Raz-kids was great in that there is audio available but the content felt a tad bit too simple for my students. We use Beestar instead for more classical stories, grammar components and test practices.
As 1st grade teacher in a 100%Language Immersion School(Spanish,we also have French and Chinese)consider raz-kids a wonderful option.You can find Translations to Spanish,French.Excellent,everybody wins:teachers,students and parents.
This site is GREAT for my daughter who is home schooled and has difficulty with reading, comprehension, and retention. It make my job so much easier! LOVE the site!
Raz-kids allows teachers to easily create homework and an incentive for reading. Linked to Readingatoz.com (they share some of the same books also), Raz-kids allows you and students to see/hear the book read out loud, to record yourself reading (with vocabulary and pronunciation help), to print some worksheets linked to the book and to take an online quiz. As a teacher, you can see your students' progress charts, quiz scores, etc. When the students complete all their tasks, they get points which can be used to "buy" things for their "raz rocket".
Assigning the work can be tricky, as there's a lot of clicking around to be done (you choose the sequence, which can be time-consuming if you individualize instruction like we do). And at about $80 a year, this is also expensive but worth it if you want to encourage reading and help kids learn that homework can be fun too.
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