Homeschoolers & Reading Tutors! Check out this guided reading program review!

Teacher Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist and Mom to three amazing kids, Shannon McClintock Miller has published an in-depth review of the SNAP Learning Guided Reading program.

Here’s an excerpt:

Everything You Need In One Guided Reading Program…..What A Snap! From Snap Learning

The content can be delivered so many different ways to accommodate all teachers, students, and learning situations.

The Structured Guided Reading Program can be delivered in a…


  • Digital format…  with over 200 English and Spanish interactive leveled books and lesson plans.
  • Mobile format… download the free app to have access to 200 English and Spanish interactive leveled books and lesson to use on any iOS or Android tablet.
  • Printable format… print any of the 200 English and Spanish level books or lesson plans.
  • Projectable format… log into to project any of the 200 English and Spanish leveled books onto a whiteboard and use your smart board digital tools to interact with the books….great for shared reading activities.

I am also so impressed with all of the important Digital Learning Features their Structured Guided Reading Program contains including Interactive Activities, Animated Early Readers, and Word Usage Interactivity.

Click here to see Shannon’s take on the special features in each Structured Guided Reading Level

And don’t forget to check out Shannon’s awe-inspiring profile here:




Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension

This Reading Mama lists 5 simple ways to improve reading comprehension and  her experience in using SNAP Learning to meet comprehension goals.

For children who struggle as readers (and even for those who don’t), comprehension is a big deal. And it starts from the very beginning. Before kids even open the book, we need to encourage them to think about what they are going to read. We can ask them to read the title or look at the cover, maybe even the Table of Contents. What is the topic? What do they already know about the topic? What do they think will happen in the story, based off what they know?

Using background knowledge is also vital as the child reads the text. What would I do in that situation? Has that happened to me before? I remember the time that… These thought patterns rely on what the child already knows to help them comprehend and make sense of the text.

Read the full post here

10 ways to make reading fun!

  1. Sing it! Add a familiar tune to a poem or even a para of text. Kids have to read with the right pause emphasis to make it work!
  2. Read in the grocery store. Products, labels, discounts, ingredients.
  3. Play letter of the day games: Ask your children to point to printed words they see starting with a particular letter. Rewards for the highest number of words found.
  4. Ask your family and friends to send post cards when they travel, to your child. Nothing more exciting than a postcard from a far flung shore!
  5. Play word twister. Just like twister but with a word list! Use chalk to scribble a small grid of different words on the floor. Then spin the wheel and choose the word, and let your kids stretch and read to locate it!
  6. Word Treasures: Think of a place where you can leave a small prize, and create a set of simple words that relate to it. For example: If the Answer is “Oven” in which there is a muffin, my written clues would be “Hot”, “Pot”, “Bake” etc.
  7. Read like you are in a play. Get a few people together to read various character lines (I like Winnie the Pooh books for this), and give your child a role as well.
  8. Read a recipe, while you bake or cook. Kids love helping out with fun kitchen recipes, and with simple recipes, this is both a great reading exercise and a lot of fun.
  9. Create Word Art together to display around the house. Design banners and posters for your child’s room which can change every month.
  10. Learn a new song. Print the words out for a Sesame Street song or even a new nursery rhyme and learn to sing it with your child.

Special Sale for Homeschoolers!

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  • Access a library of 128 books leveled for the Common Core
  • Meet the needs of all your children at various reading levels, with material from K-6th grade
  • Digital versions available on Apple iPad, Android tablet, desktop, laptop, or the Web!
  • Free data analytics, to organize reading progress data and track assessments
  • Built-in lesson plans to help you teach!

1 license, for a year is priced at $89.99. We are offering it to Homeschoolers for just $45!

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  • 130 Printable titles & Lesson plans
  • Digitized Interactive ebooks with built-in fluency, comprehension, and assessments
  • Sight words with audio pronunciation
  • Touch and view glossary for complex words
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Snap Trial by The Reading Tutor/OG

I’ve been an educator for over 14 years, working with children mostly in grades 2-5. I am also a certified Orton Gillingham instructor. This means I use a special multi-sensory approach to teaching struggling readers spelling, phonics, reading and writing skills.

Recently, I tried out Snap Learning while tutoring one of my fourth grade students. I’d like to highlight some of the features we tried out.

Since I travel to homes to tutor, I downloaded the Snap Learning App into my iPad for convenience. When selecting the fourth grade as an option, I noticed plenty of high-interest passages, particularly non-fiction. I chose The Golden State for the first trial. Some of the strong points of this program were:

1. Comprehensive English Language Arts objectives and activities were provided to support readers.

2. Audio for passages: This was a favorite feature of mine because many struggling readers truly need an audio component to aide their comprehension. Taking it even a step further, I would recommend lines or phrases of text be highlighted in yellow while you are listening and following along.

3. Plenty of background building features. Students with limited vocabulary or background knowledge absolutely need this scaffold. The maps and vocabulary introduction were clear and easy to understand.

4. There was the option to practice retelling as well as the CLOZE passage really helped me assess my student’s comprehension. I don’t think enough reading programs out there focus on the CLOZE procedure enough so I was pleased to see it here.

5. We also tried out Word Book 2000. This could serve as good sight word practice however, I think adding audio, or other options for practice besides flash cards would be useful.

I can envision Snap Learning working well in a variety of settings. Tutors, homeschoolers, after school programs, Title 1 or RTI programs, or small groups in a classroom could benefit.

I will be trying out the second grade next time. Thanks for reading this post today.

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