about McRuffy Press Curricula
really enjoyed using this program. This is my second time using it. Both of my
children, who learn differently, excelled with this program. My favorite part
is that it goes slowly. My kindergartner did not know her letters when we started
this school year. We had worked on them A LOT last year in preschool but she just
didn’t get it. With McRuffy you only learn one or two letters at a time and you
use them in words right away. Now that the letters had a purpose she learned them
with little trouble. We are just finishing the short vowel readers and she is
doing great. Both of my daughters enjoyed the simple stories and worksheets. I
highly recommend the McRuffy program.
just wanted to say that (Super Pork makes Friends) is the cutest reader I have
read so far in the McRuffy Press First Grade SE Phonics curriculum.
daughter's fluency was horrible before starting this curriculum. Her fluency in
reading had greatly improved.
These readers have really made
her want to read. She hated reading before! She has read Super Pork probably two
times a day every day this week!
She even got 100 on her spelling
test today and I really thought she would get confused with "er", "ir", and "ur"
and she didn't!
I am so impressed with what this curriculum
has done for my daughter.
have been using the Kindergarten Language Arts and Math program. My son and I
both like it very much! Sure there are days when he would rather play :) but many
times he is very eager to "do school":).
I think it is a thorough
program, challenging but not overwhelming, just the right amount of manipulative
and written work. The teachers manuals are excellent. They are all scripted (they
tell you what to say to your child), they tell you what to do, list all materials
needed (it is NOT an overwhelming list), and show you a picture of your child's
workpage for the day (which is great so you don't have to flip open your childs
book when preparing for a lesson (preparation usaully takes only a few minutes).
My son loves the colorful characters on the workbook pages
and readers. Mr. Davis has a sense of humor, and my son and I enjoy laughing together
at the funny things that happen to the characters in the stories, and in the workbooks.
It's not all silliness, there are plenty of nonsensical sentences too.
son is learning to read well, learn grammar concepts, comprehension skills, math
I have called Mr. Davis a few times with questions
and a few comments, and he is very nice and welcomes both. I appreciate the hard
work he and his fellow workers have put into this program. They have made it possible
for me to do what I believe what I am to do, and that is to home educate my son.
Thank you Mr. Davis and fellow associates!
PS- I just want to encourage those of you who are considering
homeschooling, but are in doubt they can do it. I go through that, at times, but
if you can read and write, and follow this program, as directed, I believe you
and your child(ren), can be successful!
seven children, I have tried many different phonics programs over the years. I
believe I have looked at or used about everything available. Each program has
its strengths and weaknesses. Some programs were too time intensive. With other
children to educate, I did not have the extra time to prepare all that was necessary
to implement their program, or the program was so shallow that I did ot feel like
it gave adequate practice to prepare the student to be a good reader. I have also
found many of the curriculum choices move either too fast or too slow.
I found McRuffy, I knew I had finally found the phonics curriculum I needed to
prepare my children to be good readers. It is the perfect balance for the home
school mom of many.
Brian has done a terrific job at laying
out the material in a concise easy to understand manner. It is not overwhelming
for the child or the home school mom. You can open the teacher's book glance through
the lesson and be ready to go. I have found the pace to be a perfect balance for
my children, not too fast or too slow. The readers are not dry and boring, which
is a big plus for motivating the children to read the story.
is very affordable. The price includes your children's workbooks, readers, teacher
manuals, and all charts and word lists needed. Everything you need is in one neatly
Thank you again Brian and McRuffy Press for
a great phonics program.
I wanted to write to request a catalog or more
information about the products you have available. But first I wanted to tell
you how happy I am with the products I am currently using. First, a little background.
I taught my oldest daughter to read by writing a few letters
on a piece of paper and telling her the sound they make. We would do simple things
like sound out road signs or arrange magnetic letters on the fridge. She just
seemed to “get it” on her own. She read very well at the age of 4 and I thought
all my children would be so easy. Then along came her brother,who is very intelligent.
