Reading A-Z/Raz Kids

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  1. MrStevens

    MrStevens New Member

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    Hello, I was looking at getting Reading A-Z and Raz Kids. I found some older posts in the forums from 2005, 2008, 2010, etc. and the posts from then were very positive. Is anyone still using it today? What are your thoughts?

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  3. Kat.

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    My school started using it last year. It was really great and the kids loved earning the points (stars, I think?) and building their characters.

    It was an awesome way to incorporate more technology into the classroom and changing up my center rotations. We use i-station and the kids were getting burnt out on it, so they were very happy when we introduced Raz Kids.

    Reading A-Z was a great tool for me and allowed me to easily find books based on our units. I just pulled a book up on the ipad and read it to the kids and showed them the pictures, just like a normal book. I even used some of the shorter/simpler books for shared reading and projected the stories onto the screen.
     
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    I love Reading A-Z for finding resources to use with small groups or individual students. That said, it's unlikely I'd invest my own money in it. I've only used it when I had access to a membership purchased by my school.
     
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    I bought a subscription to Reading A-Z when I taught 1st grade 3 years ago. I loved it and found it totally worth it. Our reading program came with book sets for guided reading, but I needed lower levels. It was perfect for that. I never used Raz Kids.
     
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    My school provides subscriptions to Reading A-Z. I teach small groups all day for students in K-3 and I used it frequently, especially the decodable books and foundational skills books. There are full lessons available on there, but I never used those. I did sometimes use the comprehension assignments for my older students if I had a sub since they were pretty self-explanatory activities. Even though I liked the books, like Bella said I would be unlikely to spend my own money on a subscription. However, I'm very stubborn about not spending my own money for my classroom (I believe professionals shouldn't have to pay to do their jobs), so take that with a grain of salt. If I were someone that spent freely I'd probably consider this subscription worth it.
     
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    My school also purchases us a subscription. We use this as part of our Daily Five. I love it! Some students do not do well on the computer but it offers quizzes after each book. Teaching first grade I do have to check in with them frequently and have to move their reading levels on the computer. But it is worth it!
     
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    As a parent, I will say my youngest keeps going on the raz kids account this summer without any prompting from me.
     
  9. MrStevens

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    Thank you very much for the responses, they were all very helpful. I am trying to learn as much as possible about these products and would like to conduct a paid phone survey. If anyone would be willing to speak on the phone for 10-20 minutes in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card that you can use for classroom supplies please contact me at MrStevensK12 at gmail dot com. I'd be happy to provide a little more information. Preferably teachers who have used the product for 1+ years.

    Thank you.
     

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