Reading Head Start Review

Reading Head Start is an award-winning, parent-approved online program designed to help children between the ages of 1 to 9 learn how to read and become amazing at it. It’s estimated that approximately 250 million children cannot read. In the United States alone, 25 million children are unable to read proficiently, according to studies. You may be wondering how is this possible when reading is a foundation of the school system and it’s quite simple; the way reading is taught to children is too difficult. It’s downright confusing – even for adults. For example, the current reading structure is to teach children the memorization of word shapes. To show you how confusing this is bat, let and hut all have the same word shapes but sound completely different. With Reading Head Start, children are taught how to read by understanding the individual letters and sounds and how they change when paired with others. For example, how bit turns into bite. This method is proven to work and has even reduced dyslexia in children.

Reading Head Start Review

What is Reading Head Start?

When a child can’t read, everything else becomes more difficult. Reading is the foundation of education and life skills. Unfortunately, the current way reading is taught to children is too difficult, resulting in over 25 million children in the United States being unable to read at a proficient level.

Reading Head Start is an award-winning, parent-approved online program designed to help children aged 1 to 9 learn how to read. It’s a comprehensive program that focuses on children learning the individual letters and sounds of the English language and how they change when paired with others. So, instead of confusing children with word shapes that all sound different – bit, hut, bet, children are provided with the basic understanding of each letter. Not only that, anyone who has ever had a child “read” to them knows that they memorize the words. They don’t actually read them and proof of this is when you ask them to sound it out. Most children can’t do this very quickly and that’s because they were never taught how letters sound and change when added to or subtracted from others.

I will elaborate on the details of Reading Head Start in just a moment but first, here’s a quick look at what comes with it:

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Printables
  3. 200 Reading Lessons
  4. Decodable Passages
  5. Read-A-Longs
  6. Worksheets
  7. Picture Cards
  8. Letter Cards
  9. Letter Formations
  10. Sound Out Cards
  11. Irregular Word Cards
  12. Advanced Phonics Cards

You receive immediate access to all of this as soon as you purchase and can download everything right onto your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This is great for learning on-the-go and the process is put together in a fun and exciting way so your child will want to do it. As a bonus, parents can be good about their child’s tech time.

Reading Head Start Download Page
Reading Head Start – Download Page (Preview)

Now, as mentioned, this program is award-winning and has been proven to help children read up to five times better than children their age. However, if you want to make sure it works for you, it does come with a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee. This gives you and your child two months to see how changing the way reading is taught helps them.

Who is the Creator of Reading Head Start?

The creator of Reading Head Start is English teacher, Sarah Shepard. Sarah has taught English for over 14 years now, but her entire perspective changed when she had children. She quickly discovered that they were all having difficulty learning how to read. Sarah looked deeper into the structure of how it’s taught to children and began to understand the problems. This is when she took her own 14-year experience as an English teacher to come up with an alternative way to teach reading.

Overview of the Reading Head Start Program

Reading Head Start is a comprehensive program that teaches children how to read in a fun and easy way by focusing first on the individual letters and sounds.  It’s an award-winning program that provides you with progressive, step-by-step lessons that break down the English language;

starting with individual letters and sound and then, letter pairings and how they make the sound changes when letters are added or subtracted from a word.

With the program, you receive over 200 lesson plans with each lesson building the foundation for the next. The lessons are separated into four different levels of lessons with 10 weeks of lessons in each.  Within the lessons, you also receive fun activities the child can do to further help them retain and use what they’ve learned. The lessons also come with photos, designs, daily activities, videos, flash cards, sounding cards, activity logs, letter formations, and picture cards carefully selected for the specific age-group you’re working with.

Reading Head Start Lesson Preview
Table of Contents – Lesson Preview

Take a peek:

Lessons Examples

  1. Level 1 Examples
    1. Counting Words in a Sentence (Grade K – 1)
    2. Blending Syllables Name Game (Grade K)
    3. Segmenting Syllables Name Game (Grade K – 1)
    4. Identifying and Generating Rhyming Words, Body Part Game (Grade K)
    5. Introduce First, Middle and Last (Grade K – 1)
    6. Introduce Sound Segmenting Accuracy (Grade K)
  2. Level 2 Examples
    1. Introduce Letters (Grade K)
    2. Phoneme Substitution with Letters: Sat, Mat, Rat, Bat, Bad, Bag, Big, Beg, etc. (Grade K)
  3. Level 3 Examples
    1. Sounding Out Accuracy (Grade K, 1, 2)
    2. Word-Form Recognition Accuracy (Grade K)
    3. Irregular Word Fluency (Grade K, 1, 2, 3)
  4. Level 4 Examples
    1. Introduce Au, Aw, Al, Igh, etc. (Grade K, 1, 2)
    2. Letter Combination Fluency: Th… Igh (Grade K, 1, 2)
    3. VCe Rule Fluency (Grade K, 1, 2)
    4. Irregular Word Fluency: Your… Where (Grade K, 1, 2, 3)
    5. Introduce Multiple Irregular Words: Show, Small, Large, Even, Here, Why (Grade K, 1, 2, 3)

Breakdown of Each Lesson

  1. Activity Type
  2. Activity Form
  3. Grade
  4. Group Size
  5. Length
  6. Materials
  7. Goal
  8. Items
  9. Step-By-Step Instructions


  1. Downloadable Picture Cards
  2. Downloadable Letter Cards
  3. Letter Formation: Teacher’s Guide
  4. Downloadable Sound Out Cards
  5. Irregular Word Cards
  6. Advanced Phonics Cards

Read-A-Long Video Course

  1. The Cat on the Mat + Worksheet
  2. Dan and His Cap + Worksheet
  3. Dan and a Van + Worksheet
  4. Pet in a Jet + Worksheet

Decodable Books

  1. 50 Downloadable Books


  1. Preschool and Up

Our Verdict

Reading Head Start is a powerful program that teaches children between the ages of 1 and 9 how to read using a proven method that can improve their reading up to five times better than other kids their age. It makes reading fun and exciting for the kids, and fun and exciting for those teaching it to them. Everything you need to use this method is provided to you and you even get two months to try it out with the 60 Day Money Back Guarantee.


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