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The Co-op welcomes success stories that will help other homeschooling parents decide whether to add Learning A-Z to their home school curriculum. If you have used Learning A-Z and would like to contribute a testimonial, please click here.

 

”This was perfect for my 6 year old daughter. We had some success with 'Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons,' but she disliked doing it and always groaned when it was time to do it. Headsprout gave her this huge confidence boost which was crucial at that stage in her reading. She started with things she already knew, but that just solidified it and made her fell like she was making great progress. She loved the characters and looked forward to doing it every day. She has now completed all 80 lessons and is reading beautifully. She even reads things on her own just for pleasure, which I wasn't sure was ever going to happen. Headsprout is worth every penny!”
Amy Johnson, Co-op Member
”LOVE it! My 5 year old only knew basic letter sounds...and now we are on lesson 37 of Headsprout and she is reading SO much! And she loves doing it. They send you books that match the lessons AND you can print other books after almost every lesson, plus matching flash cards. I never could have taught her so much so fast. The Headsprout people are great, too. I asked to re-start the lessons at one point, because she needed review and they took care of it right away. Thanks to the Co-op for getting us a great price, too!”
Wendy M., Co-op Member
”I absolutely love Learning A-Z! It was recommended to me by my friend who is a current teacher at an elementary school. I not only find it perfect for my emerging reader, my advanced reader loves all of the books and skills packs too! I m so happy I was able to get such an amazing discount too. Because of that, I plan on keeping my subscription until all of my children are in middle school.”
A. Taylor, Co-op Member
”I have used Headsprout for a few months now with four of my homeschooling children. They have all improved in their reading skills, especially with consonant and vowel blends and reading comprehension. I love the voice recording. My children can listen to themselves and hear areas where improvement is needed. I would recommend this program.”
Jodi P., Co-op Member
”I appreciate having access to Reading A-Z. With multiple young learners, sometimes it's just not feasible to go to the library. My boys always get excited when I print them off a new book. I'm also starting to print off easy readers in Spanish to help my 4th grader learn the language through literature. Thank you HomeschooL Buyers Co-op for getting us a great deal!”
Joanna L., Co-op Member
”My kids love Raz-Kids online e-books. They and I both like the variety of nonfiction topics as well as fiction and classics available in English. As a homeschool parent, I assign nonfiction books as part of our unit studies or to supplement other learning. As well, we are now using the French readers too as part of our language learning activities. It is a very simple way to have instant access to leveled readers to steadily progress in learning French. My kids love earning points as they progress along too. Thank you for a wonderful product!”
Sharla, Co-op Member
”I am a retired Special Education teacher. I used Headsprout and Raz Kids in my classroom for the last two years of my teaching. I watched my students grow in basic phonetic skills and comprehension. I loved the reports and data that were available for me to monitor students' progress on an individual level. The resources available for each program were of great benefit. I have two grandchildren who struggle with reading, but I did not have the finances to purchase the programs after my retirement. I was so elated when I discovered the programs were available through the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op at a reduced cost. I have purchased both Headsprout and RazKids Plus to use with my grandchildren. Both programs are amazing. I am Level 1 Orten-Gillingham trained and I have found both programs provide quality instruction, and I am very confident my grandchildren will gain in phonetic skills and comprehension. My students loved both programs and were always eager to do their assigned lessons-and spend their stars!”
