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See-N-Read Reading Tools Review by Dawn Oaks

Cadena Smith Enterprises

Does your child struggle with losing his place while reading? See-N-Read Reading Tools may be the answer you are looking for. These tools are uniquely designed to help readers seamlessly see, focus, and remember what they read.

The reading tools are sheets of smoked gray, non-toxic polypropylene with a cut-out clear window. The material is comfortable to the touch and does not have any sharp edges that would jab your hand. The clear window allows the reader to focus only on the words in that window for easier tracking of the words being read as well as improved reading comprehension. The company's independent research also states that the use of these tools will increase reading speed. Because the clear window is actually a cut-out section of the tool, you could highlight and underline text as you go, without having to the remove the tool. The See-N-Read tools come in two sizes: a book-sized tool measuring 3 1/2" by 5" and a document-sized tool measuring 3 1/2" by 8 1/2".

Our family used both sized See-N-Read tools with our children ages 9, 11, and 13. We especially wanted to get our 9-year-old son's impression of the tool, as he has difficulty reading due to visual tracking issues. He actually found it difficult to maneuver the tool across and down the page while reading. His frustration led him to not want to pursue using it.

Our girls' experiences were much different. They used the tools while completing reading assignments in both paperback books and textbooks. They did feel that it took a bit to get used to moving it along the page as they went. However, once they became accustomed to this, they felt that their ability to focus on their work and comprehend the material was greatly improved. The cut-out window was helpful for highlighting and underlining, but our experience was that the window was not large enough for writing answers in a workbook with blanks. We also did not experience an improvement in reading speed, but rather comprehension.

The See-N-Read Reading Tools may be a worthwhile investment if you have a student that really struggles with losing his place or comprehending what he's reading.

Product review by Dawn Oaks, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January 2010