Mimio HeadSprout Early Reader Reading Program Review

As many of you know, we are giving homeschooling a go this year and it has been going pretty well.  We started off the year with my older daughter (6age 6) doing the Mimio Headsprout Reading Comprehension program and loving it so I decided to have my Kindergartener try out the HeadSprout Early Reader Program.  The folks over at Mimio HeadSprout were nice enough to let us review this program!

Here is what you need to know about it:

MimioSprout early reading offers:
  • 80 online lessons and 80 printed stories, covering the whole program curriculum
  • Phonics-based online reading instruction that is balanced and based on extensive research
  • Individualized adaptive instruction for each student
  • Built-in assessment and performance reports
  • Easy implementation—minimal professional development
With this program, students in your home or school district will:
  • Be reading at the 1st-grade level — and potentially as high as the mid-2nd-grade level — by the end of the year in less than 30 hours of individualized online instruction.
  • Learn and acquire phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, beginning comprehension, and over 5,000 vocabulary words.
  • Master strategies for segmenting, blending, decoding in context, and reading for meaning.
  • Obtain the skills and strategies necessary to succeed on standardized tests.

MimioSprout early reading works for all students—both high performers and
struggling learners!

The Pros: My daughter has really liked this program and really loves the characters and funny little stories she gets to watch. She also loves that she gets a chart with stickers to mark off every time she completes an online lesson and that she gets to earn extra books every 6-8 lessons or so.

I really like that she can sit and work on the computer with a lesson that has conformed to her needs based on her previous performance. I also like that I can really see her progressing and improving in her reading.  I supplement this work by reading with her one on one but it is really nice on days when I am busy or when I am working with her sister to have her go do a lesson on her own and to see how much she gets out of it.  I highly recommend this reading program for early readers.

The only  real “con” I have is that some of the games are speed based, I assume to help work on her fluency.  However, my 5 year old sometimes struggles just with getting the mouse to go where she wants it in the time constraints so while she knows the answer, she can’t always click where she needs to in time.  When she does get frustrated on this I just help her click where she points on the screen.  Over all, this is a very minor detail and I really enjoy and recommend this program overall. It is definitely worth the money and I loved that my homeschool program would even reimburse for it!  My daughter loves it and it is nice to find a program that entertains her while she learns!

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