Reading Head Start, found online at ReadingHeadStart.com, is a reading program designed for children between the ages of one and nine that promises success regardless of experience.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, the Reading Head Start Program was created by an English teacher, Sarah Shepard, who says that her program is based on a reading method “the education system does not want you to know.”
Unfortunately she never actually explains what this system is or how it works.
She does says that it is “scientifically verified,” and a “proven, guaranteed method” to have your child reading at least two to four years above their own age or grade level.
This system is described as being completely effective, no matter what level or learning experience your child is starting at.
The video presentation states that this system is actually so effective that it can prevent and reverse Dyslexia completely.
The Reading Head Start Program is offering their new customers a trial period, where they can get full access to their program for three days for just $1.00.
Customers who love this program should do nothing, and at the end of three days they will automatically be charged $37.00 for continued use of this program.
This $37.00 charge will continue each and every month until they day you cancel.
It doesn’t appear as though this company provides a standard Refund Policy; instead, customers will need to adhere closely to their trial period and Cancellation Policies to ensure that they are not charged any recurring fees for this program if they are unhappy with it.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who wish to contact their Customer Service team with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact Us link on the website.
It’s hard to know where to begin evaluating this program.
First, it is difficult to find accurate reviews of this system because they have chosen to name it after one of the US governments largest pre-K programs, Head Start.
When you do find reviews, you will find they are pretty much all written by affiliates and partner websites, meaning that it’s difficult to determine how biased they may be.
But there are actually much worse things to say about this program. Sarah Shepard, the so-called English teacher that created this program, is not only likely not a teacher or educator of any kind, but she’s probably also not even a parent.
Her video tells the story of her Kindergarten aged child receiving his very first grade report, and how shocked she was that he was “failing English” and how embarrassing that was for an English teacher.
Except Kindergartners don’t have an “English” grade, not now or ever. Parents are simply told whether or not their child is struggling or achieving in a variety of skills based areas.
In addition, this video claims that this reading program will “reverse or even cure Dyslexia,” which is not only completely false but is insulting and offensive.
Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person’s brain interprets the information it sees, and children are born with this condition and have it their whole lives.
To insinuate that Dyslexia is a condition that parents give their children because they didn’t teach them to read using a specific method is not only a lie, to say it is hurtful and unethical and would never be a claim made by a well-educated teacher.
The bottom line is that this program is likely a knock-off of an existing reading program being sold by a person who is lying when they claim to have any knowledge of or experience in teaching.
Parents should avoid this program and stick with other proven and professionally recommended systems.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different programs available to help children of all ages, even toddlers, begin taking the right steps toward learning to read.
Parents can find the right program for their needs by considering their child’s age, current level of reading or recognition, and the amount of time you have to work with your child on any given program.
If you have any experience with Reading Head Start or their products, please leave your reviews below.
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