Paula, a mom, emailed to say,
“I just started Jake on the first 3 cards this morning, jump, I and can, he got on great, really enjoyed them and said he’ll do
3 every day!”
Tara, a reading teacher, tried some cards from our “Try it for free” while she waited for her order to arrive. She sent this message - “I used them today with my guided reading groups and they were amazing! I can’t wait to get the rest! Thank you for such a great product!”
A grandmother used PMR cards with her 6-year-old granddaughter who was struggling with reading. Two months in she wrote ...
“ ...Just wanted to tell you that Carrie got the highest score in 1st grade on her testing. She’s reading at a 3rd grade 3 mo. level. Over all she came up with a 110 rating. No other kid in 1st grade got above 100. ...Her teacher was amazed...I really appreciate you helping her get a good start!” Three years later she wrote, “Carrie has really become a reading "success" story. She finished 4th grade this year reading at a 9.5 reading level.”
One parent wrote,
“ I am writing you to tell you how grateful I am for your development of this program. I am homeschooling my 9-year-old son who has been diagnosed with pretty severe learning disabilities along with language disorder and memory/auditory processing issues. I have tried several programs, trying to make progress in his reading skill. It has been extremely slow for him and frustrating. It dawned on me pretty early in this journey that he thinks in pictures, lives in pictures and remembers in pictures. I noticed that the only sight words that he remembers from one day to the next are the ones that we have associated with a picture. Then I started researching and came across your program. I was excited but apprehensive to try yet another program.... Well, it’s only been a few weeks since we started, and I am just thrilled and actually can’t believe it! We have added over 25 words to his sight word ability in such a short amount of time. The best part is that he is really proud of himself and excited to be finally reading sentences on his own. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for seeing a need and coming up with a solution.”
Susan, a kindergarten teacher in Whittier, California, writes ...
“ Years ago I became aware of Picture Me Reading at a kindergarten conference. I was looking for a way to challenge my brighter students while continuing to work with students who were struggling. Picture Me Reading offered a self-paced opportunity to master the Dolch sight words. Over the years I've heard from families how this foundation has allowed my former students to excel in reading. Picture Me Reading is a wonderful visual aid for any child trying to memorize these words!
Received from a parent of a child in Dublin, Ireland, who has a family history of dyslexia ...
Just wanted to let you know how much you have changed our son Seán’s life and ours. You opened up a world of reading to Seán. He was 7 years old and just starting 1st class, and he could only identify 8 words. He started ‘picture words’ and what can we say? Seán went from frustration and upset to calm and confident. We made it into a game at home, which even his 3-year-old brother, Niall, was learning from. Niall is 5 now and is already reading!
We can’t thank you enough for opening up the world of reading. Watching Seán reading Dr. Seuss, his favourite, and even Horrid Henry, is amazing! When he went into 2nd class he had already mastered 177 words! Thank you again for bringing Picture Me Reading into our lives!
A Special Education Resource Specialist working with a 4th grade child with Fragile X Syndrome wrote,
“Scott is doing very well with the picture word cards. His mother was so excited when he took his sight word folder home and was able to read the words. He knew about 40 sight words when he started the program, now he knows about 70. That was only 4 weeks ago. Scott is interested in coming to resource now and focuses much more.”
Austin’s mom wrote ...
“I never in my wildest dreams thought we would be where we are - I really can't thank you enough... for providing us with the tools we needed for success. We were talking about reading the other day and he said, ‘Mommy, I am a good reader. Look what I can read.’ It is so nice for him to have something he excels at because so many things are so hard for him.
Sue has been using Picture Me Reading Sight Word Riddles with her students. She wrote,
“My school just purchased the Picture Me Reading program this year. I have loved it. The kids look forward to a new riddle every week. They forget they are learning and memorizing sight words because they are having such fun reading the riddles. I love the program; it helps pace me to keep introducing and practicing new words each week. Easy and fun to use. My ELL kids especially love the pictures on the sight word cards. I work with grades 1-6 in support services."
Michael, a mainstream primary (elementary) teacher in Ireland wrote,
“I have been using Picture Me Reading for the last three years in 1st through 3rd Class. I have found it extremely effective. I have primarily used it in 1st Class; however, it has also proved very effective with struggling readers and pupils with dyslexia in 2nd and 3rd Class. The picture cues on the cards not only provided a helpful scaffold for the struggling reader but also created a ‘buzz’ and an air of excitement around learning to read, which had been absent for many of these pupils in the past.
PMR has helped give a huge boost to the self-esteem of all of these pupils and they have developed a belief in their ability to learn to read that was previously absent.
The first year I used PMR, one of my students was able to read fewer than ten sight words when he came into my class at the beginning of 1st Class. By the end of the year he could read approximately 190 words from the Dolch List. This year, three of my 1st Class pupils could read approximately 40 of the sight words from the Dolch list at the beginning of the academic year. Each of them is now on course to be able to read all 220 Dolch List words by the end of May. This is typical of my experience of PMR. All of these pupils have also made great strides in reading these words in context and are reading graded readers at a much higher level than they were in September. PMR has the potential to change the lives of young people. I would strongly urge all teachers working with beginning or struggling readers to take the plunge and begin using it with their pupils. You won’t regret it!”