Ms. Star, Co-op Member
”Raz-Plus is absolutely wonderful. No more searching to find leveled readers for guided reading. My son especially enjoys the non-fiction books. Not only do you have the books but you have pre-made quizes that not only test comprehension, but also concepts such as author's purpose, facts vs. opinions, main idea/details, etc. I would highly recommend Raz-Plus.”
Paula D., Co-op Member
”We have tried many different curriculums for learning to read. None of them worked until Headsprout. With the added bonus of raz and science a-z books it is amazing. Hundreds of books at different levels covering everything I have tried to find. Definitely worth the expense. I am so glad it's a group buy.”
LF, Co-op Member
”Love it! I can use it casually or to monitor reading levels. I love the Resource page the best.”
Peg, Co-op Member
”Headsprout is a fun way for kiddos to learn reading. It adapts to their learning. My son breezed through learning to read very quickly. My daughter struggles with reading, and she has made a lot of progress with this program. The games and skits keep her entertained and take some of the stress of learning away. Thankful to have found this program!”
Tonya S., Co-op Member
”My children are in 3rd grade and 7 and 8 years old. We've used Raz Plus for two years and we enjoy having the resources for reading great books! They've learned to read and answer comprehension questions like pros. I think this program is worth the cost because it provides them with books at our fingertips and we can access from any device.”
Jessa H, Co-op Member
”I first discovered Headsprout many years ago, when my now 16 year old son was very young, and fell in love. I used headsprout for his three younger siblings as well and was extremely disappointed to see that they had been bought out and the prices had more than quadrupled when it was time to start my fifth child! I was very thankful to have found this deal through the homeschool buyers co-op! My kids have all loved Headsprout. They loved learning to read in a fun, interactive way. I've tried other programs, but this one is the best!”
Shirley B, Co-op Member
”A friend recommended I try Headsprout after hearing the struggles I've faced with teaching my child with special needs to read. I tried it and was amazed at his response to it, but I couldn't afford the cost. I searched online for headsprout promos, and couldn't find any. I was sad! Then I remembered to check Homeschool Buyers Co-op, and I was elated to find they had a wonderfully economical offer for Headsprout! I am filled with gratitude, as my son is responding wo well to this program that I could not have afforded without HBC offer! If I can renew our subscription with a similar discount through HBC, I plan to keep using Headsprout until my son has completed the program and is a fluent reader.”
Shannon K, Co-op Member
”Love it! Kids are doing great with this program.”
Christie Scott, Co-op Member
”My granddaughter has a learning disability She was able to select from many different approaches Raz Kids had audio and with that the words were highlighted as she looked on She was able to choose the level of reading what she was comfortable with Raz Kids selection of stories kept her captivated Her reading level jumped by leaps and bounds and her self esteem increased Thanks Raz Kids We will be ordering A Z Science next”
Gail Norris Hayes, Co-op Member
”We love Headsprout! Three kids, ages six to sixteen, and all three learned to read with Headsprout. My kids beg to play, and even when it gets "harder," they keep going back for more.
Two of my kids have needed to go back and do a few levels over again to reinforce concepts, and the program allows to restart wherever you need to.
The characters are super cute and my kids love them.”
Meagan M., Co-op Member
”One challenge I've had with my 6 and 7 year old children is reading. Starting out, reading became overwhelming and a chore rather than a joy. I found that DIY vision therapy exercises helped them focus their eyes more effectively, but then I was having trouble with the amount of time the kids would spend with reading. We also could not find affordable leveled readers for them to use on a consistent basis.

