easyread program straight away and within a couple of weeks his reading had improved along with his confidence in other areas of his school work. He continues to improve and is now in primary 4 where he is doing really well. He is almost at the end of his year of Easyread. It has been a great tool for Michael not just with reading, it has positively affected every aspect of his life. His school work and social skills have been greatly improved, before I discovered Easyread I had real concerns that Michael might have ADD or Aspergers. The confidence that comes from achieving this on his own has been wonderful.
I would love to see this program used in our schools as I think it is the best way to capture children's imagination and attention.Maureen
Here are some thoughts on Easyread.
Cameron, now seven, has now been working on Easyread for three months, with a long break during August. He had experienced failure and loss of confidence at his infant school, and I was home-schooling him. In June he was assessed and found to be very dyslexic.
When he started Easyread I was unsure whether it would work for him, although as a special needs and language specialist with many years' experience I could see that the underlying principles of the programme were very sound and in line with the best educational practice.
He enjoyed the first series of lessons and had no difficulty learning the characters which go with the sounds. The pictures are fun, and the matching games gradually built up speed of recognition, important for reading.
When he went on to level 2 and reading a story with the pictures above the words he started slowly but soon began to use the pictures to build up the words rather than guessing. He became faster and more confident, and went on to level 3 early.
He has found level three harder going, because each lesson is longer, but he is reading well. He sometimes hides the pictures so that he can do it without help.
He is enjoying the story of the hapless Eric and keen to see what happens next. The system of prizes helps too - he is always thrilled to get one in the post and it's a useful incentive when he is feeling less eager to get down to it. He sometimes says 'I'm only in it for the prizes!', but in fact he enjoys his sessions very much.
He is now back in school, in year 3, and is happy and functioning well with help for his specific difficulties with writing. From being in the bottom group in the class in his last school he has moved up to the middle of the class.
Observations on the programme.
The pictures are excellent and memorable. To have one for each of the 42 sounds of English is invaluable and more acceptable than learning lists of letter combinations which make the same sound e.g. ir, ur, er.
I was unsure if Cameron would be able to switch from assisted text, but as I said above he is already choosing to do that on occasion.
The premise that some dyslexic pupils rely too much on the visual information of the letters in the word seems to work for Cameron, who sometimes tries audibly to relate the letters to the sound of the word even when he knows what the word is.
As the information on the website says, the course moves on from phonic work to incorporating the 'real books' strategy, and also some of the principles behind 'Reading Recovery'. This gives children more opportunity to read different vocabularies than they would get on a purely phonic course. This means that longer and more difficult words such as 'straight' , 'remember' and 'stinging nettles' can be incorporated and practised and read at sight, and of course the story can be more interesting.
I am now satisfied that Cameron's reading is progressing well and that Easyread has been the key factor in helping him to make sense of reading.
i am so glad to have found you all x the difference in zackarys attitude in these few days has been astounding ! from willfull defiant cant, to a joyfull positive can !!
thankyou so much x
I have found that esayread is enjoyable for both me and Daniel. Daniel within the six week course has gone from a little boy who HATED reading and would try to avoid it at all costs, to coming home from school asking to do his reading. I have noticed that his confidence has increased as well as his fluency, this has continued across into reading normal books, now if he gets stuck he imagines what character would be there.
The main point I like is easyread make it simple for the child and enjoyable, my child loves the charcters. The only comment I would say is Daniel enjoyed the games played in foundation level and misses them.
I'm very glad I discovered the esayread system, and so far is proving to be worth every penny. Thankyou
I have been invited to tell you about an educational website set up to help children learn to read called Easyread by Oxford Learning Solutions. I found this site when searching the web for helping my daughter learn to read.
This time last year she was beginning to learn to read, but I found after the summer holidays she was beginning to slip backwards, forgetting words she had already learned.
I started her on this site and found it was brilliant, it is fun and amusing introducing characters to the letters of the alphabet making it easier to learn. It only took about 10 minutes a day, and once we had completed a lesson we would do it again. I was signed up to this course for 12 months but my daughter completed it in 9.
My daughter who is now 6 is an excellent reader. She recently finished year 1 at school and was having to go into the classroom next door, which is for year 2 children for her reading books as her classroom did not have any books advanced enough for her reading ability.
I know she only progressed this far because of Easyread and I would highly recommend it to anyone concerned about their child’s reading. It is suitable for adults too who cannot read well or cannot read at all. I would encourage anyone to try it who has access to a computer.
Ethan's reading is coming on in leaps and bounds, not only with
the Easyread reading, but also with his school reading. Last school year,
Ethan was bring home a school reading book each week, and if he read it in a
week a couple of pages a night then he had done well. He had no interest in
reading at all, six weeks into the course Ethan has been back at school for
just less than a week and he's read two book cover to cover, he's really
enjoying his reading because he can do it and Easyread has proved he can do
it. He has now started to read word when we are out and about or if I am
writing something (like he's trying to read this as i'm typing it) :-)
The real test will be when he has his one to one with LSA later this week,
I'm hope that she will see a huge improvement in his reading. I will let you
know if anything is said.
My hushand and I are very pleased that we stubbled across your website on an
inernet search, pleased that we could tried before we brought the package,
and it really help that the payment was spread out.
Look forward to giving you some more good news in the future, Thanks once
I am so amazed with Easyread.
It's hard to believe that the small bit of reading that Jerron does each day could make him improve so much.
We struggled a lot over the summer with some of the books that he should have been able to read so I looked on the internet and found Easyread.
I was skeptical, but it truely works!!
We make it part of his daily homework each night and he enjoys doing it. He was very frustrated at first but each day, each week, it gets easier.
I was afraid that he wouldn't be able to read without the symbols above the words, but he is able to read books and papers from school just like he reads Easyread at night.
Thanks Easyread. I am much more content with my sons reading and so is he. I would recommend you to anyone. It's worth $1 a day!!!
My 6 year old son started this scheme in July. His school has not said that he is dyslexic but he did not want to read at home and was generally finding reading difficult. I came across Easyread in My Child magazine and decided to give it a go. Hugh enjoyed the programme so I decided to subscribe. We have read nearly everyday since with Easyread. Hugh started back to school in September and has been moved up a whole level with his school reading book. The phonetic picture above each word gives Hugh the confidence to try quite difficult words and has greatly increased his overall confidence in reading. Hugh’s reading is improving every day and I am so glad we found Easyread.
Martins Wood School
Paige is doing brilliantly and loves Easyread. I have never seen her so keen to come and work on something. I am aware that I can put 5 children through the free trial and I am in the process of identifying some top priority candidates who will be starting shortly
I must tell you how fantastic The easy read system is I am mother of three, My oldest child now almost thirteen had real trouble learning to read. We knew he was been failed by his primary school, so had to hire a tutor she was brilliant she used a phonics system and now my son loves to learn and wants to one day be a surgeon,I feel it could of so easily gone the other way and school could of become the enemy. I was determined for my girls to enjoy reading so I looked around at all avalible internet learning systems including US systems.My daughters who have just started reception and nursery full time My four year old is reading very well this is beacause of easyread, she loved learnig this way, I think this system should be avalible to all children it makes them giggle it has very short lessons which hold there attention.My three year old is all ready word blending and just about to start Easy read I know they are very young but my point is if children this young can learn to read then perhaps there is no reason why children coming out of primary school unable to read properly. Please recomend this system it could help somany children
Kind regards Shannon