Saturday, September 28, 2013

Snap Reading Program Review

Managing a classroom of readers can be a difficult chore for teachers. Often teachers have readers that range multiple grade levels. It's important that children read on an instructional level with the teacher and are able to read on an independent level as well. When children read within this "zone of proximal development", they will make the most gains as readers. If a program is managed well, it should be the goal to move ALL children to reading on grade level (or above) by the end of the year.
Most teachers agree that reading on the appropriate text level is important. Managing 25-30 readers is a more difficult task. Assessing reading levels should not be a once a quarter, once a month, or even once a week task. In the early grades, readers should be at least informally assessed every day by reading with a teacher or discussing literature with a teacher. Often teachers feel they need to clone themselves to accomplish the task of managing that much assessment.
The Snap Reading Program makes the management piece of guided reading a snap! I recently had a chance to review this program and reflect on how I think this program would work in a classroom setting.

What is the Snap Reading Program?

The Snap Reading Digital Program provides teachers with an academic year-long access to 130 English Language leveled K-6 books, PLUS interactive ebook versions, PLUS data analytics for a one-time cost of $89 (1 teacher license which can be shared with a class of 30 students).
Teachers can download, print and distribute the leveled readers, students get individual access to the digital interactive ebooks versions (desktops, tablets, Android, iOS, interactive whiteboards), and teachers can also access a dashboard with data for each student on how they have performed in the comprehension quizzes and word exercises embedded within the interactive ebooks.

Here's What we Thought of the Snap Reading Program:

As a family, we read the digital books and also did the printable books. The digital books are interactive which make them engaging for kids. Also, my kindergartner liked reading the books because I could choose a level for him where he could be very successful. I'm not sure if the topics of the books would have been hugely engaging for him, but because he felt success, he loved it anyway.

From the viewpoint of a teacher, I thought the reading program was well aligned with what most schools are using, was well organized, and was a good deal.

The Snap Reading program is aligned to common core state standards. Passages are based around close reading, improving vocabulary, and text-dependent questions. There are written lesson plans available for each section of texts which makes teaching or preparing your classroom for an observation easy!

The Snap Reading Program was well organized. The texts are leveled. The levels correspond with Fountas and Pinnell, Reading Recovery Levels, and Grade Level Equivalents. This allows the program to fit into the framework you are already using in your classroom. Children are able to work on their levels and the data management tool makes tracking success on those levels very easy.

I felt like the program was a good deal. The cost is $89 per year for a class of 30. I recently sat in a PTO meeting where the board was discussing purchasing licenses for a variety of educational products. There was a wide range on the expense for these products and many were much, much more expensive than $89 per year. In fact, if you love this program, you might be able to get your PTO to cover this small fee!
There are many online options to choose from when purchasing educational tools. All in all, I felt like the Snap Reading Program was a well designed program and a good value for the classroom.

Find more information about Snap on facebook, pinterest, or twitter or on the snap website.

Disclosure: These options are my own. I was provided a review subscription of some of the materials for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for the post.


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