New Products: Headsprout Early Reading

Headsprout Early Reading ( is a preK-2 supplemental program that takes nonreaders or beginning-level readers up to mid-second-grade reading skills in less than 30 hours of individualized online instruction. Broken up into two parts - with 80 online lessons and more than 70 ready-to-read stories - the program provides balanced, phonics-based online reading instruction. Headsprout Early Reading, which is research-based and meets NCLB requirements, teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension in a colorful, animated online environment. Teachers will appreciate the program because it is easy to implement and requires minimal professional development. In addition, students will enjoy the individualized, adaptive instruction that it provides for them. The company even supports Headsprout Early Reading with a money-back guarantee. Log on to the company's Web site to try the first 12 lessons for free.

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/2004 issue of THE Journal.