High interest, low reading level books, also called hi lo books, can help your child study the same content areas as peers even if your child struggles with reading. The providers listed below sell materials that provide your child learning content that is on grade level, but uses low reading-levels to explain the topics. These specialty curriculum providers also sell multisensory, specialized instruction materials which can be used for direct remediation of learning difficulties.
To select Hi/Lo books for your child, look for the RL (Reading Level) and IL (Interest level) designations. You will select books based upon your child’s chronological grade level (what grade he should be in) using the IL designation, and your child’s current reading ability level (the grade level he currently reads at) using the RL designation. For example, if your child is in the sixth grade, but reads on a second grade level, that will be an “IL 6, RL 2″ book, usually written as IL6/RL2.
The Hi/Lo books are FABULOUS for giving your child good reading practice without him feeling like his intelligence is being insulted through the use of “See Dick Run” kinds of books. The Hi/Lo books are written about topics of interest to older students, using a level of language that is easy to read, but which explains more detailed concepts. When I was trying to inspire my son to practice his reading skills, we couldn’t buy enough of these types of books!
**AGS Publishing – A Provider of Hi Interest – Low Reading Level textbooks for middle and high school students. AGS books cover content comparable to standard curriculum, however the reading level is specialized for those students who struggle with their reading skills. AGS books offer colorful, high-interest graphics to engage and motivate students to succeed.
**Bright Apple – Unique products designed to improve the basic skills of students with special needs as well as those performing below grade level. High-interest, low reading level books about a wide variety of topics, games, teaching/learning tools and more.
**Remedia Publications – Books created with the needs of special education and struggling students in mind and focussing on essential skills students need to master reading. The books are of high interest, with sequential steps, short exercises, repetition, a variety of formats and use simple, non-distracting art.
**Critical Thinking Press – PreK–Grade 8 products develop critical thinking skills in highly effective lessons that teach Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. These engaging products are fun, challenging, and easy to use. In particular, I recommend the Language Mechanic and Reading Detective series for easy to use, step-by-step instruction that is easy for the child to understand and fun to use.
|**Language Tool Kit & Manual, Grades K-5
By Paula D. Rome & Jean S. Osman / Educators Publishing ServiceThe Language Tool Kit teaches reading and spelling to students with specific language disability. Based on Orton-Gillingham principles, it is designed for use by a teacher or a parent. This set contains 163 cards (4″ x 6″) in a white cardboard box along with the 32 page manual. One group of cards has spelling units printed in large type on one side, with the common and rarer sound equivalents on the reverse side in small type. Key words and spelling patterns are also listed. The salmon-colored cards are for the teacher’s reference, and the yellow cards are for extra practice with consonant blends. Grades K-5.
**High Noon Books – Appropriately formatted independent readers for students in upper elementary and junior high; low-level readers a student can carry around without being embarrassed. These are books that students can get all the way through and find pleasure in reading with high interest topics.
**Learning Abilities Books – Lesson Plans, Children’s Books, Other Educational Resources for parents, teachers, & homeschoolers (regular & special education Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade) focusing on the ability to learn and developing learning Abilities.
**LinguiSystems – Started by speech-language pathologists to provide better speech, language, thinking, and reading materials. Products are not just more practice but skills, strategies, and activities to engage every type of learner. Comprehensive, affordable products that help kids think and learn.
**Kids in Between – Materials for the “kids in between” (between low functioning and on-level functioning) or older students who can’t quite handle a standard textbook; KIB materials are written at about the fourth grade level, don’t make too many assumptions as to what students have previously learned, and are repetitious with instructions and information presented in smaller, more simplified doses.
**Perfection Learning – The provider of Accelerated Reading; Provides an extensive line of hi/lo books for reluctant readers includes such popular series as Passages by best-selling author Anne Schraff; the Retold line of classic novels, short stories, and myths and folktales; and Cover-to-Cover chapter books, novels, informational books, and timeless classics.
**Pro•ed – Offers a wide variety of learning products for special education, gifted education, and developmental disabilities. PRO-ED, Inc.’s products are used by professionals, parents, and students around the world. Pro•ed does not employ field reps, and are able to provide competitive pricing in the areas in which they publish.
**Sopris West Educational Services – Seeks to impact the education of children and youth, particularly those at risk for school failure, by providing educators and parents with practical, affordable, and theoretically sound products, programs, and professional services that promote safe, civil, and achieving environments. Their products, Language! and Rewards, are highly recommended for remediation of true dyslexia and reading comprehension difficulties respectively.
**Recorded Books – Huge selection of complete, unabridged books on tape which allow you to provide a multisensory approach to reading which is particularly beneficial to struggling readers. The recorded books can be used to provide critical content knowledge when a student is overwhelmed by too much reading or struggles to read high level material, yet comprehends advanced content.
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