Reading Skills Program for Entering 1st Graders

This Summer

Help Your Child Learn to Read Independently

In this fun 8-week program, your child will build strong phonics skills, learn to recognize common sight words, and develop reading comprehension. Your child will head back to school with a love of books and lots of motivation to keep learning to read.

This Summer

Help Your Child Learn to Read Independently

In this fun 8-week program, your child will build strong phonics skills, learn to recognize common sight words, and develop reading comprehension. Your child will head back to school with a love of books and lots of motivation to keep learning to read.

An Easy, Effective Way to Make Sure
Your Child is Ready for 1st Grade

Flexible schedules, weekly one-hour classes, and short structured assignments make it simple for your child to grow as a reader over the summer.

Here’s How It Works:

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In this program, your child will have great experiences reading terrific first-grade books.

We’ve chosen these books because they are full of funny characters and wonderful stories, and they’re written at the right level of challenge for kids heading into 1st grade.

“She often chooses one of the books from the program when we read together. The books have really boosted her interest in reading.” – Kenyata, Parent of a 1st Grader

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Once a week, your child will attend an exciting live online class led by an expert reading teacher.

During every class, kids participate in fun skills games and engaging book activities. They learn valuable first-grade phonics skills and develop comprehension. Your child will look forward to attending week after week.

“My daughter always waited for her online reading class. She enjoyed the whole experience!” – Yanitza, Parent of a 1st Grader

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Between classes, your child will complete fun interactive lessons that build confidence and core first-grade reading skills. We carefully structure the entire program to be manageable in the busiest of schedules, even when school is in session.

“My child became more confident approaching new words. The lessons were always fun and engaging!” – Kamisha, Parent of a 1st Grader

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Throughout the program, your child will get individual attention. You can schedule one-on-one appointments with the teacher to ask questions or get extra help. You’ll also have access to our on-demand “Helpline” for more help, even with schoolwork.

“My daughter loved her teacher! Her teacher truly made a point of listening to every child and making sure every student was involved.” – Alison, Parent of a 1st Grader

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girl in fourth grade online class

After the program, you’ll receive a progress report from your teacher on how your child is doing, plus what your child should focus on next to continue growing as a reader.

Your child will finish the program as a more confident independent reader with the skills to succeed in 1st grade.

A Convenient, Proven Program
with Great Results

8-Week Summer
Reading Skills Program

Just $37/week

8-Week Summer Reading Skills Program

Just $37/week

Back-to-school Programs are filling quickly!

Key Skills Your Child Will Build
and Why They’re Important

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Phonics

Phonics instruction teaches kids the relationship between letters and the sounds they stand for. It is at the heart of how children learn to read. 1st graders begin by learning basic phonics skills, starting with blending short words like dog or hat. They then move on to learn long vowel sounds, consonant blends, and vowel teams like ai in rain. By the end of the year, they can also recognize easy prefixes and suffixes and decode two-syllable words.

When your 1st grader develops strong phonics skills in our program, he or she will be able to sound out words quickly and easily. Over time and with practice, your child will read more and more challenging words with confidence. He or she will feel a real sense of accomplishment.

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Sight Words

Sight words are the most common words kids encounter while reading, such as was and do. Kids can learn to read these as whole words, rather than sounding them out. Many of these words have irregular spelling patterns or require advanced phonics, so it is much easier for 1st graders to learn how to recognize them by sight.

In our 1st grade program, your child will learn many of the most common sight words found in first-grade books. The more sight words your child knows, the fewer words he or she will have to sound out. This means that learning to read will be faster, easier, and more enjoyable.

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Comprehension

Comprehension – the ability to understand what you read – is the goal of reading. In 1st grade, children are mainly focused on the mechanics of reading, but they also start building comprehension and learn that every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Talking about books and what characters do is a great way for 1st graders to develop their comprehension.

In our 1st grade program, students learn to visualize what’s happening in a story and to identify with the characters during engaging book discussions and activities. When kids understand the meaning of what they read, it makes reading fun! They can begin to make connections between stories and their own lives.

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Love of Reading

1st grade is full of challenges when it comes to learning how to read. Developing a positive attitude toward reading and a love of books supports children and motivates them to keep going.

Building new reading skills and having lots of wonderful experiences with books in the 1st grade program will help your child feel confident and enthusiastic about reading. As your child continues growing into a strong reader, he or she will want to read even more and develop a habit of reading for pleasure that leads to a lifetime of academic and personal benefits.

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How Do Institute of Reading Development Programs Compare to Other Options?

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Years

Students

Our Reading Programs Private Tutors Apps & Online Tools Other Educational Services
Proven Curriculum Some Some
Teacher Specializes in Reading Development Some
Engaging Classes
Interactive Online Skills Lessons Some
Carefully Selected Great Books
Personal Attention & Support
On-Demand Helpline Some
No Long-Term Commitment Some
Under $37/week
Best Value!
Recommended by 98% of Parents Whose Child Completed a Reading Skills Program
How Do Institute of Reading Development Programs Compare to Other Options?

How Do Institute of Reading Development Programs Compare to Other Options?

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Proven Curriculum Based on Decades of Experience

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Highly Trained Teachers Who Specialize in Reading Development

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Uniquely Engaging Live Online Classes and Interactive Lessons

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Carefully Selected, Great Books Shipped to Your Home

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Affordable Instruction Without the Long-Term Commitment

Recommended by 98% of Parents Whose Child Completed a Reading Skills Program

Help Your Child Learn to Read Independently

8-Week Reading Skills Program

Only $249

Plus $39 Materials & Shipping

Only $249

Plus $39 Materials & Shipping

Our knowledgeable advisors can answer questions
and help find a schedule that works for your family.

Academically Endorsed Online Reading Programs

Academically Endorsed Online Reading Programs

As leaders in online instruction for kids, we’re proud to offer programs with university partners nationwide.