Do you have a child that is a struggling reader or who suffers from dyslexia or visual strain? Is reading a struggle because they're so easily distracted? Do you have vision problems that hinder your own reading? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I have something really neat to share with you today from Crossbow Education. We were recently chosen to review their Reading Rulers through the Homeschool Crew.
Reading Rulers help to reduce the symptoms of visual stress, which I had only heard a little bit about. People who suffer from visual stress can be affected by the white "glare" of pages, suffer from headaches/migraines and/or eyestrain, and have other perception difficulties. Studies have shown that people suffering from visual stress can benefit from using colored filters or overlays while reading. The Reading Rulers are made of an transparent plastic that comes in a variety of colors - the pack of ten that we received had the following colors: yellow, celery, grass, jade, aqua, sky, purple, magenta, pink, and orange. The color you end up using just depends on your personal preference. Crossbow suggests trying them all out and seeing which one sticks out to you (or your child) and helps the most. They have a matte side and a gloss side which again just depends on personal preference. The rulers also underline the text or paragraph you're currently reading, which can be helpful to people who suffer from dyslexia.
I have a seven year old boy who is very busy. (All the moms of busy boys are nodding their heads in agreement right now, am I correct?) Although he has a softer side, the majority of the time he's constantly on the go, smashing & crashing cars, playing lightsabers with anything & everything, and just generally being noisy. Although I've never formally had him tested, he struggles with reading and is very easily distracted. We found these rulers to be very helpful during our read aloud time as they helped him to keep his place and see exactly where he was reading. He flipped around between colors but said that the blues were most helpful. Although I don't have any issues reading, I tried these myself and found they were very helpful when I was reading something that was in-depth that took a lot of concentration. I can see where these would get a lot of use as we get into more things that require critical thinking and longer texts. I think these would be especially helpful for people who have difficulties reading, but could be used by anyone!
You can purchase the set of 10 rulers that we got for $16.95 at Crossbow Education. This package is beneficial because children (or adults!) can try them all out, decide which one works best for them, and then order a pack in just that color. They offer several other packs of rulers with different amounts (5, 10, 30) and in different reading sizes. In addition to the rulers, they also offer a variety of other learning tools like sand timers, magnetic foam letters, games, and activity books.
Disclaimer: We received this product in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way. To see what other crew members thought of this product, please click the button below.