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Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reading Blaster for Struggling/Reluctant Readers

WoW, after almost a year of home educating, it seems I may have finally found a tool that will help motivate my very reluctant reader. I downloaded a demo version of Reading Blaster for him last night.

Boy oh boy, did it manage to get him all excited about reading this morning. I haven't seen Misha read out loud this much in one day ever. I'm sure he must have covered at least a week's worth of reading already in the hour he's been playing the game. Of the 25 read-along books, he's already read 6 & done the comprehension exercises. That's so awesome!

Those that know our reasons for home educating & have been following Misha's progress since August last year, will know this is a major achievement for our little boy who struggled to read & subsequently hated reading. He spent a few hours on this game today & I have NEVER seen him this excited about reading before. This may just be the spark we needed to re-ignite his love for learning...

Children Can Build Their Reading Skills With Memorable, Entertaining Reading Games

Basically they read a short story, then get to play a game that asks them questions about the story at regular intervals to test their comprehension. They receive a printable certificate upon completion of various levels. Parents can also print detailed reports of activities completed.

If you have a struggling or reluctant reader, do yourself as well as your child the favour of trying Reading Blaster.

Descriptions below were taken from the Download FREE Games website.

FREE demo games can be downloaded that allow the child to try the game for 2 hours before purchasing the full version at $6,99.

Ages 5-7

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Help the Blaster Team in an Otherworldly Adventure!

The Blaster Team ends up on the Planet of Lost Things, the place where things like lost socks and balloons end up. Can you help them return the lost items to the children by earning five keys?

Children can practice reading and thinking skills that will be useful throughout their lives with these entertaining reading activities. This game teaches skills including spelling, recognizing word and letter sounds, distinguishing vowels, using punctuation and more.

Fun, Memorable and Educational Activities

Children can enjoy a variety of educational activities including catching falling socks that have words beginning with the correct letter, learning comprehension by following directions to build faces and scenes, putting balloons with letters or words in order to make words or sentences, building trains to create words with specific sounds and more.

Children will be introduced to more than 1,500 vocabulary words. Children can read along with a variety of stories and print them out. Children can even send messages to their favourite Blaster Team members and receive funny replies!

Help Your Child Develop Skills that will Last a Lifetime

This enjoyable game is a worthwhile tool that will help children build a strong foundation in reading that will serve them for the rest of their lives. This game even has a progress report so both parents and children can see how far the child has progressed. The fun and optimistic atmosphere will make children want to keep coming back!

Give your child a fun and educational adventure now with Reading Blaster Ages 5-7!

Ages 6-8

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Be a Detective and Recover the Books!

The Mumbles have stolen all the books on Earth! Can you help Blaster, GC and Mel find the clues they need to locate the missing books?

Boys and girls ages 6 to 8 will enjoy this game's colorful graphics, charming characters and engaging activities and parents will enjoy seeing how much their kids are learning. This game makes reading fun!

Learn Tons of Reading, Spelling and Grammar Skills

Play six fun mini games with educational themes. Learn to spell words as you build a bridge or learn to recognize certain letter combinations and sounds by climbing a volcano. Navigate mazes to learn punctuation or go skiing to practice reading comprehension.

Learn more than 2,000 vocabulary words and work on vital skills like creating sentences, punctuation, capitalization, synonyms, past and present tenses and much more. Enjoy 25 read-along books and track your progress with a report card. You can even write your own stories or letters and create word puzzles to print.

A Rewarding, Educational Adventure for the Entire Family

The whole family can enjoy this game's creative activities and fun detective story. Parents can enjoy the rewarding experience of watching their kids grow and develop in a fun, memorable setting. Kids will easily become addicted to this great blend of fun and education and realize that learning can be a real blast.

Give your kids the chance to learn and thrive with Reading Blaster Ages 6-8 now!

Ages 9-12

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Solve the Mystery of an Evil Madman!

Dr. Dabble is kidnapping people and turning them into appliances! Can you save them and figure out why he's doing this?

This mystery adventure game is a great way for children ages 9 to 12 to practice reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, critical thinking skills, analogies, vocabulary and more.

Piece Together the Mystery by Playing Reading Games

Children are sure to enjoy the feeling of being a detective and searching for evidence throughout the mansion! A piece of evidence is earned for each activity completed.

Activities include building sentences in a memory graveyard game, practicing synonyms and antonyms by jumping on moving ghosts to find the correct words, working on comprehension and critical thinking by solving logical word puzzles, building a bridge by finding words that relate to each other and more.

Make Reading Fun and Memorable for Your Child!

This game is rich with mystery perfect for children ages 9 to 12. They'll feel rewarded as they put together the pieces of the mystery and greatly improve their reading skills!

With various difficulty levels for each activity and nice touches like short stories scattered throughout the mansion, children will want to play and replay this game for endless hours!

Give your child education and entertainment now with Reading Blaster Ages 9-12!

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