Friday, August 27, 2010

Great Giveaway: Stepping Stones Together ends 8/29

The Stepping Stones Together Program (from the website)
Stepping Stones Together is a personalized beginning reading program consisting of:
  • A choice of 30 high interest themed stories from our beginning reading library, which is comprised of 3 difficulty levels.
  • Over 100 reading comprehension questions designed to build your child’s reading comprehension skills, along with thinking, reading fluency, speaking and writing abilities. (early reading benefits)
  • A daily writing program linked to your child’s daily reading to extend your child’s reading and writing abilities.
  • Extension games that encourage your child to use their newly acquired reading skills as well as explore the benefits and joys connected with being a reader.
  • A personalized behavior incentive chart for each series of stories to motivate your child to record their daily progress.
  • A personalized certificate acknowledging their achievement after completing a leveled series every 10 days. Each reading series is comprised of 5 stories at a given level read twice. E-alerts to keep you on target with the program, which are directly linked to your personalized profile.
  • Access to Blogs and Newsletters to provide you with current reading research tidbits and best practice tips to parents of new readers.


I was given guest access to the program and books in order to review Stepping Stones Together and I've got to tell you I am really impressed.  My son loves the books and he's really starting to read.  He has fun coloring the pages and he's starting to recognize several of the sight words.  The stories are short enough that they keep his attention and the follow up questions are great.  From the first day he started picking things up, he likes the stories and topics.  The incentive chart is really great, Jordan loves putting on stickers for each book he reads, it's a great motivational tool.  I definitely recommend this program for children struggling or learning to read.

Buy It
You can purchase a membership to Stepping Stones Together for $19.99 for 60 days, but you’ll actually get 90 days at that price, or you can purchase a whole year for $39.99.

Win It!!
One lucky reader will receive one free year of Stepping Stones Together.  Giveaway ends 11:59 pm Pacific on 8/29

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(Disclosure: I received a guest membership, free of charge, from Stepping Stones Together, for the purposes of this review.)


  1. The program focuses on 220 high-frequency words and 95 nouns. We are just beginning to teach our son to read - he loves to read anything with words and has caught on surprisingly quick. However, a program like this could be another very useful tool besides our normal books, games, and flashcards.

  2. I "Like" you on Facebook

  3. I Follow you on Networked Blogs

  4. tweet

  5. I like that you can asses your child's progress with this program. Very helpful!

  6. To see if your child is ready to learn, check out the 4 sets of criteria in the FAQs section. One is knowing their alphabet out of order.

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  7. i learned that you can personalize it online


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  9. I learned that they pulled the high frequency words from three different reading programs - looking at over 10,000 words to choose.

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  10. I liked SteppingStones on FB. Their twitter account is broken.

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  12. I tweeted:

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    Good luck to all!

  13. I learned there is a positive correlation between parental involvement and academic success.

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  16. I like Stepping Stones Together on FB

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