Rime To Read – A Program for Beginning Readers
$49.95 for the set of 20 books. Published by Rittenhouse Reading,
By Sara Hines, M.Ed, Lynn Klaiman, M.Ed. with illustrations by Shari Hookman Berger
We in the Leppert household are firm believers in using a phonics-based approach to teach reading. We learned to read using a phonics approach in school and later, taught our son to read using a phonics program. Each of us has had a smooth and pleasant reading experience ever since, which we attribute in part to having learned phonetic reading. Unless there is some particular reason not to use a phonetic teaching structure, we consider phonics to be the best way and I am always pleased to see new reading products that aid and enhance this approach. Sara Hines and Lynn Klaiman, in their “Rime To Read” system, published by Rittenhouse Reading, have produced an excellent addition to this world of reading instruction!
Rime To Read is a series of 20 short books, (averaging 19 to 23 pages and measuring 9” x 6”) with each volume focusing upon a different family of words with a common word ending. (These are called “rimes”, which are words that sound the same and look alike.) Book 1 is entitled “Pat” and is devoted to the “at” rime found in words like Pat, rat, cat, etc. The target rime itself is printed in color, (the same color as the trim of the cover of the book) and the rest of the word in black, to facilitate recognition. The target rime words are listed by themselves and then also shown in a sentence, using other short words to complete the sentence. Sight words – in Book 1 they are “and”, “a” and “the” – are gradually added to the young reader’s mix of available words, along with the target rime words. For review, the sight words are listed at the back of each volume and by Book 20, the Sight Word List has grown to 35 words that will have become familiar to the student.
Currently, Ms. Hines and Ms. Klaiman are working on the next sets of books in the series, a review of short vowel rimes and teaching long vowels rimes.
The Rime To Read series offers an easy-to-use way for the parent to teach his/her child the most important fundamentals of reading. I am sure you and your neophyte reader will also have
fun using these little books as the springboard to solid reading that will make the rest of homeschooling much easier and will serve him/her for life! – Michael Leppert