Anyone use Reading A-Z or Writing A-Z?

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  1. MMRbella

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    I am interested in signing up for subscriptions to Reading A-Z and/or Writing A-Z.

    Has anybody used these services before? If so, are they worth the cost? What's your opinion?

    Thank you!
     
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    They had a free trial day during teacher appreciation week -- and I took a look (and downloaded EVERYTHING! :) ) I know it wouldn't be for me, because of the cost to print out everything -- color cartridges, paper, etc.

    For some people, it might be. I guess a lot of it depends on how much of this is supplied by your school. We have to beg for printer cartridges and paper, so I'd end up printing everything at home on my printer -- and well then, it just isn't such a good deal.
     
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    I used reading atoz a lot while student teaching. Luckily, my new school pays for it. I love it. If I was forced to, I'd pay out of pocket.
     
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    I love reading a-z. I use the books and comprehension quizzes as supplements and homework for my reading class. I use the running records to test my kids at least once or twice each marking period. I'm hoping to use more things from the site this year. I have subscribed for 2 years now, and I don't think I could live without it:)

    Oh, and to save myself on ink, I print things out at school! :D
     
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    I love reading a-z... I'm going to drop my subscription though, as I won't really use it in my new position... but when I do get back in the classroom, I will likely use it...

    I plan to do a lot of printing over the summer so that I have some stuff on file at the very least.
     
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    I also love A-Z Reading! I didn't have a good reading program for my kids so these were the leveled readers I'd use with them for guided reading and also send home for them to practice. They are interesting books, not just "the fat cat sat on the mat" like a lot of reading programs. I haven't tried writing or any of the other spin-offs!
     
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    I like RAZ-Kids as a spin-off... I wasn't impressed with Writing. Science is in its infancy stage right now, and I wouldn't go for that either... Vocabulary was kind of pointless if you ask me. Reading Tutors basically has some of the same stuff that Reading A-Z has, so I wouldn't recommend that either.

    Basically Reading A-Z, and if you have a computer available in your room for students to use to go online, RAZ-Kids is excellent as well.
     
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    My son's kindergarten teacher had a subscription and we were able to access online books with comprehension questions and everything. It was great. I think it would be a great tool to use to encourage reading at home.
     
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    My school ordered the subscription for all the K-5 teachers! It was awesome!!!! It was even better because we have limited resources so I really had no classroom books to use for reading groups with my kids. The kids loved them...especially when they got to color them!

    Not knowing what my school would do next year I kept a file with a copy of all of the books I used and the worksheets/activities that went with them. It was a lot of work...but well worth it!!
     
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    I like reading a-z. I used it for reading homework this past year. My old team had a good idea for how to use it: they printed almost everything off, stuck it in file folders and had a cabinet in our team area where you could just grab the folders you needed and run everything off.
     
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    I have a subscription and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I have been downloading all the lower level books. I ran out of time and will do more at the start of the school year!
     
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    I downloaded a bunch of books from Reading A- Z during the free week. I discovered that I could view the books full screen and then hook up my projector. That way I could do shared reading of the books with my whole class and not have to print anything.
     
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    I am glad that everyone likes Reading A-Z, I was going to get a subscription in August.
     
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    I printed out all the stories already from reading A-Z that I will use (non-fiction) and the reading assessments and readers theatre.

    I am considering signing up for RAZ kids. I just depends on how many computers I get for my classroom. (we will have laptops to share, but if there are not enough, I can't see that it would be worth it to me.)
     

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