Headsprout and Raz Plus has been an answer to prayers! This combines reading with games and fun interactive sessions that get the kids reading out loud. This program is also great for teaching the kids how to use technology and interact in an online environment. My kids started using these programs about 5 days a week and LOVE it! I don't get much complaining any more and they love having so many book options to choose from! Getting started was easy with the Headsprout pretest and this can be used to find the reading level as well. The kids enjoy the program, I can check their work, and they have both improved by one reading level in only one month's time. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone looking for a great reading program, lots of leveled books, and a technology based online product. I've already had four other families sign up for this great learning resource!”
Jessa Hershner, Co-op Member
”Reading A-Z has really made coordinating ELA subjects with other subjects, like Science and History. The number of books that are available in Spanish is awesome! We use the translations to help introduce and reinforce the Spanish that they are learning.

My 4 year old loves it because he can listen to a story and is now reading parts to himself. While I enjoy readingeggs.com, Reading A-Z offers a more complete, customizable curriculum for my 4th grader. The ability to assign the reading and quizzes on the Kids A-Z portal, makes it so easy to monitor his progress.

This program has saved me hours of time. I would also recommend the rest of the Learning A-Z products for an overall comprehensive ELA curriculum (plus the Science A-Z is really cool).”
Christi Jo, Co-op Member
”My 7-year-old is a struggling reader so we have to implement many different strategies to get her reading. We have enjoyed the various tools offered by Learning A-Z. The font is of a size that is easier to read for those who have reading struggles. The book selections are great. Our daughter really likes the non-fiction selections especially when I tie it into our current history or science lessons. Any passion she currently has I m always certain to find a book to read. Right now we are obsessed with sharks and there are plenty of shark books! The leveled books are useful to help me gauge her progress. I also enjoy that she can read either via printed books, on screen, or with RazKids on the iPad. RazKids is great where she can listen to the story and then record her reading of it so I can have her work independently. Although she knows she struggles, Learning A-Z has helped her gain confidence that she was lacking before.”
Jamie P, Co-op Member
”My daughter has struggled to learn how to read for months, and a friend recommended Headsprout. At first, I was uncertain because of the price, but when I found it deeply discounted via Homeschool Buyers Co-op, I bought it immediately. She has been doing it almost daily for about 2 months, and she is reading!!!! It's really fun for her and she can do it without my help, which is great since I work and homeschool. Highly recommend Headsprout and Homeschool Buyers Co-op!”
Sarah Bolton, Co-op Member
”Our family loves HeadSprout!
My now 10 year old learned how to read with HeadSprout between three and four years old.
My six year old is finishing the program with a firm grasp on decoding language.
My four year old just started the program but has been peeking over his brother's shoulder for quite a while. He reads a lot of words already!
The kids don't think of it as "school work". They want to play the HeadSprout "game".
I am delighted I found the "game" so long ago. It has been an excellent launch pad for a love of reading.
Of all the products we have tried, this is the one the kids stick with without resistance or complaints.”
Paula F., Co-op Member