He, however, didn’t “get it” at all. This is the child who can quote his favorite
movie line for line, memorize lengthy bible verses for summer bible school and
figured out the tip for the waitress at his 5th birthday dinner. But at the age
of 6, was absolutely unable to tell me what the letter M sounded like. I was desperate,
everyone said “Boys take longer, relax!” OK, but he was frustrated and embarrassed.
Now, I am a simple person, I prefer blank pieces of paper
and a classic story book. That’s all it should take, in my opinion.
While at a friend’s house one day my son was looking at a Saxon phonics kit. His
eyes lit up and he begged to start reading with this wonderful kit. I cringed
and thought wow! That’s a lot of bells and whistles! I hate bells and whistles
but if it helps him to read we should consider it. Then I found out the price.
And once again I cringed, I was not ready to spend such an enormous amount of
money on something that should be so simple! One day as I was preparing my homeschool
order with Rainbow Resources, I read a description for your product. I thought
it sounded good for the price and hey it was worth the try. I want you to know
what I think now that we are just 3 weeks into the program- WOW! I LOVE IT! My
son LOVES IT!
The [McRuffy Press] K[indergarten] phonics program
has met both of our expecations. I love the simple lines and basic building blocks.
There are enough bells and whistles to keep my son’s attention. His confidence
is on the rise and he now tries to decode things outside of school time. Before
he avoided the subject of reading like the plague!! Now he is sure of himself
enough to guess at words he sees in pulbic and is showing interest in decoding
words. This never happened before!
Tears and frustration have
been replaced by excitement and curiosity. Embarrassment has changed to confidence.
I can’t believe how such a simple thing can affect someone so much.
are excited and relieved to have found your product. When people ask me whiat
I use, and I tell them, they say they’ve never heard of it. That’s a shame. To
waste so much money on so many phonics programs, when your product is so wonderful!
My 4 year old daughter is chomping at the bit to start the
program ASAP. (I’m trying to give her big brother a head start.) I don’t know
how long I can hold her back though, the otherday she “borrowed” his handwriting
book and was filling in the spaces all by her lonesome behind the couch. Thank
you! Thank you! I am so happy I took a chance on your company. The smile on my
son’s face everyday as he gets a sticker for a job well done is such a blessing.
saw that someone had submitted a review for McRuffy Press Phonics and I just wanted
to reiterate (sp?) how great this curriculum is. It’s like the antidote to Abeka,
Bob Jones, etc.
Each lesson is short and completely laid out
in the Teacher’s Manual. There isn’t a lot of extra reading and preparation for
you to do just so you can be ready for the day’s lesson. You just open it up and
go! There aren’t extra games and accessories to shell out for. All the games,
flashcards, etc are included with the package. Now they are even offering the
readers in color (we bought it when they were still only offering black & white).
This curriculum is so easy to use, easy on the pocketbook
and fun. It’s very thorough, we are nearing the end of our school year and I can’t
believe what he’s learning. I swear I didn’t learn this stuff until I was in second
grade. It doesn’t push your kids in an unhealthy way though. If you start Kindergarten
at a reasonable age, your child will most likely be able to handle everything
this curriculum suggests. What is also great is that handwriting and spelling
are also incorporated into the curriculum, and it’s all related with the lesson.
There are readers to go with the lessons, so no going to the library with a list
of what books to get to try to practice sounds being learned.
has simplified our school experience in such a way that I am absolutely hooked
and will definitely be ordering their 1st grade curriculum for next year.
LA we are using McRuffy Press Phonics and Reading Program. I am very impressed
with the curriculum. It covers all aspects of LA including phonics, reading, writing,
spelling, grammar and handwriting. The pace of the lessons is just right with
earlier lessons going slower, while later lessons slowly add more difficulty.
If anyone is interested they have samples on their website.
I took a leap of faith and ordered all levels K-3. We are only using the K level
right now. My dd started it from the beginning while my ds7 started half way through.
