Friday, January 7, 2011
I recently received three items from a family owned company named See-N-Read. This is a fairly new company that is run by Dr. Sylvia R. Smith who has her Doctorate in Instructional Technology, her Masters in Curriculum and Supervision,and her Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She is highly qualified and has been endorsed by a leading Neuropsychologist and ELL Specialist.
The goal of See-N-Read is to help students and adults focus on what they are reading so they can use their energy to understand what they’re reading instead of wasting energy trying to keep their eyes focused. If you or your child are prone to line skipping, or if your eyes jump ahead when reading, this would be beneficial to you. It is also recommended for people with dyslexia. The way it works is there is a piece of plastic that has a grey/blue tint to it, all except one long piece that is clear. You place the clear part over the sentence you’re reading and then just move down as you read.
The items we received were called the See-N-Read Tool (the Book size and the Document size) and the Memory Marker. They also offer an electronic version of See-N-Read and it’s called eSee-N-Read (cost is $29.99 for the e-version).
The See-N-Read Tool comes in two sizes, the Book size (5 1/2” x 3”) and the Document size (8 1/2” x 3”). The Document size is ideal for younger students because it works well with picture books.
The Memory Marker is made like the See-N-Read Tool only the clear part is actually empty, no plastic. This is so you can highlight, underline, or mark any way you like. It would be ideal for Bible study or school. It also comes in the Book size and the Document size.
The cost for these items are:
See-N-Read (click here to order):
Book Size $2.99 Document size $3.49
Memory Marker (click here to order):
Book size $2.99 Document size $3.49
There are discounts when you purchase more than one.
I tried this product with both of my boys and it didn’t seem to work too well for them. My oldest son is a very good reader and just didn’t like having to deal with moving the See-N-Read down the page. My younger son struggles to read and it just isn’t something he needs right now. I think it’ll be beneficial to him when his reading has progressed to chapter books. I used it for myself because a lot of times as I read I get carried away when the book gets good and I’ll have to force myself not to look ahead. This helped but the grey/blue wasn’t dark enough and I could still see the words thru the tint. As I stated before I think the product will work, when there is a need for it. As of right now, we just don’t have a lot of trouble with eye tracking, or focusing.
If you’re interested in seeing what other homeschoolers thought of this product, click here.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.