”I think this is a wonderful product. There are short leveled books at each level, of all genres, followed by comprehension multiple choice questions. Severe dyslexics can just listen to the audiobooks while following along and then do the questions (which a parent could read)-- very empowering! Others can read the words after or instead of listening, then do questions. The subjects range from fiction to all sorts of interesting science and history, something for everyone, and the company is clearly putting new books in all the time. My 11 year old son is severely dyslexic, and this really helped me see that his comprehension level is way above his ability to read. Keeping the bar high (by using audiobooks and RAZ kids) helps kids continue to build their vocabulary. I highly recommend the program. We did it primarily during the summer, and will get back to it once the school year settles down. (It can count as their daily reading.) No religious overtones.”
Pediatrician mom, Co-op Member
”This site is FANTASTIC. We use all of Learning A-Z products and couldn't be happier. The resources are never-ending and the skill reports have been key in determining where my child needs help.”
AHM, Co-op Member
”I used Reading A-Z as a classroom teacher and was ecstatic at the opportunity to afford it for my own children in our homeschool! The program has only gotten better since I last used it - a total one-stop shop for all my kids. I invested in a couple of tablets on deep discount last year and my now emergent readers are using RAZ Kids to read and reread their guided reading books (thus saving me a lot of paper to print them out!). The Homeschool Buyers Co-op price was excellent! I felt like I'd won the lottery when I stumbled upon the site. I will continue to use both services for my entire homeschool experience!”
Alexandra R., Co-op Member
”We LOVE Headsprout! As soon as my children showed interest in learning to read (knowing all of their letters and letters sounds, and always asking what words said) I signed them up with a Headsprout account. My 3-yr-old daughter asks every evening when we will do our "reading game" and my 5-yr-old son (who completed all of the initial Headsprout lessons when he was 3) is now speeding through the newer comprehension lessons. We've enjoyed it so much that I've started recommending it for some of my young special needs clients at work as well.”
Rebecca G, co-op member
”My 8 year old son who has dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and dysgraphia has been using Headsprout for about a month now. He LOVES it. He told me that he is getting better at reading and that Headsprout is the reason. Headsprout has helped do what years of therapy has not been able to do. Before he made baby steps. With Headsprout, he is making leaps! Having a dedicated headphone set with microphone has been a great addition. It stops background noise and helps him to hear what the program is saying without the distraction. My 5 year old daughter is also using it and is beginning to read with very little formal instruction. I love that you can print the books to use as a tool and my child can show me how well they are reading! I would recommend this program to ANYONE...but especially to those with dyslexic or APD kids.”
N. Biles, Co-op Member
”We've been using this program for about 3 years when my child was a struggling reader. This is a wonderful, fun way to teach and encourage reading skills! No more struggling!”
Kathi Weiss, Co-op Member
”I love RAZ-Kids. We have been using it for years (since before we could get it discounted here). It's great to be able to get it now in a combo with ReadingA-Z and the discount. It's so easy to practice reading and comprehension online using RAZ-Kids, and my kids like earning stars.”
Rachel Matthews, Co-op Member
”We love reading a-z!”
Barbara L., Co-op Member
”Our son has always been a reluctant reader, but since we've been using Headsprout that is changing. We have seen a great improvement and he no longer has tears when it's time to do reading.”
Ernie T, Co-op Member
”I am a National Board Certified Teacher who is homeschooling my children ages 9 and 5. I have an extensive library, however there is no way that I can meet my children's reading needs with my books alone, especially in the pivotal early stages of reading. Reading A-Z fills those needs and beyond. There are many on line tools for reading, but they do not have the option of printing out a real text. My children are also reading and writing in Spanish. The number of Spanish books alone is enough to make me wish that I could have a lifetime membership.”
Adrienne Kamena, Co-op Member
”Reading A_Z + RAZ Kids