(He has had some reading experience but I wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t
be pushed too hard by starting in a higher level.)
readers that come with the curriculum are the cutest, funniest, most creative
readers that I have ever seen. My husband and I just sat one night and laughed
as we read through the different readers and watched the rest of the story unfold
in the illustrations.
are so excited about our childrens’ progress from using your curriculums that
we had to write and let you know. We have two children: one in first grade and
one in third grade. We have used your curriculums (reading and math) for both
of the children since they were each in kindergarten. Both of our childrens’ abilities
to read have far eceeded our expectations! We never expected either of them to
be reading when they were in kindergarten - but they did! And our eight-year can
read almost anything she can get her hands on!
has been easy to follow and teach. The children like the variety of activities
in their day-to-day lessons.
We recommend your curriculums
to everyone we know!
Thank you so much! And may God continue
to bless your efforts!
From Proud and Happy Parents
am thoroughly enjoying teaching my youngest son 1st grade with your materials.
It is bringing back lots of great memories from my older two’s experience with
your curriculum. I appreciate your timeliness in sending what I needed so quickly
and it is always so well packaged. Everything you do is 1st class!
a relatively new (1 year) homeschooling mom, I just want to say “thank you”. I
pulled my son out of school, midway through first grade. To my horror, he had
NO CLUE, what phonics was! I spent the remainder of that year trying to teach
the basics of phonics. After much research on my part, I came across your curriculum.
My son has taken off with reading since we started this curriculum...[He
was ] still need[ing] all the fundamentals of the phonics that he missed during
kindergarten and mid way through first grade. That’s why your curriculum works
so well, it teaches the new phonics skills while reviewing the old.
again for a wonderful curriculum and I look forward to another year with McRuffy
My son loves the books, he laughs with the stories and hates to stop...
have searched endlessly for a phonics program that was done at a slower pace.
We have tried Phonics Pathway, LLATL, 100 Easy Lessons, HOP, and others. Each
went too quickly for my daughter. We needed something that had a slower progression
through learning to read, had writing, spelling, language (somprehension, sentence
structure, etc), and readers to go with the lessons.
McRuffy Press has answered our prayers. This curriculum not only progresses at
a slower pace, but is extremely easy to teach.
Each day the
outline gives you - Lesson Objectives, Preparation, and Teaching. But unlike a
lot of curriculums, this outline is short and to the point, not a lot of unnecessary
reading for the teacher. Someone who has never taught a child to read can use
this. You can look at it with no preparation beforehand. A quick glance and you
have what you need to start the lesson.
The lessons are fun.
interesting, and my daughter loves them. Up until now, she was extremely frustrated,
and with a speech articulation delay reading was difficult. But this program has
made her excited and the frustration level has disappeared to almost non-existant.
There are fun games you can use to help with learning sounds and words that are
easy to put together, each day she has a worksheet to do that is not at all too
much, there are evaluations at the end of each week, and unit tests to make sure
the student is getting it before moving on.
The readers are
fantastic. You can order them black/white or colored. I paid the extra for the
color which was not much at all. The readers we’ve done so far are about people
and animals, not space creatures and such. She can relate to these books.
curriculum also covers handwriting with copywork, Charlotte Mason technique. Further
into it she started spelling and spelling tests. I like the fact that the spelling
practice during the week allows her to look at the words while I quiz her. This
goes along with Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick’s method of how we learn to
spell by seeing the words. Most of us have come across a word that we cannot spell
and try to remember what it looks like.
I cannot say enough
about this program. It has saved our lives. I would recommend this to anyone who
wants to teach their child to read in a steady manner, grasping each concept before
moving on, and extremely easy for the teacher. This will make for a much better
reader without the frustration.
I only wish I had this when
I taught my oldest how to read. Maybe we wouldn’t have such a struggle as we do
Go to www.mcruffy.com to learn more about this curriculum
and the others avaiable, This curriculum is worth every single bit of the $99.00
or in my case with the colored readers $119.95. (January 2005 pricing)
can't say enough positive things about [the McRuffy Press Phonics curriculum]
but the results speak for themselves. Our youngest grandaughter, who won't be
4 until October, reads all the grade K books as well as the first two first grade
books. Our oldest, who is 6 is grasping the concepts so quickly it's hard for
me to keep up!
Both girls have developed such a love for books
and reading due to your readers and the foundation taught.
could go on and on, but we just want to say Thank You for the part you are playing
in [our grandaughters'] education!
Gary and Karen