First Reading A_Z --We LOVE this program. I love having SO many reading books, topics and worksheets available for our use. The worksheets are so good. The Comprehension quizzes are perfect. Sometimes we just get the book read and Comprehension quiz done for the day, other days we dig in more to the other worksheets. There is also a lesson plan guide for each book, it is helpful. The negative would be all the printing, printing the books, worksheets, etc. I have just put it all in a manilla folder and will be using it again for each child. I'm hoping this deal stays at the Co-op for YEARS and YEARS! Because I will renew the license each year and this is an AWESOME deal!!!

Now- RAZ-Kids- We love RAZ-kids too. This is basically the same books and content, just in digital form. The 'teacher' can pick out a level for the kids Reading Assignment. They the kids can also go into the reading room and listen to random level-ed books. My girls LOVE doing this. We do our 'normal' Reading and then they each get to go down 'reading' on the iPad. They don't even realize they are doing reading class twice lol. :-)
The girls can listen to the book being read to them (with the word they are on highlighted) can read the book themselves and then take the comprehension quiz.
As a parent you can go in and see what they have been reading, how they are doing on the quizzes and what they have left to do.

I have found that I like to make their 'RAZ kids reading assignment' in a different level than what we are currently doing in class.

This program is excellent, and there is so much content that I can pick and chose what topics we learn and read about and what topics we do not venture into. (whether it doesn't fit conviction or preference) The books are well written and colorful. Great pictures! Really this is just great all around!!! I'm SO glad I found this a few years ago and now I am SUPER GLAD it is offered at the Co-op!! Thank you!”
Trudie, Co-op Member
”I purchased the subscription to Headsprout at the beginning of this year when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I knew I would need something that the kids could work on independently but still make strides with their reading. The program seems like a game to the kids. They ask me to do a lesson every day. My son is 5 and has started reading things while we are out and about as well. I'm impressed with the fun and learning in the program. Money well spent!”
Tonya S., Co-op Member
”In one word. Relief! It's one of the best programs out there to teach children how to read and more. I love absolutely love the comprehension section of the head sprout. My son,8, is weak in comprehension. He has just started the comprehension section and already started recognizing things like clue facts, what does most likely mean etc. This really helps him understand what is going on in the passage. It's def. Worth the money and special thanks to the Homeschool Buyers Co-op for providing us with this program.!!! Recommended it to friends of mine.”
Suchitra P., Co-op Member
”I have been looking at Headsprout for several years and my son with Autism was not quite ready for it. Last November I looked again and decided to get it. I'm so glad I did. My son is reading went up 1 grade level in 6 months. Comprehension is still weak and I work on it with other readings using graphic organizers but he does well with a lot of the pictures used by Headsprout within it's comprehension questions. I had slowed down over the summer focusing on just comprehension and my son has missed the characters from the stories. I was so happy to see the program here with the discount and recommend this program to any parent of a struggling reader with or without special needs as well as those with young children just starting to read.”
Sharon D., Co-op Member
”I am a homeschool mom to a 7 yr old boy who is Language Delayed and has Central Auditory Processing Disorder. He received private therepy from a Language Therepist for a year, and near the end of that year, I was introduced to this Headsprout Program. The program resembled the FastForward Program my son was using for his therepy, but the price way WAY cheaper. We tried it out and he liked it very much. We are now nearly finished with the program, and I have seen improvements in his reading. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has a special needs child, or to those who have children who are just having a hard time grasping beginning reading. The cartoons are enjoyable, the scenes continually change(which prevents boredom), and the repetitive games this program uses to enforce the reading skills are really great. I am so glad this program was introduced to us! Even my 3 yr old will watch the program with his brother and he has picked up sounds and words as well! Use this program and you will not regret it!”
Gretchen Cline, Co-op Member
”My son loved Headsprout. He often asked to do more than one episode a day. He was already a self-taught sight word reader and was bored by many other phonics/reading programs. This program introduced the sounds through games which he really enjoyed.”
L. Rubin, Co-op Member
”We love Headsprout. My youngest daughter is a visual learner and Headsprout fits the bill. She was learning but it was so fun, she didn't have time to think about her "dislike" for reading. My oldest, a great reader, couldn't keep her eyes off the screen too! She loved it. I used Headsprout along with my normal phonics curriculum, and she is doing well. I have to say, that I wish that they had an additional 20 or more lessons, or an advanced reader program. It was worth the money.”
Julie, Co-op Member
”Both my eight year old boy and six year old daughter love this program! The eight year old has already completed both levels, and he is very upset there is not another level! It has kept their attention and definitely increased their reading abilities. I am very pleased with Headsprout and the stories that you can print out too. I will use it when my third child is old enough too.”
Jessica P., Co-op Member
”This program was highly recommended to me by the reading specialist at the local elementary school. My (then) 6 year old son was barely able to read at a kindergarten level. One year later, he is reading at a mid to end 2nd grade level. He LOVES the characters & the map you use to chart your progress, and can't wait to get new books when he completes a level with books. There are also books available for you to print out from their website as you progress. We paid full price, since we didn't want to wait for the Group Buy to close last year, and we definitely got our money's worth, but I wish we had been more patient and saved some money by using the Group Buy. I would buy this program again, and have recommended it to several people. LOVE IT!”
Donna, homeschooling mom to 7 year old boy, Co-op Member
”After seeing headsprout on the Co-op we tried it and it has been invaluable. My son was really struggling with reading and in a few short months his skills and confidence have blossomed. I can not tell you what a blessing that has been to the whole family. The Co-op has exposed us to so many quality products. Thank you for all you do to make these great products affordable. The knowledge about the products available to expand our son's home school experience is even more valuable to us than the savings and we love the savings!”
C. Courtright, Co-op Member
”This program was recommended to me in our first year of homeschooling (1st grade). Being new to homeschooling, I felt more comfortable having a curriculum and my son absolutely LOVED it! Every day he would ask to do Headsprout. No coercion, and after the first few episodes he rarely needed help. He had such a sense of accomplishment when he finished the first program and he begged to start the second set of episodes. He finished the second 40 episode in record time and wished there were more. I recommend this program to everyone I know with beginning readers. We read to our son everyday, but other than that, Headsprout taught him to read, with no fuss. We highly recommend Headsprout!”
Jennifer H, Co-op Member
”I just wanted to let everyone know that we were Beta testers years ago for Headsprout. My son was 4 when we started. He really taught himself how to read with this program. He loved it. It was easy enough for him to navigate without me having to prompt him. I had the computer in the kitchen and he would play on Headsprout for 30 min to an hour easily at a time. When we started there was only a certain number of stories and he mastered them all. Since they added twice as many levels.

It's the best product to help teach reading and the use of the computer.”
Valerie B., Co-op Member
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